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The news here is the two 48v batteries; at 12 kW, each has a capacity of 125 amps. If adopted, low-cost, high-capacity, 48 volt batteries make electric bicycles, atvs, garden tractors, etc., viable.
The more obsolete ICEVs you get off the roads, the better, Canada is late to the party suffering from the same problem we have in the U.S...bought off politicians. Trump and the fossil fuel Republicans are showing us how stupid it can get when decisions about innovation are made by corrupt politicians who disregard scientific analysis from the knowledgeable. What is sad is you read the parroting of their lies in the comments of good publications like this one, it's crazy!
The plain fact is ICEs are inefficient, costly, complicated polluting and obsolete. We have a clean form-factor that works...so, why are we allowing the car companies to keep on, keeping on? If Trump and the Republicans were worth their salt, they would be assisting the car makers to transition to EVs and assisting the oil companies to re-invest in renewable energy...but alas, instead they encourage the companies to continue with fossil fuels and their nasty side effects...why, when the answer is there waiting to be implemented...makes no sense and makes them look like what they are...greedy dasters.
The EU smog checks for diesel were less limiting than in the U.S. But, you are rightmost of the damage was in Europe and still is as there are still old diesels running the roads there. Some Governments are trying to buy the old ones for the crusher.
This forecast only addresses fuel saving achieved by efficiency increases of ICE cars. It doesn't address the displacement of gasoline by electricity. Many believe these figures are of little consequence when 90% plus of all vehicles are driven by electric motors by 2040.
The important decision for a legacy car maker since Tesla came on the scene is when to stop building compliance cars and to seriously start manufacturing EVs. Fields, was an all-in fossil fuel guy and I think he has delayed this EV decision too long. Ford may not catch up. The production of the Model 3 and the Germany EVs, will now put even more pressure on the American makers to produce EVs.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2017 on Ford Motor replaces CEO Fields at Green Car Congress
When you figure the 2011 Leaf has an energy density of 140 Wh/Kg and weighs 600 pounds this battery with a density of 740 Wh/kg would have a range 5 times longer, from a range of 70 miles to a range of 350 miles. And,it should never short out.
Don't need liquid fuels or O2 to clean power plants...that's obsolete thinking in today's world. Try to think about wind, solar, hydro, thermal and not about burning carbon fuels. Think about burning H2 and combining O2 and H2 gently to produce energy and water.
Battery Tech Research is really heating up as the transportation sector sees the need to move away from fossil fuels and the electric utilities have found that battery storage can solve their duck curve problems more economically than using natural gas peaker plants..
Drop the diesel and use the electric motor for torque requirements instead then sub in a fuel cell or a small gas burner to maintain cruising speed; Oops, I forgot your guys only make diesels.
Hard to let go of the past use of fossil fuels isn't it? Gotta think about something other than a carbon radical to burn in the air. That's why H2 is the preferred fuel over gas and oil, you may need to use it and the carbon fuels always pollute.
Others have been looking at sulfur for some time now; but,nothing to take out of the lab yet.
Look for electric drive trains, (motors, motor controls, inerters, chargers and gearing) to become even smaller, lighter and more efficient as companies advance the technology. However, the main problem for BEVs is still the low energy density of the storage devices; The battery in the current Tesla is still around 1,200 pounds for a 300 mile range.
Beware! Over the last few years here have been a rash of claims from a bunch of failed battery companies; so far lithium ion comes out the winner with the best characteristics. NiZn batteries have been around for a while....ZnAir...really?...vapor?
Still starts by heating feed stock; i.e., fossil fuel.
Junk engineering; why not install a high voltage battery pack and an electric motor to boost the ICE? It's called a hybrid. Messing around doing ICE engineering experiments won't do MB any good in the future...we all know where this is going and it isn't turbocharging internal combustion engines...it's battery EVs.
It is interesting that direct ejection internal combustion engines, i.e., those where the fuel is injected in the cylinder at burn time, are a leading cause of this type of pollution. That would be all diesel engines and the newer gasoline engines that have switched over to direct ejection from port ejection. In the search for efficiency the car makers have created another even worse monster.
Graphene is an amazing mystery material at this point. A lot of research is going on to take advantage of its characteristics. Some see it as a way to create ever increasing semiconductor density on I Cs, leading to smaller motor controls, inverters and chargers. Now it looks like it can be used to enhance batteries.
@88: I agree; makes good sense to use hybrids...But, the heat engine(diesel) requires a exhaust particle filter to be truly effective; actually no ICE, running any form of fossil fuel, makes sense when you consider an EV from a clean air, water and land standpoint. Battery electric is a good alternative to fossil fuels and we need to solve the problems and implement their use ASAP and wherever it can be used. I've been driving an EV for six years now(Leaf, #669) and no way would I go back to an ICE car. To me they are all obsolete.
Seeing as how this is really an electric vehicle with all the advantages of good low-end torque, etc, it makes sense as an interim measure until we see what the Tesla Semi is all about. Please anything but a dirty diesel.
The people in material science are super busy looking for safe, controllable energy dense battery materials; so far,unless it's still a secret in a lab somewhere, the super efficient high density, safe, controllable battery is and remains elusive. Nevertheless, published results like this using Nitrogen saves people time from research down the Nitrogen path.
@Henry Gibson: Burning fossil fuels in combustion engines of any configuration is an obsolete technology. Replacing Gassers in all segments is now possible and we are only waiting on the vehicle makers to get off the dime. Not depending on oil will stabilize energy prices and will help stabilize the relations between nations...there will no longer be a need to fight wars over energy...it will all be generated and stored locally by the wind, sun, water and batteries.
I think out of this action,the EPA head will reject the idea because he's one of the fossil fuel industry's guy in Washington...put there with marching orders to maintain the status quo. His first moves have been to weaken the EPA by a reduction of the budget and programs, especially those having to do with the program that hurts the fossil fuel industry the most, that's GHG.
I'm loving this; The ARB is picking a fight with EPA and if you notice GHG is included on the request...this will force Trump and the Republicans to either admit to papering over the GHG problem openly or addressing the issue with something other than false political rhetoric. No one to date has proven that the affect of GHG isn't real.
This is a short term outlook and I hope they are wrong because the more we burn the more we pollute the Planet and the sooner the consequences of doing that.