Sales of hybrid vehicles are still on the rise although they don’t seem to have quite consolidated their market implementation yet. There are two main reasons for this. First we have the low autonomy of the batteries, which although ideal for city use, it’s not so good for long distances, putting buyers off the idea of acquiring one. Secondly, there is the absence of an appropriate network of charging stations.
In the next few months however, all this might change. The US company IFBattery together with Purdue University is developing a new technology that could potentially revolutionise the hybrid industry. It is basically a system of fluid electrolytes that would charge the battery in an instant.
Fluid electrolytes to revitalise the battery instantly.
This is, as the company in charge explains, a method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly and which is made up of an energy storage system that would enable drivers to fill up their hybrid vehicles with fluid electrolytes to re-energise spent battery fluids much like refuelling their tanks.
This system would however require a recycling infrastructure. The driver could leave the spent electrolytes at the charging station and these could be then collected in bulk and sent to solar farms, wind turbine installations or hydroelectric plants to be re-charged with clean energy and later re-used. The transport of these fluids could be done by traditional means (trucks, trains, etc.) or by a network of underground pipes.