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 […]

Professor Afshin Izadian, a researcher at the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has invented a power inverter that employs just a single switching transistor and generates infinite-level voltages. It’s an idea that has really turned heads and garnered attention.  The breakthrough was once thought impossible, but the […]

Take a paper like sheet of the world’s thinnest material, graphene, and blast it with a laser or a camera flash to blemish it with countless cracks, pores, and other imperfections and create an easy-to-make, quick-charging lithium-ion battery with high power density. As a practical matter the graphene anode material can be charged or discharged […]

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 […]

GM’s CEO Dan Akerson said Thursday the small battery company Envia backed in part by General Motors is working on breakthrough technology that could power an electric car 100 or even 200 miles on a single charge in the next two-to-four years. Envia has developed a cathode material based on inexpensive metals (including manganese) that […]

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