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Mercedes-Benz EQC electric crossover makes US debut at CES 2019

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The first Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle from the EQ brand made its US premiere at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me connect, which makes electric mobility convenient and suitable for everyday driving. In the EQC the powerpacks are isolated by rubber mounts at two points: where the powerpack connects to its subframe and where the subframe connects to the body. The lithium-ion battery has an energy content of 80 kWh.

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Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure; counters conventional wisdom

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A research team led by the University of California San Diego, with colleagues from San Diego State University, US Army Research Laboratory, and General Motors Research and Development Center, has discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail: bits of lithium metal deposits break off from the surface of the anode during discharging and are trapped as “dead” or inactive lithium that the battery can no longer access. Batteries

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Gogoro introduces VIVA ultralight electric smartscooter; battery swapping

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VIVA leverages Gogoro’s Smartscooter electric powertrain, smartphone connectivity and battery swapping in a lightweight urban design for shorter, quicker trips. Loaded with more than 21 liters of storage, VIVA provides enough space to store a helmet and other essentials. VIVA rides like a Gogoro but is optimized for shorter rides and uses a single battery, a first for a Gogoro Smartscooter. The powertrain delivers up to 85 km (53 miles) of range per battery swap.

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Honda, American Electric Power developing 2nd life applications for used EV batteries

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Honda is conducting research with Ohio-based electric utility American Electric Power to develop a network of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries that could be integrated into AEP’s electricity system. Storing additional power in used EV batteries can help utilities meet demand by using renewable energy resources. —Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business, American Honda Motor Co., Batteries Electric (Battery

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Hyundai Motor Group introduces industry-first smartphone-based EV performance control technology; blockchain

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In the process of uploading and sharing custom settings, the system encrypts major performance parameters in a blockchain network by creating new data blocks and stores them in the distributed data storage system to block unauthorized manipulation. Blockchain Connected vehicles Electric (Battery

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Seven-Eleven Japan, Toyota launching next-gen convenience store project in 2019; fuel cell trucks and generators

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Seven-Eleven and Toyota entered into a basic agreement in August 2017 regarding considerations toward energy conservation and carbon dioxide emission reduction in store distribution and operation. Toyota has been investigating the use of newly developed fuel cell trucks and fuel cell generators, and the project will be implemented in stages starting in 2019. The in-store FC generator will generate electricity from hydrogen for store use.

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Georgia Tech team develops conversion-type iron-fluoride Li battery cathode with solid polymer electrolyte

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Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (LIB) is considered to be the most promising candidate to meet the future demands for energy storage devices including portable electronics and electric transportation. Traditionally, that swelling and massive side reactions have been key problems with using iron fluoride in previous battery designs. The researchers found that the key to the enhanced battery performance was the solid polymer electrolyte. Batteries Solid-state

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Audi to introduce entry-level e-tron model with smaller battery pack, less range

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The Audi e-tron 50 quattro will complement the existing e-tron 55 quattro model, with a 71 kWh battery and two electric motors providing for a range of up to 186 miles according to the WLTP test cycle and its 120kW charging capability facilitating recharging to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes at fast-charging stations. By comparison, the 55 quattro features a 95 kWh battery with up to 255.4 Electric (Battery

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Mitsubishi unveils twin-motor 4WD PHEV Engelberg Tourer crossover concept in Geneva

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The combination of the PHEV system with connected car technologies helps the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer be driven in all weather and over all types of road with greater reassurance. The large capacity drive battery is fitted beneath the floor in the middle of the vehicle. miles (WLTP cycle), and with a fully charged battery and full fuel tank it has a total cruising range of more than 700 km / 435 miles (WLTP). Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

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Solaris to supply electric buses to Paris

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The energy needed to drive it will be stored in 160 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries. A plug-in connection, through which the bus will connect to an external stationary charger will be used to top up the energy. Electric (Battery) FleetsParis-based Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) has signed a contract with Solaris Bus & Coach for the supply of the Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE 8.9-meter electric bus to Paris.

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Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid available for order in Europe, deliveries by year-end

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kWh lithium-ion battery pack. m 3 are facilitated by careful packaging of the compact battery pack beneath the floor. The battery pack is covered by a standard eight-year/160,000 km (100,000-mile) warranty. FordPass Connect on-board modem technology features as standard, enabling operators to maximize vehicle efficiency and utilization. EV Charge utilizes the range extender to power the vehicle and to top up the battery for when further EV Now travel is needed.

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Volkswagen Group sets up new group company for energy and charging: Elli

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Elli Group GmbH , with headquartered in Berlin, is to develop products and services connected with energy and charging for the brands of the Group. The low-cost 11 kW AC Wallbox is suitable for overnight charging, a procedure that protects the battery. The comfort version also operates with 11 kW but also offers connectivity via attractive payment arrangements and update options. Stationary battery storage will also play a key role in this context in the future.

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Audi introduces A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e quattro PHEV

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Comprising 104 pouch cells, the lithium-ion battery stores 14.1 For optimal temperature control, its cooling loop is connected to both the coolant loop for the climate control system and the low-temperature cooling loop into which the electric motor and power electronics are also integrated. The lithium-ion battery is integrated into the rear of the vehicle below the luggage compartment floor in such as way that there is no step in the luggage compartment.

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MIT and Lamborghini file patent on new MOF material for supercapacitors

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MIT - Department of Chemistry), and the other with Professor John Anastasios Hart (MIT - Department of Mechanical Engineering), focused on battery materials. More broadly, this result is part of the shift towards electric vehicles technology Automobili Lamborghini undertook in 2017 with the presentation of the Terzo Millennio, and most recently with the Sián hybrid super sports car, unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Battery materials. Batteries Materials

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New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel-cell bus achieves 350 miles of zero-emission range in a test demonstration for OCTA

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The forty-foot Xcelsior CHARGE H2 was equipped with a Ballard Power Systems fuel cell, producing electricity in motion to continuously recharge the 100 kWh of batteries to power a Siemens electric drive motor. When the hydrogen tanks were fully depleted, the zero-emission bus (ZEB) operated on battery reserve for an additional 20 miles, to achieve a combined range of 350 miles. Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

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Hyundai introducing 48V mild hybrid system with 1.6L diesel in Europe

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The technology comprises a 48-volt battery, a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG) and LDC converter (Low Voltage DC/DC). In addition to the 48V electrical system, the vehicle is equipped with the conventional 12V electrical system, which is connected via the DC/DC converter to the 48V system. Thus, parts of the energy stored in the 48V battery system can also be used to stabilize the 12V on-board power supply.

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Porsche expanding Charging Service in Europe; more than 49,000 charging points

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The service searches for suitable charging stations and performs invoicing via centrally stored payment details. Registration is possible via www.porsche.com/connect-store. Electric (Battery) Europe InfrastructureJust a few months after the launch, Porsche is expanding its charging service for plug-in and electric vehicles ( earlier post ) by five countries and additional functions. The platform now has more than 49,000 charging points in twelve countries.

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Paks, Hungary orders 10 electric Solaris buses

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The energy necessary to drive it will be stored in Solaris High Energy batteries with a total capacity of 250 kWh. LE electric will be equipped with 200 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries which will be charged using a plug-in connection. Hungary has now the 18 th European country to which Solaris will supply Urbino electric battery buses. Bus Electric (Battery

Four engine variants of updated Audi A5 to be equipped with 12V and 48V mild hybrid systems

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A belt alternator starter, which is connected to the crankshaft, recovers energy during deceleration and stores this in a compact lithium-ion battery. The Audi A5 models and the S5 models with a TDI engine and sporty new look can be ordered in Europe from fall 2019. Audi is updating the A5 sedan. At market introduction, four A5 engine variants will be equipped with a mild hybrid system (MHEV).

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Volkswagen’s ID.3 debuts for the European market

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electric vehicle, the first model from the MEB product line for electric vehicles, is making its debut at IAA 2019 in Frankfurt. 1ST models feature the most popular battery variant that provides a usable energy content of 58 kWh. batteries, thus safeguarding longevity. This drive has been optimized around the battery to achieve maximum ranges while keeping costs to a minimum. With App-Connect, you can also connect the ID.3 Electric (Battery

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Audi’s performance SQ5 diesel features electric compressor with mild hybrid system

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Energy is stored in a compact lithium-ion battery with an electrical capacity of 10 Ah located beneath the luggage compartment floor. An AC/DC converter connects the conventional 12-volt electrical system. At its core is a belt alternator-starter (BAS) connected to the crankshaft. This electrical energy is stored in the lithium-ion battery, from where it is dynamically distributed to the consumers in the electrical system.

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Audi unveils MEB-based Q4 e-tron concept EV; production version in 2020

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There is no mechanical connection between the axles. The battery in the vehicle floor stores 82 kWh, which allows for a range of more than 450 kilometers (280 miles) according to the WLTP standard. The battery is charged with a maximum of 125 kW. The battery system weighs 510 kilograms; the center of gravity of the Audi Q4 e-tron concept is therefore at a similar level to that of a sedan with a conventional drive system. Electric (Battery

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Volkswagen introduces near-series design study of the MEB-based flexible quick charging station at Geneva

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Connected to the grid or even off-grid, the station can charge up to four electric cars simultaneously, based on the principle of a ‘power bank’, two with DC quick charging. The charging station can be used as interim storage for eco-power; however, when connected to the mains power grid, it becomes a permanent charging point. By contrast, when it is permanently connected to the mains power grid, the battery pack continuously and independently recharges itself.

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BMW Group spare parts logistics center piloting autonomous transport platforms

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The aim of the AutoBox pilot project is to automate long distances in the Dynamics Center using the transport platform and to connect more distant parts of the building. The transport platform then moves through a roller shutter door in the direction of the order-picking warehouse, where the parts are temporarily stored before being dispatched to the customer. Autonomous driving Electric (Battery) Industry 4.0

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Buick launches VELITE 6 PLUS MAV EV with increased range of 410 km

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As Buick’s first global all-electric vehicle and SAIC-GM’s first electric vehicle for the mass market, the VELITE 6 integrates resources and advanced technology from GM and SAIC for new energy and connected vehicles. The capacity of the battery in the VELITE 6 PLUS has been increased to 52.5 kWh and its energy density has been increased to 140 Wh/kg, allowing it to store more energy with the same volume. China Electric (Battery

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Supercap-based e-KERS for ICEV delivers approx. 20% reduction in fuel consumption

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BMW Efficient Dynamics): with this kind of systems, the alternator output is increased during braking phases, thus transferring part of the vehicle kinetic energy to the battery, whose energy is employed to supply electrical consumers of the vehicle, reducing the power absorbed by the alternator during vehicle positive traction phases. The MGU is mechanically connected to the drive shaft via a fixed gear ratio and converts the vehicle kinetic energy into electric energy and vice versa.

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Ford introduces North America’s largest electric vehicle charging network for its EV customers; Greenlots led buildout

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New Ford all-electric vehicles, including the Mustang-inspired SUV arriving next year, will come standard with a Ford Mobile Charger that can charge regardless of outlet power (120- and 240-volt outlets); for those with longer commutes or who want greater peace of mind, a Ford Connected Charge Station can fully power a vehicle overnight while they sleep. Ford is collaborating with Amazon in the US for all installation services from 240V outlets to the Ford Connected Charge Station.

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Audi unveils e-tron Sportback electric SUV Coupé; market intro spring 2020

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The Audi e-tron Sportback is a battery-electric SUV coupé offering up to 300 kW of power and a range of up to 446 kilometers (277.1 miles) (WLTP) from a single battery charge. Audi is introducing the new e-tron Sportback with two powertrain versions: the e-tron Sportback 55 quattro, and the e-tron Sportback 50 quattro, with less power, battery capacity, and range. 95 kWh battery system. The optional charging stem connect will be available for ordering at market launch.

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3 Norwegian operators order 7 more Solaris electric buses

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The four new buses will be equipped with 145 kWh Solaris High Power batteries, which will recharged via both the plug-in connector and the fast charging pantograph. The energy needed to power the vehicle will be stored in 160 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries. The charging of the batteries will take place via a plug-in connection, while the vehicle will be mechanically and electrically prepared for the subsequent installation of the fast-charging pantograph.

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INFINITI says new gasoline-generated EV system (Nissan e-POWER) central to electrification strategy

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These include fully-electric systems, as well as a gasoline-generated EV system (known as e-POWER at Nissan, earlier post ) in which a gasoline engine generates electrical power stored in a battery (series hybrid), which can then be delivered to all four wheels through a pair of high-output electric motors. Power is provided directly to two high-output electric motors—one on each axle—by a battery pack located beneath the floor of the cabin, varying in capacity from 3.5

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Lexus presents LF-30 Electrified concept

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Headlining this was the debut of the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept, which made its world premiere at the 46 th Tokyo Motor Show 2019. In-wheel electric motors for each of the vehicle’s four wheels and low positioning of the battery enable better handling of inertia and high-level driving performance. Onboard AI distinguishes the voices of vehicle occupants, and uses personalized information stored on the driver’s control key to serve as a partner. Electric (Battery

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XL to launch plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-250 pickup at NTEA Work Truck Show

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XL, a provider of connected vehicle electrification solutions for commercial, utility and municipal fleets, will unveil a plug-in hybrid electric version of the popular Ford F-250 pickup truck at the NTEA Work Truck show, 5-8 March in Indianapolis. The truck will also feature regenerative braking, enabling it to store energy in the battery while slowing and then use that energy to help propel the vehicle during acceleration.

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Audi introduces Q5 55 TFSI e quattro plug-in hybrid; first of new PHEVs

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The SUV’s lithium-ion battery is located under the luggage compartment floor. It is made up of 104 prismatic cells and stores 14.1 For optimal temperature control, its cooling loop is connected to both the coolant loop for the climate control system and the low-temperature cooling loop into which the electric motor and power electronics are also integrated. In Battery Hold mode, battery capacity is held at the current level.

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Lublin orders 20 electric buses, 15 trolleybuses from Solaris

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The Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses will be fitted with 116 kWh Solaris High Power batteries tailored to frequent and fast recharging. The energy stored in these will feed a traction motor of 160 kW. The battery recharging process will be performed via roof-mounted pantograph; plug-in connectors will be used for overnight charging at the bus depot. Bus Electric (Battery The public transport authority Zarz?d

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Ford of Europe piloting geofencing and blockchain technology to ensure PHEVs operate efficiently in city center low-emission zones

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Each of the 10 PHEVs in the 12-month Cologne trial features the FordPass Connect on-board cellular modem, and a plug-in device which enables the geofencing and blockchain capabilities. The emissions mode and time that vehicles enter or leave a controlled zone are recorded to a secure distributed ledger—a blockchain—ensuring emissions data is safely stored and shared among relevant parties including city authorities and the vehicle or fleet owners.

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Ford Europe bringing 48V mild hybrid tech to Tourneo van; new diesel engines

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A belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) replaces the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations, and charging a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. The BISG also acts as a motor, using the stored energy to provide torque assistance to the engine under normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle’s electrical ancillaries.

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2020 Range Rover available with 48V mild hybrid in-line 6

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Based around a new start-stop system, the latest 3.0-liter engine is paired with an electric motor that can harvest energy through deceleration and store it in a 48V battery. Connectivity has been enhanced with the addition of a new Smartphone Pack, fitted as standard across the range.

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Polestar unveils Polestar 2 electric fastback; targeting Tesla Model 3

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Polestar 2 is a premium five-door fastback with two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery capacity that will enable a targeted range of 500 km (311 miles), based on Volvo Car Group’s adaptable Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA). The 27-module battery pack is integrated into the floor and contributes to the rigidity of the chassis as well as improves the car’s noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels; road noise has been reduced by 3.7 Electric (Battery

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Updated Audi Q7 SUV has 48V MHEV as standard, new PHEV option

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Its central component, the belt alternator starter (BAS), powers a 48-volt main electrical system in which a compact lithium-ion battery stores the energy. During braking, the BAS can recover up to 8 kW of power and feed it back into the battery. Audi connect and assist systems. The MMI navigation plus features LTE Advanced, a Wi-Fi hotspot, natural voice control and the extensive Audi connect portfolio.

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Tesla acquiring ultracap maker Maxwell Technologies for ~$218M; new 3.0V platform

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Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is a long-time self-described “big fan of ultracapacitors” and has suggested that ultracapacitors might be a more likely source of a breakthrough for EV energy storage than batteries, although energy density remains an issue. served as independent advisor to Maxwell in connection with the transaction. 3000F cell, in an industry-standard 60-mm cylindrical form factor, as well as a 54% increase in stored energy. Batteries

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Ford introducing 48V mild-hybrid Fiesta and Focus in Europe

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The Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid will feature a mild-hybrid architecture with a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) replacing the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy usually lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. From Fiesta to Transit, either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric option will be offered.

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Audi introduces A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro plug-in hybrid

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The power electronics converts the direct current from the high-voltage battery (HV) into three-phase current to power the electric motor. During recuperation, it functions as an alternator and feeds direct current back to the lithium-ion battery. The battery is positioned underneath the luggage compartment floor and consists of 104 pouch cells which are allocated to eight modules. The HV battery stores 14.1

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Audi launching plug-in hybrid versions of Q5, A6, A7 and A8 at Geneva show; 25 miles AER in WLTP

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The new plug-in hybrid models will be available for order during the course of the year 2019. A lithium-ion battery beneath the luggage compartment floor supplies the electrical energy. At the same time, with regard to recuperation, the drive system resembles that of the new battery-electric Audi e-tron. The lithium-ion battery for the A6, A7 and A8 is made up of 104 pouch cells, which are combined in eight modules. It stores 14.1

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