UQM Drive System for Unofficial World EV Distance Record.
EV Engineering sets an unofficial world distance record for an all-electric car of 1,172 miles within a 24 hour period
Australian-based EV Engineering uses the UQM PowerPhase SelectĘ electric propulsion system to power its fleet of all-electric EV Commodore passenger cars
EV Engineering has set an unofficial world distance record with its all-electric Holden Commodore passenger car propelled by a UQM electric propulsion system. The car was driven a total of 1,172 miles (1,886 kilometers) in 24 hours, traveling back and forth between Port Melbourne and Geelong, Australia.
This record-setting car and the entire fleet of EV Engineering’s proof-of-concept vehicles are powered by a UQM PowerPhase Select 145 electric drive system. The EV Engineering project converted a fleet of locally manufactured Holden Commodore passenger cars to proof-of-concept electric vehicles to demonstrate the technical viability and attractiveness to customers of a full-size electric car. If successful, technologies used in the project could be considered for possible future mass production.
The EV Engineering proof-of-concept vehicles have the ability to swap battery packs via stations created by infrastructure provider Better Place. The team swapped battery packs after completing each loop during this long-distance run.
UQM PowerPhase electric propulsion systems have been selected to power CODA Automotive passenger cars, the Audi A1 e-tron, Rolls-Royce 102EX Electric Phantom and fuel cell London Taxi pre-production test fleet vehicles. UQM is also powering Hino electric buses, Proterra electric composite transit buses, Electric Vehicles International all-electric medium-duty truck and walk-in delivery vans for UPS, and Boulder EV delivery vans for Federal Express.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, EV Engineering is a collaborative venture between leading Australian automotive suppliers: Air International, Bosch, Continental, Futuris; leading industrial company GE, and electrical infrastructure provider Better Place; to develop a proof-of-concept Australian electric vehicle.
The project goal is to demonstrate the technical viability and attractiveness to customers of a large electric vehicle. If successful, the project will allow technologies to be considered for possible future mass production and will help to develop electric vehicle engineering skills and components within the Australian supplier industry.
UQM Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of power-dense, high-efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the automotive, commercial truck, bus and military markets. (8/13/2012)
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August 16, 2012 – Vol. 17 No.22