Battery-maker, Electro Energy Inc., joined the Plug-In Hybrid Consortium in Washington, D.C. in May to demonstrate the power of Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) to senators and representatives who were meeting to discuss alternative energy. One of the vehicles demonstrated was a Toyota Prius powered by Electro Energy's bi-polar NiMH battery which is capable of driving 20 to 25 miles on a single battery charge without using any gasoline, the equivalent of over 100 miles per gallon of fuel economy. Further driving range is possible in the normal hybrid operating mode.
Plug-In Hybrid vehicles are designed to be powered solely by battery power for some period of time, significantly reducing gasoline consumption. The only infrastructure required to run the vehicle is a three-pronged extension cord for recharging the battery from a household electric outlet.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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