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KIT researchers develop fluoride-ion batteries; potential for much higher energy densities than conventional Li-ion batteries

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Setup of the fluoride-ion battery: A fluoride-containing electrolyte separates the metal anode from the metal fluoride cathode. By choosing.

KIT presenting modular battery concept for electric bus

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Source: KIT. Source: KIT. Design of the modular batteries. Click to enlarge. Modular battery system. Modular components. Competence E.

Siemens and KIT cooperating on more-efficient production of large-scale batteries

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Working with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Siemens plans to enhance its automation and control systems technology for the manufacturers of large-scale batteries, leveraging its experience in the production of energy-storage devices. Wind and solar power plants already generate large amounts of electricity. Brief

BASF to invest three-digit million Euros on advanced automotive battery activities over next 5 years

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These include the company’s own R&D programs devoted to optimizing lithium-ion technology and developing completely new battery concepts, and cooperations with its partners, for example in the research network Electrochemistry and Batteries. We will use our competence in chemistry to help bring about a breakthrough in electromobility.

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Flux Power introduces Li-ion battery upgrade kit for Polaris Ranger EV

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Flux Power Incorporated has introduced a new lithium-ion battery system upgrade kit for Polaris Ranger EVs. Flux says that the new upgrade kit lasts up to 10 years or up to 3,000 cycles. This new Flux Power kit is targeted at customers wanting better performance from their existing Polaris Ranger EV ATVs. Brief

REV Becomes First Hymotion Dealer in Canada; Offers L5 Conversion Kit for Prius

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REV, a Vancouver, Canada company that converts Ford fleet vehicles into highway capable battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles ( earlier post ), has become the first Hymotion plug-in conversion kit dealer in Canada. The Hymotion L5 installation adds a 5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and charging system to the original Prius.

ALTe Powertrain and Inmatech form JV for hybrid electric storage devices; Li-ion cells, supercaps, and control electronics

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The blend of supercapacitors with lithium ion battery cells will enable longer life for the battery cells while reducing cost by as much as 40% for an equivalent size battery composed exclusively of lithium ion cells. The applications will range from automotive batteries to stationary grid power leveling devices.

Porsche launches new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid with new gen hybrid module; more e-range, better performance

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Porsche sees this new type of “E-Performance” as the performance kit of the future. That corresponds to CO 2 emissions of 56 g/km. kWh/100 km.

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Volkswagen unveils I.D. EV concept; 1st MEB-based vehicle, to launch in 2020; up to 373 miles

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will be the first Volkswagen built off the Modular Electric Drive kit (MEB). The compact I.D. The production version of the I.D. The I.D. Pilot.

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CODA acquires EnergyCS

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EnergyCS had earlier developed one of the first commercial plug-in hybrid conversion kits for the Prius. CODA Holdings is a developer of Lithium-ion power battery systems comprising three key business lines: CODA Automotive, CODA EV Propulsion Systems and CODA Energy. Earlier post.). —Peter Nortman, co-founder of EnergyCS.

CA Energy Commission awarding Wrightspeed $5.789M grant for retrofit range-extended electric powertrain for medium-duty commercial vehicles

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Wrightspeed made its first conversion kit for the Isuzu NPR. Source: Wrightspeed. Click to enlarge. Wrightspeed. Geared Traction Drive. million.

Leyden Energy providing Li-ion cells with imide electrolyte for electric Dream Car

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Li-ion battery manufacturer Leyden Energy provided its high energy-density, high-performance Li-ion battery cells for SSI Racing’s electric Dream Car at the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 3.7V Li-Ion battery has 2,200 mAh capacity with a cycle life of more than 1,000 charge/discharge cycles. Earlier post.).

Bosch and partners launch new €4.3M project on powerline communications for smart battery management

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The IntLilon project aims to develop smart data transmission techniques specifically for lithium-ion batteries. Click to enlarge.

Volkswagen Group shows 3 hydrogen fuel cell concepts at LA Show: Audi A7 Sportback h-tron; Golf Sportwagen HyMotion; Passat HyMotion

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kWh Li-ion battery in the h-tron is adopted from the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid. Audi A7 Sportback h-tron. Click to enlarge. volts.

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Electric Bike Technologies and AllCell Technologies partner on Li-ion batteries for e-bike conversions

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Electric Bike Technologies LLC (makers of the E-BikeKit electric bike conversion kit) and AllCell Technologies signed a Memorandum of Understanding jointly to promote and to sell lithium-ion batteries for use in electric bike conversions. Brief

Clean Republic selects AllCell to supply Li-ion e-bike battery with 40-mile range

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Clean Republic, one of the largest retailers of electric bike conversion kits in the US and owner of the Hill Topper and ProPack brands, selected AllCell Technologies to supply US made lithium-ion batteries. Brief

How to Get a Plug-In Hybrid

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The kit is designed so the batteries can be upgraded to lithium-phosphate.) We believe both NiMH and Li-Ion are ready.

Smith Electric Vehicles and FDG form JV for commercial EVs in US; new joint EV platform

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In addition, the JV will raise US$20 million from the market. China Electric (Battery) Fleets Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

Five Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles joining London hydrogen project

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Kit Malthouse, London Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise and Chairman of the London Hydrogen Partnership. The ix35 Fuel Cell.

Navigant forecasts modest global annual sales growth of e-bicycles, reaching 40.3M units in 2023

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In a new report , Navigant Research forecasts that global annual sales of e-bicycles will grow modestly from 31.7 million units in 2014 to 40.3

smart, MINI Unveiling Electric Scooter Concepts at Paris Show; Central Role for Smartphones

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The traction current is supplied by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. The smart escooter. Click to enlarge. smart escooter.

XL1 dive and drive: Volkswagen aggressively optimizes for efficiency in its sleek diesel plug-in hybrid

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kWh Li-ion battery pack—which is sited in front of the passenger area. kWh Li-ion battery pack. XL1s ready to roll. inches tall.

Li-ion maker Boston-Power launches module system for EV and ESS applications; no-weld integration

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Li-ion battery maker Boston-Power Inc. earlier post ) recently launched its Ensemble Module System; a “kit” of standard components that provides OEMs and pack assemblers with a simple, cost-effective way to assemble large format battery pack solutions for electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage system (ESS) applications. Batteries

New Freescale highly integrated battery cell controller optimized for 14V Li-ion packs

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Freescale Semiconductor introduced the MC33772 3- to 6-cell lithium-ion battery cell controller, expanding its portfolio of highly integrated and connected solutions for reducing bill of materials (BOM) cost, increasing operating robustness and meeting stringent functional safety requirements for automotive and industrial battery systems.

Volkswagen to introduce Golf plug-in hybrid at Geneva; first deliveries in autumn

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kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in around three and a half hours from a domestic outlet, or two and a half hours from a domestic wallbox.

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Audis e-tron quattro EV: evolutionary powertrain with a dash of revolution for production in 2018; MLB evo

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Power is provided by a liquid-cooled 95 kWh Li-ion pack. The resulting two-motor system could become part of the MLB evo kit, said Prof.

Honda previews 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid

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kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery pack, and total system output is 196 hp (146 kW). 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge.

Why plug-in hybrids are top of the pile

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It tested the performance of two 2007 model Prius hybrids and then converted them into plug-in hybrids using a Hymotion 5kWh lithium-ion battery conversion kit. Internal combustion engines, hybrid electrics or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles - which would you choose?

Smith Electric trucks go stateside

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Electric trucks created in Washington, Tyne & Wear are today on the roads of Washington DC. It can be recharged in six hours.

Third Phase of SDGE In-Use Study Shows PHEVs Excel on Fuel Economy and GHG Emissions Reductions Compared to Gasoline ICE and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

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SDG&E tested the performance of two 2007-model Prius hybrids and then converted them into plug-in hybrids, using a Hymotion 5 kWh lithium-ion battery conversion kit. One of SDG&E’s converted PHEVs. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) The same pool of drivers was used during vehicle evaluation. Earlier post.). Resources.

Ford Investing $550M to Retool SUV Plant to Produce Focus Small Car and EV

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The zero-emission Focus battery-electric vehicle, which is being developed in partnership with Magna International, features a high-voltage electric motor powered by a high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack and charged by plugging in to a 110-volt or 220-volt outlet. Earlier post.) The 2.866 million square-foot plant was built in 1957.

CalCars' PRIUS+ Plug-In Hybrid

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Two EDrive/EnergyCS prototypes: (100+ mpg plus electricity, 30-mile range, with lithium-ion batteries. See also: Electric Auto Assn.

Profile: Li-ion Battery and Pack Supplier Valence Technology

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The olivine structure of one of Valence’s lithium iron magnesium phosphate materials. The polyhedra aid the eye in seeing the ions grouped as (green) Fe/Mg-enclosing octahedra and (yellow) phosphate tetrahedra. The (blue) oxygen ions are made very small to permit viewing of the arrangement of the other ions. Mark Donaghy.

Electric Car Makers: Oregon Wants You - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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Even so, most next gen EV manufacturers are focused on lithium ion (and to a lesser extent NiMH) as the core technology to power their cars.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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2010 Prius designed to be manufactured with NiMH or Lithium batteries. The lithium-ion battery will be used in a plug-in hybrid.

GM Says Chevrolet Volt Won't 'Pay the Rent' | Autopia from Wired.com

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One wonders if the recent headway at MIT in building lithium ion cells using ?virus? with lithium the range would be 300 miles.