German company ebuggy has developed a “rolling battery” system; which it says can solve the challenges of driving long distances in electric cars.
While charging stations for electric vehicles (EV’s) are slowly popping up in major metropolitan centers around the world; between these major hubs will still be an issue for quite a while longer.
Enter the ebuggy.
The ebuggy is being developed as an external range extender that utilises a high capacity lithium-ion battery bank for energy storage. The company is working on extending the capacity the ebuggy to 85 kWh; which it says will give EV drivers the ability to travel up to 500 kilometres.
The ebuggy solution is based on a hire scenario. The driver picks up an ebuggy from a charging station and the ebuggy battery enhances and recharges the traction battery of the electric car. The ebuggy is then returned to a participating station in the destination area where it is recharged, ready for the next user.
ebuggy says it will source the electricity for recharging the units from renewable sources, such as wind and solar power.
“This will enable e-car drivers to travel 100% with clean energy. No compromise needed – even on long distances,” says the company.
The ebuggy is currently in test phase and is licensed in Germany to travel at speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour.
The project won the Hessen region’s European Satellite Navigation Competition 2012. A satellite navigation system has been developed to manage and monitor the future trailer fleet. The company also received a grant from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in 2012 to help develop the concept.