New Electric Car Battery Cell Simulation Technology

Battery
Battery

Most electric cars have a range of between 80 and 90 miles, some even 120 miles like the E-Cell A-Class, one of the new Mercedes cars, which is enough to do the shopping or to commute to work. However, day trips or vacations with a plug-in car are out of question unless you plan a six-hour stop every 100 miles to recharge the car. While electric vehicles do serve their purpose as clean, environmentally friendly city cars, they fall short as an all-round car.

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Electric Car’s Worst Enemy: Rust

Nickel Cobalt Manganese Battery
Nickel Cobalt Manganese Battery
Electric Car Battery

The high purchase price is often cited as one of the reasons why electric cars don’t take off on the market. Indeed, the batteries make up most of the costs and researchers are working hard on developing cheaper versions. However, now it seems that the worst enemy of progress is a common known little annoyance: rust.

Corrosion, a form of rust, is a big reason why it’s so difficult to increase range and longevity while cutting costs, said Erik Spek, chief engineer at German technical service company TÜV SÜD. Spek and his team are testing battery cells under normal and extreme conditions trying to mimic a decade of use in a year or two.

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Electric Car Safety Considerations

As with any other vehicle there can be safety issues and concerns with electric cars, sometimes of the kind that can lead to car accident personal injury claims. The safety concerns attached to them are largely different from those associated with traditional cars, such as the weaker overall structure of the vehicles and the smaller size of the car’s bodywork. However, electric cars also have features that actively improve the safety of drivers and passengers, such as the lower centre of gravity that ensures they are less liable to roll over, and the physical construction of the body, which makes them more durable in the event of a collision.

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New Electric Car Battery will Add 35 Miles to Your Journey

Nickel Cobalt Manganese Battery
Nickel Cobalt Manganese Battery

You will have noticed that the manufacturers of electric cars have stuck with the standard 100-mile range even when announcing year 2013 models. After several cars were outed as having promised more than they can deliver, the manufacturers are cautious when publishing the specs.

It’s all because the breakthrough in electric car batteries that we’ve been waiting for, has never happened.

The amount of Li-ion batteries that electric cars can take on board is strictly limited by both weight and size.

A UK-based company Axeon has decided to go one step better. Although not a breakthrough, their prototype electric car battery can

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Are You Investing in Lithium?

Lithium - As Good as Gold?
Lithium - As Good as Gold?

No I haven’t gone off my mind. It’s a totally relevant question. There are people investing in gold, in crops, in fuel… Yes, in fuel – apparently fuel and energy is the best market to be in. And what “fuel” do electric cars use? Batteries based on lithium compounds.

One tonne of lithium carbonate used to cost around $4000 before the mass production of electric cars started. By the end of this year, the price can reach $6000.

Global production of lithium was estimated around

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Chinese Manufacturers Anticipate Battery Price Rise

BYD F3
BYD F3

Soon after the German manufacturing giant VolksWagen announced it would seriously tackle the goal to produce electric cars and hybrid vehicles, it emerged that BYD, the prospective partner of VW would increase the lithium battery prices.

It is almost certain that VolksWagen will pick BYD as a supplier for its new electric car project.

The Chinese company is a local pioneer of electric car manufacture and their batteries are a successful marriage of low prices and good quality. BYD are recognized by Warren Buffet whose

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