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batteriesRincluded http://www.iclectric.com writes
"For those of you that follow the progress of EV's, or Electric Vehicles,
you will want to read an article on evworld's website about a new battery
technology announced friday at the Paris International Motor Show.
A French company has introduced a battery technology offering FOUR times
more energy than a lead acid battery of equivalent weight, requires no
maintenance, has a ten year lifespan, and recharges quickly.
The company claims that an EV could drive over 200 km's on a charge. If this
technology can be proven, it will have dramatic implications for all battery
powered technologies. This mere thought of this battery doing what it is
claimed to do, gives me shivers.
For those of us who are not holding their breath regarding hydrogen fuel
cells, this could not be more welcome news. The biggest drawback to Ev's
making a real dent in the North American market is to do with battery
If this issue were to be resolved, the whole dynamic of the auto industry
would change. As someone who as actually driven an electric car the thought
of getting an EV to do 200 km's on a charge is extremely exciting.
Feel Good Cars - http://www.feelgoodcars.com
Cross your fingers that this battery actually does what it says it can do.
Then hold on tight, because the transportation sector is going to change,
Bollore Aims For Electric Car Market With New Battery
Friday September 24, 2004
PARIS -(Dow Jones)- A new battery technology unveiled at the Paris
International Motor Show this week by a unit of Bollore SA (12585.FR), a
diversified French company, has sparked some interest among car
But car makers are adopting a wait-and-see attitude until the technology has
been tested more fully, Batscap company president Jean-Louis Bouquet told
Dow Jones Newswires.
The chairman of Renault SA (13190.FR), Louis Schweitzer, indicated on
Thursday that he might be interested in collaborating with Batscap if its
lithium metal polymer battery proves to be effective.
One drawback with the Batscap process is the batteries reach an internal
temperature of 90 degrees Celcius when operating.
Car manufacturers have shied away from making fully electric-powered cars up
to now because present-day batteries are heavy, don't offer enough staying
power, and can have liquid electrolytes that can be dangerous.
These days, the main uses are for urban utility and fleet vehicles such as
mail delivery vans that travel less than 100 kilometers a day.
Batscap's technology consists of a sandwich of ultra-thin extruded films
that are rolled and flattened and assembled into modules. Offering four
times more energy than a lead-acid battery of equivalent weight, the
batteries don't require any maintenance, have a 10-year lifespan and
The company also claims that a car powered by a lithium metal polymer
battery would have a range of over 200 kilometers, would offer zippy
acceleration and would cost only EUR1 to drive 100 kilometers, or about a
tenth of the cost to drive a small car with an internal combustion engine.
Batscap, which is 20% owned by French power utility Electricite de France
( EDF.YY), has spent more than EUR80 million developing the product,
Batscap's Bouquet said. It will present a prototype electric car powered by
its battery at the Geneva Auto Show next March.
Other potential applications include uses in uninterrupted power supply and
other backup applications.
-By David Pearson,
Dow Jones Newswires;
Dow Jones Newswires
©2004 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Renault may develop electric car with Bollore
Published in http://www.Infobeat.com - Indexed on Sep 24, 2004
Electricite News: Renault may develop electric car with Bollore Thursday,
September 23 PARIS, Sep 23, 2004 (AFX-Europe via COMTEX) -- Renault SA chief
executive Louis Schweitzer said the group may develop an electric car in
association with Bollore SA, which is developing technology for efficient
electric batteries. Speaking to journalists at the Paris Car Show,
Schweitzer said Renault has been in contact with Bollore, but no battery
tests have yet been made on a Renault model. "Bollore thinks it can triple
the (battery's) autonomy and raise it to around 200 kilometres. If it works,
they are welcome to join us," Schweitzer said.
9/23/04 - Renault may develop electric car with Bollore
PARIS, Sep 23, 2004 (AFX-Europe via COMTEX) -- Renault SA chief executive
Louis Schweitzer said the group may develop an electric car in association
with Bollore SA, which is developing technology for efficient electric
Speaking to journalists at the Paris Car Show, Schweitzer said Renault has
been in contact with Bollore, but no battery tests have yet been made on a
"Bollore thinks it can triple the (battery's) autonomy and raise it to
around 200 kilometres. If it works, they are welcome to join us," Schweitzer
Renault has developed an electric version of its Kangoo model, but
Schweitzer said its autonomy is too weak, at only 60-80 km on a full battery
Bollore plans to present a prototype of its own battery-powered electric car
at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2005, with the batteries developed by its
Batscap unit, owned 80 pct by Bollore and 20 pct by Electricite de France.
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