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Keeping EV Batteries At Optimal Temperature

An innovative new coolant conducts heat away from the batteries of electric vehicles three times more effectively than water, preventing damage and keeping the battery temperature within an acceptable range even in extreme driving situations.

The coolant by the name of CryoSol Plus, was developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen. It is a dispersion that mixes water and paraffin along with stabilising tensides and a dash of the anti-freeze agent glycol. CryoSol Plus can absorb three times as much heat as water, and functions better as a buffer in extreme situations such as trips on the freeway at the height of summer.

Other properties of the dispersion that the researchers are…


US EV Market Full Of Spark

The US market for all-electric cars is charging up, with plug-in vehicles rolling off US dealer lots despite much higher costs, battery fire scares and falling gasoline prices.

Plug-in cars racked up strong sales in the first six months of the year, automakers said, even with their tall sticker prices and lifetime operating costs up to $6,000 more than conventional gasoline-run vehicles.

Buyers appear unhindered by signs warning that electric vehicles might have a downside despite reports of battery fires that have already hampered the launches of the Volt, Karma and models from BYD, the Chinese company aiming at an exclusively electric vehicle business.

Those worries are being addressed, builders say, and battery specialists are improving their fuel cell technology. A123 Systems…


China’s Aim To Lead In EV Standards Tough

China has approached the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) with a request to hold a workshop on electric vehicle standards in Beijing. The workshop will be held on the 23rd of July and is a stepping stone in China’s plan to be a leader in electric vehicle standards.  Success on that front will be tough, not least because it will require more openness from China than it is used to or comfortable with.

Despite the stalling of China’s plans to be the pure electric vehicle production and sales leader, China is now focusing on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the near term and leaving pure electric vehicle domination as a future goal.

Beijing would still like to be a leader in the EV industry,…

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