We are building an aluminum-fueled BMW i3 (Sindri) to demonstrate the capabilities of aluminum fuel as a range-extension strategy for electric vehicles (EVs).
Range and availability of recharging stations is still a major factor limiting the widespread use of electric vehicles in the United States today.
The i3 REX is unique among EVs because it includes a small internal combustion engine (the range extender) that can be used to charge the battery while the car is driving. Despite the addition of this engine, the i3 REX is a fully-electric vehicle (not a hybrid), and the range extender can be replaced with an aluminum fuel system.
We are first building a Level II electric vehicle charger to demonstrate the large-scale capabilities of aluminum fuel.
Students with the following skills and interests are needed to continue the development of the EV during 2.014:
- Power electronics
- Metal fabrication and welding
- Thermal fluids engineering
- Automotive engineering
- System integration
- Documentation and communication