Ebuggy GmbH, the operating company for the Ebuggy mobility concept, offers electric cars unrestricted mobility on motorways, with no range limitations.
It plans a network of Ebuggy relay stations at which drivers of electric cars can hitch up battery trailers. The prototype is finished and has proved effective, said the company in a statement released today, Sept. 19.
How does Ebuggy operate? If required, an Ebuggy battery trailer can be hitched up at an Ebuggy relay station and the journey continued using the energy from the Ebuggy. On arrival in the destination area, the Ebuggy is dropped off again at the final service station.
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It can be exchanged whenever necessary during longer journeys so that unlimited ranges can be achieved. And all this within two minutes, claims the company.
Meanwhile, Verizon and VIA Motors decided to collaborate to develop and demonstrate plug-in electric work vehicles using VIA’s proprietary eREV (extended range electric vehicle) technology and evaluate the technology for possible wide-scale application into Verizon’s fleet. (Read: VIA Motors and Verizon to Develop Electric Vehicles)
“Ebuggy allows the automotive industry to build reasonably priced electric vehicles with a smaller battery, because Ebuggy is available for longer distances. As a result, electric cars will become cheaper than vehicles with a combustion engine and e-mobility will be able to assert itself rapidly and dynamically,” says Dr. Manfred Baumgärtner, managing director of Ebuggy GmbH.
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According to the company, the Ebuggy prototype was constructed with the support of Germany’s Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and project partners such as the Fraunhofer Institut IPA and Stuttgart University.
A total of four laps have been planned for the Ebuggy infrastructure concept. During the second lap, readiness for serial production will be tested and the first network trials planned.