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Green Car Congress: Ricardo develops prototype next-generation 85 kW switched reluctance EV motor; no rare earth elements

Ricardo has developed a new prototype 85 kW synchronous reluctance motor designed primarily for electric vehicle traction applications. The motor avoids the use of expensive rare earth elements, while delivering strong performance at a significantly reduced cost. Pinboard (MacAaron)

Green Car Congress: UQM Technologies granted patent on permanent magnet electric motor design using non-rare earth magnets

UQM Technologies Inc. has been granted a US patent (8,928,198, “Brushless PM machine construction enabling low coercivity magnets”) for an electric and hybrid electric vehicle motor design using non-rare earth magnets. The patent covers the unique magnet geometry and the method of manufacturing the motor. Pinboard (MacAaron)

CarNewsCafe.com Cool the Earth, Earth Day and a cool electric car rally » CarNewsCafe.com

An electric vehicle (EV) rally is the best way to celebrate Earth Day this year. Cool the Earth is doing that with an EV rally across the North Bay. Pinboard (MacAaron)

Honda to reuse rare earth metal extracted from NiMH batteries in hybrids for hybrid vehicle motors

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has agreed with TDK Corporation and Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd. (JMC) to jointly pursue the reuse of a rare earth metal extracted from nickel-metal hydride batteries in hybrid vehicles for magnets of new hybrid vehicle motors. In March of this year, Honda began supplying a battery manufacturer with rare …
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Formula E takes electric car racing to Los Angeles for Earth Day

The Formula E electric car racing Championship took to the streets of Los Angeles today to preview the 2014 launch of the racing series. Pinboard (MacAaron)