500 mile range electric car being developed in Denmark

Danish electric car maker ECOmove is developing a 500 mile range electric car based on the company's QBEAK electric city car, a car that already has an impressive 180 mile electric driving range.

Danish electric car manufacturer, ECOmove, has a range anxiety solution for their QBEAK electric car. The Modular Energy Carrier concept (MECC) is a project between ECOmove, Insero E-Mobility and Serenergy to develop a vehicle they're calling an electric car, with a driving range of 800 kilometers (500 miles), on a highway-speed-capable vehicle.

The QBEAK is a funky little electric car developed in Denmark by ECOmove. As an all electric car it has a modular battery pack system allowing from one to six modules to power the vehicle, and with six modules the QBEAK has a driving range of 180 miles (300 kilometers) and a top speed of 120 kilometers/hr (75 miles/hr) when outfitted with two 70kw motors. Each of the modules can hold 4.7 kilowatt-hours of electricity, giving the car a maximum energy capacity of around 27 kilowatt-hours. The QBEAK is a diminuitively small car that can hold up to six people, and has a flexible interior that's re-arrangeable for a variety of uses. Recyclability is designed into the car, through the use of recyclable materials in its manufacture. The QBEAK is expected to go into production at the end of 2012, and the company is taking reservations now.

An 180 mile electric range is impressive, especially on 27 kilowatt-hours of energy storage. Because the QBEAK is designed as a "City Car" the driving range is, logically speaking, more than enough for even the most sprawling of urban areas. Since Europe isn't exactly known for sprawl one wonders why the MECC project's goal is to modify the QBEAK for a 500 miles driving range. But what's more interesting is the method for transforming a diminuitive 180 mile range electric car, into one with a 500 mile driving range.

One part of that is answered by how the QBEAK is able to deliver 180 miles of range on 27 kilowatt-hours, when the norm in electric vehicles is to deliver a little less than 100 miles range on 24 kilowatt-hours of energy. The trick is to use lightweight, but strong, components. The composite chassis consists of two aluminium sheets separated by a layer of ARPRO; a lightweight material already used in certain automotive applications. The combination is not only light weight, requiring less energy to move the car, but gives good insulation to reduce energy required for heating and cooling, and reduce noise and vibration. The material is also very strong and the company expects to be awarded a five star crashworthiness rating.

What's boosting the range to 500 miles is a bio-methanol fuel cell used as a range extender. Serenergy, a partner in the MECC project, has developed an air-cooled fuel cell with high fuel flexibility and reliable fuel cell operation under extreme temperature conditions. By fueling the fuel cell with bio-methanol, the car is still avoiding the use of fossil fuels, while relying on an energy-dense organic fuel.

Organic fuels are more energy dense than batteries, allowing more energy to be carried on-board than could be carried by batteries alone. The problem with most organic fuels derived from fossil oil (e.g. gasoline or diesel) is that when burned it increases the amount of carbon in the ecosphere, by desequestering carbon that was sequestered millions of years ago. However, biofuels like bio-methanol simply reuse carbon that is already in the ecosphere, and do not increase carbon levels.

The question is whether the QBEAK with a fuel cell is, technically speaking, still an electric car. Technically this would be a fuel cell car (FCEV). Assuming the battery pack can still be recharged directly from the electrical grid, one could also call it a plug-in hybrid. (see When is an electric car not an electric car?) Indeed, ECOmove recognizes this as well where the press release says: "the fuel cell range extended ECOmove QBEAK will have significant benefits compared to competing solutions of other plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or battery electric vehicles."

The goals of the MECC project are: a) A range of at least 800 kilometers (500 miles); b) refueling time of 3 minutes; c) possibility to use the existing energy distribution infrastructure; d) capture waste heat from fuel cell for cabin heating/cooling; e) longer battery pack lifetime due to more stable state of charge.

These goals are consistent with the typical "road trip" scenario, where one gets in their car, drives 300 miles, stops for food and to stretch the legs, refuels the car, then drives another 300 miles. On the other hand, for most people the "road trip" is not their every-day driving habit. Instead the vast majority of driving is 50 miles or less per day, meaning the 180 mile range of the electric QBEAK is more than sufficient for the majority of people.

The QBEAK is already an interesting electric car well suited for around-town use as a "city car" due to its 180 mile all electric driving range. The addition of a bio-methanol fuel cell should extend the range considerably, as the company expects, while maintaining an "carbon footprint" story.

Comments

One thing i never understood, is why do they _always_ make electric cars so damn ugly....

for the same reason they keep the price up and volume down. does anyone truely believe any serious car manufacturer/oil company etc. wants to change the status quo?

and governments? they make too much $$ from taxes on petrol, diesil and cars to lift EV restrictions...

sorry, sidetracked.

Q. "why do they _always_ make electric cars so damn ugly?"

A. the materials used and power to weight ratios restrict design profiles. The fact that major car companies chose to invest heavily in dated designs, engines and tech stagnate the design process of EV's. The majority of fresh new designers will follow the money, so the ones that do work on EV's have to be 'creative' apparently.

i personally think simple and efficient should be the design goal, not WOW factor...

How about having both?

http://www.teslamotors.com/

A: So that way no one will buy them. If everybody drove highly efficient electric vehicles, the fossil fuel industry would collapse. A revolution of electric vehicles is not going to happen in the current economic system.

The oil companies are slowly bringing about their own destruction by having gasoline prices so high. More and more people are getting tired of it and the tide is finally turning. Electric vehicles are not going to go away this time, unlike in the 80's. Plus, the Global Warming issue will only secure the movement.

I'd like to agree with you, but I don't see the evidence in the U.S. yet (among the majority of people). Until there are electric powered trucks that have a 24" lift, huge mud tires, and loud exhaust pipes, they just aren't culturally acceptable in the U.S.. :) It's pretty sad. I guess my point is that the culture needs to change. Our culture needs a good kick up the ass. Currently distorted vanity trumps rationality.

Q) i dont know what im talking about why is it allways so
A)i clearly dont know what im talking about eigher but imma pretend even harder than you

you should try out google: hint "tesla"

I like the way it looks...

I'm sure he meant electrical cars in general I like the look of this one too :)

I have great question for you.
Are these electric cars ugly?

http://www.electric-vehicle-evolution.com/eve/vehicles/

I think will agree that they are not.

lol the looks is bad, but they can change it easy... 500mile electric car, thats absolutely insane

Designs are the least of the issues.
If they can design outdated cars to conform to some kind of outdated and completely idiotic sense of what is considered 'stylish', then nothing prevents them from doing so on EV's.

As for the range... lol... old technology.
I seem to recall full EV cars were on the road in the mid 1990's.
Fairly long range already, but they were so efficient that they were effectively recalled and smashed into oblivion.

'Who killed the electric car' was the movies name.
Check it out.

500 miles is still a lil weak. Why should we stay in the box of wired electricity that is metered for the current economy. There was a place called wardyncliff on long island NY that Nicola Tesla had been developing wireless power transmission. I really feel his tech has been kept from the masses. Besides batteries are both costly and evironmentally toxic, reguardless of recycling. What do you think about hopping into a vehicle with no fuel guage?
Oh and for you that want the Big 4 wheel drive version that would be do-able too but engine sounds would have to come out of the sound system.

There was a 500 miles ranged EV car being developed that was powered completely with lithium-ion batteries back in the 90-ies.
The said method would in effect reduce weight severely among other things.

Lihium-ion batteries do loose charge after a specific amount of charges, but they would be a lot better solution that offsets Co2 emissions for one thing, reduces car weight... and they could have been DESIGNED with better materials (such as synthetic diamonds which were viable for that particular use in mid 1990's) so they wouldn't really suffer from those problems in the first place.

Plus... no need for fuel at all.
500 miles is excellent for urban areas, and even long term drives if people needed to go somewhere.

Sigh... these commercial companies are not giving us anything new.
They are working on old technologies for the most part.

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