Australian-Israeli startup Electriq~Global has developed a fuel to power electric vehicles that is fully 60 percent water. Based in Melbourne, Australia and Haifa, Israel, the company has also developed a motto for its product, "Twice the range, half the price, and zero emissions."
Electriq-Global <https://www.electriq.com/> showcased its unique technology on October 29 and 30 at the EcoMotion 2018 Smart Mobility Summit in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
The Electriq system extracts hydrogen from the water-based fuel, and then uses it in an on-board hydrogen fuel cell to create the electricity that powers the zero emission electric vehicle.
The Electriq~Global system contains three key elements: the liquid fuel (Electriq~Fuel), which reacts with a catalyst (Electriq~Switch) to release hydrogen on demand, then the spent fuel is captured and taken back to a plant where it is replenished with hydrogen and water for re-use (Electriq~Recycling).
The company assures potential buyers that the water-based liquid fuel is safe and stable at ambient temperatures and pressures.
When compared to green energy competitors like lithium-ion batteries or compressed hydrogen technologies, Electriq~Global achieves twice the range at half the cost, the company claims.
The energy density is up to 15 times that of electric batteries currently in use in electric vehicles like Teslas.
Energy density is the amount of energy stored in the system per unit volume.
A comparison of electric buses showed the buses powered by batteries provided a range of 250km and required up to 300 minutes to recharge.
But buses to powered by Electriq~Fuel will provide a range of 1,000km and could be refueled in five minutes, according to the company.
Electriq~Global CEO Guy Michrowski said, "Our technology brings dramatic news of improvement in driving range, refueling time, and cost of fuel. It changes the rules of the game in many fields, including transportation and energy storage."
So, Michrowski says, next time you’re at the pump, imagine paying half the price and at the same time knowing you won’t be harming others or yourself with the tailpipe emissions.