The heart of the EV market today is the battery tech. The better the batteries become the more appealing and usable EVs will be for the average driver. The problem with the EVs of today is that the batteries take a long time to charge and the driving range is not that great. The best EVs only get about 100 miles per charge and the recharge takes as long as ten hours on some EVs.
That means you are limited to 100 miles of driving per day. That might be fine in a big city, but if you have a long commute or want to go on a trip, the EV of today just isn't practical. EVs are changing though and battery tech is improving every day. EVs will become more popular when the battery can hold more power and when it can recharge faster. A 100-mile driving range isn't such a bad deal if the car can be recharged in a few minutes. Eventually batteries will charge much faster than they do today.
A new EV has been shown off at the Geneva motor show recently called the Courb Electric Passenger Vehicle. The car is very cool and looks sort of like a modern dune buggy to me. The vehicle will be street legal in Europe and is aimed at commuters living in a larger city. Specifically the design of the vehicle is targeting younger drivers.
The Courb has a driving range of 125 miles with a top speed of 68 mph. The electric motor inside the car is 15kW. The battery pack used by the Courb is from an Austin, Texas company called Valence Technology and will use lithium phosphate technology. There is no word on pricing or availability for the vehicle at this time.
“Valence has been supporting and developing the on-board electrical power system for this innovative vehicle over the past two years. We believe Courb’s leadership and technical team possess the true innovative spirit necessary to make their electric vehicle a winner in this developing field. We are very pleased to be a key partner with Courb and look forward to powering their vehicles for many years to come,” stated Valence president and chief executive officer Robert L. Kanode.