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. Researchers from the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) have developed and demonstrated secondary (i.e.,

KIT presenting modular battery concept for electric bus

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Source: KIT. At the upcoming IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will present a modular battery concept for the efficient operation of an electric bus; an electric city bus demonstrator will illustrate the concept. Source: KIT.

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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. In a recently signed cooperation agreement, KIT and Siemens agreed to collaborate on an overarching concept for an integrated production-control and monitoring system for the entire production machinery of a battery plant.

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. This new facility with an investment volume of more than $50 million is scheduled to supply the market with cathode materials for the production of high-performance lithium-ion batteries from mid-2012.

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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. The kit fits in the existing space while saving weight, improving performance and safety. The 48V kit comes in 8, 9.6,

Porsche introducing new Panamera 4 E-hybrid PHEV at Paris Show

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Porsche sees this new type of “E-Performance”—more power, more driving fun, lower fuel consumption—as the performance kit of the future. The electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery.

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Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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kWh Li-ion polymer pack from LG Chem provides the energy storage. The pack is 20% lighter than non-polymer lithium-ion batteries and can be shaped more optimally to the interior than standard cell format batteries, Hyundai said.

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Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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kWh Li-ion polymer pack from LG Chem provides the energy storage. The pack is 20% lighter than non-polymer lithium-ion batteries and can be shaped more optimally to the interior than standard cell format batteries, Hyundai said.

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

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a spin-off from the University of Michigan and developer of advanced asymmetric supercapacitors, to produce and sell hybrid electric storage (HES) devices comprising Li-ion batteries, supercapacitors and control electronics. 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.

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. The electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery.

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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). MEB—Modularer Elektrifizierungsbaukasten (“Modular Electric Drive kit”)—was conceived to support the development of a family of pure electric vehicles within brands and across the Group.

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. CODA Holdings, a California-based developer of electric vehicles, EV propulsion systems and stationary energy storage applications, has acquired EnergyCS, a leading developer of battery management systems (BMS).

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

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Funds for Zero Motorcycle are to expand its manufacturing capability in California; Tesla’s award is for the manufacturing line for the upcoming Model X; and Quallion’s funds are to expand battery management system integration facilities for lithium ion battery modules.

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 successful development of this technology has made possible heat resistant, energy-dense Lithium-ion cell technology, which is now Leyden’s core offering. Li-Ion battery has 2,200 mAh capacity with a cycle life of more than 1,000 charge/discharge cycles.

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

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Bosch and partners Pro Design Electronic GmbH, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have launched a new €4.3-million (US$5.8-million) project to improve battery performance in hybrid and electric vehicles with smart battery management.

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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Put another way, the fuel cell technology is being developed so as to work as components in the MQB (transverse) kit, the development of which is led by the Volkswagen brand, and the MLB (longitudinal) kit being driven by Audi. kWh, 36 kW Li-ion battery pack comes from the Jetta Hybrid.

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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. By preventing the lithium-ion cells from overheating, AllCell is able to build high energy density batteries with extended cycle life and maximum safety.

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. The PCM surrounds each lithium-ion cell in the battery pack, where it absorbs and conducts heat away from the cells as they heat up.

How to Get a Plug-In Hybrid

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We will have similar solutions available for better (but more expensive) nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion batteries.) The kit is designed so the batteries can be upgraded to lithium-phosphate.) We believe both NiMH and Li-Ion are ready.

Citroën introduces E-Berlingo Multispace

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Two Lithium-ion battery packs with a capacity of 22.5 The Citroën Berlingo leisure activity vehicle is now available with an electric drivetrain.

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

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Smith Electric Vehicles executed an agreement to form a joint venture with China-based strategic partner and investor FDG Electric Vehicles, a vertically integrated electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturer engaged in the R&D, production and distribution of all-electric vehicles.

H2ME has 100 fuel cell vehicles on the road in Germany, France and UK

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Powered by a compact 5 kW fuel cell module, coupled with a hydrogen storage unit and medium-size automotive battery pack, Symbio’s range-extender kit doubles the range of Renault’s electric-only Kangoo ZE model to 320 km. Hydrogen Mobility Europe ( H2ME ), a multi-country, multi-partner project to demonstrate that hydrogen can support Europe’s future transport demands, announced that it has deployed its first 100 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in Germany, France and the UK.

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 Lithium-ion batteries are mounted low in the center of the car for optimum weight distribution and to provide a low center of gravity. 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 million units in 2023 under a base scenario—a CAGR of 2.7%. Navigant expects China, the market leader, to reach 28.8

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. Solar cells at the front support the charging of the state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery pack whenever the sun is shining, also when the scooter is moving. The smart escooter. Click to enlarge.

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. The XL1 is not a product of any of Volkswagen’s modular Baukästen (assembly kits such as the MQB, MLB or MSB, earlier post ). XL1s ready to roll. Click to enlarge.

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.

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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This variety of products—the Golf TSI (including GTI); Golf TDI (including GTD); Golf TGI (powered by CNG); e-Golf; and Golf GTE—is made possible by the modular transverse matrix assembly kit, abbreviated to MQB (modularen Querbaukasten). Golf GTE plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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

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This could eventually have a role comparable to that of the Volkswagen Group’s modular diesel and modular gasoline engine kits (MDB and MOB). (“Baukasten” = German for construction kit). Power is provided by a liquid-cooled 95 kWh Li-ion pack.

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). Puncture repair kit (in place of gasoline-engine Accord's spare wheel and tire). 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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. The converted plug-in hybrids recharge their batteries through a standard 110-volt household outlet and charge in five to six hours for a 5 kWh lithium-ion battery. One of SDG&E’s converted PHEVs. Click to enlarge.

Driving Hyundai’s electrified Ioniq line-up; cost-effective efficiency and dynamics

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The Ioniq Electric applies a torsion-beam rear axle, providing more space for the 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer batteries, placed below the rear seats. Hyundai has begun the US roll-out of its Ioniq line-up of electrified vehicles: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric. Earlier post.)

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? Well if its improvements in mileage and reductions in emissions you want, you can’t go wrong with a plug-in.

Smith Electric trucks go stateside

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Powered by the latest Lithium-Ion batteries and a 120kw electric motor, the Smith Newton has a top speed of 50mph (80km) and a range in excess of 100 miles (160km) on a full charge. Electric trucks created in Washington, Tyne & Wear are today on the roads of Washington DC.

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. The plant also will employ an efficient, synchronous material flow, where the material will move in kits to each operator, providing employees with the tools they need in the sequence they will need them.

CalCars' PRIUS+ Plug-In Hybrid

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Two EDrive/EnergyCS prototypes: (100+ mpg plus electricity, 30-mile range, with lithium-ion batteries. Instructions (1.5MB pdf) show how individuals can enable the Priuss EV-only mode Coastal Electric Technologies also offers a kit.

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. a provider of lithium-ion batteries, modules and packs. There are a number of companies offering lithium phosphate R&D. by Bill Cooke.

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

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There are companies that are reinventing the lead-acid battery to make it more competitive with lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride in terms of storage capacity versus weight, durability, and cold weather performance.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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Saab GM-owned company exploring PHEVs Joint Venture with Volvo and others to research PHEVs Toyota 500 PHEV 2010-model Priuses with lithium batteries to be leased for fleet tests in 2009 (150 in U.S.) 2010 Prius designed to be manufactured with NiMH or Lithium batteries.