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Practical test of electric cars :: Pilot project for electric cars started

Electric cars in a practical test:
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Scientists from the University of Duisburg-Essen are accompanying the experiment and projecting the results to North Rhine-Westphalia. It is about questions such as charging times and the shelf life of batteries, but also about safety and acceptance among the population, said Prof. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer at the start of the practical phase on Monday (February 22nd).

Federal Ministry of Transport supports the project

The Electromobility will fundamentally change the automotive industry, stressed Dudenhöffer. 'It is important that Germany as a location plays a key role.' The findings from the field test should contribute to this. The Federal Ministry of Transport is funding the 15 million euro project with 7.5 million euros from the economic stimulus package II.

The car manufacturer Ford will initially provide ten commercial vehicles of the type Transit , which are to be used by courier services and waste management companies in everyday operations. The vehicles are monitored with GPS transmitters. From 2011 onwards, there will be 15 electrically powered Ford Focus added. 'Ultimately, it is about providing an answer to the question of whether battery-powered electric vehicles could have a future in Europe,' said Ford Germany boss Bernhard Mattes.

The converted Ford Transit get their electricity from lithium Ion batteries that can be charged from a normal 230 volt socket. The energy supplier RheinEnergie wants to set up 40 charging stations in the city center in the project, which will last until mid-2011, to which the test vehicles can be connected free of charge. According to Mattes, a complete charging process takes six to eight hours. Fully charged, the cars could travel a maximum of 160 kilometers.


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