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Kite-powered electric vehicle crosses Australia on £10 of electricity

Leave it to New Jersey to build a record-breaking electric vehicle powered by a giant kite. Evonik, a company in the Garden State that has been developing lithium-ion batteries for Daimler for the past 5 years created the Wind Explorer to see how far efficiency could go. Apparently, on self-contained wind power alone, it managed to drive 4.8km across all of Australia.

Rather than using solar or even human energy, the car’s power came from a lithium-ion battery outfitted with bespoke electrodes and ceramic separators that allow the battery cells to store energy generated by the car’s portable wind turbine. If that wasn’t enough clean energy, the car also uses a giant parachute-like kite, which propels the EV forward on even a light breeze.


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