Land Rover reveals EV-hybrid concepts

  
Jaguar Land Rover has previewed its upcoming electric vehicle technology with hybrid and EV versions of the Range Rover Evoque. The in-house developed electric motor will be seen on three of its zero-emission and electric vehicle concepts, that shall pave the way for future hybrid and electric vehicles.
Under development for the past two years, the battery designs allow for easy integration with any engine and transmission combination, or independent use in all-electric vehicles. Also, the batteries are capable of producing twice the torque as any currently in production.

The first car called the Concept e MHEV, is an Evoque that pairs a prototype three-cylinder, 89bhp diesel engine with a 48V lithium-ion battery pack. The second, a Range Rover Sport-based Concept e PHEV uses a 296bhp petrol motor and a larger 150kW, 320V lithium-ion battery. The petrol engine uses a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox with a full-time four-wheel drive system.

The third concept based on JLR’s new aluminium platform packs a 70kWh lithium-ion driving a 145kW motor on the rear axle and an 85kW electric motor on the front axle. The electric drive module is deemed suitable for every vehicle architecture, and fits between the engine and the transmission. A two-speed transmission mated to the electric motors aids low-speed traction.

The company has also developed a low carbon-emission Evoque called ‘Provoque’. It is powered by an electrically supercharged 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine coupled with a 48V mild hybrid system that also drives the supercharger for producing low-end torque.

JLR is yet to reveal the performance details of the vehicles. Production-ready cars based on the display concepts are unlikely to go on sale before 2020.

Electric B-Class now available to order

The first volume production electric car by Mercedes-Benz – the B-Class Electric Drive – is now available to order.

Split into two model lines – Sport and Electric Art – the B-Class Electric Drive is capable of travelling up to 142 miles on a single charge and can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds thanks to its 180 hp and 340 NM of torque generated by an electric motor.

The new electric version retains the versatility of the B-Class on which it’s based, including the ability to carry five adults and a 501-litre boot – rising to 1,456-litres if you fold the seats down. In fact, according to Mercedes the B-Class Electric Drive boasts greater versatility and luggage capacity – with the seats both up and down – than any of its direct rivals.
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Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Range anxiety is a much-discussed concern among drivers—and potential drivers—of electric vehicles, and in attempt to thwart it, automakers are trying to install more EV charging stations, offering free gas-powered rentals for longer trips and, of course, developing batteries with a substantially longer range. Israeli start-up Phinergy believes they might just have the answer: aluminum-air batteries that can go for thousands of miles on a single charge. This alone might sound like it’s on the ambitious side, but the company believes the batteries could be installed in production vehicles as soon as 2017!

Alluminium Air+Water Power source

Phinergy Alluminium +Air+ Water Power Source

Aluminum-air batteries are nothing new; they create energy through the interaction of oxygen in the air and the metal. An aluminum plate serves as an anode while the ambient oxygen functions as cathode and, as Discovery describes “the aluminum slowly being sacrificed as its molecules combine with oxygen to give off energy.” Phinergy’s current prototype uses a sizable aluminum-air system in the car’s truck to serve as an extender on top of a standard lithium-ion battery. According to Bloomberg, each of the aluminum plates in Phinergy’s prototype has enough capacity to power the car for 20 miles, and the battery holds 50 plates coming in at a weight of 55lbs-while that might sound fairly weighty, it reportedly provides a higher energy density 100 times higher than current lithium-ion EV batteries.

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Electric car promised for 2014 that can do 1,000 miles on single charge

A British electric vehicle manufacturer claims that, by next year, it will have a car on the UK market that will be capable of travelling up to 1,000 miles on a single charge.

It was first reported by online motoring magazine Motortrades Insight, with Ian Hobday, CEO of Liberty Electric Cars, claiming that the car would have a range of 837 to 1,000 miles – four times the furthest reach of current consumer all-electric models.

“I can tell you that there will be a vehicle that will do Land’s End to John O’Groats on a single charge next year,” Hobday said.

The model and price is yet to be revealed, but Hobday is confident that we will see the car in 2014.

Apart from that particular vehicle, he also predicted that a majority of all-electric roadcars will be capable of far greater distances in the next two to three years.

“If I have to forecast where we’re going to be, right now we’re at 200 to 250 miles without too much trouble. We will be at 400 to 500 miles within two or three years,” he told the magazine.

“Have no fear, battery based energy storage for electric vehicles will be capable of delivering everything that a tank of petrol or diesel can deliver within two or three years.”

The battery technology used by Liberty Electric Cars comes from another UK company, Metalelectrique. It uses proprietary metal-air electric power technologies to enhance life expectancy without damaging performance. “Having carefully looked at the business cases for the highest energy density batteries; by 2000 I came to the conclusion that aluminium-air technology was the best option,” said boss Trevor Jackson.

“Since then I developed the technology so that it can use ordinary aluminium to make enough power to drive a car but with the useful side effect of very long range. At the moment we’re getting about 1,500 miles at full power in bench tests. This is game-changing as we don’t need an electric recharge infrastructure, just some battery swap stations you visit every few months.

“It’s also cheap (estimated at about 9p a mile) and safe. We all know about aluminium and there’s nothing explosive or flammable involved.

“Long range means long duration and now I’m working with robotic companies who need long lasting power. In the future I think this technology could be used for shipping and electric flight.”

20 March 2013 16:44 GMT / By Rik Henderson