It is necessary to standardize battery cartridges, or other vehicles may not share system components. BE1, BE2 and BE3 are capable of utilizing the cartridge pictured above. This cartridge may be configured for many different voltages and storage medium, including fuel cells. BE1 was designed to use lead-acid batteries to keep costs down. The total development cost of this car was in the region of £39,000, including a dedicated charger. A small price to pay for a world record contender that reached 90 mph using just 15Kw. The full complement of motors would have added another £6,000 to the bill and 110 mph to the speed.
However, Nickel-Cadmium and Nickel-Metal-Hydride and the new Polymer cells are now freely available and would not increase overall project costs dramatically, simply because the vehicle would undoubtedly perform so much better. I.e. the $ per mph ratio might actually improve. By way of example, many solar powered electric cars use Worley Polymer cells now offering (190Wh/kg).
At time of writing BE3 has no corporate battery sponsor. If your company would like to offer support to the BE3 project, we would like to hear from you.
The Blueplanet Ecostar is long and low. It features battery cartridge refueling.
The driver sits at the rear dragster fashion, the battery cartridge is in the front
all the way to the nose cone. Check out the battery cartridge exchange sequence below.
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