Conference confirms plug-in fever

Plugs and Cars

Coming on the heels of the Google/Brookings event in Washington, D.C., Representatives of GM stoked the clamor for the Volt, and a Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid sat on the show floor. Tags: plug-in 2008 smart car BMW mercedes electric mini electric car plug-in Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid chevy volt andy grove al gore plug-in car Once again, a conference on plug-in cars.

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EV Briefs, and Black Rock City & EVs

Plugs and Cars

Contracts for lithium batteries for the plug-in hybrid Saturn Vue and the Chevrolet Volt have received much press. The participants in Project Driveway will have to be located in Westchester, NY, Washington DC or Orange County, CA, places with hydrogen fueling stations. A few items before I head out to Black Rock City for two weeks.

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ANL Project on Actively Coupled Ultracapacitor-Battery System for PHEVs Attracting OEM Interest

Green Car Congress

Results of an earlier simulation study of capacitor sizing for the system shows that a 75-100 Whr capacitor bank is appropriate for a Saturn VUE-sized PHEV. DC/DC converter, featuring an aggressive cost/mass reduction ($15-$25/kW), high frequency (200 kHz), SiC devices, and powdered magnetics.

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