On its slide deck, Electriq~Global makes the bold claim that its solution offers electric vehicles twice the range for half the cost of gasoline. It also claims the aqueous fuel supports an energy density up to 15 times that of electric batteries currently used in EVs.
“Today, our fuel has a density that allows the same driving distance as current EVs, but looking at our roadmap, our second generation fuel will have double the density”, Michrowski clarified “our 2nd generation fuel is still a boron hydride-based mixture, in a higher concentration”.
“Currently, our focus is on larger vehicles such as buses, long-haul trucks and logistic vans that could run with light batteries. The batteries are only needed to boost the drive system in peak demands”.
Electriq~Global says it has several projects going on with partners to build pilot systems. The technology will first reach the market in two ways according to the CEO. One will be on-board generators, for buses to extend their range. The other will be to help companies avoid the challenges associated with the compressed H2 infrastructure.
“We are going to accelerate the adoption of H2-based vehicles, reducing their price while increasing their reliability. Once our technology becomes available and mature, we’ll start showing the technology in vehicles, the barrier to adoption will be lower. There is a push for electrification but batteries are not enough for all applications”, commented the CEO.
“There are about 500 logistic barges in Europe, they need a lot of power, batteries won’t work for them”.
Michrowski gave us another example, comparing different use cases for the same EV. “If you are using a Tesla to commute to work, to the gym, back home, then to the office, you can always find time to recharge it. If you are an Uber driver, you won’t be able to recharge often enough”.
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