New technology set to boost electric car performance

New technology set to boost electric car performance

Motoring experts are working on a new generation of batteries and chargers that look set to drastically improve the performance rates of electric vehicles.

The new technology, which is being developed by PSA Peugeot Citroen, is anticipated to significantly reduce charging times and provide drivers with a better range.

It is predicted that the 12kWh batteries will be between 20% and 30% more powerful than some current devices and also have 12 times the capacity.

On plug-in hybrids, these new lithium ion batteries will have an operating range of between 210V and 350V, with an on-board charger powering up the devices in 4.5 hours.

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Drivers will also have the option of having an extra-fast charger installed on board their vehicle, enabling them to top up to full power in around two-and-a-half hours.

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Meanwhile, for drivers of battery electric vehicles, a 90-minute charge from the on-board charger will deliver enough power for a 62-mile journey.

It is also expected that a full charge will take around eight hours from an on-board charger.

Alternatively, with a wall-mounted charging device, drivers will be able to power up to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

The innovation comes after official figures revealed the number of UK motorists driving electric cars has shot up by an incredible 120%.

Data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) shows that there were 45,600 plug-in and hybrid cars on the road by the end of 2015.

By contrast, there were around 20,500 plug-in and electric vehicles in the UK at the end of 2014.

PSA Peugeot Citroen’s new electric and hybrid vehicles are expected to hit showrooms in 2019.

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As part of its Push To Pass strategy, the firm has been looking at the development of sustainable technology.

Its plug-in hybrid car will be petrol-electric models, with diesel-hybrid varieties being phased out gradually.

PSA Group chairman Carlos Tavares told AutoCar: “Having clean powertrain technologies and zero-emissions mobility devices is not enough.

“If the energy generation process is not clean then it is not going to deliver an appropriate result.”

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