October 24, 2013

...AND CHEAPER...:

Tomorrow's Electric Cars Could Store Energy In Their Body Panels (Jim Gorzelany,  110/17/13, Forbes)

[T]omorrow's EVs could eliminate big and bulky - not to mention costly - battery packs altogether, instead using their body panels as a source of power. Volvo has been working on the concept over the past three and a half years in conjunction with other participants as part of a European Union research project headed by London's Imperial College.

Here, advanced nano-structured batteries and super capacitors are deftly incorporated into carbon fiber panels using an advanced resin; the panels are, in turn, formed to fit around a car's frame. Just as with a conventional EV battery, the super capacitor-infused material can be fully charged via the power grid or refreshed while en route via regenerative braking.

Volvo says the electrified material charges faster than conventional batteries, and is strong and pliant enough to be fully integrated within a vehicle's structure. It's said to not only be lighter in weight than today's batteries, but lighter than conventional structural materials as well; it's also clamed to be both cost effective and eco-friendly to produce.

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