A new company has been working on a new version of the familiar “powertrain” of electric vehicles, using the same basic principles of traditional car engines to make them more efficient.
The company, Electron Transport, says it’s making a car that can drive for 10 minutes on a charge.
“We’re making an electric vehicle that can take the place of a conventional car,” says Matt Kibbe, chief executive of Electron, in a press release.
The firm says it has already begun trials with the UK’s first “high-end electric-car charging station” in the US.
“There are plenty of people working on this and we think that it’s very feasible,” Kibbes says.
He says Electron has already received $100,000 in funding from investors including Amazon.com, General Motors, Qualcomm, and Tesla Motors.
The new car, called the Electron Pro, is also expected to have a range of 400km (250 miles), and a price tag of $1,000,000 (€1,200,000).
But the team is not making the cars entirely electric.
“Electron Pro has a number of components that are built into the vehicle,” Kribbe says.
“This is what makes the vehicle electrically efficient.”
There are a number technologies that can be used to make an electric car that could potentially help with the technology, such as batteries that use less energy, but this is a matter of refinement.
The team says the new car will be able to “run on gasoline” or “a combination of both”.
“We believe that the next decade will see a massive improvement in the efficiency of electric vehicle technology, especially for cities and people living in urban areas,” Kiba says.
Electron’s team includes researchers from several universities, including MIT, Harvard, and Oxford.
“Our team is focused on developing an affordable, fuel-efficient, scalable, and environmentally-friendly powertrain that can deliver the kind of power that people want to use,” says Kibba.
“As a result, we believe that this product is the next step in electrifying our world.”
Kibberbes says the company has already started trials in the UK and plans to bring the car to the US next year.
“The Electron is the product that we’ve been waiting for,” Kibi said in a statement.
“It’s been a long journey to make this product and we’re thrilled to be able make this leap together with the Electrons team.”
The company says the first vehicle will be in production by 2019.
“In the next year or so, we’ll be delivering this first fully electric vehicle to the public in the United States,” says Mike Bostrom, who runs the MIT Media Lab’s Energy and the Built Environment Lab.
He has been a member of the team for years.
“I think it’s a really interesting, exciting time for the energy economy,” he says.
But Kibbes and Kiba are not done with the team.
“That’s the future,” Kebbes says.
There are currently a few prototypes, he says, and the company is also looking to raise funds.
Electrons goal is to have its first production vehicle ready for the market by 2021.
The vehicle will have a number, like three, of electric motors and a lithium-ion battery.
“You don’t want to have anything that’s going to be difficult to repair or replace,” Kuba says.
Kibbing says the vehicle is likely to have range of 200km (125 miles) and a range that “hasn’t been seen in a vehicle before.”
He says that the company hopes to offer the Electronextro to the general public later this year.
And with that, the company plans to make the vehicle a reality, with a price of $2,500,000 ($1,800,000) and an MSRP of $4,000 per unit.
“For a company like Electron to do this, we have to raise $1 million from investors in order to get this to market,” Kbba says.
That will be “the ultimate goal of our efforts,” Kigbe says, adding that the team plans to take “the biggest steps to make it a reality”.
“Our focus is to deliver a high-end, environmentally-sound, low-cost vehicle that will make the world a better place and make it possible for the world to move towards a truly sustainable future.”
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