PHOTO CAPTION: Illinois Institute of Technology and Argonne National Laboratory liquid nanoelectrofuel concept would give an electric car range greater than a gasoline model.

Flow Battery Could Give Electric Cars Ranges Up to 1000 Miles

Modified “flow” battery that runs on liquid nanoelectrofuel electrodes could be recharged like a conventional battery or 'refueled' like a gasoline car, shortening charging time.

Published: 11-Sep-2013

Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Argonne National Laboratory announced Tuesday they have won a $3.4 million federal grant to develop technology that could let electric cars run five times longer on a single charge.

The technology aims to make all-electric cars a more viable choice by allowing them to travel 500 to 1,000 miles on a single electric charge, rather than today’s 40 to 100 miles. And motorists would be able to “fill up” quickly, much like they do at a gas station — with a rechargeable liquid that runs the vehicle battery, said lead researcher Carlo Segre, a physics professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology for the past 30 years.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will let the researchers build a prototype of a modified “flow” battery that runs on liquid nanoelectrofuel electrodes, rather than the solid electrodes that a typical solid state battery runs on, Segre said Tuesday.


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