Ex-Navy engineer built a car battery with a 1,500 mile range

Battery inventor Trevor Jackson, has just signed a deal with Austin Motor Company to scale up production of his creation (Picture: John McLellan/Mail on Sunday)

A former Navy officer turned inventor has developed a revolutionary new type of battery capable of powering an electric car for 1,500 miles at a time.

British engineer Trevor Jackson created the battery and has now signed a multi-million pound deal with Austin Electric, an engineering firm based in Essex, to start mass producing them.

According to Austin’s chief executive, Danny Corcoran, the new technology is a ‘game-changer’.

‘It can help trigger the next industrial revolution,’ he told MailOnline.

‘The advantages over traditional electric vehicle batteries are enormous.’

This portable power pack lasts between 2.6 and 11 times longer than the incumbent lithium primary battery. (Metalectrique)

According to Jackson, the breakthrough came with developing a new kind of electrolyte that works with much lower-purity metal – including recycled drinks cans. The formula, which is top secret, is the key to his device.

Technically, it should be described as a fuel cell, not a battery. Either way, it is so light and powerful that it could now be set to revolutionise low-carbon transport, because it supplies so much energy.

The power to travel up to 1,500 miles on a single charge would make it four times more effective than the most expensive model currently on the road.

A look at how the new battery could change motoring (Graphic: Mail on Sunday)

He says it has taken so long do develop the battery because he faced obstruction from the established motor industry.

‘It has been a tough battle but I’m finally making progress. From every logical standpoint, this is the way to go,’ he said.


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