Miljøbil Grenland Launches new Electric Vehicle Powered by Electrovaya Battery Pack
26 October 2005
Miljøbil Grenland AS of Norway has launched a new electric car prototype powered by Electrovaya’s Lithium-ion SuperPolymer battery.
Earlier this year, Miljøbil Grenland signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Electrovaya to market the Electrovaya Maya 100 electric vehicle and for other EV development activities. (Earlier post.) The new prototype, however, is not the Maya. (More details to come.)
The adoption of clean electric vehicles has been hampered by the lack of advanced battery technology. Electrovaya’s battery technology triples the range of electric cars presently available in Europe, and we believe it is the breakthrough technology necessary to introduce zero-emission vehicles into Norway, Scandinavia and China.—Oddbjørn Solum, Managing Director of Miljøbil Grenland AS
The launch of the new prototype opened the “China, Environment and Energy Conference” in Langesund, Norway, attended by delegations from China, Scandinavia, World Bank and others.
Miljøbil Grenland is a professional fleet operator and marketer of Clean Zero Emission vehicles. Currently, Miljøbil Grenland offers three electric cars: the Renault Kangoo Electric, Peugeot 106 Electric and Peugeot Partner Electric.
The company is owned principally by Skagerak Energi, the regional utility company, Norsk Hydro, a $25 billion leading European oil, energy and light metal company with operations in 40 countries and Bellona, a major environmental foundation.
This is good news for EVs + Plug-in hybrids and for Electrovaya's super polymer lithium battery back reliability and suitability.
Even at the present power level of 225Wh/Kg and cost of about $300/Kwh, Electrovaya could supply a 10 KWh battery pack for about #3,000 for a Prius Plug-in hybrid.
Within a year or two, this battery back will evolve to about 330Wh/Kg. This could increase the EV range from 230 miles to about 300 miles with the same battery pack weight and give about the same relative advantage for plug-in hybrids.
Now, if one gets up to 100 miles on electric mode only from a $3,000 battery pack, this would make a Prius size Plug-in Hybrid very affordable. Where will this Plug-in Hybrid come from? Norway, other European countries, Canada, China, Japan or India? Why not from USA? Because..............
Posted by: Harvey D | 26 October 2005 at 01:20 PM
Lack of motivation to innovate and take a chance on anything new...
Posted by: Lucas | 26 October 2005 at 02:01 PM
With this technology, we will be positioned to ban ICEs from cities. With respect to peak oil, it may be rendered irrelevant with respect to travel within and within near proximity to cities. Combine this with PV stations in parking lots at places of employment and you begin to get somewhere with respect to dealing with Peak Oil and carbon emissions.
Posted by: t | 26 October 2005 at 02:40 PM
I can't wait for a peaceful Saturday morning with no fumy noisy grass cutting. I also see a lot of resistant as higher energy cost move forward. The power a be or going to have to get there pound of flesh from some where. The only hope is that they are forced into the clean energy business or go out of business.
Posted by: Cameron Dell | 26 October 2005 at 03:33 PM