Two companies are teaming up to create an electric supercar, which will be powered by a graphene energy storage device and an easy-to-use graphene integrated hydrogen fuel cell.
Sunvault Energy Inc. and Edison Power Co. are partnering to make the Edison Electron One, to be built by the newly incorporated Edison Motor Cars. The companies will collaborate with MK Technologies Ltd. to design and create the car.
The car will utilize an electric drive unit for each wheel, giving the car traction control of nearly 1,000 foot pounds of torque (1355 Newton meters) — this is almost double the 560 foot pounds of a Ferrari 488 GTB. Additionally, it’s a third more than that of the Tesla P85D, which is rated at 713 foot pounds; the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid rates at 980 foot pounds (1328 Newton meters). The car is expected to go 0 to 60 within 2/2.2 seconds, and could be recharged in five minutes. Its main safety feature is that there will be no risk of fire or explosion associated to lithium ion batteries.
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Researchers at the University of Manchester say that new composite materials using graphene could reduce carbon emissions globally from car use. They added a small amount of the “wonder material” graphene to strontium titanium oxide, and the composite that resulted from this could convert 3 to 5 percent of the heat into an electric current — the heat would otherwise be lost as waste.
Utilizing graphene in cars could create better fuel economy, and could also make safer vehicles by incorporating the material into the body of the car to reduce weight.