Feeds

FEV talks up Caliber ReEV

A Dodge Caliber in disguise

Boost IT visibility and business value

'Leccy Tech Although General Motors (GM) is yet to announce specific technical details about the drive train for its Volt plug-in Extended Range (ER) e-car, American auto-engineering firm FEV has been more than forthcoming about its own upcoming ‘leccy motor.

Dodge_Caliber

FEV's Caliber ReEV is based on the chassis and body of a Dodge Caliber (above)

The Caliber ReEV uses the chassis and body of a Dodge Caliber, with a propulsion system that employs a 1.0L, three cylinder, four valve engine that - mated to a UQM PP75 generator - provides 41kW of continuous power in ER mode, and peak power of 75kW.

FEV plans to showcase its prototype plug-in ER e-car at the Society of Automotive Engineers Congress in Detroit next week.

The unveiling will also act as a means of highlighting the capabilities of its recently completed Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Development Centre in Michigan. According to FEV's CTO and Vice President, Dr. Joachim Wolschendorf, the event will also help “evaluate different options for the engine/generator unit, and the associated calibration strategies”.

FEV also announced that the Caliber ReEV’s energy storage system consists of a 20kW-h liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that operates at 346 volts. The car's drive wheels are powered by a UQM PP125EX electric motor.

The Caliber ReEV can go for 40 miles on battery power alone, FEV claimed, and will hit 60mph in 8.3 seconds. Its top speed is 83mph.

Engineers at GM have often said that the Volt's 1.4L four pot is a little too large and powerful for the job in hand, but that it was the closest thing available off-the-shelf from the firm’s global engine line-up.

Cadillac_Converj

GM's two-door Cadillac Converj could be launched in 2011

Future generation Volts could well use smaller, more efficient engines - just like the 1.0L, three cylinder unit in FEV’s Caliber ReEV.

On the subject of GM and its Voltec plug-in ER e-car propulsion system, it’s also been rumoured that the Cadillac Converj two-door coupé has been approved for production. The car’s planned launch date is sometime during 2011.

It's also rumoured that a seven seat Voltec-driven, but Buick badged, MPV – based on the Chevolet Orlando, which uses the same platform as the Volt – may also see the light of day, possibly during the same year.

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!
Spanish launch goes titsup, we're off to the US of A
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue
This tiny bio-bot will chew through your clothes then save your life
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?