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MIT Developing Electric Vehicle that Charges in 10 Minutes Flat

Posted By Jorge Chapa On July 28, 2009 @ 5:15 am In Green Transportation,Innovation | No Comments

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Students at MIT [1] recently announced that they are developing an extended range electric vehicle [2] capable of achieving the same performance as its gasoline-powered counterparts. Dubbed the elEVen, the electric dream ride is capable of achieving a top speed of over 100 mph, a range of 320km (200 miles) and can completely charge in 10 minutes flat!

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MIT students [1] have long had a reputation for brilliance and hard work – after all, they have shown us how to redesign our cities [3], change our electricity consumption [4], and improve our solar cells [5]. However this latest project might just be their most impressive one yet.

Dubbed project elEVen, MIT [1]‘s revolutionary eco-car takes the form of a modified Mercury Milan Hybrid which has been transformed into a fully electric vehicle. Their goal is to create a car capable of trumping its gasoline-powered counterpart by 2010.

Before you go and put your name on the waiting list though, there is a catch – the vehicle is powered by lithium iron-phosphate batteries, which stand to drive costs up to approximately $80,000. And although battery technology is constantly improving, the team still needs to hook the vehicle to a power source capable of generating 350kW in order to facilitate a 10 minute recharge – that’s enough electricity to power roughly 20 houses at once.

As per usual with MIT, you can follow the progress on their blog [6]. The team plans to test their vehicle in August.

+ MIT Electric Vehicle Team [1]

Via PC World [7]

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URLs in this post:

[1] MIT: http://web.mit.edu/evt/index.html

[2] extended range electric vehicle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/13/chrysler-200c-ev-revealed/

[3] redesign our cities: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/16/track-your-trash-want-to-know-where-your-starbucks-cup-ends-up/

[4] electricity consumption: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/02/07/mit-study-geothermal-to-supply-10-of-energy-demands/

[5] improve our solar cells: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/14/revolutionary-concentrated-solar-array-by-mit/

[6] blog: http://mit-evt.blogspot.com/

[7] PC World: http://www.pcworld.com/article/168834/mit_electric_car_may_rival_gas_models_on_performance.html

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