Tag: DoE

May 22, 2014 - 09:10 am

BMW, NEI Corporation, DOE, RheinMobil.

BMW-i3Almost there: Finally, BMW has received the official EPA rating for its range extended i3. It is at 117 MPGe on electric power (29 kWh/100 miles), with a 72-mile all-electric range. Now, the EPA stickers have to be put on the cars to start delivery to U.S. consumers that had been delayed due to missing certification (we reported).
greencarreports.com, transportevolved.com

Water-based lithium-ion battery: NEI Corporation is developing an aqueous-based lithium-ion battery thus reducing the risk of fire associated with Li-ion batteries with organic solvents. The researchers are striving to reach energy densities of 250 Wh/kg and 750 Wh/l.

Fuel cell storage funding: The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award seven million dollars to six projects aiming to develop lightweight, compact, and cost-effective hydrogen storage systems. Five of the companies funded are located in California.

Varied charging: 120,000 kilometres have been electrically driven in the German ‘RheinMobil’ project in which Michelin, Siemens, KIT and Fraunhofer ISI are looking at how to efficiently use EVs for commuters. So far, they have found that a combination of quick and slow charging works best for the battery and ensures a high utilisation rate of the vehicles.

May 5, 2014 - 09:21 am

DoE, General Motors, Saroléa, Proterra.

As much as ten million dollars: That is how much the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) will put into zero emission cargo transport solutions in the United States. With the investment, they are footing half of the states’ and local governments’ bills for these type of projects.
greencarcongress.com, eere-exchange.energy.gov (application docs)

New GM production facility: General Motors has kicked-off construction of a new plant for engines and transmissions in Pontiac, Michigan. The “GM Performance and Racing Center (GMPRC)” will also be the birth place of electric motors.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

Saroléa presents the Saroléa SP: The new machine can go from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. It features a battery pack with a yet unknown capacity, as well as a 13o kW motor. The electric motorcycle will soon head to the Isle of Man to battle for the trophy in this year’s TT Zero.

Proterra sets the new record for the most miles traveled by a battery-operated bus in one day, putting some 700 miles behind it in just 24 hours. It was charged up a few times during that time period, using Proterra’s proprietary fast-charging process.

Apr 4, 2014 - 09:43 am

Continental/Zytek, BASF/Toda Kogyo, Volkswagen, DoE.

Continental take over: German company fully acquired its British joint venture partner Zytek Automotive. The two companies have been working together on electric and hybrid drivetrains and will continue to do so with Zytek now operating as part of the Continental Engineering Services (CES) in the UK.
twst.com, greencarcongress.com

New battery joint venture: Currently, BASF is in negotiations to join forces with Toda Kogyo, a specialist for cathode materials. The focus is on production, marketing and sales of active cathode materials (CAM) used in li-ion batteries in Japan.
greencarcongress.com, basf.com

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VW’s modular platform: Most plug-in hybrid electric vehicles of Volkswagen are based on the same modular toolkit called MQB. Now technical details emerged and have been avidly summarised by our colleagues over at Green Car Congress.

16 million dollars are left as loans in the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) programme of the U.S. DoE. The scheme which has already supported company’s such as Fisker and Tesla has now been improved to include part makers and has received a simplified application processes.
greencarcongress.com, energy.gov


Apr 1, 2014 - 09:39 am

DoE, Tesla.

17 millions for 17 projects: The American DoE has awarded 17 million dollars to 17 projects now entering phase II, which means further developing projects from phase I by building prototypes. The projects include vehicle-related technologies and hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, as well as energy and manufacturing innovations.

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Model S easy to hack? Nitesh Dhanjani, a corporate security consultant, has published his findings on design flaws of Tesla’s security system. According to Dhanjani, the Model S could be located and unlocked remotely simply by cracking the six-character user password with traditional hacking techniques. He now has submitted his findings to Tesla.
reuters.com, dhanjani.com (Dhanjani’s report) via electriccarsreport.com

Mar 20, 2014 - 09:45 am

GreenDataNet, BMW, Vattenfall, DoE, Aging of Li-ion batteries.

EV batteries to power data centres: The GreenDataNet project wants to keep data centres running using old EV batteries that first store and then supply extra energy during peak hours. The initiative is funded by the EU with 2.9 million euros (4m dollars) and supported by Nissan.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, bbc.co.uk

Second calling for batteries: With the number of EVs growing worldwide, the number of old EV batteries will increase as well. While Sumitomo in Japan already uses them to store excess solar energy, BMW is currently exploring second life applications. Together with European utility Vattenfall, they are also looking into using the old batteries as energy storage units to ensure power grid stability.

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Alternatives drives put to the (real world) test: Cars like the Honda Accord PHEV and Smart Fortwo ED are currently driving laps at the Intertek centre in Arizona, USA, before they will be driven by various fleet operators for nearly 200,000 miles over three years. The United States Department of Energy (DoE) uses the data to determine vehicle performance, durability and operational costs.
hybridcars.com, chargedevs.com

Why batteries age: German researchers have determined a major source of aging of Li-ion batteries, saying that repetitive changes in atomic arrangements can cause the breakdown of the crystal structure of a material and therefore the deterioration of battery performance.

Feb 18, 2014 - 09:50 am

McKinsey, NREL, DoE, IIT, Stanford University, Opel.

EVs made in Germany: McKinsey’s latest Electric Vehicle Index (EVI) saw Germany overtaking Japan and becoming the second largest EV manufacturer behind leading USA. The consultants had a word of warning for the German carmakers though, to not concentrate their efforts on plug-in hybrids as the uptake of all-electric cars is much stronger, particularly in North America.
motor-traffic.de (In German), mckinsey.de (In German)

Fuel cell buses in Canada: Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have issued a full report on their two-year trial of fuel cell electric buses (FCEB) in Whistler, Canada (we reported). The 20 FCEB ran for 22 hours a day, thus reeling off three million kilometres.

Refillable battery: Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology have developed liquid electrodes. The new batteries, which in theory will be able to store five times more energy, could be recharged conventionally and refuelled like gasoline.

Pomegranate-like anode design: Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy believe a new design inspired by pomegranates could open up the use of silicon or other volume changing materials as anodes for lithium batteries.
sciencedaily.com, greencarcongress.com

Opel range extender: The German arm of GM’s Vauxhall brand will present a new three-cylinder engine at the Geneva Motor Show. While it will primarily be used to power the small Adam model, it could soon become a lighter and more economical range extender for the Opel Ampera and GM Volt.


Jan 24, 2014 - 09:58 am

DoE, Samsung, EnergyBus, London, MEET.

50 million dollar fund: U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) will spend further 50 million dollar to help carmakers meet its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and emissions standards. The new funding includes automotive suppliers in the programme and also reaches out to lightweight solutions as well as EV and semi conductor companies.
cleantechnica.com, energy.gov, transportevolved.com

Samsung-electrolyteStabilising electrolyte: Resarchers from Samsung’s Energy Lab in South Korea, found a new electrolyte system more suitable with lithium metal anodes. The study tested different electrolyte compositions by combining simulations, model-based experiments, and in-situ analyses. In addition, the Samsung SDI devision has signed an agreement to build an electric car battery factory in China by 2015.
greencarcongress.com, nature.com (Report), reuters.com (Battery factory)

E-Bike standard underway: The EnergyBus organisation has issued version 2.0 of the CiA 454 CANopen/EnergyBus protocol which strives to implement a standard for the communication between LEV components. The EnergyBus protocol serves as starting point for the work of the IEC and ISO, which could publish a pre-standard already this summer.

Low carb research in London: Imperial College London and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) have opened the new ‘UTM Centre of Low Carbon Transport.’ There, researchers from the UK and Malaysia will work on developing more fuel efficient engines and lighter cars as well as looking into electric and hybrid drivetrain technologies.

Battery 2nd-use scenarios: The MEET battery research institute of the University of Münster, Germany, has started the ‘EOL-IS’ (End-Of-Life Solutions for eCar batteries) project, which will receive more than 2 million euros (2.7m dollars) in funding until the end of 2016. Together with car makers, recycling providers and energy consultants, the researchers aim to develop software which will be able to determine the best re-utilisation for a battery.
uni-muenster.de (In German), emobilitaetonline.de (In German)

Found on electrive.com
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