Top

Electrical Vehicle Update – Space pod look-alike with exchangeable wheel/battery

February 18, 2011 by Bob Difley · 26 Comments  
Print This Print This ·

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information!

RV.Net Blog Admin

By Bob Difley space_pod_EV1A couple of automotive engineers, Kyu-Hyun and Sol Lee, have created a new concept for the battery of an electric vehicle (EV). Two of the drawbacks of EVs is the number of charging stations on America’s roads, and the length of time it takes to recharge an EV battery. These guys’ solution was to turn the single rear wheel into an exchangeable battery. To change, you simply unhitch the battery from the car, pull it away with the built in handle, and install the spare battery/wheel. Then set the depleted battery to recharge while you use the spare. An LED light monitors the level of charge while charging. A clever concept for a small two-seater city car, which as you can see is small enough to pull behind a motorhome on a small trailer or in your motorhome garage if you have a super-sized motorhome. Don’t know if this kind of dinghy would be practical or if the idea would ever catch on enabling the engineer duo to move from concept to production, but with the EV market changing so rapidly, it is hard to tell whose bright idea will be the next hot deal. space_pod_EV2 space_pod_EV3space_pod_EV4

[Slashdot] [Digg] [Reddit] [del.icio.us] [Facebook] [Technorati] [Google] [StumbleUpon]

Related Posts

Last 5 posts by Bob Difley


Comments

26 Responses to “Electrical Vehicle Update – Space pod look-alike with exchangeable wheel/battery”

  1. Tom on February 18th, 2011 5:51 pm

    QUICK !!!! Call George Jetson!!!! Tell him his car has arrived!!!!… I think it looks neat. It may not be the final solution but –with volume they could work out the kinks….Lets start selling it in India!!!!!

  2. Tom on February 18th, 2011 8:33 pm

    If the owner is exchanging battery/wheel units with spares he has pre-positioned, then, I could see the concept gaining some traction – but only for those locations the owner frequented on a regular basis.

    On the other hand, if it’s a swap program – you get one when you give one – then, if they don’t have enough “spares” hanging around, you’ll be out of luck if your not there soon enough to get a fully-charged unit.

    Also, it’s the honor system on swapping units. They’d need some way to secure the charging units until another was in place. Perhaps a dual-headed unit with only one bay charging at a time? When yours is inserted into the charger, it free’s the lock on the charged unit, allowing you to remove it while your depleted unit is charged.

  3. hoppe on February 18th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Might be the real deal if you could get it in a bit more of an ‘all terain’ mode. Spare battery packs to power the RV with as well as the car. Multi purpose battery use with a bunch of solar. Could be good competition for the Smarts that ride behind the sleepers too.

  4. butterbean carpenter on February 18th, 2011 11:30 pm

    Howdy Bob,
    Thanx, for the update on the EV… NOW, WHAT ABOUT THE WINNEBAGO THEY WERE RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE WEST COAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. catchesthewind on February 19th, 2011 11:14 am

    Heres a thought. Have all three wheels as battery packs. This way as the drive wheel wears down you exchange it for one of the two front wheel spares.

  6. Pat on February 20th, 2011 6:50 am

    Great update…Thanks Bob!

    This is the kind of inventive thinking that will in the end get it done.

    One way to resolve the exchange issue might be that owners would be issued a special card/key that when used with a CC (to pay for the charge) would release the battery pack. If the unit is removed any other way, an internal switch could disable its use. Local businesses (eg gas stations, even coffee shops) could keep additional battery packs on hand so there would always be a spare nearby. Lots of exciting possibilities here!

    I say bring it on!

  7. Carspike.com on February 23rd, 2011 2:00 pm

    EV Project arrives in Oregon with free charging stations for electric cars…

    Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 6:08 PM Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 6:10 PMBEAVERTON — Hundreds of Oregonians who signed up for the EV Project, a national study supported by federal grants, will soon have a free charging station…

  8. הובלות on July 8th, 2012 9:32 pm

    … [Trackback] …

    [...] Read More: blog.rv.net/2011/02/electrical-vehicle-update-space-pod-look-alike-with-batterywheel/ [...] …

  9. human growth hormone on July 11th, 2012 12:44 am

    this was a interesting website and the post was really awesome…

  10. sms lån 5000 spänn on July 11th, 2012 6:13 am

    Thanx for a very informative site. Where else could I get that kind of info written in such a perfect manner? I have a undertaking that I am just now running on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  11. Human Growth Hormone on July 11th, 2012 11:49 pm

    Human growth hormone is responsible to do many tasks.

  12. learn the facts here now on July 15th, 2012 7:22 pm

    I’m not positive where you are getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time studying much more or understanding more. Thank you for magnificent info I used to be in search of this information for my mission.

  13. Soma Mukherjee on July 19th, 2012 1:28 am

    Very nice product.

  14. ZQuiet Scam on July 22nd, 2012 6:39 am

    My brother suggested I may like this web site. He was completely right. This post actually made my day. You can’t consider just how so much time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

  15. smslån 5000 on July 26th, 2012 2:49 am

    Hey, you used to write wonderful posts, but the last several posts have been kinda boring… I miss your great posts. Past few posts are just a little out of track!

  16. colon cleansing on July 27th, 2012 1:10 am

    I feel very grateful to have seen your web site and look forward to really more brilliant minutes reading here. Thank you again for all the details.

  17. cheap snapbacks on July 27th, 2012 1:32 am

    Very good product. Thanks.

  18. colon cleanse on July 27th, 2012 5:46 am

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank God I found it on Google. You’ve made my day! Thank you again..

  19. NoNo Hair Removal on July 30th, 2012 12:13 am

    You completed several good points there. I did specific searches about the issue and found lots of people can relate with along with your blog. Great post!

  20. joyroy on August 7th, 2012 4:31 am

    I like your post and i really like the way you right, Are these vehicles really made.

  21. Birumon on August 8th, 2012 4:44 am

    I just want to say I’m a new to the site But definitely visit here again

  22. Birumon on August 8th, 2012 4:46 am

    The technology is now growing i think you have a nice blog keep posting sir

  23. Reglage moteur thermique helico rc on August 13th, 2012 5:02 am

    When i see the future on theses pictures, i’m screaming… oh my god this is ugly !

  24. Care Skin Products on August 25th, 2012 11:27 pm

    this was a interesting website and the post was really awesome. Very nice product.

  25. sims 4 keygen on December 4th, 2013 5:35 pm

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  26. Fredericton basement leaks on December 16th, 2013 10:41 am

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

Bottom