Due to the repetitive demands on the record run, and fire, we would like to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
The goal was to build in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Economics in 2010, a demonstrator proving that travel can be with the hummingbird Alpha polymer technology, a distance of 300 km under daily use conditions with a daily use electric vehicle without sacrificing comfort and without reloading. The funding and are based only on the construction of a demonstration object not designed for the development of battery technology, this is no funding in recent years have been.
The Audi A2 was rebuilt before the trip from the DEKRA tested with battery technology and approved for road traffic.When examining the vehicle, there were no adverse comments.
On the transportation of a notary, we have not because it is assessed according to information of the invited for the appointment notary, the eyewitness record of a notary public to legally no different than that of other witnesses.
The record run was accompanied by about 30 witnesses. Were involved including the ADAC, other press representatives and employees of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In addition, eight security experts always within sight of the vehicle. There is also a GPS log (plant) on the basis of the Protocol can understand exactly where, at what time, how fast and how much the vehicle was traveling. There you can also understand that we have come to about 60 kilometers in about Allershausen in a traffic jam. The planned stop at a rest stop after 323 miles Frankenwald can be based on the GPS track to prove exactly. Manipulation of the car or at the battery, such as a recharging unobserved, can be ruled out completely with this protocol.
Since the vehicle was traveling at an average speed of around 98 km / h, it is incomprehensible why the journalists vehicle more than once to have been able to follow our Audi A2. We were the slowest vehicle in the convoy. It is true that the Audi A2 at the agreed destination Berlin Dreilinden arrived some minutes later when some of the support vehicles. It should exceed 600 km route from visual impact, the symbolically important mark. back down To achieve the research objectives, over 300 km on a daily use of an electric vehicle and battery charge, this detour was irrelevant. Also during this time we had a permanent escort.
We had planned for the end of last year, to reproduce the record run with the Audi on a neutral chassis dynamometer, according to a clearly defined procedures and under the direction of the DEKRA. We would have facts rather than speculation about our battery. A new test vehicle is now being prepared at present and is already available at the end of February for the long-range test at Dekra available. It is important to emphasize that it is the battery cells is not a unique. The battery cells themselves are freely reproducible. We have indeed in other areas already operating successfully. The loss of the vehicle for us, therefore, only very limited consequences.
No. At our destination, leading to the battery also suitable for use in electric vehicles to market, nothing has changed. In some market segments, such as industrial technology, we have already reached the market. Even in operations of Hummingbird battery in stationary applications, ie for temporary storage of electricity from wind power and photovoltaic systems, we continue to work with full steam. A first energy storage for such purposes, we have already been delivered.
We are unfortunately stopped by the investigating authority to give any information in order not to jeopardize the ongoing investigation. We can only say so much, neither the vehicle nor the DBM Energy responsible cause of the fire.
Industry sources said we should have speculated that it might constitute a fire at the warehouse to a stop envious competitors. We believe it is absolutely not effective to set up such boards speculation. They also lack any foundation. All this is now the duty of the prosecutor.