23 Oct '13, 5pm

Putting Electric Vehicle Batteries In Car Doors: Possible But Not Practical

Putting Electric Vehicle Batteries In Car Doors: Possible But Not Practical

Fitting battery cells into a carbon fiber trunk lid Volvo last week unveiled an electric car prototype, in which its battery cells are embedded in the body panels. Nobody knew this was possible before Volvo's announcement, but there's a drawback to that technology. It adds complexity. When BMW built its ActiveE prototypes, the base model wasn't conceived for an electric propulsion, so the engineers had to divide the battery into three separate elements: one below the back seat, one in the center tunnel and a third one under the front hood. These cars were hand-built prototypes, but when BMW designed the i3, a true production EV right from the start, it chose to do it with one single battery pack under the floor. That's easier. Batteries are made of hundreds, or sometimes thousands, of little cells grouped together. Logically, it should be relatively easy to assemble them i...

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