Team Fate beefing up a GM Equinox with li-ions for Challenge X
To achieve this, Team Fate has taken delivery of 95 lithium-ion (li-ion) cells from LTC which they will use to build the battery for their plug-in hybrid electric vehicle GM Equinox entry. The battery can be charged by either a generator driven by the internal combustion engine (ICE) or a standard AC household electrical socket and gives the PHEV over 40 miles range on the overnight electrical charge. City fuel economy has been improved by Team Fate over the original 19 mpg to 36.2 mpg, and highway fuel economy has risen from 25 mpg originally to 38.7 mpg.
Fuel economy isn't the only improvement though, performance has also increased seeing the competition vehicle accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds instead of 9.1 seconds in standard form. Team Fate bill their entry as the first tri-fueled plug-in hybrid which features hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen injection. The li-ion cells are much smaller and half the weight of the old metal hydride batteries the group had been using.
The 2006 competition was taken out by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Analysis: Take something good and make it better. Great work Team Fate!
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