NiMH Hybrid Batteries in an EV Conversion?

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NIMH battery modules used in the Toyota Prius. I am converting a 1999 Ford Probe into an electric car. I have found really really cheap 7.2v My question

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AC Motors, NiMH batteries, and Wheel Motors

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AC motor question: I'm looking for a less expensive, probably US-made AC motor. I'm aiming my design at 1400 lbs maximum. Ideas?

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Jilin team improves hydrogen storage alloys to boost performance of NiMH batteries

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Researchers at Jilin University in China have proposed a new strategy for designing hydrogen storage alloys with high capacity and long cycling life to improve the discharge capacity and cycling life of nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. Their candidate alloy—La 0.62 Mg 0.08 Ce 0.2 Y 0.1 Ni 3.25 Co 0.75 Mn 0.2 corresponding to (LaCeYMg) (NiCoMnAl) 4.5 ] exhibits a high capacity of 326.7 mAh g ?1

Small NIMH Batteries to Power an Electric Car?

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1100 mah NIMH batteries. I have several hundred 7.4v Can I wire them together to make a battery pack large enough to power an AC electric car? Hi, ManZie

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Chubu Electric Power, Toyota partner on reuse and subsequent recycling of NiMH and Li-ion electrified vehicle batteries

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The initial stage will involve nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, which are currently being used in large quantities, mainly in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). Chubu Electric Power Co.,

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BASF pitching NiMH batteries for grid energy storage applications

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BASF Battery Materials will discuss its latest improvements in Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery technology for grid energy storage applications at the 8 th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (IRES 2013), being held 18-20 November 2013 in Berlin, Germany. One technology that has been largely overlooked for grid storage is NiMH. NiMH can perform over extended periods of time in a wide operating range of -30 to +65 ?C,

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BASF acquires Ovonic Battery Company; NiMH leader to be part of BASF Battery Materials business unit

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Ovonic is a leading producer of NiMH (nickel metal hydride) battery technology, including the production of cathode active materials (CAMs) for this battery type. All major producers of NiMH batteries are currently working under license from Ovonic.

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Graphene-based supercapacitor offers energy density comparable to NiMH battery, but with rapid charge and discharge

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These values are comparable to those of NiMH batteries, the researchers note, but the new supercapacitor offers the ability to be charged or discharged within seconds or minutes. Ragone plot of graphene supercapacitor. Credit: ACS, Liu et al. Click to enlarge.

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ARTS Energy in supply agreement with Hunan Copower for NiMH cells for HEV applications in Europe; 1st step into transportation market

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ARTS Energy will now have access to Hunan Copower 33600 NiMH cells. France-based ARTS Energy, a manufacturer of battery-based energy storage solutions using a variety of chemistries, is entering the hybrid-electric vehicle and very high power application markets via a strategic partnership with Hunan Copower EV Battery Co, a subsidiary of the Corun Group. ARTS Energy currently serves the solar, defense & aviation, medical, professional electronics and emergency lighting markets.

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Toyota Seeks to Boost NiMH Battery Production Capacity 10%

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wants to expand the production capacity for the NiMH battery packs it uses in hybrids by 10%. The automaker is now seeking access to enough NiMH batteries to equip 1.1 Panasonic EV Energy is capable of churning out roughly 700,000 NiMH battery packs a year. Nikkei. Toyota Motor Corp. million hybrid cars in 2010, or 10% more than was initially called for in its existing expansion plans.

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EnerDel introduces Li-ion pack for upgrading Allison NiMH-based hybrid buses

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The ESS is designed as a retrofit to replace the nickel metal hydride (NiMH)-based energy storage system currently used in Allison hybrid buses. The new air-cooled Li-ion energy storage system offers the same voltage, CAN interface and mounting points, making it an easy drop-in replacement for the original NiMH battery. Li-ion battery maker EnerDel, Inc. has introduced the new PPA 300-689 Vigor+ Energy Storage System (ESS) as part of its aftermarket and service business strategy.

Toyota to Stay with NiMH for Mass-Market Hybrids

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Toyota Motor Corporation will continue to use NimH packs for most of its hybrid vehicles after three years of testing Priuses fitted with Li-ion packs. Bloomberg. Toyota last month ended road tests of 126 Priuses in the US, Japan and Europe that began in 2006, company spokeswoman Jana Hartline said in an interview.

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Ovonic Battery Company extends NiMH license with GS Yuasa for life of patents

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in which OBC is granting GS Yuasa a license to use nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) technology developed and patented by OBC for the life of licensed patents. OBC invented NiMH rechargeable battery technology that is used globally in hybrid-electric vehicles, and in many consumer and commercial rechargeable batteries. OBC), operating as part of ECD’s Ovonic Material Division, is the inventor, developer and worldwide licensor of NiMH battery technology.

Sanyo To Supply NiMH Batteries to Peugeot

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The Nikkei is reporting that Sanyo Electric Co. has signed an agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen to supply nickel-metal hydride batteries for diesel-electric hybrids. Peugeot wants to be the first car maker to put diesel-electric powertrains into production vehicles. The French auto company will use the batteries in the 2011 Peugeot 3008 SUV

Toyota Sticking With NiMH for Strong Hybrids in Near Term

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In a presentation on Toyota’s development of Li-ion batteries and plug-in hybrids at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference 2009 (AABC), Akira Kuroda from the Hybrid Vehicle Material Engineering Division said that the company will stick with NiMH packs for its strong hybrids for the near term, although the plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle under development will use Li-ion packs. Toyota has been able to bring down the cost of the NiMH pack in the Prius “dramatically”, he said.

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NREL/GM Project Finds Ultracaps Perform as Well or Better Than NiMH Pack for Energy Storage in Mild Hybrid Vehicle

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A National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) project, funded by GM, found that an ultracapacitor-based energy storage system (ESS) in a Saturn VUE BAS (belt alternator starter) mild hybrid performed at least as well or better than the NiMH battery system in the production hybrid.

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Honda to reuse rare earth metal extracted from NiMH batteries in hybrids for hybrid vehicle motors

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Honda Motor Co., has agreed with TDK Corporation and Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., JMC) to jointly pursue the reuse of a rare earth metal extracted from nickel-metal hydride batteries in hybrid vehicles for magnets of new hybrid vehicle motors.

Plug-in Hybrid Race on as Toyota Tests NiMH PHEV; A123 Challenges CARB to Authorize Conversions

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From today's NY Times Toyota to Test Plug-In Hybrid, Rivaling G.M. Toyota said it would provide prototype versions of plug-in hybrid vehicles to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, Berkeley.The prototype plug-in hybrids will be powered by two oversize packs of nickel-metal hydride batteries Yesterday, in Sacramento A123Systems , the battery manufacturer being used by GM for the Vue and Volt, challenged CARB not to wait for OEM plug-ins.

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Report: Sanyo To Supply NiMH Batteries For Peugeot Diesel-Electric Hybrids

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has reached an agreement to supply NiMH batteries to PSA Peugeot Citroen for its diesel-electric hybrid cars starting in 2011. Sanyo supplies NiMH batteries to Honda and Ford and is expected to supply lithium ion batteries to the Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Corp. The Nikkei reports that Sanyo Electric Co.

Toyota Motor to sell electricity management system using recycled NiMH vehicle batteries to Toyota dealers in Japan

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Starting this April, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will sell an electricity management system that uses recycled nickel-metal hydride batteries from hybrid vehicles to Toyota vehicle dealers throughout Japan. The 10 kWh systems will be sold via TMC’s energy business company, Toyota Turbine and Systems Inc., and will be sold in combination with Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), solar carports, solar power generation, LED lighting, energy-conserving air conditioning and other items.

Toyota Hybrid Breakthrough! One-mile EV Range Highlander Hybrid!

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Mistakenly blaming the battery type (NiMH) for the meager all-electric performance, AutoBlogGreen remains as confused as most auto journalists about plugs and cars, plug-in hybrids, electric cars, and batteries. The 24 NiMH batteries in my Toyota RAV4 EV take the car 120 miles without gasoline. Toyota could deliver a plug-in hybrid highlander, get 20 miles all-electric and 75 mpg using NiMH today! That's why every hybrid on the road uses NiMH.

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Software Upgrade to Prius PHEV NiMH Conversion Kit Enables All-Electric Driving At Up to 70mph

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kWh NiMH plug-in hybrid (PHEV) conversion kit that enables all-electric mode driving at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (until the battery pack is depleted) in a converted Prius. Poway, California-based Plug In Conversions Corp. PICC) has completed a software upgrade to its 6.1

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Sanyo To Hike NiMH Battery Output 3.5x in FY09 Due to Hybrid Car Demand

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will more than triple its production of NiMH batteries for hybrids, citing growing demand for these vehicles. It said it will invest several billion yen to expand production lines at its Sumoto plant, in Hyogo Prefecture, which is the only plant where it makes NiMH batteries for hybrid cars. Sanyo supplies NiMH batteries to Honda and Ford, and is looking for more customers. Nikkei. Sanyo Electric Co.

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After Extensive, Secretive Testing, Toyota Chooses NiMH Over Li-Ion

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Behind our backs, Toyota has conducted studies on the Prius hybrid. Three years ago, they stuffed lithium-ion packs in the Prius and put these vehicles through the rigors. Tests likely included durability evaluation, costs, maintenance issues, and so on. The results of the testing are in, and Toyota has decided in favor of keeping

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Panasonic develops 12V NiMH energy recovery system for start-stop vehicles; aims to double fuel economy improvement rate of start-stop systems

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Panasonic Corporation has developed a NiMH-based 12V Energy Recovery System for start-stop systems in vehicles. The 12V Energy Recovery System, which is designed to be connected in parallel with the main lead-acid battery, is based on new D-size nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery cells. Concept of the 12V Energy Recovery System for start-stop. Click to enlarge.

Toyota Motor and partners start NiMH battery-to-battery recycling in Japan

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Toyota Chemical Engineering Co., Toyota Chemical Engineering), Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Sumitomo Metal Mining) and Primearth EV Energy Co., PEVE, formerly Panasonic EV Energy) have launched what they say is the first business to recycle nickel in used hybrid-vehicle nickel-metal-hydride batteries for use in new nickel-metal-hydride batteries. Business structure of battery-to-battery recycling. Click to enlarge.

Toward a Plug-in Hybrid Saturn Vue

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While the future may belong to Lithium, a case can easily be made for the early roll-0ut of NiMH plug-ins. Hundreds of millions of safe, robust, reliable miles have been driven in EV1s and Toyota RAV4 EVs, as well as billions of miles in conventional hybrids, all using NiMH. If the automakers felt compelled by the market or the government or a petroleum crisis to bring plug-in cars to showrooms asap, NiMH it would be.

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Lutz Chats Volt with "Fellow Bloggers"

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Asked why not Nickel Metal Hydride batteries in the Volt, at least to start, he says "NiMH just doesn't do it." Interestingly, Lutz says GM is being approached by NiMH manufacturers to use this proven battery chemistry in the Volt. And if Lithium proves problematic, he says GM will again consider NiMH. If you've got hundreds of millions of trouble-free NiMH miles in hybrids and electric cars, why bet the bank on relatively untested if promising lithium?

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Honda to begin reuse of rare earth metals extracted from used NiMH batteries before year end; targeting extraction from motors and Li-ion batteries as well

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Flow of the reuse of rare earth metals Honda is striving to achieve. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co., which has been extracting rare earth metals from used nickel-metal hydride batteries at the plant of Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., from April of this year, plans to begin reusing the extracted metals before the end of 2012.

EV Briefs, and Black Rock City & EVs

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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. My RAV4 EV with NiMH batteries is going strong after more than 5 years and over 50,000 miles. A few items before I head out to Black Rock City for two weeks.

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Volt, Re-Volt, No Volt - Will CARB Revolt?

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With NiMH batteries - those that provide energy to every hybrid on the road and thousands of all-electric cars - the Volt plug-in hybrid could go into production today. Tags: e-flex plug-in hybrid chevy volt RAV4 EV Bob Lutz Lithium hydrogen sharon terlep california air resources board GM serial hybrid toyota CARB NiMH In January GM announced the Volt, a smart idea that makes use of the two existing primary energy infrastructures - the electric grid and gasoline stations.

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Home Cooking a Batch of Batteries

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What prompts this question is the suppression of NiMH cobasys patent by Chevron. Can a battery be better home made than bought? Perhaps if the ingredients

Peugeot-Citroen reaches hybrid car agreement

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The report suggests that Sanyo Electric Company has reached an agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen to supply NiMH batteries for its diesel-electric hybrid cars, beginning in 2011. Sanyo already supplies NiMH batteries to both Honda and Ford, and is expected to supply lithium-ion batteries to both the Toyota Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group. Tags: Citroen Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Peugeot Citroen DS5 NiMH batteries Peugeot 3008 PSA Peugeot Citroen Sanyo

Prius Batteries in my EV project?

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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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Chinese Electric Car in 2008?

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I recalled hearing in 2005 that BYD acquired a license from Ovonics to manufacture NiMH batteries. I've long heard rumors of Chinese auto makers developing an electric car. It makes lots of sense, given Chinese battery production. Now Autobloggreen has a report out of China involving BYD.

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Hybrid batteries doing fine

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There's good news in Jim Motavalli's Greentech report in the NY Times about NiMH batteries in hybrids. The batteries have gotten cheaper, and they have proven robust and long-lived. Toyota reports a tiny percentage of replacements - 350 packs out of hundreds of thousands of 2nd generation Priuses. Yellow Cab in Vancouver has about 100 hybrids, some having racked up as many as 300,000 miles. Yet only 3 or 4 have been replaced, according to the company's general manager.

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Wired blogger takes on Nissan LEAF

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The Honda EV+ used the same Panasonic EV-95 NiMH battery modules with an active system, and those packs didn't last as long. At least with NiMH, Toyota's passive system worked out better in the real world. Darryl Siry blogs over at Wired's Autopia.

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Tell Toyota to Get With the Program!

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Of course, Toyota could do it today with larger NiMH battery packs. Of course they both already produced electric cars with over 100 mile range using the same NiMH chemistry in every hybrid , but they don't talk about that. Toyota's recent announcement postponing the switch from NiMH to Lithium batteries is meant to convince us we'll just have to wait. Rainforest Action Network is prodding Toyota to add plugs to their hybrids.

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The 80-20 Rule

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In reality, existing, proven NiMH batteries, such as found in hybrids and BEVs could easily power PHEVs. However, automakers would like to switch from NiMH to Li-Ion batteries for PHEVs because they are lighter, smaller, and potentially cheaper.

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Right Here, Right Now

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T he Fall edition of the EPRI Journal has a feature story called The Plug In Hybrid Vehicle: Beyond Gasoline by Lucy Sanna Here is the PDF.

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121K Mile RAV4 EV Featured in Electric Car Story

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Let's not forget, as GM hypes the Volt , 1000 140-range NiMH EV1 electric cars rot in the Arizona sun. An excellent piece on electric cars by Steven Wickens in the Toronto Star here. Praising his Toyota RAV4 EV, Avi Hershkovitz says, "I've put more than 121,000 miles (195,000 km) on this vehicle, and it's definitely the best, most reliable thing I've ever driven." He adds: "I'd probably still have an EV1 if GM hadn't forced me to give it back.

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Hints from Paul on Paktrakr Installation

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The whole system probably works better with lead acid than NiMH anyway. I'm just cleaning up my e-mail this morning and found a message from Paul Pancella about more installation issues regarding the PakTrakr system: I can share my experience with the PakTrakr if you want. Ken Hall was very helpful, but the device itself was a little disappointing. The main thing is to be very careful with installation.

Panasonic 12V Ni-MH Energy Recovery Systems used in new idle-stop minicars from Nissan and Mitsubishi

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Panasonic Corporation’s NiMH 12V Energy Recovery Systems ( earlier post ) is being applied in the new idle-stop (stop-start) minicars just introduced by Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors in Japan: the Nissan DAYZ ROOX and Mitsubishi eK Space.

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