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A new battery promises to extend driving ranges and lower Electric Vehicle prices. Best of all – it will be available in just over 12 months’ time.

The lithium battery, developed by Dr Qichaoe Hu and Professor Donald Sadoway, could prove transformational; overcoming two of the largest barriers to driving EVs… cost and range.


Professor Sadoway explains to Electric Vehicle News: “We’ve got to get a car on the showroom floor for $30,000, not $130,000 and the big piece is the battery: it’s too expensive and it runs down too fast.”

The new battery operates safely at a wider temperature range than existing options. Therefore, it doesn’t need to same temperature control system. This means that this revolutionary battery is 20% cheaper than current ones.

In addition, independent experts have found that the new battery can store more than twice the energy of existing choices. This is due to its prototype lithium cells.

The new battery will be highly significant due to its impact upon price and range improvements.

“That’s game-changing,” says Arndt Ellinghorst, head of global automotive research at ISI Group, an investment research group. “There are a lot of experienced battery makers trying to do exactly that because it’s the killer application.”

Electric Vehicle News explains: The main difference between their battery and existing ones is that it has an ultra-thin metal anode with higher energy density than the graphite and silicon anodes in current batteries, and uses safer electrolyte material.

It is expected that the battery will available in the first half of 2016 and in place in EVs by the end of 2016.

For more information about this game-changing new battery, visit Solid Energy.

For a faster conversion to driving green, contact the team at EValu8 for current advice and incentives.

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The 40 seater Bio-Bus started active duty in the UK yesterday.

Powered by food waste and human poo, this is a first for the UK.

The bus runs on gas generated by Bristol sewage works, created from food waste and the treatment of sewage. In fact, a range of 300km can be achieved from the annual waste of around five people.


Whilst this may not be a pleasant thought, it is a renewable and sustainable energy option. It is achieved through the process anaerobic digestion. Powering buses by using the gas created improves air quality as fewer emissions are produced, (compared with diesel engines).

The service is run by Bath Bus Company and is currently used to take passengers from Bristol Airport to Bath via South Bristol.

Bath Bus Company’s Collin Field told BBC Bristol: “With so much attention being directed towards improving air quality generally, the public reaction to the appearance of this bus on a service between a world heritage city and an airport will further focus on the potential for this particular fuel.”

He said the bus was being launched at a very “appropriate” time, as Bristol is to become the European Green Capital next year.

Do you have ideas for sustainable transport? Talk to EValu8 – we can help with contacts and funding initiatives.

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This prestigious environmental award is in its 10th year. With more models to consider than ever before, Green Car Journal created a shortlist of vehicles to compete for Green Car of the Year 2015.

According to Green Car Journal, “finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Availability to the mass market is a factor to ensure honoured models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by January 1st of the award year.”

The five vehicles vying to win this coveted global accolade were:

  • - Audi A3 TDI
  • - BMW i3
  • - Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel
  • - Honda Fit
  • - Volkswagen Golf

The winner? The BMW i3 (pictured above).

This was announced at the LA Auto Show in mid-November, where there were 30 global vehicle debuts. These included models from Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Toyota, Volvo, Volkswagen and others.

There is no doubt that green cars are more plentiful and stylish than ever before.

If you are thinking of converting to an Electric Vehicle, have a look at the charging point incentives available. Talk to the team at Evalu8 to secure these grants and start driving green.

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Whilst many companies hope to capture the commercial EV market, most are concentrating on conversion kits. (Taken up by Coca Cola, for example – see out recent blog.)

EV Fleet Inc. has decided to do things differently.

Its Condor 2015 is a pick-up size electric truck.

The Condor is a safe and affordable option for fleet use, with a range of more than 100 miles between charges.

No special charging station necessary and it costs just 1.5 per mile to operate.

Take a look…

Sensing The Future


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The 11th annual design competition of the Los Angeles Auto Show will explore ‘Sensing the Future: How Will Cars Interact With us in 2029?’

Car design studios have been challenged to explore a car interior – or part of an interior that emotionally, comfortably and safely connects the driver and/or passenger with the car in 2029.


The 2014 Design Challenge is part of this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show (21 – 30 November). It intends to push design teams to think of new instruments and knowledge. Pure Green Cars reports that the global manufacturers competing in the challenge are: Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Peterbit and Qoros.

Factors influencing how entries are judged include:

  • - Comfort
  • - Attention to human sense and emotional connection
  • - Ecological sensitivity
  • - Creativity of concept
  • - Control
  • - Function of concept
  • - Reflection of brand

Entries are futuristic and exciting yet realistic:

Acura – an exterior and interior shell, connected through a modular adjustable mesh material that can flex to custom fit a passenger’s preferences.

Honda –the CARpet concept offers seamless and uninterrupted space with the freedom to change its shape to accommodate each user. The Honda ball provides users a calm interface that responds to voice, touch and gesture commands for human-to-vehicle communication.

Infiniti – a brand new universal fuselage pod that can transform into three vehicle types. This vehicle will be used for the brand’s unique triathlon competition, the A.R.C. race (Air, Rally, Circuit).

Peterbit – explores and illustrates how human-to-machine interfaces will be transformed by vehicles operating symbiotically. The spaces and interfaces of a vehicle in “pilot mode” will be purpose-driven to enhance energy efficiency, reduced accidents, traffic and prevent overall wear and tear.

Qoros – the vehicle will become an intelligent, multi-dimensional personal management assistant, learning from the user via the five senses, (e.g. favourite restaurants, places regularly frequented, music preferences). The car is designed to maximise safety by identifying when the user is acting irresponsibly and quickly switching to automated driving mode.

The winner will be announced at this month’s show – watch this space!

20th November: NEWS UPDATE... the winner is… Honda’s CARpet. Congratulations!


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