Saturday, August 24, 2013

KLD Energy says OneDrive system could get 250 MPGe in a Fiat 500e, sort of

In San Francisco, CA last week, KLD announced that is has received official certification for its proprietary EV battery solution in the $9,800 OneDrive system. One potential OneDrive vehicle is the rendering of something called the KLD People's Car (pictured), which has a top speed of 80 miles an hour and would get 257 MPGe and has a 104 mile range from its 13.6-kWh battery (all fictional numbers, of course).
"Our system allows us to get efficiencies far beyond people who buy three pieces and put them together."
Christian Okonsky, KLD Energy's CEO, and Ray Caamano, CSO (chief science officer) spoke with AutoblogGreen and said that the OneDrive system is better for electric vehicles since the components are designed to work together. All the power management and torque management is electronic and, if the system were in a vehicle the size of the Fiat 500e, the efficiency would be over 250 MPGe. "Our system allows us to get efficiencies far beyond people who buy three pieces and put them together," Okonsky said. The trouble is, even cars as small as the 500e would still be too heavy for the OneDrive system. KLD is working on a OneDrive system with a heavier motor, and Caamano said the next-gen system would also double the speed.
Currently, OneDrive is used in the Kombi City electric truck and a number of two-wheelers. The Kombi truck is not an NEV, but is instead considered a "heavy quadricycle," which is used for cargo carriers. Cenntro Motors currently offers the 250-MPGe Kombi City for sale in the US in limited numbers. It has a 6.24-kWh battery and a top speed of 50 miles per hour.