Right now electric vehicles are suffering from a range problem. Sure, battery technology is improving every year, and most people don’t need anymore than 80 or 100 miles a day at most anyways. But what about those times you want to drive farther? Well unless you can afford a Tesla Model S, you’re outta luck…unless the MobileBattery project by Nomad Power gets going.
Thanks to a 2 million euro grant from the European Commission, the MobileBattery stands a better chance of making it to production than ever before. The idea for a trailer-mounted battery pack has been around for awhile, and it’s a rather inelegant solution to the problem of short-range electric cars. But it’s also supposed to be a much cheaper range to add hundreds of miles of range to your EV.
According to Nomad Power, their MobileBattery comes in two flavors; 40 kWh and 85 kWh, which when paired with the on-board battery of a car like the Nissan LEAF, can provide over 500 km/300 miles of electric driving range. On-board solar panels provide a trickle charge of electricity, though Nomad Power is apparently thinking of uses for its battery pack beyond just extending the range of electric cars.
There are some major pitfalls for Nomad Power’s plan though, and it is at best a temporary solution. Driving around with a trailer can also be a huge pain in the ass, especially in a dense urban environment, and if the Tesla Model III can actually offer 200 miles of driving range for $35,000, I’m not sure the market for the MobileBattery will exist by the time it actually makes it to production.