Posts Tagged ‘battery’

New battery research…will this benefit electric cars?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A recent story in the Christian Science Monitor discusses a breakthrough that may provide huge improvements in battery life and shortened recharge time.

According to the report:

…scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago announced a breakthrough last week that could result in lithium-ion batteries (the kind found in most rechargeable gadgets) with a 10-fold increase in both battery life and charging speed.

The downside to the new technique is that the battery is more susceptible to degradation: after about 150 charge cycles, or about a year of operation, the capacity and charging speed start to diminish sharply.

Here’s hoping that the research makes it’s way to electric car batteries with potentially large improvements in range and recharge time.  We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

Recharging and other concerns keep electric cars far from mainstream

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

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Like all new technologies, the hype of the promise sometimes overshadows some of the practical issues.  Many of these will work themselves out as the the technology is improved or other adoption milestones are achieved.  An interesting article in the Washington posts makes this point. very well.Washington Post

Albemarle County firm develops auto quick charge tech

Friday, January 29th, 2010

The Charlottesville Daily Progress reports on Albemarle County-based Aker Wade Power Technologies work on quick charge battery technology.

The manufacturer of fast-charge devices used to repower forklifts and other battery-operated equipment in manufacturing plants and industry has entered into an agreement with Japanese car makers and power companies to build quick-charge devices for electric cars. akerwade

Are Li-Ion Batteries Sustainable?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

An interesting article in Seeking Alpha discusses the economics and ecological impact of the upcoming wave of electric vehicles that use lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery technology. John Petersen states that the promise that we will all soon be driving electric cars is not practical due to costs, scarcity of materials, and sustainability issues. seekingalpha

Wythesville’s MTC Transformers launches Evatran to build inductive car charging stations.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Virginia Business reports today that Wytheville-based MTC Transformers, has started a subsidiary, Evatran LLC,  to produce inductive (no plug) charging systems for electric cars.

Plugless Power - Evatran

Solving the Chicken and the Egg Problem

Friday, August 14th, 2009

From the Rocky Mountain Institute, a non-profit initiative called Project Get Ready is “preparing cities for the introduction of plug-in hybrid vehicles” [via].

Its goal is to bring “all the various players to the table: city planners, local coalitions, nonprofits and [...] big utilities,” to ” make sure there’s enough charging stations, easy-to-get permits, consumer education and fleet buy-in.”

From the CNet article:

As well, it’s important to address the chicken-and-egg problem: If consumers don’t feel they have places to plug in their new electric cars, they won’t buy them. And if people won’t buy them, car makers won’t make them.

It sounds like STIR has goals in common with similar initiatives in other cities — maybe we need to look further into collaboration? This blog and site are a good start, but they’re still just a start…

Evoasis may be building your corner charging station.

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

EVOASIS is a San Diego, California and London, UK based company which develops full service Fast-Charge, Electric Vehicle (EV) and Plug-In Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Charging Station Facilities (EVSTAT).  Get your car charged and some latte for you.

EVSTAT from Evoasis

EVSTAT from Evoasis

Nickel battery fights lithium to be electric car favorite

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The fight for battery technology in electric cars continue as manufacturers line up behind nickel metal hydride (Ni-mh) and Lithium-ion. Telsa’s entry into Europe, heats things up.

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