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The Next Industrial Revolution - Electric Planes, Trains & Automobiles

The next step away from our global dependence on fossil fuels could take the shape of an Aluminium-Air Battery, and we could be taking that step sooner than you think. Trevor Jackson, a former Navy officer, has just signed a multi-million pound deal with Austin Electric to manufacture his game-changing invention from next year.

What is an Aluminium-Air Battery?

Research from the 60's discovered that dipping aluminium into a chemical solution, known as electrolyte, produces electricity. Although the research was abandoned, with the poisonous and caustic nature of the electrolyte considered too hazardous for any practical use.

However, Jackson has not found a way to harness this reaction in a battery, after developing a far safer and non-caustic electrolyte. In fact it is so safe that Jackson has even been known to drink it during pitches to investors.

Why is this battery a game-changer?

Boasting a staggering 1500 miles between charges, this battery performs four times better than the current top model on the market, and for a fraction of the price.

The power of this battery lends itself to incredible versatility, with Jackson himself stating that it could 'help trigger the next Industrial Revolution'. There are immediate plans to manufacture electric tuk-tuks for the Asian market, as well as affordable and long-lasting electric bikes. However, it seems that the sky is the limit for its applications, with talks about using it for electric buses, lorries and even aircraft.

Austin Electric also plan to release conversion kits for petrol/diesel vehicles at only £3500. They hope to enable environmentally-conscious drivers to make a significantly and affordable change to their carbon footprint.

Green Motion considers their carbon footprint in every aspect of their business, with its main focus on delivering a low-emissions fleet to its customers. We would like to congratulate Mr. Jackson and Austin Electric for their amazing contribution to the race to ditch fossil fuels. We really hope to have their batteries in our fleet in the coming years.

For now though, the next time you need to hire a vehicle, make sure that you go green with a rental vehicle from Green Motion.