Friday, December 04, 2009

Lithium and REE: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept: 62 MPG and 0-62 in 4.8 Seconds TNR.v, CZX.v, WLC.v, LI.v, RM.v, CLQ.v, SQM, FMC, BMW,

BMW has its Vision and we have ours: with this kind of babies even in prototype stage Lithium-ion based technology will pick up quick and make a sizable share of our mobility fleet. What is available now only for High End applications will find its way into mass market faster than a lot of people think. Time is to move this Trend to the front pages. Look for the signs Powered by Lithium-ion Technology.

By: Nick Mokey
December 4, 2009

A lithium-polymer battery pack and two motors push the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics all the way to 155mph.
For those not quite lucky enough to make it to Frankfurt to witness BMW’s new Vision EfficientDynamics concept exposed for the first time, BMW yanked off the cover yet again for an audience at the LA Auto Show on Wednesday.

The ferocious-looking hybrid combines sportscar styling with electric underpinnings to deliver 62 miles per gallon, and a zero to 62 time of 4.8 seconds.
Unlike similar electric vehicles that use lithium-ion or nickel-metal-hydride battery packs, the Vision uses a lithium-polymer battery pack – the same type used in ultrathin laptops like Apple’s MacBook Air. The pack pumps power to a dual front and back electric motors which put down a combined 356 horsepower – enough to push the Vision all the way to 155 mph.
Similar to Volkswagen’s diesel-sipping Up Lite, it also uses an efficient diesel engine to power the batteries between at-home charging.
Although BMW showed footage of the vehicle zipping around twisty forest roads, it remains, unlike Audi’s E-Tron, purely a dream for the time being, with no finite plans for production.
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