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GE to Order ‘Tens of Thousands’ Electric Vehicles

GE’s chief executive officer Jeffrey Immelt said in a recent speech that the company will order “tens of thousands” of electric vehicles (EVs) in about a week, which he says will be the largest in history, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

No additional details were provided about the order. However, Bloomberg reports that Immelt said half of GE’s sales force of about 45,000 will drive electric vehicles.

Brett Smith, a vehicle technology analyst at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said in the article that “it’s the biggest order to date I’m aware of, by a lot.” He expects an order of this size to go to several vehicle makers.

Currently, several automakers are getting ready to sell EVs over the next 18 months. These include Nissan’s Leaf, Chevy’s Volt, and Ford’s Transit Connect delivery van and Focus.

Any boost in electric vehicle sales would add to GE’s bottom line as it expands its clean energy technology including car chargers. Gary Sheffer, a GE spokesman, told Bloomberg that for every dollar of electric-vehicle sales, the company may get 10 cents in revenue.

In September, GE and Better Place announced a partnership to accelerate the global deployment of EV infrastructure, with one goal of converting corporate fleets to electric vehicles. The partnership leverages GE’s technology portfolio, smart grid expertise, and its new WattStation electric vehicle charger with Better Place’s EV services and infrastructure solution.

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  1. The yellow and purple Audi A2 car took around seven hours to complete the 600-kilometre (372-mile) stretch, even had the heating on.

    Driver Mirko Hannemann, the chief of DBM Energy, drove the distance at 90 km/h (55 miles per hour) on average, had the heat on and was able to whisk around a few more miles in the city. When the A2 electric finished, it still had 18% of the initial electric charge in the battery.
    It has a lithium-metal-polymer battery. DBM Energy, the company that built the battery and electric motors into the Audi A2, said the battery would function for 500,000 kilometres.
    A representative of the car said the Audi still featured all the usual creature comforts such as power steering, air-conditioning and even heated seats as well, so it was not like the car was especially made for long distance record attempts
    The German engineers said their car was special because the battery was not installed inside the luggage area, but under the luggage area, meaning the full interior space of the car was still available
    The battery, based on what DBM Energy calls the KOLIBRI AlphaPolymer Technology, comes with 97 percent efficiency and can be charged at virtually every socket. Plugged into a high-voltage direct-current source, the battery can be fully loaded within 6 minutes

    The young inventor couldn’t give an exact price for his battery — he said that was dependent on scaling effects — but vowed it wouldn’t just be more powerful, but in the end also cheaper than conventional lithium ion batteries.

    What’s more important, the technology which made the trip possible is available today.
    German Economics Minister Rainer Bruederle, who subsidized the drive, said it showed electric cars are not utopian but really work.

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