New York Times Blogger Details Ioxus Impact on CAFE Standard Compliance

On his New York Times Green blog recently, Matthew Wald noted that new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards are on the way, and car makers are already tasked with getting an average 35.5 miles per gallon starting with their 2016 models. In noting the technologies that will enable compliance with these regulations, Wald outlined the limitations of lithium-ion batteries:

For cars, one obvious strategy is to have the engine shut down whenever the car stops at a red light. That requires quickly starting the engine when the light turns green, and that means frequent discharges of large amounts of current.

This is a challenge for most batteries on the market. Most lithium-ion batteries can store lots of energy but cannot charge or discharge quickly. Lead-acid batteries can deliver the required amount of power, but not thousands of times over the lifetime of a car.

By marrying a battery to an ultracapacitor, which Wald describes as a device that, “bottles up something like a lightning bolt of power,” he notes that automakers can meet federal regulations while solving other problems, as well. Capacitors, Wald writes, can run electrically driven power steering systems, which would solve a common power steering problem in today’s hybrid car models.

The auto industry can take notes from the energy sector’s success. As Wald notes in his blog, Ioxus ultracapacitors are already embedded in wind turbines around the world, delivering short bursts of energy to pivot rotor blades in active weather or during power failures.

We expect the auto industry will be next to adopt ultracaps for widespread usage, and just in time. With stricter CAFE standards coming soon, cars, trucks and SUVs will need the “lightning bolt of power” Wald rightly attributes to ultracaps.

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    ONEONTA, N.Y., April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ioxus, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitors and energy storage products, announced today that the 24V uSTART® battery support system is now being offered as the heavy equipment industry's only drop-in replacement product that needs no special wiring. Using two group 31 batteries in series, with one 24V uSTART in parallel, users can replace their 4D battery in heavy equipment.

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