German battery company DBM Energy last month achieved an incredible world record for battery powered locomotion by powering a converted Audi A2 electric car for a non-stop journey of 375 miles (from Munich to Berlin) at an *average* speed of 55 mph.
To say this could be a game changer is an understatement! Cue smug German video.
The secret lies in the use of ‘Alpha Polymer’ battery technology (aka Lithium Metal Polymer) which delivers a robust and extremely efficient electric power system. The technology was first used in forklift trucks in 2009 (they run for 28 hours per charge!) and provides a large set of advantages over conventional systems.
- Super lightweight, nearly four times lighter than equivalent
- Massive lifespan. Over 20 years from normal commuter type use.
- Super short charge time. With conventional charger 4.5 hours, with a ‘super charger’ you could get it down to just a few minutes!
The only downside at the moment, as you’d expect, is the price of production. Until volume is reached, the tech is likely to be expensive.
If the KOLIBRI battery, a lithium-ion technology? NO. The hummingbird is a lithium battery based on polymers. This type of battery is very different from the lithium-ion technology, which both construction and components is concerned. What the KOLIBRI technology makes it so unique? In contrast to conventional battery technologies is the hummingbird a pure solid cell from which neither can nor liquids gases to escape. Most modern membrane technology and a special electrolyte composition provides the excellent performance figures for the hummingbirds.