EV Briefs, and Black Rock City & EVs

Plugs and Cars

The participants in Project Driveway will have to be located in Westchester, NY, Washington DC or Orange County, CA, places with hydrogen fueling stations. Toyota’s first Plug-in Prius to Use NiMH Toyota is postponing its Lithium Priuses and rolling out a few NiMH plug-in Priuses for testing purposes. But let's be clear: Toyota could have NiMH plug-in cars on the road in large numbers already - both all-electric and plug-in hybrid - but has chosen not to.

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Prius Batteries in my EV project?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Can I use my two 270v NiMH Prius batteries to power the EV I'm building with an AC 3 phase induction 10 hp 3500 rpm motor? Also, do they make a DC

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Campaign Begins

Plug In Partners

EV world NATIONAL COALITION LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO URGE AUTOMAKERS TO PRODUCE PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES WASHINGTON, D.C.—January The vans, which have a 20-mile all-electric range, will be outfitted with either nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries or lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries.

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Let My People Convert! - The A123 Challenge

Plugs and Cars

Lately Goldman has been driving one around DC, meeting with policy makers and pushing for consumer incentives for hybrid conversions. Les Goldman wants you to convert (your hybrid.) Easy as 123. So he proposed at the California Air Resources Board ZEV workshop on Tuesday.

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

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

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. Many of the first Prius hybrids that were released are still running strong on their NiMH batteries after 100,000+ miles.

2013 GS 450h EPA-rated at 31 mpg combined; 35% improvement over preceding generation

Green Car Congress

The cooling performance of the hybrid system’s Power Control Unit (PCU) helps reduce fuel consumption and has been improved through the adoption of dual cooling paths and a single-piece, integrated DC/DC converter. 2013 Lexus GS 450h. Click to enlarge.

Hino Trucks introduces new Class 4, 5 diesel and diesel hybrid electric trucks for North American market

Green Car Congress

The hybrid models are equipped with a NiMH battery pack. Due to initial product availability, the hybrid models will follow a roll-out approach and will be available in the following markets in December of 2011: New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.,

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Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

February 2007 (Washington, DC) Jackson EMC electricity cooperative by EnergyCS, February 2007 (Jefferson, GA), contact ashedd@jacksonemc.com GreenTomato Cars by Amberjac/EnergyCS, February 2007 (London, UK), contact simon@amberjac-projects.co.uk by EAA-PHEV with Nilar NiMH batteries, May 2007 (Centennial, CO) contact: info@nilar.com Small photo. About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Car-Makers Say.

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2013 Toyota Avalon features both gasoline and hybrid powertrains; hybrid expects a 40-mpg combined EPA-rating

Green Car Congress

The Avalon Hybrid features a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine, a 244.8-volt NiMH battery pack, and a pair of electric motor/generators within the transaxle. The power-control unit, located in the engine bay, houses the inverter and DC-DC converter. Avalon Hybrid.

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Hybrid DLC-Battery Energy Storage System for Streetcars

Green Car Congress

Siemens earlier this year launched a new hybrid energy storage system for streetcars that combines a double-layer capacitor (DLC) and NiMH battery pack. The systems are mounted on unused roof surfaces of a tram and electrically connected to the feed-in point of the vehicle by means of a DC/DC-chopper. Streetcars equipped with the Sitras HES hybrid energy storage system can be driven up to 2,500 meters (1.6 miles) without an overheadcontactt line (OCL).

Prius c hybrid goes on sale in US with entry MSRP of $18,950; new transaxle, motor technology

Green Car Congress

Ah NiMH battery and a variable-voltage system in which a boost converter boosts the operating voltage of the system to a maximum of 520 V DC. The 144V NiMH air-cooled battery pack in the Prius c has been made more compact and lightweight and is installed under the rear seat. The NiMH pack in the Liftback is 201V.) The 144V output from the battery is boosted to 520V DC maximum before conversion to alternating current. DC (1.2

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Tier 1 HELLA evaluating PowerGenix NiZn batteries for 48V mild hybrid vehicles

Green Car Congress

NiZn offers superior energy and power density compared to lead-acid and Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) and avoids the high costs and safety issues associated with Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.

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Ioxus introduces new iCAP ultracapacitor series with a 3,000F cell

Green Car Congress

ESR, DC ?(m?) The ultracaps can also provide acceleration for a mild hybrid power application, with more efficiency and a smaller volume of required space than NiMH batteries, Hall suggested. The iCAP 3000F cells. Click to enlarge. Ioxus, Inc.

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Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Fleet Passes 1M-Mile Mark In Project Driveway

Green Car Congress

A 35 kW NiMH battery pack (about 1.8 More than 80,000 people in New York, Washington, DC, and Greater Los Angeles, volunteered to drive the vehicles as part of Project Driveway, which began in November 2007. The Equinox fuel cell vehicle. Click to enlarge. On Friday, the fleet of Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell electric vehicles involved in GM’s Project Driveway—the largest consumer fuel cell vehicle demonstration project to date ( earlier post )—passed the 1-million mile mark.

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Battery/Ultracapacitor System for Small Electric Vehicles

Green Car Congress

In their study, the researchers connected the battery pack and ultracapacitor bank in parallel to the DC link with bi-directional two quadrant buck-boost converters. The battery pack comprised two parallel strings of 14 series-connected 12 V NiMH batteries (Saft NHE 10-100). Configuration of an EV with battery pack and ultracapacitor. From Li et al.(2009) 2009) Click to enlarge.

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More Details on the Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Powertrain; 42 mpg US Combined

Green Car Congress

Maximum drive voltage amplification is 650V DC. The Lexus Hybrid Drive system’s 202V NIMH battery allows the new CT 200h to operate in EV mode, driving under electric motor power alone. 2011 Lexus CT 200h. Click to enlarge.

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Honda Debuts Production Version of 2011 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe

Green Car Congress

The foundation of the CR-Z hybrid powertrain is the 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single overhead cam engine with intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) that receives additional power from the IMA system’s DC brushless electric motor. The 2011 Honda CR-Z EX.

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Toyota introduces 7th generation Camry for 2012 with improved fuel economy and performance across all models; ~39% jump in EPA city cycle fuel economy for the hybrid

Green Car Congress

The new Power Control Unit combines the inverter and DC/DC converter into one unit. The NiMH battery module in the 2012 Camry Hybrid is more compact, with the air intake, junction box and service plug reconfigured to reduce footprint. The pack comprises 34 NiMH modules, each 7.2

Mercedes-Benz to Show S-Class Plug-in Hybrid Concept at IAA; Likely Included in Next Generation of Production S-Class

Green Car Congress

That’s much less than a conventional NiMH battery with the same capacity, as the weight of such batteries ranges from 180-200 kg. The Vision S 500 Plug-in HYBRID Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz will present the Vision S 500 Plug-in HYBRID at the 63 rd IAA in Frankfurt.

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Toyota introduces 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Green Car Congress

Toyota’s goal was to reduce the cost, weight and volume of the pack from the NiMH system used earlier. The PCU features a compact inverter design with direct cooling of IGBT transistors, and converts DC to 3-phase AC to drive MG1 and MG2. VDC up to 650 volts DC.

2011 108

Toyota FCV Mirai launches in LA; initial TFCS specs; $57,500 or $499 lease; leaning on Prius analogy

Green Car Congress

Toyota is using a NiMH battery in the Mirai. After DC/AC conversion by power supply unit. Mirai. Click to enlarge.

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Prius v first member of expanded family to go on sale in US; 58% more cargo space than original Prius, with 42 mpg combined

Green Car Congress

Maximum motor drive voltage is 650 volts DC. The NiMH battery pack is the same as on the third-generation Prius liftback, but with a cooling duct located under the rear seat. Toyota expects Prius v to account for about 15% (incremental) of conventional Prius sales. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen Introduces BlueMotionTechnologies Umbrella Brand for Fuel-Efficient, Low-Emissions Technologies; Previews Touareg Hybrid

Green Car Congress

During braking, the E-motor operates as a generator and recovers energy, which is then stored in the high voltage NiMH battery pack. Using the DC/DC converter, the power electronics also ensures that the car’s 12V electrical system is supplied via the E-motor or the high voltage battery.

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