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Electric car from 1905: Elektro Viktoria with a range of 80 kilometers

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In the middle of the capital, Siemens presented a presentation at the E -Auto Summit on Potsdamer Platz the exhibition '105 Years of Electromobility'. The focus was on the true-to-original replica of the electrically operated hotel taxi, which at the beginning of the 20th century carried passengers in Berlin almost silently from A for Akazienallee to B for Brandenburg Gate.

Electric Victoria cost up to 17,000 marks

There used to be around 50 copies of the Electric Victoria, which was used as a hotel taxi and delivery van and was manufactured in what was then Siemens' automobile plant in Berlin. At a top speed of 30 km /h, one charge of the 44-cell lead battery was enough for a distance of 80 kilometers. Later, the model even had braking energy recovery. The replica of the electric car weighs 1,530 kilograms. The lead-gel battery alone accounts for 480 kilograms. The electric motor has an output of 4.8 hp, and charging from a 220 volt socket takes around six hours. The wheels of the Electric Victoria are made of wood; in 1905 they were covered with either pneumatic or solid rubber tires. The price for one of the first electric cars was between 11,000 and 17,500 marks at the beginning of the 20th century. For comparison: at the time at the end of the month, a worker had between 60 and 120 marks in his wage packet.

Siemens is researching fast charging technology with 120 kW

In addition, Siemens also presented modern technology to visitors Electric cars such as eRuf Porsche 911 and eRuf Stormster, both of which stem from the cooperation with Ruf. Siemens engineers are currently working on a charging technology that charges the batteries of modern e-cars with 120 kW, which should reduce charging times to a few minutes. The charging cables of current electric cars are designed for a maximum of 44 kW, which results in charging times of around two hours (with a 25 kWh battery). The research interest also focuses on communication between the car and the charging station. As part of the Danish cooperation project Edison, Siemens and other cooperation partners are researching efficient fast charging technologies for e-cars on the island of Bornholm. In addition, Siemens also provides the technology for theCharging stations used by BMW as part of the model test with the E-Mini. In Berlin, Siemens is providing the charging infrastructure for a field test in which six electric Smarts are being tested as company vehicles in everyday operation.

E-Auto-Summit sets the course for electric mobility

The von In this context, the e-car summit convened by Chancellor Angela Merkel is an important step towards setting the course for electromobility. Siemens CEO Peter Löscher was optimistic: 'Today we have set another leading German industry of the 21st century in motion and the Chancellor has put herself at the forefront of the movement. Electrical engineering and energy, automobiles and chemicals - no other country can do with its Industrial champions so quickly and closely networked to make electromobility a reality. And for this to be possible, electromobility as a system must be viewed and developed as an integrated system

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