In a previous post I talked about possible innovations that might make electric cars more convenient in the future. Well here’s another one, and it could be the most effective of the lot:
In a nutshell, these batteries can be instantly recharged by replacing the fluid electrolytes. Thus, instead of topping ‘er up, you’d drain out the old and replace it with new. The ‘stale’ fluid electrolytes could then be taken away and recharged using one of the renewable energy sources. Or maybe recharged at the service station itself.
Flow batteries aren’t new, but until now, they haven’t been efficient enough for commercial use. The Ifbattery avoids most of the problems of the old technology while being cheap to make and safe to use. And just think of all the new jobs that will mushroom from this renewable technology!
One of the biggest hurdles for electric vehicles to overcome is the…inconvenience…of batteries. With a battery-dependent electric car, you can’t just drive into a service station and ‘fill’er up’. You have to wait, but we live in a society which has lost the art of patience. That is why we need to change the way we build roads:
We already have huge, road-building machines that lay bitumen at phenomenal speeds, so adapting them to build new, electric roads should not be a major problem. Adapating existing roads would be more time-consuming and expensive, but as the video clip shows, the technology is doable. Just imagine never having to worry about ‘filling ‘er up’ again!
For more details, please read this Quartz article:
Back in my post about distributed power generation via solar and Tesla batteries, I explained the idea of distributed power generation via our homes. The electric roads of the future could allow us to do something similar with transportation. Imagine a future in which the electricity grid is powered not by one or two huge, highly vulnerable power plants but by millions of distributed generators – in our cars, in the home, on top of our buildings etc. Instead of being at the mercy of prices set by power companies, we would become the power companies with onboard accounting systems updating our net ‘worth’ in real-time.
And who knows? Maybe after homes and roads, we’ll add small scale power generation to every object and device we use – like mini-generators in the heels of our shoes. So much better than Get Smart’s shoe phone. 😀
As a science fiction writer, I’m always on the lookout for unusual and innovative technology, and this ‘straddling bus’ ticks both of those boxes for me. Sadly,…it may not be sci-fi for very much longer. 🙂
I was doing some research on induction motors – for Innerscape – when I stumbled on this video clip. I used to ride motorbikes when I was young and fearless so this unibike completely blew me away. I want one. 😀
Oh and by the way, my post on Bloat turned out to be my 500th post! This one is my 501st. Add all those posts together and they probably equal at least one big book. Amazing. 😀