A123: Increasing 48V battery power up to ~25 kW enables advanced mild hybrid capabilities with greater fuel savings

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Improving battery power to such as level would further enable hybridization to near-HEV levels as well as engine downsizing, thereby enabling fuel economy improvements beyond the current 10-15% MHEV limit. Right: Generalized MHEV topology with advanced high-power 48V battery packs.

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How Self-Driving Cars Will Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

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Over the last two decades, fully electric cars have had, let’s say, a slow start. And while hybrid technology has taken off, drivers have been hesitant to accept fully battery-powered tech for a variety of reasons, including a lack of charging stations. Make all AVs electric.

2018 95

Nissan and Yamato Transport begin test drives of battery-powered refrigerator trucks

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will conduct test drives of the ATLAS F24 Refrigerator Truck by Li-ion Battery for a one-year period starting this month, in cooperation with Yamato Transport Co., The lithium-ion battery system installed on the vehicle was developed by 4R Energy Corporation. Nissan Motor Co.,

2013 95

Daimler developing new dedicated architecture for battery-electric vehicles; debut at Paris Motor Show in September; 500 km

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Daimler is developing a dedicated, multi-model electric vehicle architecture for battery-powered vehicles. The ACCUMOTIVE battery pack will support a range of up to 500 km. Batteries Electric (Battery

2016 95

DOE announces $26.6M SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 1 Release 2 awards; fuel cells, batteries, power electronics and efficient combustion engines

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Of these, 16 are vehicle-related, encompassing projects developing batteries, power electronics and improved combustion engine technology including on-board reformers, and two are specifically hydrogen fuel cell-related. Fuel Cell-Battery Electric Hybrid for Utility or Municipal MD or HD Bucket Trucks (H2BT) The fuel cell bucket truck has no emission and saves 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel per year.

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Volkswagen Group Research and KUKA partner to develop robot-supported services for autonomous and electric vehicles

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Volkswagen Group Research and leading robotics company KUKA will intensify their strategic partnership with the joint development of area ofrobot-based innovation concepts for vehicles of the future. These will be all-electric battery-powered vehicles.

2017 78

BorgWarner’s eGearDrive launches in Geely’s first electric vehicle

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The Chinese automaker’s first mass-produced electric vehicle is powered by a 96 kW electric motor and features a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) and a range of 253 km (157 miles). BorgWarner’s eGearDrive transmission ( earlier post ) will propel the Geely EC7-EV sedan.

2016 78

Mercedes-Benz Introduces the Battery-Powered A-Class E-CELL; Production Run of 500

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Mercedes-Benz is introducing the A-Class E-CELL, a compact five-seat battery-electric car with a range of more than 200 km (124 miles) (NEDC), targeted as a family EV for urban areas. The benefits include the efficient use of shared parts in all the brand’s electric vehicles.

2010 78

China plans to standardize electric-car tech nationally to expand its global lead

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Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in China were almost four times those in the U.S. The world's largest car market is engineering a massive shift over the next two decades away from cars with combustion engines toward battery-powered cars. Standard China plug-in cars charging Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charging infrastructure Charging stations new energy vehicles

2018 74

Electric-Car Battery Energy: Why Waste It On Cabin Heating? (Video)

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Among the drawbacks of cars that run on battery power is the energy required to heat their cabins. As electric-car drivers in less temperate climes know, heating the cabin to room temperature has an enormous impact on battery range--conceivably as high as 40 percent.

2016 83

SwRI to demonstrate use of electric vehicles as part of emergency power microgrid under US Army SPIDERS program

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is a member of a team that was recently awarded a $7-million contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers to demonstrate integration of electric vehicles, generators and solar arrays to supply emergency power for Fort Carson, Colo. Demonstration (JCTD) called the Smart Power Infrastructure. independent from the bulk power grid (i.e., infrastructure from power loss. disruptions to the bulk electric. utility power.

2012 73

Why China will beat U.S. in electric-car battle: urgency, regulations

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As the electric-vehicle market matures and more global automakers commit to building battery-powered cars, one driving force has emerged to lead the pack. emissions China Politics government incentives plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV With apologies to the title of a comedy from half a century ago. The Chinese Are Coming. That's the assertion made by old China hand Michael Dunne, of Dunne Consulting in Hong Kong, who makes.

2017 80

California university gets country's first battery-electric bus fleet

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BYD is a Chinese electric car company that was founded to "Build Your Dreams." Now it claims to be the biggest electric vehicle company in the world—and it's building buses. We're not sure who dreams about buses, but the company is now building the first battery-powered, all-electric bus fleet at the University of California, Irvine

2018 77

Coritech Services orders Ideal Power’s bi-directional battery converters for DoD vehicle-to-grid program

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Ideal Power Inc., Coritech intends to install the battery converters in its bi-directional electric vehicle charging system for use in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications for the Department of Defense (DoD). Electric (Battery) Power Electronics V2X

2014 78

Mercedes-Benz electric cars to arrive sooner as urgency increases

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The auto-maker remains on track to bolster its portfolio with 10 electric vehicles, but they’ll arrive three full years sooner than expected. The battery-powered cars are now scheduled to debut by 2022 instead of by 2025, company officials have confirmed. Future Cars Daimler plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is speeding up its shift towards electrification.

2017 79

Mazda To Convert Three Mazda 2's to Battery Power

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Mazda is one of only a handful of companies who remain uncommitted to electric vehicles. Up until now, the company has shown little interest in anything with alternative propulsion. Over the past year, they have dismissed a possible hybrid model, then confirmed a hybrid model, discredited EVs and so on. Now, even Mazda has entered into the EV

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DOE awards $18M to 5 projects to accelerate development of plug-in electric vehicles & use of other alternative fuels

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $18 million to five projects for research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane. Electric (Battery) LPG Natural Gas Plug-ins V2X

2016 65

UK’s biggest trial of electric cars converts drivers to battery power

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Drivers taking part in the UK’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle demonstration (ULCV) trial were won over by the electric vehicles they drove, with an overwhelming majority reporting that they impressed by the vehicle performance. Electric cars

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BMW says it can build electric cars and regular ones on same platforms: interview

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As the auto industry plans more electric cars in higher volumes for the 2020s, one of the great debates is whether they will need to be designed from the ground up solely for battery power. Plug-In Hybrids Future Cars plug-in cars Platform Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV Doing so allows designers to offer larger cabins due to the more compact drive motors and electronics. One of the best examples of that idea is the upcoming.

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2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: first drive of electric two-seat car

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When that car is a reboot of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, the tiny battery-powered European city slicker—and you’re surrounded by a sea of drivers who couldn't care less about keeping to a speed. minicar plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) two-seatOn a hot, muggy day in south Florida, nothing is more comforting than knowing that your well-cooled car will make it to its destination.

2016 84

Fraunhofer IAF develops first monolithically integrated GaN half bridge for voltage converters for e-mobility

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In power electronics components, this is the standard volt class for grid-connected electrical devices, ranging from tablets and washing machines to e-bikes and electric cars. A switching frequency of up to 3 MHz allows us to achieve a much greater power density.

2017 78

GMs views on challenges for battery development for extended range electric vehicles

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Examples of degradation effects causing Li-ion battery power or capacity fading. the Volt—but also more broadly for batteries and electrified vehicle applications in general. Volt) Battery electric (in development) Fuel cell hybrid electric.

Partnership agreement between PVI and SODETREL (EDF Group) for Valence Li-ion battery rental and service for electric vehicles

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PVI (Power Vehicle Integration), a manufacturer of commercial electrical vehicles, and SODETREL , a wholly owned subsidiary of the EDF group, signed a master agreement in April 2011 to establish a partnership that will offer PVI customers rental and service contracts for Valence Technology batteries. PVI started marketing 100% electric buses at the beginning of 2000. PVI also offers a line of electric trucks, and an OEM electric powertrain system.

2011 69

Electric vehicle sales slump in India

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With a subsidy scheme on electric vehicles reaching its conclusion in India, there has been a 75 per cent drop in sales of electric cars (such as India’s first electric car, the Reva, pictured) and other battery powered vehicles in the country. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars electric vehicles green cars india REVA

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Smith Electric Vehicles Delivers First Battery-Electric Truck into Ireland

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The 10-tonne truck is the largest pure electric vehicle on the road in Ireland. Designed for city and town center use, the Smith Newton is powered by an 80 kWh Li-ion battery pack and a 120 kW electric motor. This provides a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h) and a range of 100 miles (160 km) on one battery charge. In January 2009, the government of Ireland announced a target of 10% of all vehicles to be powered by electricity by 2020.

ARPA-E awards $30M to 21 projects advance new class of high-performance power converters

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CIRCUITS project teams will accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters, based on wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. CIRCUITS projects will establish the building blocks of this class of power converter by advancing higher efficiency designs that exhibit enhanced reliability and superior total cost of ownership. SiC-Based Wireless Power Transformation for Data Centers & Medium-Voltage Applications.

2017 65

UK Electricity Distributor Trialing Two Smith Electric Vehicles Edisons

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UK electricity company Western Power Distribution (WPD) has purchased two Smith Electric Vehicles Edison vans. The electricity distribution network operator has deployed electric vans in Plymouth and Cardiff.

2010 78

Freudenberg invests in fuel cell and battery technologies

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Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, one of the world’s leading specialists in sealing technologies for the auto industry, has strengthened its position in the energy and electric mobility sectors with an acquisition and a strategic investment. The successful development of markets and technologies depends on a core issue—energy—whether the work involves hybrids, vehicles with battery-powered electric motors or those using fuel cells as an energy source.

2018 65

Forecast: Lithium Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles to Approach $8 Billion in Sales by 2015

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PHEV/EV Models 2010-2012 by Battery Chemistry. According to a new report from Pike Research, a rapidly growing global market for electrified vehicles—particularly plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles—will create a Li-ion transportation battery industry with nearly $8 billion in sales worldwide by 2015, up from $878 million in 2010. 2012 will be the make or break year for the electric vehicle market.

J.D. Power survey finds China consumers increasingly enthusiastic about new-energy vehicles; ongoing importance of subsidies; battery worries

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Power survey on Chinese consumers’ purchase intentions regarding new-energy vehicles. In China, battery-electric cars dominate the electric car market, with a 75% share in 2016. Overall, however, electric cars still represent a tiny fraction of car sales: 1.4%

2018 104

Stanford study quantifies energetic costs of grid-scale energy storage over time; current batteries the worst performers; the need to improve cycle life by 3-10x

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Using a new metric—“Energy Stored on Invested, ESOI”—they concluded that batteries were the worst performers, while compressed air energy storage (CAES) performed the best, followed by pumped hydro storage (PHS). As the percentage of electricity supply from wind and solar increases, grid operators will need to employ strategies and technologies, including energy storage, to balance supply with demand given the intermittency of the renewable supply.

2013 76

ION Energy acquires battery management company Freemens SAS

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Start-up ION Energy , a company building high-performance energy storage systems and electric vehicle infrastructure, has acquired the French battery management company, Freemens SAS. After earning a Master’s degree from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, he spent 2 years with his PhD research professor making inventions in power electronics architecture, Lithium-Ion cell aging factors and state identification. Batteries

2018 73

Penn State team devises new control strategy to enhance EV battery performance when driving in cold temperatures

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Researchers at Penn State, with a colleague from EC Power, have devised a new control strategy that can rapidly restore EV battery power and permit full regeneration while driving at temperatures as low as −40 °C. of the baseline battery. Batteries

2017 90

Hyundai Introduces New Tucson/ ix35 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

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Hyundai unveiled its Tucson/ ix35 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, saying that the introduction was moving it another step closer to the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. Vehicle range. Battery power.

Mazda's electric car gets patents for rotary range-extender engine

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Recent patent filings suggest Mazda’s next Wankel engine will equip a battery-powered car, not a rear-wheel drive heir to emblematic sports coupes like its RX-7 and RX-8. series hybrid Rotary plug-in cars Wankel rotary engine Range-Extended Electric Vehicle Range Extending BMW i3 RExMazda has invested more time and money into the rotary engine than any other automaker, so executives are reluctant to let it fade away into history. While the RX-8 has.

2017 63

Smith Electric Vehicles extends into Spanish market

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Smith Electric Vehicles has appointed a distributor in Spain to extend the market for its battery-powered vans, minibuses and trucks. The electric vehicle firm is working in partnership with distributor Clem to introduce its adapted vehicles to the Spanish market, increasing its presence in mainland Europe. Latest news Clem distribute Smith Electric Vehicles Spain

Honda unveils Fit EV concept and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle platform at Los Angeles Auto Show

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President and CEO Takanobu Ito unveiled the Fit EV Concept electric vehicle and the platform for a mid-size plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show. No one vehicle can meet every customer need or solve every societal challenge.We

Renault-Nissan admits it will miss electric vehicle sales target

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Sales of electric cars around the world are four years behind expectations, the CEO of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn admitted for the first time, in an interview with the Financial Times. Electric cars Nissan Renault

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Opinion: Debunking the mythsWhy fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are viable for the mass market

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Public-private investment initiatives, government funding for infrastructure and consumer subsidies, falling production costs and notably, the commitment to future OEM launches of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)—all indicate a clear road to adoption. Despite the recent progress, a number of myths around the use, power efficiency and cost of fuel cells still exist. In addition, fuel cell vehicles have zero-CO 2 and zero particulate tailpipe emissions.

2014 69

DENSO develops vehicle-to-home power supply system for electric vehicles

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DENSO Corporation has developed a vehicle-to-home (V2H) power supply system for electric vehicles (EV), which is designed to work in coordination with DENSO’s home energy management system (HEMS), which was introduced earlier this year. The V2H system can quickly charge an EV with direct current from the HEMS storage battery, and can supply the electricity in the EV back to the household. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins V2X

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