Danish electric car manufacturer ECOmove has announced plans to develop an electric car based on the company’s QBEAK city car that will feature a whopping 500 mile driving range. Dubbed the Modular Energy Carrier Concept (MECC), the highway-capable EV will feature a flexible, ultra-lightweight design that can be adapted to suit different functions.
ECOmove‘s new vehicle is based on the QBEAK, a Danish electric car that was developed by the company for use in town centers. Powered by a modular battery pack system, the QBEAK has a driving range of 180 miles and a top speed of 75 mph. The power system can hold up to six battery modules, each of which can hold 4.7 kilowatt-hours of electricity, giving the car a maximum energy capacity of around 27 kilowatt-hours. The QBEAK also has quite a flexible design, which allows it to be re-arranged for a variety of uses. The design even incorporates a large amount of recyclable materials.
The QBEAK is already ahead of the curve thanks to its ability to deliver 180 miles of range on 27 kilowatt-hours, while most electric vehicles are able to deliver a little less than 100 miles range on 24 kilowatt-hours of energy. However the team believes that it will be possible to boost the vehicle’s range up to 500 miles by using lightweight but strong components in the vehicle’s chassis to make it lighter.
The energy source will also be changed – the team plans to to boost the vehicle’s range to 500 miles by using a bio-methanol fuel cell as a range extender. Serenergy, a partner in the MECC project, has already developed an air-cooled fuel cell with high fuel flexibility and reliable fuel cell operation under extreme temperature conditions. But if it uses a fuel cell, is it still an electric car? Well, if you want to be technical, then it is really a fuel cell car (FCEV). However assuming the battery pack can still be recharged directly from the electrical grid, it could be called a plug-in hybrid.