A study by a team from the Institute of Vehicle Concepts, German Aerospace Center (DLR) on the total cost of ownership (TCO) strongly suggests car manufacturers should develop a modular battery design for plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles (PHEVs and EREVs). That simple change would allow consumers a choice of storage capacity to [...]

Liechtenstein based nanoFLOWCELL AG has built a prototype vehicle equipped with flow cell battery power train.  The car, called the QUANT e-Sportslimousine, is on display at the Geneva Motor Show.  The firm claims the flow cell battery system supports an electric car driving range of between 400 to 600 km (249 to 373 miles) in [...]

The BMW Group’s Efficient Dynamics strategy is hunting for reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.  The targets are out there; BMW is looking at the battery electric vehicles, the full plug-ins, and the hybrids.  The goal is to increase performance in the typical BMW fashion.  The performance this time is range – distance traveled [...]

Dr. Charles Perry at Middle Tennessee State University continues driving toward success in the development of the plug-in hybrid retrofit kit for any car.  Dr. Perry, his collaborators and students are very close, very close indeed. Perry, who holds the Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence, and this year’s five-member team saw gas mileage increase anywhere [...]

Volkswagen first showed its XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle prototype during the last week of January. The prototype, representing the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-liter car strategy features, according to VW, combined fuel consumption of 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US).  The plug-in hybrid system consists of a 0.8L two-cylinder TDI engine (35 [...]

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