USA: University of Michigan open battery lab with funding from Ford
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USA: University of Michigan open battery lab with funding from Ford


A unique $8 million battery lab at the University of Michigan will enable industry and university researchers to collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy-storage devices in the heart of the U.S. auto industry.

Initial support for the lab includes $5 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., $2.1 million from Ford Motor Co. and roughly $900,000 from the College of Engineering. It will be housed at the U-M Energy Institute within the newly renovated Phoenix Memorial Laboratory — a project completed with $18 million in U-M funding.

From left, U-M Energy Institute Director Mark Barteau, Regent Katherine White, President Mary Sue Coleman, Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest, and Ed Krause, global manager of external alliances at Ford Motor Co, cut the ceremonial ribbon to reopen the Phoenix Memorial Laboratory on Monday. (Photo by Jospeh Xu, College of Engineering)

“This kind of collaboration is essential to addressing complex challenges like sustainable energy and efficient transportation. I want to thank our campus leaders, MEDC and Ford for having such a singular focus on developing solutions to such challenging energy issues,” said President Mary Sue Coleman, who announced the lab at the dedication celebrating the renovation of the Phoenix Memorial Laboratory.

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Venturi VBB-3 – the world’s most powerful electric car, aiming to exceed 600 km/h
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Venturi VBB-3 – the world’s most powerful electric car, aiming to exceed 600 km/h

The Venturi VBB program is a partnership with the Ohio State University, which has so far set two international land speed records for an electric vehicle: 303 mph (487 km/h) in 2009 and 307 mph (495 km/h) in 2010

The “Venturi Buckeye Bullet Racing” is back this on the Bonneville Salt Flats to try to beat its own world land speed record with a new streamliner, aiming for more than 600 km/h.

“Because the VBB-3 is a fantastic test bed for electric powertrains subjected to extreme conditions and environments, this new records program represents a truly strategic R&D initiative for Venturi.

The Venturi VBBs belong to a long tradition of record-breaking electric vehicles. Also known as the Venturi Jamais Contente, it pays homage to Camille Jenatzy’s electric car, the first to have broken the legendary 100 km/h barrier.”

With attempts delayed due to conditions, the team had time for a visit from their patron Prince Albert of Monaco, who unveiled the latest streamliner: the Venturi VBB-3, the world´s most powerful electric car.

After two years of development, the land speed record vehicle was supposed to run on the salt flats of Bonneville over the past few days, but due to poor weather conditions the FIA (more…)

Billing company Orga joins Germany’s “SMART EM” e-Mobility infrastructure project

The SMART EM project is designed to look at business and market models and infrastructures that will enable sustainable and viable electric mobility. The core of the analysis focuses on the individual, in particular the impact of technological developments and dynamic pricing systems around user behavior. The research will define market and business models, as well as the design and prototype implementation of the software components of an intelligent charging, network and ICT infrastructure.

The Consortium is now made up of…

University of Paderborn – Academic research
Orga Systems GmbH – Billing systems and software implimentation
E.ON Westfalen Weser AG – User and network data
Morpho Cards GmbH – infrastructure and data
UNITY – Management Consultancy

The full press release from Orga Systems…

Orga Systems takes part in prestigious research program on e-Mobility
Paderborn consortium from science and industry explores electric vehicles’ future opportunities

Paderborn (Germany), 24 September 2013 – Orga Systems, a leading software vendor for real-time charging and billing solutions, with an international customer base in the telecommunications, utilities and automotive markets, is a research partner of the project SMART EM. In cooperation with strong players such as energy supplier Westfalen Weser Netz (former E.ON Westfalen Weser) and (more…)

Athlon Tesla Model S Real Long Distance Record is broken in Europe
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Athlon Tesla Model S Real Long Distance Record is broken in Europe

Some adventurous Eindhoven University of Technology students supported by Tesla and Athlon Car Lease have set a new long distance record for the Tesla Model S: 625 kilometers on one charge.

Watch the video, plus links to the full story and a blog report of the journey below.


“Our Tesla had driven 625.5 km on one single charge. For this distance it used 79.8 kWh, which means 127.6 Wh/km on average. After popping the champagne and shaking hands, and of course pushing the Tesla to its charging point, we packed our stuff and drove back home to get some well-deserved rest.”

Maarten Steinbuch blog – Athlon Tesla Model S Real Long Distance Record – the report

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