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Researchers discover memory effect in Li-ion batteries 
Added by admin 19/04/13

Scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Toyota Central R&D Labs have reported a memory effect in lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries that appears after only one cycle of partial charge and discharge. Memory effects are well known to users of nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal-hydride batteries. If these batteries are recharged repeatedly after being only partially discharged, they gradually lose usable capacity owing to a reduced working voltage. Lithium-ion batteries, in contrast, are widely considered to have no memory effect.
Their findings, which were published in the journal Nature Materials, could have important implications for battery management systems, as the slight voltage change caused by the memory effect could result in substantial miscalculations in estimating the state of charge of batteries...

                                                             Story and photo and more courtesy: Charged EVs


Honda Opens Pre-Order Book for All-Wheel-Drive Hybrid NSX Supercar 
Added by admin 18/04/13

The new NSX is already receiving unprecedented demand, so much so that Honda (UK) has opened a pre-order bank for the hotly anticipated supercar. For a deposit of Ł5,000 potential owners can be among the first in the UK to get behind the wheel of the brand new NSX when it hits showrooms in 2015.
Phil Crossman, Managing Director, Honda (UK), commented; “We are really pleased with the interest we’ve already seen for the new NSX. We are still two years away from the launch of the car and yet we’ve received over 20 deposits and that’s before we’ve even announced prices or seen the final production car. With this process in place we are confident demand will remain strong and early hand raisers can now visit any Honda dealership in the UK and place a deposit.”...

        Photo courtesy nsx.honda.com.au  Story and more (video) courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Two new in-wheel electric drive systems unveiled 
Added by admin 18/04/13

In-wheel electric drive systems are a hot topic these days. Mounting the electric motor and power electronics within a wheel assembly can improve efficiency, save space and give automakers more flexibility in body design. This week, two leaders in the field introduced new in-wheel offerings.
Protean Electric announced the debut of its production in-wheel motor at the 2013 SAE World Congress. The motors, which fit in the space behind the wheel, are designed to be “an integral part of a hybrid powertrain system when paired with a traditional internal combustion engine,” and are also “powerful enough to be the only source of traction drive in electric vehicles.” (more...)

Meanwhile, at the auto motor und sport-Kongress 2013 in Stuttgart, Schaeffler presented its E-Wheel Drive. A development vehicle based on a Ford Fiesta features two units installed in the rear wheel arches. The electric motor, power electronics, controller, brake, and liquid cooling system are all installed inside the wheel rim. (more...)

                                                             Story and photo and more courtesy: Charged EVs


Global Sales Of Toyota And Lexus Hybrids Exceed 5 Million 
Added by admin 16/04/13

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) says cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped five million units. The company said it took just 11 months to sell the latest million, bringing the total to 5,125,600 at the end of March - including more than 50,000 in Australia.
Prius is the world's best-selling hybrid vehicle with more than 2.9 million sales. In Australia, the locally built Camry Hybrid has recently overtaken Prius to become the top seller.
After releasing its first hybrid vehicles in Japan in 1997, Toyota took almost 10 years to reach one million sales. Since then, consumers have been buying hybrids at an ever-faster rate. The second million was posted in two years and three months, the third million took 18 months and the fourth million 14 months...

                                                  Story and photo and more courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Meet the World’s fastest V8 powered Toyota Prius 
Added by admin 08/04/13

It’s the World’s fastest Toyota Prius… Born out of Toyota’s promise to deliver a demonstration of its status as a world leader in the field of hybrid technology, it’s the second petrol-electric racer the company has launched.
Lining up alongside the TS030 Hybrid, Toyota’s first Le Mans 24 Hour endurance racer since the legendary GT-One entered in the 1999 event, this radical GT300 specification Prius debuted in Japan, in last year’s 2012 Super GT series.
It’s set to hit the track again this weekend at the Okayama Circuit in the south of Japan (April 7th, 2013).
The racer is designed to better the outright performance and handling of traditional GT300 competitors such as the Audi R8, BMW Z4, Lamborghini Gallardo, McLaren MP4, Mercedes-Benz SLS, Porsche 911, and Nissan GT-R...

                                                 Story and photo and more courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Detroit Electric unveils “world’s fastest” production EV 
Added by admin 07/04/13

Fans of electric speed, who were sad to see the Tesla Roadster go out of production, can celebrate today, as Detroit Electric has unveiled the SP:01, a limited-edition, two-seat electric sports car that looks like a worthy successor.
The rear-wheel-drive speedster boasts a maximum velocity of 155 mph, and does 0-62 in 3.7 seconds. It features a mid-mounted 201 bhp motor that delivers 166 lb-ft of torque, and a pair of lithium-polymer batteries with a capacity of 37 kWh. With an aluminum frame and all carbon fiber bodywork, total weight is 2,354 lbs. Range is estimated at almost 190 miles...

                     Photo courtesy: Detroit Electric  Story and more courtesy: Charged EV Magazine


Nissan LEAF Sets New US Monthly Sales Record 
Added by admin 03/04/13

After weeks of speculation, the Nissan LEAF’s sales figures for March 2013 are in! As expected, the all-electric vehicle had its best sales month to date.
Nissan estimated that the vehicle would sell around 1,900 units for March, but the figure turned out to be more than that.
The automaker reports that 2,236 LEAF models were sold last month. This sales figure trumps the EV’s previous record from June 2011, when Nissan sold 1,708 LEAF vehicles. In comparison, Nissan sold 579 LEAFs in March 2012...

                                                       Photo, story and more courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Porsche Introduce Plug-in Hybrid Panamera 
Added by admin 03/04/13

Porsche is introducing its first plug-in hybrid and two new extended wheelbase variants with the second generation of the Panamera. The new Panamera S E-Hybrid produces 416 total system horsepower and is joined by Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive models in the revised Panamera lineup...

                                                       Photo, story and more courtesy: Electric Vehicle News       


Tesla Announces Model S Leasing From $500/Month* – But Not Really (US) 
Added by admin 03/04/13

What was Elon Musk’s big announcement he was so excited about last week? Leasing. Or at least something that resembles leasing.
After the market closed today, Tesla announced that they have started a new leasing option on the Model S.
*The leasing program starts as low as $500 a month with 10% down according to company….sorta. That is if you factor in a whole bunch of intangibles, along with federal and state tax incentives. It appears as if the actual cost to least the new entry level Model S (60 kWh) still starts at $1,051/month factoring in only the $7,500 federal credit...

                                                  Story and photo courtesy and more (inc. video): InsideEVs


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