Ex-Royal Navy Officer Says He Invented 'Game-Changing' Electric Car Battery

It can run for 1,500 miles straight.

A former Royal Navy officer has sold his electric car battery invention, which can last for 1,500 miles without need a recharge, to the engineering firm Austin Electric, according to The Daily Mail.

The deal could be a major breakthrough in the electric car industry. Trevor Jackson, who served in the Royal Navy before becoming an inventor, developed the car battery that was acquired in the deal.


"It can help trigger the next industrial revolution," Danny Corcoran, Austin Electric's chief executive, told The Daily Mail. "The advantages over traditional electric vehicle batteries are enormous."

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Jackson claims the groundbreaking invention has not made the news because he faces opposition from the automobile industry. Some car industry experts say the technology is still unproven, but the Government agency UK Trade and investment analyzed the battery in 2017 and determined it used "well established" technology that produced more energy than typical electric car batteries. Obviously, Austin Electric's engineers agree.

"It has been a tough battle but I'm finally making progress," Jackson told the Daily Mail. "From every logical standpoint, this is the way to go."

Jackson's technology is built around a decades-old discovery when scientists found out that they could trigger a reaction to produce electricity by dipping aluminum into a chemical solution called electrolyte. When the metal hit the air it would create electricity. Jackson experimented until creating an electrolyte solution that wasn't poisonous, and now Austin Electric is tee'ing up three projects using the technology.


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