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Winter 2015 European Energy Innovation


Lifting the range limitations of electric vehicles

By Jean-Baptiste Segard, Founder EP Tender.

smart phone’s battery lasts a single day). For extra
power needs, external battery modules or chargers
for typical power use. In this way cost, weight and
volume is optimized for common use. Who would
purchase and carry a phone with a huge battery just
for very occasional peak usage?

ELECTRIC GRID CHARGING? EP Tender is proposing a paradigm shifting
There is a legislative and environmental drive innovation for the transport sector: design EV
towards the implementation of EVs. However, they for typical use and provide a network of energy
remain a niche market primarily due to their cost/ modules (Tender’Lib) mounted on small trailers
performance ratio. One of the main culprits is the available to rent at the point of use (e.g. motorway
service stations and commercial centres) for longer
FRVWRIWKH(9ōVUDQJH(9VWKDWRIIHUVLJQLƓFDQW trips (ca. 600km). By providing a modular approach
effective motorway range (ca. 350 km) are the consumer gains affordability, convenience and
prohibitively expensive and remain a niche high
end product (e.g. Tesla). On the other hand EVs with SHDNUDQJHZKLOVWQRWVDFULƓFLQJHQYLURQPHQWDO
limited range (ca. 100 km, e.g. Renault Zoe) suffer credentials.
from buyer’s “range anxiety” and thus also belong to
a niche market. Energy storage technology is progressing at a faster
rate than electric motors or other major vehicle
It is noteworthy to point out a key difference between component (cost/performance doubles every 10
internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and EVs: years). As a result a key advantage to this approach
for the former the fuel tank is one of the cheapest is that the Tender can take advantage of technology
components (just a little more plastic); for the latter progress and offer it to the consumer without the
the batteries are the most expensive. need to replace their vehicles.

In electronics, cost has been optimized with batteries The upcoming battery progress can also be mainly
that provide power only for typical usage (a typical focussed on reducing the weight and the cost of

without requiring high subsidies which would
become unsustainable by the States.

At present EP Tender is based on an ICE, and will
evolve to be based on fuel cells or very high density
batteries as technologies mature. A full EV thus
gets omni-hybrid capability when having access to
EP Tender. H2 infrastructure deployment can thus

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