Archive for the ‘Electric car’ Category

Audi is going to build an electric sports car

Monday, October 5th, 2009

It is official: Audi’s e-tron is a go.

Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen says an electric vehicle which is based on the high-performance e-tron concept will make it first appearance in the United States in two to three years.

The glossy two-seat sports car was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show previous month, but at the time Audi would not confirm plans to produce it. At present de Nysschen says the car is on its way and he also added that “I expect we will see running examples in the next 24 months.”

The e-tron concept is motorized by four electric motors, one on each wheel. Audi says the car has a range of 154 miles and it uses lithium ion battery which is positioned behind the passenger cabin.

The demonstrate car is 168 inches long — about midway between Audi’s TT and R8 sports cars–and 75 inches wide.

The e-tron uses a space frame and all the added-on body parts, together with the doors and roof which is made up of a fiber-reinforced plastic.

Audi is a developing hybrid vehicle. The foremost on the U.S. market will be the Q5 crossover and it is scheduled to debut in the 2011 model year.

Electric vehicles

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Electric vehicles (EVs) are propelled by an electric motor (or motors) powered by rechargeable battery packs. Electric motors have several advantages over internal combustion engines (ICEs):

1 . Energy efficient. Electric motors convert 75% of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the      wheels-internal combustion engines (ICEs) only convert 20% of the energy stored in gasoline.

2 . Environmentally friendly. EVs emit no tailpipe pollutants, although the power plant producing the      electricity may emit them. Electricity from nuclear-, hydro-, solar-, or wind-powered plants     causes no air pollutants.

3 . Reduce energy dependence. Electricity is a domestic energy source.

4 . Performance benefits. Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration and     require less maintenance than ICEs.

The Down Side: Batteries

EVs face significant battery-related challenges:

1 . EV recharging Station Driving range. Most EVs can only go 150 miles (or less)     before     recharging- gasoline vehicles can go over 300 miles before refueling.

2 . Recharge time. Fully recharging the battery pack can take  4 to 8 hours.

3 . Battery cost: The large battery packs are expensive and usually must be replaced one or more     times.

4 . Bulk & weight: Battery packs are heavy and take up considerable
vehicle space.

Researchers are working on improved battery technologies to increase driving
range and decrease recharging time, replacement frequency, weight, and cost.

These factors will ultimately determine the future of EVs.