Wall Street Daily – 1 Sept 2011 — DBM Energy has developed a battery-powered electric car capable of driving 450 km (279 miles) on a single charge. By comparison, the Nissan Leaf has a range of 160 kilometers (99 miles) per charge and Chevrolet’s Volt, about 70 kilometers (43 miles).
DBM Energy’s new advanced battery – Kolibri LMP (Li-metal-polymer) will cost 89% less than existing batteries and will only need to be replaced about every 20 years. Additional features:
* Weight: A Kolibri is reportedly 29% lighter than the battery pack in a Tesla Roadster.
* Efficiency: A Kolibri can keep an Audi A2 cruising for an astonishing 400 miles on a single charge.
* Charging: You can fully charge a Kolibri battery in just six minutes. The Leaf takes closer to six hours.
* Life cycles: 5,000 — document the range and longevity
* Green car reports verifies that the DBM Electric car battery is real.
* April, 2011 – For over a year the KOLIBRI battery cells have been performing reliably in electrically powered logistics vehicles.
* Dekra has confirmed the Kolibri pack is not simply vaporware and seems to achieve the kind of figures its makers claim, larger scale testing is planned for later this year.
But don’t expect affordable 375 mile electric hatchbacks just yet. DBM and its battery pack will have some long term testing to satisfy before the cells even get near a major automaker.