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Electric car battery boasts range of 450 km per charge

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - 01:47

May 4 - A German company has developed a battery-powered electric car capable of driving 450 kilometres on a single charge. By comparison, the Nissan Leaf has a range of 160 kilometres per charge and Chevrolet's Volt, about 70 kilometres. Stuart McDill reports.

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Powered by the very latest battery technology - this could be the car of the future. The battery uses lithium-polymer materials - making it lighter and more efficient than any other, according to its developers DBM Energy. Swen Streubel converted this car to run on the so-called Kolibri battery to demonstrate how practical the technology is. One charge and 450 kilometres later he says he couldn't be more satisfied. (SOUNDBITE) (German) SWEN STREUBEL, L.E. MOBILE SAYING: "This is no miracle. We have all of the components which are available in the car and in theory we can show that it is possible to travel via electricity today and that it is suitable for daily life." Most electric vehicles lose their luggage space to the batteries - not so with the Kolibri. And inventor, Mirko Hanneman, thinks the cost of the new battery will not be issue. (SOUNDBITE) (German) MIRKO HANNEMANN, INVENTOR OF THE KOLIBRI BATTERY, SAYING: "We don't think that the costs for the car will be high. We expect that the car, if we were the manufacturer, would not cost more than a similar fuel-run model." The Kolibri battery hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when its record-breaking trip of 600km on a single charge was criticised by Germany's automobile association, which had concerns about the nature of the test - not the technology. (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GERMAN MOTORING CLUB ADAC, KLAUS REINDL, SAYING: "The car was out of the eye of journalists for longer periods of time. The whole thing was not transparent and that is what we criticised back then." But despite the alleged lack of transparency, they have no doubts about DBM's achievement or the battery's performance. The Kolibri is due to undergo a series of road-tests later this year and could yet revolutionise how we travel in the years to come. Stuart McDill, Reuters

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Electric car battery boasts range of 450 km per charge

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - 01:47