BMW i3 bigger battery spec, same physical size. 50% increase

May 3rd, 2016 § Comments Off on BMW i3 bigger battery spec, same physical size. 50% increase § permalink


BMW’s i3 electric car will have a little more juice for 2017, gaining a bigger battery to boost its electric range from 80 to 114 miles. It’s all thanks to a 50 percent increase in battery capacity. Thanks to denser lithium ion batteries, the i3 goes from 22 kWh to 33 kWh without physically increasing the size of the battery pack.
The fuel tank on the Range Extender model, which uses a 650cc two-cylinder gasoline engine to charge the battery on longer journeys, also sees a small increase in capacity, going from 1.9 to 2.4 gallons. Somewhat oddly, BMW isn’t yet releasing the total range of a fully charged 2017 i3 with the Range Extender. The old i3 could go 150 miles with a full charge and full tank.

Support for faster charging allows a full charge in 4.5 hours at a Level 2 charger. That’s up from 3.5 hours in the old model, but, with the 50 percent increase in battery capacity, it’s still faster on a per kWh basis. 50kW DC fast charging tech lets the new i3 charge to 80 percent of capacity within 40 minutes, up from 25 minutes in the old version.

More from http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/1/11550026/bmw-i3-2017-electric-vehicle-range-larger-battery

Sadly: No 200-mile electric car in Ford’s immediate future

April 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on Sadly: No 200-mile electric car in Ford’s immediate future § permalink

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has no immediate plans to chase General Motors, Nissan and Tesla in the electric car range race.
Kevin Layden, Ford’s director of electrification programs and engineering, said the 100-mile range coming this fall in the 2017 Focus Electric — up from the 2016 model’s 76 miles — is enough distance to cover the daily commute of most drivers.
Speaking on the sidelines of the SAE World Congress last week here, Layden said keeping the car’s range at 100 miles will help rein in weight and cost. The lower range enables the use of a smaller, lighter and less expensive battery pack, Layden said.
But during a panel discussion last week on the future of electric cars, several speakers said a range of at least 200 miles is needed to alleviate consumers’ range anxiety about battery-powered cars.
“I think right now with the launch of the Focus Electric at 100 miles, it is going to satisfy a big chunk of the population,” said Layden. “It’s going to be really affordable and a step up from where we are now.”
This fall, GM will launch the Chevrolet Bolt hatchback, a compact electric car that GM says will go at least 200 miles on a single charge, while Tesla is promising its Model 3 compact sedan will be able to drive 215 miles on a charge. And Nissan plans to launch a redesigned Leaf in 2018 with a promised 200-mile range.
In December, Ford committed $4.5 billion to rejuvenate its electrified vehicle lineup.

From : http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM05/304189970/no-200-mile-electric-car-in-fords-immediate-future

Ford Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why?

January 3rd, 2016 § Comments Off on Ford Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why? § permalink

When it announced a range increase for its 2017 Focus Electric earlier this month, Ford executives also revealed an intriguing snippet about the company’s battery plans.

The company is conducting its own research into fundamental battery chemistries, and could develop its own cells for use in future electrified vehicles.

The question then becomes: Why? » Read the rest of this entry «

Finally. “New battery to boost BMW i3 range” …where do i sign

November 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on Finally. “New battery to boost BMW i3 range” …where do i sign § permalink

As published on AutoCar.co.uk

BMW is set to extend the range of its electric-powered i3 with the introduction of what sources close to the German car maker describe as an “optimised driveline” that draws on battery efficiency gains developed since its launch in 2013.

The i3 will receive a new lithium ion battery with the same 22kWh (18.7kWh usable) capacity as that used today but a higher power density for a longer range.

The move is claimed to extend its range to well over 124 miles in real-world use, compared with just under 100 miles now.

The i3 will also get an upgraded electronics package that features new software mapping for the battery cooling system and the electric motor.

The revised battery pack will be fitted to not only the all-electric i3 but also the i3 Range Extender, which uses a small two-cylinder petrol engine to produce electricity on the run.

The new battery will also be available as a retro-fit option for existing i3s.

 

Exciting Development for this superb city-sized all-rounder. in my humble opinion, – “i like it. i want it.”

124 Mile “Real World” Range.. ( Forgive the skeptisism, but i would bank on 105-110max real world mileage estimate) + Range Extender would do me aplenty. This would do away with any hassle on “long-haul” trips, such as London Cardiff i have completed in my Nissan Leaf MK2 (Acenta) in +8c recently.  7 Total Charge (and top-up) Stops. 340 Miles range.

 

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BMW confirms plans to increase the battery range of its i3 at the start of next year, with around 130 miles of electric driving expected

BMW’s i3 has been out since 2013, yet is still considered one of the most cutting-edge electric cars on the road. Now, the Nissan Leaf rival is set to take you further on a charge, thanks to battery tweaks to increase driving range.

Although a BMW spokesperson confirmed the full details will be announced “by the end of the year”, it’s unknown exactly how they will do this. It’s thought that the existing lithium-ion battery pack will either increase in capacity or become more dense, thanks to improved tech.

BMW i3 rear 3/4

The current i3’s battery pack has a capacity of 22kWh and promises a range on full charge of just under 100 miles. That’s significantly less than the newly updated Nissan Leaf, which offers a 30kWh pack and claims a range of 155 miles. It’s thought that BMW wants to bring its electric car more into line with the Leaf.

It’s also predicted that both the Range Extender and battery-only i3 will receive the tweaks. It’s not clear yet whether it will take longer to charge, yet we expect the BMW to retain the option of an 80 per cent fast charge. We also don’t know if the update will bring along a price increase, but we will find out in due course.

At Present, the i3 manages 81 miles of electric range in full-EV guise or 73 miles of electric range plus 77 miles with the petrol-powered generator.

The new figures will match up almost precisely with one of BMW’s competitors, the Nissan Leaf, which will boast 125 miles of all-electric range for 2016.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt, by comparison, only manage 53 miles of all-electric range before its petrol generator kicks in to carry the vehicle another 370 miles.

Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid due in 2015 (20 Miles Max EV Range)

June 4th, 2015 § Comments Off on Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid due in 2015 (20 Miles Max EV Range) § permalink

There are a few particular stats concerning the new Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid that grab your attention when skimming the spec sheet. Namely, combined fuel consumption of 100.9mpg, CO2 emissions of 65g/km and 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds.

They’re not a misprint – this is the greenest S-class yet, with a 3.0-litre petrol-fuelled V6 joined by a 114bhp electric motor taking its energy from a big lithium-ion battery pack in the boot. It’s also the first of a raft of new plug-in Mercs, with 10 further hybrids planned by 2017.

Mercedes Benz S500 PHEV Plugin Hybrid via www.evmeerkat.com

Mercedes Benz S500 PHEV Plugin Hybrid via www.evmeerkat.com

Mercedes Benz S500 PHEV Plugin Hybrid via www.evmeerkat.com

Mercedes Benz S500 PHEV Plugin Hybrid via www.evmeerkat.com

Hold on. Aren’t there hybrid versions of the Mercedes S-class already?

Yes, the petrol-electric S400 and the diesel-electric S300 BlueTec. In their case, though, the electric motor’s job is more to take the edge off the combustion engine’s consumption and augment its performance than provide much in the way of meaningful zero-emissions mileage.

The S500 Plug-in Hybrid can manage far more than a bit of low-speed gliding around car parks. A much bigger battery pack (and the ability to plug it into the mains or a faster wallbox charger to pre-charge it) means it can manage up to 20 miles on electric power alone before the petrol engine kicks in. That said, on our initial 11-mile drive at low speeds through city streets the V6 whirred into life just around the corner from our destination.

Charging takes around two hours at a wallbox or between two hours 45 minutes and four hours through the mains, via a socket in the rear bumper.

What’s the Mercedes S500 Plug-in like to drive?

Just as imperious as the non-hybrid limo models, but with the added serenity of near-silence when running in electric mode.

There are occasionally a few more noticeable clunks and shunts from the seven-speed transmission than you might ideally like but otherwise this is as refined as luxury travel gets. Adaptive air suspension ensures ride quality is suitably smooth and when you touch the brake pedal the system does a decent job of overlapping the mechanical brakes and electric motor deceleration unobtrusively.

For what it’s worth, this car is jolly fast too: when both the electric motor and the V6 put their heads together there’s a total of 436bhp and enough performance for enthusiastic chauffeurs to pin their passengers far into the S-class’s cushioned head rests.

There are four driving modes to choose from: E-mode (electric power only), E-save (uses as little battery power as possible), Charge (charges the battery as you drive) and Hybrid (the default mode, which does a little of everything).

Mercedes S500 Plug-in technology highlights

Being an S-Class, it’s rammed with clever and complicated tech. A party piece Mercedes seems particularly proud of is the car’s ability to turn the local topography to its advantage; for example, if you’ve programmed a hilly route into the sat-nav the S500 will use the electric motor to help the car uphill and flatten the battery as much as possible so it can recharge on the way down. Equally, the system will make sure you get to urban areas with as much charge as possible so you can make the most of the electric motor.

There’s also a ‘haptic accelerator pedal’. If you’ve set the transmission to Economy+ mode, on downhill stretches or when following traffic a series of pulses through the throttle pedal tells you that you should really take your foot off the gas to allow the drivetrain to coast or regenerate energy. That’s right, the hybrid S-Class is sentient to the point where it will essentially chide you for tailgating.

You can also set the interior temperature before you climb in via your smartphone, which can be linked to the climate control and heated seats, steering wheel and armrest. The app will even tell you how much charge is left in the battery from the comfort of your front room.

Any downsides?

A sizeable chunk of boot space is lost to a doorstep-shaped ledge that covers the big battery pack and the plug-in S-class is available in long-wheelbase form only – but it’s otherwise identical to any other model in the range. It does carry a more heavyweight price tag though, at around £17,000 more than an S350 BlueTec diesel.

The jury’s out on the exact extent you’d be saving the planet by choosing the plug-in. That spec sheet-dominating 65g/km CO2 figure owes a little to the rather generous way hybrids’ emissions are calculated by the EU (the electric-only range is carried wholesale into the calculations), since the engine generates 149g/km of CO2.

On a separate note, the twin-screen S-Class dashboard is beginning to look a little dated already – maybe Merc has a more elegant instrument panel in the pipeline for when facelift time rolls around.

Verdict

You’d hesitate to call it ‘green’ wholeheartedly, but the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in’s efficiency figures are undeniably impressive. For buyers with largely city-based driving habits and access to charging infrastructure, it’s arguably the pick of the range.

Most buyers will forgo the faffing with power cables and plump for the more affordable S350 diesel, though. The S500 Plug-in is expected to make up around 3-5% of S-class sales in the UK.

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Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Now #2 In UK Electric Car Sales

May 15th, 2015 § Comments Off on Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Now #2 In UK Electric Car Sales § permalink

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Despite the Nissan LEAF’s apparently strong top position in the UK electric vehicle (EV) market, the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has managed to make significant gains since its release last year. » Read the rest of this entry «

BusinessGreen: UK offers £10m prize for new electric car batteries

February 23rd, 2015 § Comments Off on BusinessGreen: UK offers £10m prize for new electric car batteries § permalink

The UK government is launching a £10m prize for innovative battery designs that could power the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).
Most electric cars and vans can travel about 100 miles before they need to recharge. Increasing this range would see zero-emission technologies become a fully fledged rival to petrol and diesel vehicles. Advances in batteries would be of huge benefit to renewable-energy technologies by storing electricity produced by wind turbines or solar panels for use at peak times.
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USA: Confirmed: 2015 Chevrolet Volt Has Larger Battery, Drivers May See More Range

July 27th, 2014 § Comments Off on USA: Confirmed: 2015 Chevrolet Volt Has Larger Battery, Drivers May See More Range § permalink

INSIDEEVS recently exclusively broke the news that the 2015 Chevrolet Volt came with something a little unexpected. A larger capacity battery.

New Chevrolet Volt Owners Say Their Cars Have More Range? Real Or Imagined?

Specifically, a 17.1 kWh pack versus the 16.5 kWh found in 2014.

And while the EPA range figures that GM has submitted for 2015 are identical between this year and last, many new Volt owners are reporting a slight increase in range – real or imagined?

We felt that this new development needed a little solid clarification from GM.

A) Was the lithium battery pack actually increased for 2015? Or was that a typo of some kind?
B) Was this extra battery capacity used as a reserve buffer to extend life?
C) Would this extra battery capacity result in any real world changes?
We spoke to Kevin M. Kelly who is the Manager of Electrification Technology Communications and he confirmed to us that the battery had increased in size, and that drivers could expect to see some range improvements.

“We did make an engineering change in the battery cell used in the 2015 Chevrolet Volt, which resulted in an overall storage capacity increase from 16.5 to 17.1 kWh.

This is a part of our effort for continuous improvement. As a result of this change, we would expect that some customers may see a slight improvement in overall EV range.”

This is the second time the Volt’s battery has been increased since its debut in late 2010. The 2013 model year Chevrolet Volt had its battery capacity increased from 16 kWh to 16.5 kWh, which translated to an extra 3 miles of range (up to 38) and 4 more MPGe.

Our tip of the cap to GM for their commitment to improving the Chevy Volt over time!

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USA: Confirmed: 2015 Chevrolet Volt Has Larger Battery, Drivers May See More Range

July 16th, 2014 § Comments Off on USA: Confirmed: 2015 Chevrolet Volt Has Larger Battery, Drivers May See More Range § permalink

INSIDEEVS recently exclusively broke the news that the 2015 Chevrolet Volt came with something a little unexpected. A larger capacity battery.

New Chevrolet Volt Owners Say Their Cars Have More Range? Real Or Imagined?

Specifically, a 17.1 kWh pack versus the 16.5 kWh found in 2014.

And while the EPA range figures that GM has submitted for 2015 are identical between this year and last, many new Volt owners are reporting a slight increase in range – real or imagined?

We felt that this new development needed a little solid clarification from GM.

A) Was the lithium battery pack actually increased for 2015? Or was that a typo of some kind?
B) Was this extra battery capacity used as a reserve buffer to extend life?
C) Would this extra battery capacity result in any real world changes?
We spoke to Kevin M. Kelly who is the Manager of Electrification Technology Communications and he confirmed to us that the battery had increased in size, and that drivers could expect to see some range improvements.

“We did make an engineering change in the battery cell used in the 2015 Chevrolet Volt, which resulted in an overall storage capacity increase from 16.5 to 17.1 kWh.

This is a part of our effort for continuous improvement. As a result of this change, we would expect that some customers may see a slight improvement in overall EV range.”

This is the second time the Volt’s battery has been increased since its debut in late 2010. The 2013 model year Chevrolet Volt had its battery capacity increased from 16 kWh to 16.5 kWh, which translated to an extra 3 miles of range (up to 38) and 4 more MPGe.

Our tip of the cap to GM for their commitment to improving the Chevy Volt over time!

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USA Breaking Update: Nissan Prices LEAF Battery Replacement at $5,499, New Packs More Heat Durable

June 27th, 2014 § Comments Off on USA Breaking Update: Nissan Prices LEAF Battery Replacement at $5,499, New Packs More Heat Durable § permalink

How Much Will A Replacement 24 kWh LEAF Battery Set You Back ? $5,499

To say that consumers have been waiting on a hard and firm pricing for a replacement 24 kWh battery pack in the Nissan LEAF (or any plug-in really for that matter) would be an understatement.

“Resetting” The Range On Your LEAF – Now Reasonably Priced

Well, wonder no longer as $5,499 plus the turn-in of your old pack (which Nissan values at $1,000) nets you a new “2015 spec” battery replacement.

Using $6,499 as a full MSRP on the pack means Nissan is putting a price of $270/kWh on the cells.
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