• Nov 20, 2012
Electric vehicle infrastructure company Better Place has had its fair share of challenges in trying to get battery-swap technology off the ground. While they are still seeking $100 million in future investments, a Slovakia-based GreenWay has applied the same idea in a new way. The catch: GreenWay doesn't need $100 million to do it. Operating on a lower budget, GreenWay says they are able to take a lot of cost out of battery swapping. And they think they have also found the perfect application for it: nation-wide package delivery.



The concept is to retrofit diesel Citroen cargo vans with electric drives, powered by an easily removable battery. The LiFeYPo4 battery packs sends out energy to a 100 kW motor and provides about 75-100 miles of range. The energy savings for this setup would more than pay for the conversion over the life of the vehicle given the increasing price of diesel.

The cost savings over Better Place's automated battery-swap setup comes with a bit of manual labor. The delivery driver does the battery swapping by driving a forklift into the battery bay and pulling out a new one while exchanging the old one. The whole process takes only 7 minutes and is much cheaper than Better Place's estimated $1 million setup. The battery is easily accessible inside the van's cargo area.

[Source: Plugin Cars]

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      meepstein
      • 4 Days Ago
      The batteries in standard and hybred cars are self charging. Why can't they make an all electric car that is self charging to increase the range?
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      BUFFALO
      • 4 Days Ago
      Build a better battery and the world will beat a path to your door. The reality is the battery is the weak link in almost every realworld application of green energy. Battery swap requires standardization and automation to be usefull and then there is the expense issues that continues to plague the industry.
      • 4 Days Ago
      Ah, the KISS principle at work. Keep it Simple Silly! Love it!
      calderasf
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      NIce concept you need to idiot proof the transfer process but in many small ways over the world the process away from oil is growing as it's price now is hgh enough for other options.
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