New micro hybrid cars could cut CO2 emissions

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The micro-hybrid technologies include an electric supercharger, a belt-integrated starter/generator and a carbon-enhanced advanced VRLA UltraBattery. Tags: Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news AVT Controlled Power Technologies micro hybrid cars micro hybrid technologies VRLA UltraBattery

Penn State researchers developing methods to prolong operating life of valve regulated lead-acid batteries; electric locomotive as example

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A team of Penn State researchers is developing more cost-effective ways to prolong the life of valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, such as those applied in Norfolk Southern Railway No. The operating environment, manufacturing variability, and use can cause different degradation mechanisms to dominate capacity loss inside valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries.


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GS Yuasa US subsidiary introduces line of lead-acid batteries for renewable energy markets

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The ECO R product line consists of four advanced lead acid, VRLA (Valve-regulated Lead-Acid Battery) products. GS Battery (USA) Inc. , a US subsidiary of GS Yuasa Group of Japan, introduced the ECO R line of advanced storage batteries targeting the renewable energy market. ECO R SLC70-4V is a 70 Ah, 4 volt design with nano-carbon technology using tubular plate and patented granular silica technology. This robust design provides up to 4,000 deep discharge cycles.

Forecast puts global lead acid battery market at $76.44B by 2022

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VRLA (valve-regulated lead-acid) batteries are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% In a new report, Grand View Research, Inc. forecasts that the global lead acid battery market will reach US$76.44 billion by 2022. Growth of the automotive industry in Indonesia, Mexico, India, Vietnam and Thailand is expected to propel the industry.

Okaya Electric launches high-speed electric scooter Faast 

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The Okaya Freedum LA-2 electric scooter comes with the same 150kg BLDC hub motor producing 250W and gives a range of 50-60km per charge from its 48V, 28Ah with an Amaron Quanta VRLA (C20) battery pack. Okaya Electric launches high-speed electric scooter Faast .


M5BAT 5MW storage system integrates multiple battery technologies

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The project will deploy Exide Technologies’ innovative VRLA gel and CSM copper plate technologies, which deliver high cyclic application capacity and high-current discharge. The E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University, E.ON electric utility company, battery manufacturers Exide and beta-motion and inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) have joined forces to build the first multi-technology, modular large-scale 5MW battery storage system.

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CPT/AVL Study: New Generation of Micro-Hybrid Technologies Can Enable More than 25% Reduction in Fuel Consumption at Lower Cost Than Full Hybrid Drive Systems

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The use of a carbon-enhanced valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery will help maximize energy recuperation during deceleration, fully realizing SpeedStart’s potential for high power generation and hence electrical energy recovery. Reductions in fuel consumption and CO 2 from base 2.0-liter ELC-Hybrid to downsized 1.4L VTES + SpeedStart. Click to enlarge.

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Axion Power and ePower Engine Systems enter 5-year agreement for use of PbC batteries in diesel-electric drivetrains for Class 8 trucks; tests suggest up to 35% improvement in fuel economy

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We have worked with several types of batteries, including advanced lead-acid batteries, and have come to the firm conclusion that even VRLA or glass-mat batteries are not capable of sustained performance in this demanding application for over-the-road transport. Axion Power International, Inc, the developer of advanced lead-carbon PbC batteries and energy storage systems ( earlier post ), has entered a strategic relationship with ePower Engine Systems LLC.

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Firefly Energy Receives Additional $3.3 Million Army Contract for Further Enhancement of Microcell Lead Acid Technology

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Firefly’s microcell battery technology delivering 4-6 times the lifetime energy compared with traditional Valve Regulated Lead Acid (“VRLA”) batteries. Firefly Energy has signed a $3.3 million contract extension for continuing enhancement of its first two advanced battery technology designs.

Pike forecasts NEV market to remain small, although with double the growth rate of light-duty vehicles to 2017

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Because of the solid separator in AGM batteries, they are considered to be sealed valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries. Annual worldwide NEV sales by region, 2011–2017. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge. The total number of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs)—low-speed street-legal electric vehicles—on the world’s roadways will grow from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, a 45% increase, according to a new forecast by Pike Research.

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Pike Research forecasts global stop-start vehicle sales to reach 37M units annually by 2020; 16:1 ratio over HEVs

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Pike sees the market being dominated by enhanced flooded batteries (EFBs) and valve regulate lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, along with a small number of Li-ion batteries. Annual sales of SSVs and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), world markets, 2011-2017. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge. Global sales of stop-start vehicles (SSVs) will experience strong growth in the coming decade, rising from 3 million units in 2011 to 37.3

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Okaya unveils electric 2W-AvionIQ & ClassIQ series ranging from Rs 39,999 to Rs 60,000

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The company’s ‘Electric 2Wheelers’ are available in four variants, both in ‘VRLA Lead Acid Battery’ and ‘Lithium Iron Phosphate’ (LFP) battery. Okaya unveils electric 2W-AvionIQ & ClassIQ series ranging from Rs 39,999 to Rs 60,000.


Controlled Power Technologies and Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium to unveil LC Super Hybrid at Geneva show; low-cost “micro-mild” demonstrator

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Technologies include an electric supercharger; next generation belt-integrated starter generator with an advanced belt tensioning system; carbon enhanced valve regulated lead–acid (VRLA) batteries which avoid the need for supercapacitors, and higher gear ratios to reduce engine speed. The LC Super Hybrid demonstrator. Click to enlarge.

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Honda announces second plug-in vehicle testing program; Japan joins US, China may follow

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VRLA (lead-acid), Panasonic. The plug-in hybrid electric test vehicle for Japan. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co., announced its second Electric Vehicle Testing Program, this one with Saitama Prefecture for its next-generation personal mobility products, including electric vehicles (EVs); plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs); electric scooters; and electric carts.

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UK Collaboration Develops Plug-in Hybrid Retrofit for Conventional Vehicles

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The development team retained the existing conventional front-wheel-drive system of the Combo but added an electric drive, powered via low-cost valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, to the rear wheels. Battery pack state of charge vs. distance for the ADDZEV vehicle under all-electric power on the UDDC cycle. Source: Cranfield. Click to enlarge.

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Axion supplying PbC batteries to Norfolk Southern for all-battery switcher and working on line-haul hybrid locomotives; micro-hybrid and stationary expansion

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Micro-hybrid testing against VRLA. The battery-electric NS-999, “under the long hood”. Source: NS. Click to enlarge. In April, Axion Power International Inc received an order from Norfolk Southern Corp (NS) for PbC lead-carbon batteries for use in an all-battery-powered switcher locomotive. Earlier post.) Axion Power said this first $400,000 purchase order is part of a $475,000 total purchase order, that will be used in the commissioning of Norfolk Southern’s NS-999 ( earlier post ).

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