If you've never kept an old magazine (or a few) then you may not know the sudden joy of finding a blast from the past like this. Here's one for you pack rats out there - maybe we will find something about NiMH, Li-Ion, and Vehicle Electrification in your magazine stacks in the future?
Credit: Ken M. - Central Oregon Community College
Delco-Light Plants were a glass battery (24V dc System) from over 100 years ago. Quite amazing how far our technology has come - and how amazing it still was back then!
Read more about Delco-Light here.
Dr. Mark Quarto delivered the keynote speech at the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Conference on February 15th!
Many thanks to MACS for allowing Dr. Mark Quarto to share the role of air conditioning in Vehicle Electrification to MACS members. What a great group of people and an incredibly exciting event! We hope to see you all again soon.
FutureTech's Battery Testing and Installation training event, hosted by Frank's European Service, went off without a hitch. We couldn't have done it without the hospitality of Frank and his team, and such a great class. Thank you to all of our participants; we look forward to seeing how you apply your knowledge.
MIT Study Indicates Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) can Meet Most Drivers’ Needs While Lowering Emissions
An MIT Study by Professor Jessika Trancik cites that Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) can meet needs of most drivers. The study indicates that “current EVs could meet the needs of about 90 percent of drivers, at a total cost no greater than that of legacy ICE vehicles. EVs could also play a significant role in meeting emissions reduction goals. Furthermore, assuming battery technology improves at the expected rate, by 2020 up to 98 percent of vehicles could be replaced…..by a low-cost electric vehicle available on the market today, even if the cars can only charge overnight,…..which would more than meet near-term US climate targets for personal vehicle travel.” The study contends that overall, when accounting for emissions from today’s power plants, this would lead to a 30 percent reduction in emissions from transportation.
Although this study may seem aggressive in application, its findings may be closer to how BEVs could be deployed into the market at a faster rate than previously thought. With the advent of more Level 2 and Level 3 (Fast) Charging Station accessibility, Level 3 Charging Stations are capable of providing 80% battery charging in 20-30 minutes, that will provide significant vehicle range increases at (200 - 250 miles/charge +), making BEV acceptance a much simpler reality than in years past. And for those that need more range than 200 miles there are always the BEVs that have a range extender option or there are extended range electric vehicles (EREV), like the Chevrolet Volt, that offer no range limitations with on-board electrical generation.
As the electric drive vehicle technologies and their derivatives continue to evolve at an exceptionally fast pace, these vehicles have now become part of the main stream market. FutureTech expects to see a rapid adoption of BEV and other Plug-In vehicle technologies to move to the market forefront, very soon.
FTA's inaugural news posting begins with a bit of fluff and a shout to Frank's European Service in Las Vegas, Nevada, who has placed our banner in the state-of-the-art repair shop and training space:
The team at FTA would like to thank Frank Scandura and his team for their continued support! Frank is an independent business coach at Elite, Senior Digital Shop Advisor and Trainer for AutoVitals, author of How To Take Care of Your Vehicle So It Will Take Care of You, and much more.
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