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Formula E has revealed the circuit layout for the Buenos Aires ePrix, which will take place on January 10, 2015. The 1.5-mile track designed by Santiago Garcia Remohi features 12 turns of varying speeds. Bruno Senna, driver for Mahindra Racing, says, "Looking at the track, you have to say it's got a good combination of corners. There's a chicane, some high-speed turns with a change of direction and slow-speed as well." The third race of the all-electric series' inaugural season will take place in the city's Puerto Madero district. It is the fifth of 10 tracks that Formula E has revealed so far. Read more at Formula E's website and check out the interactive track map here.

LG Chem says its batteries will power electric cars with driving ranges greater than 200 miles in 2016. The company's CFO, Cho Suk-jeh, didn't specify which cars when making the statement, but LG Chem currently supplies batteries for General Motors, Renault, Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Volvo. Last year, former GM CEO Dan Akerson said that the automaker was working on a 200-mile EV. LG is also officially working with Renault on long-range EVs. Reuters has more.

In Brazil, where ethanol is generally made from sugarcane, a glut of corn has lead to lower prices, causing at least one ethanol producer to favor the grain over the cane. Based in a remote part of the country where corn is grown, Usimat plans to increase corn-based ethanol output from 67,000 metric tons to 100,000 metric tons this year, while some sugarcane-based mills are closing. "We are living in a cane hell and corn heaven," says Usimat manager Sergio Barbieri, who pays $6.73 per bag of corn, as opposed to $8.07 for sugarcane. More corn-based ethanol projects are being considered in the corn-producing region of Mato Grosso. Head over to Reuters for more.

Volvo is partnering with Swiss engineering group ABB to bring fast-charging electric and hybrid buses to commuters around in other countries. The two groups are kicking off the partnership with a project putting 12 of Volvo's Electric Hybrid buses, along with automatic chargers provided by ABB, to use in Luxembourg's public transit system. As public transportation needs increase, the two companies hope to offer an affordable and sustainable option for urban mobility. Read more at Reuters.

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      There are two ways to get a 200 mile pack. Make the pack bigger, and make cells that are higher energy. I suspect the vehicle that LGChem is talking about will use both methods. Cell prices are dropping, partly because energy density is slowly increasing, but also because the materials are becoming cheaper. There is also the increased manufacturing capability that allows some economies of scale. So even if they were to simply make larger packs, the price should be similar to early EVs. In 2009 the Volt batteries cost $1,000/kWhr. In 2014, DOE says that battery cost is at $300/kWhr. For 16 kWhr that's a reduction from $16,000 to $4,800. 50 kWhr would have been $50,000 in 2009, and now it would be $15,000. By 2016 what will it be? Also there may be a reduction in the cost of other electric drive components. Perhaps not as much as with the batteries, but certainly just simple economies of scale cost reductions. Assuming that you use a simple vehicle that is about $10K for the glider, $3K for the drive components, and $12,000 (assuming $240/kWhr by 2016) for the battery, you have a $25K car that can sell for only somewhat higher than that. It certainly would help if these car companies would get DF to tell them something about light weighting and aero too.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Umm, Reuters doesn't have more on 200 mile battery packs. Great info LG Chem. Actually there is no info. Tesla makes a car that goes 265 miles so this has already been done. I assume they mean break through in more kwh per lb of pack. The Volt has some improvements for 2015 not that much. How much will this 200 mile pack weigh? It better be 43 kwh pack or it won't make 200 miles and still have much of a longevity buffer. If we take Nissan's pack and double it, this gives us 48 kwh. They say it costs 6.5k dollars with no core. So for approximately 13k dollars a pack could go into a car, probably not a Cruise size car, it may have to be bigger. Put it in a Colorado PU. Then again Nissan does not thermally condition their pack so GM's would be more expensive.
        • 9 Months Ago
        "Put it in a Colorado PU." If you put it in a pickup, you'd have to just about double the pack size again to overcome added aerodynamic and rolling resistance.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 9 Months Ago
        LG does have the D1 cells, which are very impressive in capacity. On par with some of Panasonic's high end cells.
          • 9 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Yea, I guess the cutting edge cells are not going to be as cheap as Nissan's crumy old ambient temperature cells. Even if it was 20k dollars for the pack with thermal regulation, bms, etc... If they could fit a 48 kwh pack in a sedan it should go 200 miles at 55 mph and have plenty of room for longevity buffers.. Make a EV1 four door and you might go further than that on a charge Sounds like a 50k dollar car not a 35. If they sold each one, at just a little loss, they could make it up in volume. : ) It must meet with DF guide lines as far as arrow and weight. :<) Let's cut it a little slack and say 3700 lbs. At that weight it will get better mpge on the hwy like Tesla. Maybe it would get the same in city or hwy? The Yaris is opposite the Tesla, Yaris at 2750 lbs, with its 33 kwh pack, has higher mpge in city driving as it is light weight and not arrow.
      • 9 Months Ago
      The real news is LG Chem has cost effective and safe battery technology to make a 200mi BEV and that its not limited to just one OEM. Why do you think that nobody cares about Teslas IP? Because its only an interim solution until this hits the market.
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