Sunday, April 03, 2011

DBM Energy: KOLIBRI Lithium Batteries Passes Safety Tests. New Independent Range Test Confirms 455 km On One Charge! tnr.v, czx.v, rm.v, lmr.v,,, tsla, sqm, fmc, roc, lit, li.v, wlc.v, clq.v, res.v, ree,, nsany, f, gm,, dai, byddf, hev, aone, vlnc

  We have the breaking news from Germany and DBM Energy. Information is very scarce at best and only in German so far. Revelations from this hidden in the heart of Germany company are groundbreaking: KOLIBRI Lithium Metal Polymer Batteries (Lithium-Polymer-based technology) have passed extensive independent safety tests and demonstrated endurance of 5000 charging cycles. New independent test confirms 454.82 km driving range on one charge! But company claims that the battery in this case was smaller: KOLIBRI 62.928 kWh and that it translates in 714 km range in case of previously used 98.8 kWn battery in the DBM World Record Electric Car Drive in October 2010! To put things into perspective, in case when you drive 225 km every day you will need to recharge the car equipped with this battery every other day and this battery will last 27 years.

New DBM Energy Car for the Independent Testing.

  If the previous claims about the cost of this KOLIBRI Lithium Batteries will be confirmed we have a real breakthrough in Lithium batteries technology which will make Electric Cars reality in a very short period of time. In this case German government and company is very right to hold this technology so close to the chest and it explains that we have only scarce information in the North America. Lithium Rush will be next with the new headlines with DBM Energy hitting the wires.
  Is it still too good to be true? We will continue our forensic research and will check our stocks in Lithium portfolio.

"Sebastian Blanco from has run an article on DBM Energy and its Lithium Metal Polymer Battery in New York Times couple of days ago. Finally, this story has made it to the U.S. and in a grand fashion. Claims about the 375 mile range for an EV on a single charge - this new Lithium Battery technology can provide - are already outstanding, and we had discussed it in the great detail last year, but  now we have some pricing points to discuss and this is where this technology can be a truly disruptive one.
  According to the article mass-production cost of a 98.8 kWh version of the Lithium Metals Polymer Battery would range from 800 to 1,000 euros. Just compare it to the price of GM Volt 16 kWh battery of approximately 8,000 dollars and Nissan Leaf 24 kWh battery is at the same price level of 8,000 - 10,000 dollars. Battery cost and Range Anxiety are the two major road bumps for the mass adoption of   Electric Cars."

  Lithium cells of Kolibri Lithium battery have undergone a very rigorous tests according to this video from the website of German Ministry For The Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. If in the begging we were put off by the timing of the press release (1st of April 2011) - now it looks too much for the 1st April joke:

Link to the video in German with all test and documents. 

  DBM Energy KOLIBRI Lithium battery and test vehicle will be presented at Hanover Industrial Fair at the stand of Federal ministry of Economics and Technology in Hall 2 4-8 April 2011.

Following are the Google translations from German.

"Press Release


KOLIBRI batteries (lithium-polymer-based technology) are extensive safety tests.
Independent range-check confirms The performance and endurance of the KOLIBRI batteries.
Electric vehicles for the model regions for planned in June 2011.

Berlin, Germany - 1 April 2011 - For over a year KOLIBRI batteries run by DBM Energy reliability in the application of electric commercial vehicles and logistics. In the framework of a Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Demonstration Project was required with this innovative battery technology in October 2010 set up with an electric vehicle is a long-distance world record with over 600 km range. The endurance of the technology, let KOLIBRI apparent in 5000 charging cycles. Independent studies now confirm the safety and perform better the KOLIBRI technology.

On 17 January 2011 started the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and examination, an extensive testing program for the audit of the safety of the novel technology of DBM KOLIBRI Energy. The recently completed studies have shown the single cells that, as a demonstration ride on 26 October 2010 KOLIBRI technology used, the necessary safety standards on air, land and water satisfied.

Basis of safety investigations is the UN for carriage of dangerous Prüfhandbuch Good. The Prüfmethoden for lithium batteries are recognized as a standard. Effort in test series was to investigate whether the KOLIBRI safe technology for extreme climate and air pressure changes, electrical Kurzschlüssen, Überladung or polarity, as well as strong mechanical influence such as vibration, shock and impact is. The cells of the DBM KOLIBRI Energy have all passed the exam.

"The tested KOLIBRI cells are characterized by a high degree of technical safety," Prof. Dr. Schroder erläutert the results of several repeated tests. All in the UN Prüfserie requirements could meet KOLIBRI cells. The cells were not leaky at the appropriate tests have not been warmed above 170 degrees Celsius, not broken or inflamed, and held more than 90 percent of the voltage.

Addition to the UN Prüfkriterien KOLIBRI the cells were examined for Brandgefährlichkeit. In the underfiring turned out to the cells as KOLIBRI explosion proof and not an accelerant. Conclusion of Prof. Dr. Schroder, of the BAM: "Overall, we can and estimate that the cells KOLIBRI the safety requirements that must be made with such technology, fully satisfy."

Perform better
Supplement to the safety testing of the BAM Keith Tynes was invited by the DEKRA in its Test Center in Klettwitz € Lausitz on one independent range test. In the period from 14 to 18 March 2011 KOLIBRI checked up the technology of the DBM Energy was to perform better and their endurance. Basis for the determination of the range KOLIBRI battery system in the Audi A2 was Versuchsträger the legally valid ECE

The examination, were carried out on systems that meet the requirements of the Prüfgrundlage. In determining the Prüfdaten before starting the test was the vehicle weight - empty weight without driver - below the permissible maximum mass of 1,500 kg. The maximum electrical work of the battery was KOLIBRI 62.928 kWh. In comparison, the battery capacity was the world record attempt in October 2010 was 98.8 kWh. Declared objective of the National Platform is a secure Elektromobilität range of 300 km on one battery charge in 2015. A demonstration project with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) showed that this range can be reached now. For this range is the low battery capacity sufficient demonstration.

All necessary for the TEST RESULTS KOLIBRI technology could be demonstrated by DEKRA. This includes loading and unloading of the battery, determining the driving resistance and the maximum speed and technical examination of the general safety of the vehicle. Despite the smaller battery capacity, the newly built electric car made it to the Rollenprüfstand to ECE-R 101 a distance of 454.82 kilometers. This appraisal of the efficiency KOLIBRI battery was 97 percent. Applied to the used battery capacity at the world record of 98.8 kWh, this represents a mileage of 714 km.

The test vehicle with the battery is KOLIBRI of the time 4 to 8 April 2011 on the status of the BMWi, Hall 2, at the Hanover Industrial Fair issued.

Press Release Download:
Press release KOLIBRI test results 20110401

Press Release Test KOLIBRI 20110401

Images for download:
Portrait Mirko Hannemann

Newly constructed electric vehicle at DEKRA Test (Portrait)

Newly constructed electric vehicle at DEKRA test (landscape)

Video link to BAM tests:

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Controversial world record-electric car passes test

2011-04-01 | The authors of the controversial world record for electric cars Energy DBM look for an official review of doubts about the safety and reliability of its lithium-polymer battery made ​​from the world. had become necessary the check by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), after concerns were raised concerning the in October last year performed more than 600-kilometer ride on a single charge. Models 150 kilometer range. After the record-breaking car was burnt in December in a Berlin warehouse in suspicious circumstances on the basis of an Audi A2, the Federal Economics Ministry had requested such a review.

"The Hummingbird tested cells are characterized by a high degree of technical security", is now cited the BAM experts in a press release DBM Energy. Moreover, the car had a confirmed Dekra on the dynamometer performed range test its long-distance comfort with a score of just over 454 miles at a lower battery capacity. Daily tests are still pending. The operator wants to test his car in June of this year now on."

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