Design Concept of the Day: SCI hyMod

March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

How to extend the range of an EV – as and when you need to. The SCI hyMod concept has swappable rear-end modules, one with a large 17kWhr supplementary battery for all-electric driving and the other with a small 82hp petrol engine which can be plugged in to act as a range-extender for longer trips, giving a total potential range of 370 miles. The standard set-up comprises a 65hp motor and 5kWhr battery driving the front wheels, and the rear-end set-up can be selected as necessary. The various power sources work via a CVT gearbox which drives the rear wheels, and a four-wheel drive mode is possible, as is a 0-60 time of around 10 seconds in ‘hybrid’ mode. It’s a supermini-sized vehicle which can seat up to six, and SCI, a team based in Bucharest, says that it could be sold for 25,500 euros. More at www.scihymod.com.

In other news today:

  • A team at Northumbria University has created a ‘grid capacity calculator’ which allows policy-makers to predict usage and demands on the national electricity grid from EVs. The project was in partnership with the Charge Your Car programme which is installing charging points across the North-East. More at alphagalileo.
  • The US Department of Energy is putting $2million into a study of hydrogen refuelling instructure; this will track the performance of different refuelling systems and look into cutting costs and improving their operation. Press release posted at Autoblog Green.
  • Azure Dynamics, which converts the Ford Transit Connect to e-power, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Production has been halted.
  • BMW and Toyota have signed a memorandum of understanding over co-development of next-generation lithium-ion battery cells. The project will focus on new combinations of materials for cathodes, anodes and electrolytes. BMW is also, from 2014, to supply 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel engines to Toyota.
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