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Electric Supercar Cruises at 55mph for 375 Miles on 6-Minute Charge!

DBM Energy, a German company, has revealed a revolutionary prototype battery technology that's achieved a quantum leap forward.

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(CHICAGO) - Is this the breakthrough in electric car technology that engineers have been struggling to achieve for decades?

The answer is a definite "maybe."

The problem of 'range anxiety'

The weak link in electric car technology is the battery. The sad fact is that battery technology hasn't been able to keep up with the dreams of automotive engineers. Despite the "wundercars" that do make it into production—such as those that are flying off the drawing boards at Tesla Motors—the autos are impractical, very expensive and have a limited range. The best of them so far can only travel a paltry 100 miles.

Distance restrictions have been dubbed "range anxiety."

Now, however, a dramatic breakthrough seems to have been achieved greatly increasing the range of electric vehicles.

DBM Energy's great leap forward


DBM Energy, a German company, has revealed a revolutionary prototype battery technology that's achieved a quantum leap forward.

Working with funds raised by a joint venture between the giant German electric utility company Lekker Energie and the German Economic Ministry, the innovative battery breaks new ground. According to DBM, their battery's efficiency is 97 percent and has a jaw-dropping fast ultra-fast recharge time of merely 6 minutes.

The battery also provides enough juice to power a vehicle at a speed of 55mph for 375 miles. That would enable a motorist to take a drive up the coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco—a six-hour trip fo a 6-minute charge up.

Working with Audi, the battery powerpack was adopted to create the "A2." [Photo] This vehicle represents the biggest advance in electric automotive technology ever.

Leaves Daihatsu in the dust

While automotive experts point out that the Japanese car maker, Daihatsu, modified a micro car in their quest to achieve a long distance record, the car had its limitations. Although the Japanese prototype attained a whopping 623 miles, the car only traveled 27mph, had one seat barely large enough for a child, and most of its space was taken up by batteries crammed everywhere.

Unlike the Japanese prototype, the modified Audi A2 doubles the Daihatsu's speed, has four adult-sized seats, and still delivers a range approaching an eye-popping 400 miles.

Need a charge, boys?

Mirko Hannemann, the CEO of DBM Energy, demonstrated the amazing capability of the electric A2. He toured the German countryside in the vehicle for about 7 hours—stopping off at towns and villages between Munich and Berlin.

Upon returning to his company's headquarters, a throng of reporters waited to interview him about the historic ride.

Hannemann jokingly offered to charge their cellphones with the electricity that remained in the A2's battery pack.

If DBM Energy's new battery technology is as good as it seems then "Green" technology has become more viable and electric vehicles will not be constrained to the purgatory of glorified golf cart-sized micro-cars suitable for short grocery runs in high density urban areas.

Zoom zoom!

Visit Helium.com to see a video about the current electric car developments: Helium.com


Terrence Aym is a Salem-News.com Contributor based in Chicago, who is well known nationally for his stirring reports on the top ranked site, helium.com. Born in Minnesota, Terrence Aym grew up in the Chicagoland suburbs. Having traveled to 40 of the 50 states and lived in 7 of them, Aym is no stranger to travel. He's also spent time in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Western Africa. An executive for many years with Wall Street broker-dealer firms, Aym has also had a life-long interest in science, technology, the arts, philosophy and history. If it's still possible to be a 'Renaissance man' in the 21st Century, Aym is working hard to be one.

Aym has several book projects in the works. Media sites that have recently featured Aym, and/or discussed his articles, include ABC News, TIME Magazine, Business Insider, Crunchgear.com, Discover, Dvice, Benzinga and more recently, his work has been showing up in South Africa and Russia.




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Kaja November 2, 2010 6:41 am (Pacific time)

Practically nothing said in article is correct. First of all, the battery weighs 300kg - not 100. Charging takes 4 hours - not 6 minutes. Lekker isn't a giant but a small, local provider. And Audi hat nothing to do with it (they didn't even know).


Hanan October 31, 2010 8:15 am (Pacific time)

Is the photo for Audi A2 or the Mitsubishi MiEV?


Terrence Aym October 30, 2010 6:48 pm (Pacific time)

I received this additional bit of information from an anonymous reader, perhaps the person who has posted above. I've added it to my original Helium.com article: Electric cars are not Utopian but really work : 1. The battery weighs about 100 kilograms in total. (http://www.zeit.de/auto/2010-10/elektroauto-langstrecke?page=1).   2. The battery, based on what DBM Energy calls the KOLIBRI AlphaPolymer Technology, comes with 97 percent efficiency.   3. 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.   4. 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.   5. German Economics Minister Rainer Bruederle, who subsidized the drive, said it showed electric cars are not Utopian but really work.


hsr0601 October 30, 2010 6:02 pm (Pacific time)

Correction : 1. The battery weighs about 100 kilograms in total. (http://www.zeit.de/auto/2010-10/elektroauto-langstrecke?page=1) 2. The battery, based on what DBM Energy calls the KOLIBRI AlphaPolymer Technology, comes with 97 percent efficiency 3. 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 4. 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. "5. German Economics Minister Rainer Bruederle, who subsidized the drive, said it showed electric cars are not utopian but really work. "


hsr0601 October 30, 2010 5:26 pm (Pacific time)

The battery weighs about 100 kilograms in total. Kindly visit http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Resource-Wars/2010/10/26/German-electric-car-sets-world-record/UPI-84921288102816/ 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.

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