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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.