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Eco-Battery Vehicles

Manufacturer: Thames and Kosmos

Model Number: 620615

Recommended Age: Ages 10 and up

Availability: Out of stock

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Warning: Choking Hazard

Shipping Weight: 2.25 pounds

Model Number: 620615

Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.8 x 11.5 inches

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Description

The Future of Electric Cars

It's looking increasingly inevitable that electric vehicles (EV's for short) will be the cars of the future. More specifically, battery electric vehicles (or BEV's) — which are powered entirely by rechargeable chemical cells — are starting to become practical. Many major auto manufacturers have BEV's in development, and a few already have BEV's on the road today. The challenge in making BEV's a viable transportation solution is the battery. Batteries must be easy to recharge, able to hold enough charge to drive long distances, and more efficient than gasoline engines. Scientists and engineers around the world are tackling this battery challenge, and major progress is being made.

In this kit, you can build and experiment with a new type of environmentally friendly "fuel cell" to learn about electrochemical cells and BEV's. The battery is a metal-air electrochemical cell, a type of battery that is widely used in small scale devices. It is ideal for demonstrating battery technology because it does not use any harmful chemicals: it uses only magnesium plates, salt water, and the oxygen in the air to generate electricity. Moreover, magnesium is considered an eco-friendly renewable fuel because it could be harvested cleanly from ocean water.

Build 20 different models and power them with this special battery. Experiment with different concentrations of salt to see how long your battery can run. Learn about electrochemistry and battery technology.

One metal plate lasts as long as a regular AA battery (six plates included). Full-color, 64-page experiment manual. 91 building pieces.

About Thames and Kosmos:
Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving science education by publishing high quality science and technology educational products for children of all ages. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive reading materials for a rich learning experience.

T&K is headquartered in Providence, RI and operates as the exclusive North American distributor for the science kit line of T&K's partner company, the German publishing house Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH. Kosmos has an existing line of high quality science kits that T&K translates, rewrites, and distributes in the English language. T&K started designing its own line of science kits in 2005. T&K currently offers more than 60 science kits in thirteen categories: Chemistry, Physics, Alternative Energy & Environmental Science, Technology & Electronics, Biology, Earth Science & Natural History, Fun & Fundamentals, Astronomy, Classic Science, Little Labs, Ignition Series, Sophisticated Science, and Construction Series.