July 17, 2012
Electric Concept Car Promises 500 Miles Per Charge
Derek Walter for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
It may look funny, but a new concept electric car is promising to blow away its competitors when it comes to the distance it can travel without the need for a recharge.
Danish manufacturer ECOmove is promising that its QBEAK car will be able to travel 500 miles on a single charge. According to CNN, the concept car was unveiled this week, with prospective models being available in 2013.
The current Achilles´ heel of electric cars in the United States, such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, is the limited distance which they can travel without either recharging or, in the case of the Volt, switching to a gas-powered engine. The Leaf maxes out at 138 miles while the Volt can go 378 miles.
In a statement, the company´s CEO said the extended distance is a combination of design features and other integrated technology.
“We wanted to design an innovative electric car on its own premise benefitting all kinds of users at the same time as reducing environment impact as much as possible. We have chosen to use alternative light weight materials and the QBEAK is equipped with a range of sustainable, competitive features such as in-wheel motors, an unique chassis platform with room for a flexible battery modules and a communication system based on a smartphone”, says Mogens LÃ¸kke, CEO at ECOmove in a statement.
The fuel cell converts a bio-methanol/water mix into electricity, which charges the battery. The heat that is generated from this process then creates power for the car´s heating and cooling system.
In order for there to be mass appeal among consumers, the price needs to be affordable, according to the developers.
“For ECOmove is has also been important to develop a car with an attractive price tag. The light weight allows the car to travel up to 300 km on a single charge and the mechanical structure is considerably less complex than conventional cars. There are fewer components to maintain, which in turn reduces maintenance costs - estimated to be less than half the price of maintaining a standard car,” the company said in a statement.