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Volvo Turns Body Panels into Batteries
Added by admin 21/10/13

In the quest for lighter and better batteries, companies are trying to think outside the box. But what about making the box itself into a battery? Volvo is developing a prototype material that can store and discharge electrical energy, and is also strong and lightweight enough to be used for car parts. The material can be shaped to fit around the car’s frame in various locations, substantially saving on space.
The new material, developed as part of an EU-funded research project, combines carbon fibers and a polymer resin, and structural supercapacitors. It is recharged and energized by the use of brake energy regeneration, or by plugging into the electrical grid. It then transfers the energy to the electric motor. The researchers have found that this material not only charges and stores faster than conventional batteries can, but that it is also strong and pliant...
                                                 Story, photo and more courtesy: Charged EVs


Renault Samsung begins production of electric vehicles
Added by admin 15/10/13

Renault Samsung Motors, the local unit of French automaker Renault SA, has begun producing its electric sedans on Monday, its chief executive said.
The annual production capacity for its SM3 electric vehicle (EV) will reach up to 4,000 units starting next year at its assembly plant in Busan, said Francois Provost, the CEO of Samsung Renault Motors, at a ceremony in the southeastern port city.
The SM3 EV can travel 135 kilometers on a single charge, according to the carmaker.
Though the price for an SM3 EV is set at 45 million won (US$42,000), with government subsidies for electric car buyers, the price tag comes down to 22 million won, the company said.
As part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the environment ministry and provincial authorities in Jeju have begun providing subsidies worth 15 million won and 8 million won, respectively, to zero-emission car buyers...

                                                  Story, photo and more courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In to Start Under $30,000  (US)
Added by admin 11/10/13

Toyota is cutting the price of its Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle by more than $2,000, making it the latest automaker to cut prices of electric vehicles.
Toyota reduced the price on the 2014 Prius Plug-in hybrid by $2,010 to $29,990, a 6 percent price cut.
The automaker is also cutting the price on its 2014 Prius Plug-in Advanced model by $4,620 to $34,905, an 11 percent price reduction. That model has more features including navigation and infotainment, heated front seats and a heads-up display.
Moe Durand, a Toyota spokesman, said the new pricing was a reflection of its competitors’ moves.
“It’s dictated by market conditions. When somebody starts that trend of allowing a little softer prices, market demand can determine price,” Durand said.
Toyota has sold 8,000 plug-ins in the first nine months, behind its target of 12,000 for the year. Durand said the automaker has been offering some “considerable” incentives on the 2013 model to help boost sales, but acknowledged it was behind were it had hoped to be at this point. Incentives vary by region...

                                                  Story, photo and more courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Tesla Motors Issues Official Statement on Model S Fire
Added by admin 06/10/13

By Elon Musk, Chairman, Product Architect & CEO

Earlier this week, a Model S traveling at highway speed struck a large metal object, causing significant damage to the vehicle. A curved section that fell off a semi-trailer was recovered from the roadway near where the accident occurred and, according to the road crew that was on the scene, appears to be the culprit. The geometry of the object caused a powerful lever action as it went under the car, punching upward and impaling the Model S with a peak force on the order of 25 tons. Only a force of this magnitude would be strong enough to punch a 3 inch diameter hole through the quarter inch armor plate protecting the base of the vehicle.
The Model S owner was nonetheless able to exit the highway as instructed by the onboard alert system, bring the car to a stop and depart the vehicle without injury. A fire caused by the impact began in the front battery module – the battery pack has a total of 16 modules – but was contained to the front section of the car by internal firewalls within the pack. Vents built into the battery pack directed the flames down towards the road and away from the vehicle...

                                                  Story, photo and more courtesy: InsideEVs



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