The second generation of the iCar prototype will be focusing on energy efficiency.
The goal will be to demonstrate the use of an onboard LENR generator to remove most of the battery storage currently needing in an EV.
The new type of LENR cell we are working on are expected to produce about 8kW of thermal energy with a weight of about 2.0 kg.
The thermoelectric energy conversion will be based on a patented solid-state solution directly embedded inside the LENR cell.
We are expecting to achieve a conversion efficiency of 25%.
The additional weight for the thermoelectric converter will be about 1kg for each 8kW cells.
Each cell will be able to produce 2kW of electricity, while 1kW will be used to sustain the energy production of the cell (CoP = 8).
With 1kW available per cell, we expect an overall conversion efficiency of about 12%.
The power density is estimated at 300 W/kg which can directly compete with high-end Lithium-air batteries.
And the energy density is estimated to be over 1 MW/kg.
With such configuration, 20 to 25 cells (60-75 kg) will be enough to power an EV in direct mode, with just some supercap acting as energy buffer.
And 25 cells will have an energy capacity of more than 25 MWh and will be able to power an electric car for about 140'000 km or 87'000 miles.
With this model, we imagine to have maintenance service every 5 to 10 years to simply replace the cells.
The cells can then be recycled, recharged and used for aftermarket.
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