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EPRI Says EVs Soon Competitive

Interview with Louis Browning, co-author of EPRI's latest advanced batteries report

By Bill Moore

Just two days before California's Air Resources Board (CARB) met in Sacramento to consider significant revisions to the state's 12-year-old Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released a month-long study entitled, "Advanced Batteries for Electric-Drive Vehicles -- A Technological and Cost-Effectiveness Assessment for Battery Electri, Power Assist Hybrids, and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles."

Louis Browning, a consultant with ICF Consulting, co-authored the study, along with Mark Duvall, Dean Taylor, Michel Wehrey, Naum Pinsky, Bill Warf and Friz Kalhammer.

What the study concluded was that recent tests and real world applications indicate that nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries are now demonstrating lifecycles far greater than CARB's 2000 battery study projected.

That earlier studied saw advanced NiMH batteries as having lifecycles in the range 600-1200 recharges or about 70,000 miles. Subsequent laboratory bench tests and daily driving experience now indicates that these batteries can last at least 2,0000 recharge cycles or greater, giving their vehicles the ability to operate 130,000 to 150,000 miles before the batteries need replacing. This is a dramatic change in just three years.

EV World talked with Mr. Browning about the report and its implications. You can listen to that interview by clicking the Play Audio links in the right-hand column. The total interview is just under 30 minutes in length.

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But for now enjoy, EV World's interview with Lou Browning.

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Published: 05-Apr-2003

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