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The electric car with a 500-mile range could finally match petrol power for distance
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7-14-12

Posted on 07/14/2012 4:16:18 PM PDT by rawhide

•QBEAK concept vehicle uses bio-methanol to boost its battery life.

Green, they may be. But electric cars have struggled to overcome one of the main shortfalls that put buyers off - an inferior range to their petrol-powered rivals.

That may be about to change after a new electric car was unveiled that promises to go 500 miles (800km) before the battery needs recharging.

This would be far more than one of the current leaders in the field, the battery/ gasoline Chevrolet Volt, which can do around 375 miles (600km) on one charge-up.

The Modular Energy Carrier concept (MECc), created by three Danish companies, uses bio-methanol to bolster its battery life.

Mogens Lokke, CEO of ECOmove, designers of the innovative 'QBEAK' car said bio-methanol was far better than diesel or gasoline because it produces substantially less carbon dioxide.

'In combination with the way we built the car, which is really lightweight (425 kilograms), we can get the 500-mile range,' he told CNN.

A bio-methanol/ water is converted by the fuel cell to create electricity, while waste heat from the process powers the car's heating and cooling system.

It also benefits from a innovative chassis design which has really pushed the technology forward.

'Instead of putting in a fixed battery, we have built in (six) modules that can be fitted inside the chassis. We can use battery power in the modules or any other kind of energy source,' Lokke said.

The award-winning QBEAK also uses patented in-wheel electric motors to deliver a top speed of 75mph (120kph).

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To: rawhide

This would be far more than one of the current leaders in the field, the battery/ gasoline Chevrolet Volt, which can do around 375 miles (600km) on one charge-up.


I’ll have what they are smoking!

maybe 40 miles on one charge-up. 375 on one FILL up and charge up.


51 posted on 07/14/2012 5:47:44 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: coolbreeze

apparently you don’t know what is created when you “burn” hydrogen...and what is necessary to “burn” it.


52 posted on 07/14/2012 5:47:51 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: rawhide

These are not cars. Cars are not this gay looking. Seriously. Who effing designed it, Tim Burton?


53 posted on 07/14/2012 5:48:01 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: gorush

Depends if they can fast charge it with a higher voltage connection.

And of course you may wind up with a very burnt toasty car.


54 posted on 07/14/2012 5:49:40 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: SkyDancer

Where do these people think ELECTRICITY comes from anyway? Do they just think it resides in walls just waiting for them to plug in their little electric cars?


55 posted on 07/14/2012 5:49:52 PM PDT by Twinkie (Isaiah 53)
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To: Mad Dawgg

You think the car you drive now doesn’t produce water in the exhaust?


56 posted on 07/14/2012 5:50:12 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Mad Dawgg

O2 is ozone, not water. Just sayin’


57 posted on 07/14/2012 5:53:04 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas
O2 is ozone, not water. Just sayin’

No, that would be O3


58 posted on 07/14/2012 5:59:54 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Melas
O2 is ozone

Wanna research that and get back to us?

O2 is the standard Oxygen molecule. Ozone is O3...

59 posted on 07/14/2012 6:05:18 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Twinkie
Comes from here ....

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60 posted on 07/14/2012 6:09:00 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: rawhide
I want one. Make it available for $25,000, or less, and it's mine.

My daily driver is a Nissan Cube, so this would look awesome sitting next to it in the driveway.

61 posted on 07/14/2012 7:08:26 PM PDT by JustCallMeFrank
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To: HiTech RedNeck

A fuel cell can achieve +60% conversion efficiency of the energy contained in a pound of fuel vs. 30% max for an IC engine. Coupled with an AC motor and drive, you could easily achieve +50% system efficiency for the system in its crudest form. A fuel cell is basically a battery with a externally supplied consumable electrode, with hydrogen being supplied by a chemical compound (in this case methanol), and oxygen supplied by the atmosphere. With a methanol fuel cell, you could use the existing fuel transportation and distribution network, and reutilize existing refineries. Most methanol is made by catylizing natural gas, and it can also be made from the destructive distillation of wood and celluose (byproduct of charcoal making). This isn’t new technology, the original concepts were discovered around the 1830’s.


62 posted on 07/14/2012 7:10:06 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: rawhide

You have to be rich to be green.

You will never see the poor buying solar panels, electric cars, windmills, or anything else. Even the electric bicycles are out of reach to the poor.


63 posted on 07/14/2012 7:24:18 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: factoryrat

Interesting details. Thanks.


64 posted on 07/14/2012 7:29:52 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Stuffed full of enough batteries, sure.

Can it also match the gasoline car’s 10 minute refuel time for the next 500 miles?


65 posted on 07/14/2012 7:33:38 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: rawhide

and with 3-inch wide tires, I’m sure the handling is particularly “crisp”...


66 posted on 07/14/2012 9:15:38 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: rawhide

Two weeks ago DC had a 48 hour blackout.


67 posted on 07/14/2012 9:45:27 PM PDT by ElPaseo
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To: Secret Agent Man

Aston-Martin V-12 Vantage, not a Gay car.
68 posted on 07/14/2012 10:28:28 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: HangnJudge; NoCmpromiz

Sigh...I knew that at one time. I was to busy knowing it wasn’t water to give it a second look. My turn to be embarrassed I suppose.


69 posted on 07/14/2012 11:34:25 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: wjcsux

You got that right. :-)


70 posted on 07/15/2012 1:11:00 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: rawhide
Chevrolet Volt, which can do around 375 miles (600km) on one charge-up...and a full tank of gas

Guess they forgot to add that little tidbit. Carrying water for Government Motors in the UK...interesting.

71 posted on 07/15/2012 4:46:37 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: rawhide

Will it fit in one of Bloombergs new 300 sq ft apts, for recharging


72 posted on 07/15/2012 7:05:24 AM PDT by capt B
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