It does not pollute, recharges quickly and costs half the price of unleaded petrol. We present what it wants to become the fuel of the future, developed by the Israeli-Australian Electriq, also known as Terragenic. This “gasoline” is composed of 60% water, from which hydrogen is extracted with Electriq technology: at this point the hydrogen is used to create electricity and move the vehicle. The starting point is clearly the cars, but if it were applied on a large scale in the automotive industry the pace with the world of boating would be very short.
If one of the great disadvantages of electric motors, as well as the highly advanced Tesla, is the low range and long charging times, this technology overcomes the problem in a big way. A comparison of electric buses showed that battery-powered buses provide a range of 250 km and require up to 300 minutes for recharging, while buses powered by Electriq fuel have reached a range of 1,100 km and can be recharged in 5 minutes (like normal petrol cars).
This innovative water-based liquid fuel is stable at room temperature and pressure. Compared to green energy competitors such as lithium-ion batteries or compressed hydrogen technologies, Electriq achieves twice the range at half the cost. Safety problems in the expensive operation of compressed hydrogen have been solved and therefore Electriq is a liquid energy that can replace traditional diesel and fossil fuels, while outperforming its “ecological” competitors.
The Electriq system contains three key elements: the Electriq liquid fuel that reacts with a catalyst, Electriq Switch, to release hydrogen. The spent fuel is not clearly “thrown away” or dispersed into the atmosphere, but is returned to an Electriq Recycling plant where it is filled with hydrogen for reuse. The whole process, from production to use and transport of the fuel itself, would be zero-emission if all the “pieces” of the puzzle used this technology.
Launched at the EcoMotion 2018 “Smart Mobility Summit” in late October in Tel-Aviv, Electriq has a very clear goal: to expand to become available at the local gas station.