Replacing batteries with super capacitors: Volvo’s quest to create the ultimate electric vehicle

The battery is the biggest limitation for electric vehicles (EV).  Tesla, General Motors, Nissan and others install heavy batteries that limit vehicle range and performance. The batteries take up as much as 15% of the vehicle’s total weight.

 

 

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Utah State University develops a wireless electric bus that charges itself at every stop

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Researchers at the Utah State University have tested an electric bus that charges wirelessly through induction and will revolutionize the transit industry. The technology was designed by Utah State University’s Wireless Power Transfer Team and the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative’s Advanced Transportation Institute.

 

 

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Number of electric fast-charging stations will reach 199,000 by 2020

Public fast charging as a vital step in the acceptance of electric vehicles.

According to a new study, struggling to find a rapid charging station for your electric car could be a thing of the past by 2020.  The number of quick chargers worldwide will increase by one hundred times that of today.

 

 

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It’s all about the eGallon when it comes to electric vehicles vs. hybrids

The first few full electric vehicles (EVs) have come to market over the last few years that consumers are actually interested in buying. Before that, the closest any car maker ever got was a hybrid vehicle. But as the cost of gasoline remains stubbornly high, EVsare becoming big business. The main reason for that is the stability of the eGallon — it averages just $1.18 while regular gasoline is sitting at $3.49.

 

 

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An all-electric vehicle that never needs to be plugged in

Electric cars carrying receiving coils could charge themselves with embedded transmitting coils in the roadways.

When you think of an all-electric car you may picture it cruising down the highway, emitting little noise and no noxious fumes. It’s such an improvement that you have to wonder why only a handful of all-electric vehicles are now available on the mass market.

 

 

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Electric vehicle sales could be up 25% by 2020: Ford COO Mark Fields

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

At this year’s Detroit North American International Auto Show Auto Blog Green had the opportunity to interview Ford’s newly-promoted chief operating officer Mark Fields. He will most likely be the most likely successor to CEO Alan Mulally.

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Mix of hybrid and electric vehicles varies greatly across different regions of the U.S.

15 metropolitan areas have accounted for 41% of all U.S. electric vehicle registrations through the first 10 months of 2012.

The mix of new hybrid and electric vehicles varies as much among the different regions of the United States as does the mix of makes and models, if not more so. The 15 Designated Market Areas (DMAs) with the highest percentage of hybrid powertrains together account for almost 30% of all hybrid registrations nationally, yet these same 15 markets include just 12.5% of all new vehicle registrations. Nine of these 15 hybrid-rich areas have a hybrid penetration greater than 6%, while the national penetration is 2.97%. In San Francisco, the market area with the highest hybrid mix, almost one of every 10 new vehicles sold is a hybrid.

 

 

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