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Ultracapacitors & Mild Hybrid Development

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  • RemyC
    From: Advanced Automotive Batteries ucap@ hevpower.com Feb 16, 2005 ULTRACAPACITORS ARE REGENERATING MILD HYBRID CAR DEVELOPMENT - BUT IS THE TECHNOLOGY
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 16, 2005
      Advanced Automotive Batteries
      ucap@ hevpower.com

      Feb 16, 2005


      Advances in high-power battery technology have made a major contribution to
      the rapid growth of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) sales over the last 5
      years. Strong growth is projected for the coming years. However, not all HEV
      development programs have shared this success. Most early mild hybrid
      programs, particularly in Europe, were held back. (HEVs are classified by
      their level of hybridization, namely: full, mild and micro hybrids.) This
      situation is now changing, with the renewed interest in mild hybrid
      architectures. This renewed interest is tied in large degree to the
      potential of a new energy storage device: the Ultracapacitor - also known as
      Supercapacitor, or Electric Double Layer Capacitor (EDLC). This device,
      already used in several automotive and non-automotive applications, bridges
      the performance gap between batteries and conventional capacitors. The
      questions that arise include:

      . Will the Ultracapacitor fulfill its promise?
      . Is this new technology ready?
      . Will it re-energize mild hybrid vehicle commercialization?
      . Is this the new frontier in vehicle hybridization?
      . Could it be coupled with a lead-acid battery?
      . Could it also address full hybrid architectures?

      The answer is yes to some of the above, but only after certain conditions
      are met, concludes The Ultracapacitor Opportunity Report, to be released
      next month. The Report presents an in-depth analysis of the various
      electrical system designs for HEVs and their ultimate value to customers. It
      further analyses the energy storage requirements for each of the
      architectures, and the value proposition that Ultracapacitors and high-power
      batteries?based on their current and projected performance and cost?will
      offer against those requirements.

      During this time of fast growth and far-reaching changes in powertrain
      technology, the crucial questions facing developers and investors are:
      . Which advanced powertrain vehicle technology will capture each segment of
      the international vehicle market?
      . Which energy storage device will power the new hybrid vehicles?

      The Ultracapacitor Opportunity Report, resulting from onsite interviews with
      twelve leading car companies and over twenty of their electrical system,
      ultracapacitor and battery suppliers, as well as key material developers and
      R&D organizations, addresses these questions. The Report further identifies
      the specific technological and commercial advances needed to make the
      overall value proposition of ultracapacitors meet automotive needs for each
      of the vehicle architectures and geographical markets.

      The Report reveals that following the first application of ultracapacitors
      in the 2004 Toyota Prius and Honda Fuel Cell vehicle, ultracapacitor
      technology and its potential scope of application in hybrid vehicles is
      advancing dramatically. These advances have been driven by an upsurge in
      product development activity by material and device producers, and in
      application development and testing by car companies. The Report also
      quantifies the significant progress in cost reduction and energy content
      increase that will be necessary to support major market penetration. It
      subsequently provides detailed analyses of the likelihood of achieving such
      progress in the coming years. The Report concludes with a review of the
      capabilities of the key players, from core material developers to device and
      system producers, and of the status of application developments in the major
      car companies.

      The Ultracapacitor Opportunity Report is authored by Dr. Menahem Anderman,
      President of Advanced Automotive Batteries, a California-based consulting
      company that carries out technology and market assessments and organizes the
      annual Advanced Automotive Battery and Ultracapacitor Conference (AABC). The
      Report can be purchased by calling the AAB office at: (530) 692 0140, or on
      the web: http://www.advancedautobat.com

      Please note that AAB offers a special discounted pre-publication price,
      which is available until February 28, 2005.

      With kind regards,

      Carol Chambers
      Business Development
      Advanced Automotive Batteries
      PO Box 1059
      Oregon House CA 95962
      (530) 692 0140 Fax: (530) 692 0142
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