SWAPPING BETTER THAN RECHARGING
AT America’s fifth annual National Drive Electric Week, shifts into high gear, a group of students showed their take on creating swappable battery system to extend electric drives.
The group envisage “exchange stations” at convenience or auto parts stores where drivers can simply swap any number of portable battery modules for fully-charged ones, eliminating the range anxiety many EV drivers experience when traveling too far from home or running low on charge.
Inventor Lou Shrinkle, UCSD engineering students and university advisers behind the endeavour launched a fundraising effort challenging the world to help take their concept mainstream while supporting their milestone journey, currently slated for November 2015.
To prove their concept, the team have retrofitted a 2002 Volkswagen Golf and will next month drive east to west across the U.S. with 16 10 kilogram briefcase-size modular battery systems delivering about 26 kWh per charge. Their goal is to raise $15 000 on Indiegogo.