AeroVironment, a company that helps build drones (unpiloted flying machines) for the U.S. military as well as earlier work on vehicles like the Sunraycer and the GM Impact, announced today that its ten-minute recharge demonstration of an Altair Nanotechnologies 35kWh battery pack was successful, and restored enough power to drive the car for two hours at 60 mph. The demo was performed for folks from California Air Resources Board (CARB) at AeroVironment's Monrovia, California Energy Technology Center.
AeroVironment used a 250kW, grid-connected AV advanced battery charger for the demo. AV says that its earlier tests of Altair's batteries demonstrate "that such battery packs can sustain several cycles per day of ten minute charging and two hour discharging. Each cycle is equivalent to an electric vehicle traveling for two hours at 60 miles per hour."

So, how is this news? Altair's CEO, Alan Gotcher, has been telling us and others about the capabilities his batteries have for quite some time. AV calls the demo a "milestone," so that sounds like it means either this is the first time someone other than Altair has been able to verify Altair's claims, or it's the first time a group like CARB was on hand to see the quick charge in action. Either way, it's another step forward for these batteries and the Phoenix vehicles they're destined for.

[Source: AeroVironmental]

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