Power Wheels Lightning McQueen Electric Car – Hours Of Racing Fun

The Disney movie “Cars” was an undoubted hit as was its main character the shiny red race car Lightning McQueen, children around the world were hooked.

Well, Fisher Price have once again come up trumps for all Cars fans with their Power Wheels Lightning McQueen electric car for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years of age. (This age range is dependent on the individual child’s height and weight.)

This slick, speedy, bright red electric car is powered by a 6 volt battery which, I have been told will last for around 3 hours of constant riding when fully charged. To be confident that you do have a fully charged battery it is best done overnight. Having a back up battery which is always charged is a useful idea because all you need to do is swap them over and the fun can go on! Removing and replacing the battery is not difficult to do.

You will find that the Power Wheels Lightning McQueen really is a race car – it can get up to 5 mph – for a 3 year old that is pretty fast! I should point out at this stage that 5 mph is actually the fastest speed setting. The slower setting will allow your little racer to get up to 2.5 mph which is way fast enough for any novice. Parents – you can actually lock out the higher speed setting until you are sure that your child is ready. Naturally there is a reverse gear as well and the car is fitted with power lock brakes.

One of the most loved features amongst the children I have spoken to is the race car sound effects and the well known phrases from the movie said in a real Lightning McQueen voice.

Power Wheels Lightning McQueen Features at a Glance:

*2 speed settings.

*6 volt battery.

*Sound effects and real phrases from the “Cars” movie.

*High speed lock out.

*Power lock brakes

Along with many other ride on toys the Power Wheels Lightning McQueen car

sports shiny plastic wheels which appear to cause some problems with traction, particularly on smooth surfaces and grass – particularly if it is wet. However the instances of this seem to vary some people claim to have no problems whilst others state that the wheels just spin. On a positive note, there is a solution, it is possible to source and fit rubber bands to the wheels which immediately resolves any problem.

Another two or three niggles pointed out by parents/grandparents the Lightning McQueen racing car does not have doors which open and close, nor does it have seat belts or a storage area so kids can take their other favourite toys for a ride. As for the kids – non of this seems to matter.

What Do You Get For Your Money?

* Power Wheels Lightning McQueen Race Car

* 6 volt Battery

* Battery Charger

** Batteries for Sound Effects NOT included

The car does require some assembly but I am told that this is simple and straight forward even for those parents who find such tasks a challenge!

On the whole kids and parents alike just love this Power Wheels Lightning McQueen race car. It is safe, durable and well worth the money because it will give its proud owner hours of fun and adventure.

One thing which is probably worth mentioning a racing helmet would make a great addition to the whole theme and ensure that your little one has some protection should any mishaps take place.

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Energy Saving design scheme for electric vehicle battery chargers



Title: Optimal trade-off between hard and soft-switching to achieve energy saving in industrial electric vehicles

Authors: Pramod Kumar Prasobhu, Student Member, IEEE, Felix Hoffmann, Student Member, IEEE, Marco Liserre, Fellow, IEEE

Affiliation: Chair of Power Electronics,
Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, 24143 Kiel, Germany
Email: pkp@tf.uni-kiel.de, fho@tf.uni-kiel.de, ml@tf.uni-kiel.de

Abstract—

DC/DC battery chargers used in industrial electric vehicle applications are designed to be size, weight and power efficient. Wide bandgap (WBG) devices which enable high frequency operations help reduce size of magnetics as well as the converter volume achieving better efficiencies compared to Si based solutions. It has not been often discussed in literature but in case of battery chargers the overall saved energy becomes a better performance indicator than the efficiency at rated power alone. This is due to their peculiar charge=discharge characteristics. In this paper, the design of a GaN (Gallium nitride) converter for an industrial battery charger application is studied. An optimal design procedure aiming at optimizing the converter energy utilization efficiency (EUE) over the complete state of charge (SoC) as well as minimizing BOM (Bill of Material) costs due to magnetics is presented in order to highlight the energy perspective. The results show considerable energy savings compared to conventional design methods.

Other information:
Presented at: IEEE-IES IECON 2018, Washington D.C. as part of SYPA travel grant and initiation
Research at: Chair of Power Electronics, CAU, Kiel, Germany
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14 Oct 2018 | Millionth EV Sold In U.S., 100,000 Model 3’s Have Been Built and Australian…



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ONE MILLION EV DRIVERS…CAN’T BE WRONG!

We’ll start with a Tweet from Barry Woods, Director EV Innovation at ReVision Energy: “1,000,000 drivers can’t be wrong. On Weds Oct 10th at 11:01am somewhere in the US someone bought the millionth car with a plug since they came to market in 2011!  #pluginamerica. It took a bit longer than #Obama projected but we’re there, and the speed increases!!”  

100,000 MODEL 3 DRIVERS…CAN’T BE WRONG!

And a tenth of those drivers are currently enjoying some electric smiles in their new Tesla Model 3. Because Tesla just reached the milestone of 100k Model 3s. It has been just over a year since production started and a few Model 3s took their first tentative metres off a new General Assembly production line. It’s all thanks to a strong start to Quarter 4 with an average of over 1,000 vehicles a day being built. Fred at Electrek pointed out the finer details to this story: “In overall production when accounting for the release candidates and engineering vehicles, Tesla actually achieved the milestone earlier this week, but according to a source familiar with Tesla’s production, regular production reached the milestone today. It’s an important milestone for Tesla, which is transitioning from a relatively niche automaker to a mass-market auto manufacturer with the Model 3. Tesla is already producing electric vehicles at a higher rate than any legacy automaker with no signs of change evident in the space. Perhaps legacy automakers should look at that 100,000th Model 3 milestone and look at their own efforts and revaluate what kind of volume they are planning for their own programs.” says Fred.  

AUSTRALIA: 50TH PUBLIC DC FAST CHARGER GOES ONLINE

“Australia reached the milestone of 50 public DC fast chargers (50 kW) installed (Tesla Superchargers aside).” reports Mark Kane for InsideEVs: “It’s still a long way til the infrastructure could be considered satisfying, but at least more manufacturers will be willing to introduce some EVs in the country. Around 70% of DC chargers in Australia were supplied by Tritium, founded in Brisbane. Recently, Tritium received an order for at least 40 Veefil RT-50kW DC fast chargers in New South Wales in Australia.”  

Australia: 50th Public DC Fast Charger Goes Online

 

AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY TO TRIAL SOLAR STORAGE MICROGRID WITH EV CHARGING

“The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has partnered with Monash University and technology provider Indra Australia to trial a microgrid” reports PV Tech: “The microgrid will be grid-connected and will include up to 1MW of rooftop solar, 20 buildings with automated energy management systems, 1MWh of battery storage and electric vehicle charging stations”  

https://www.pv-tech.org/news/australian-university-to-trial-solar-storage-microgrid-with-ev-charging

 

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Charging Electric Cars and Cybersecurity



Animation video about charging electric vehicles and the importance of cybersecurity.

Charging one modern electirc car equals the power-use of 10 households at peak demand. Now, imagine one million cars connected to the grid: that’s a lot of collective power! What if someone hacked the system and gained the ability to control all the chargers at the same time?

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Energy Saving design scheme for electric vehicle battery chargers



Title: Optimal trade-off between hard and soft-switching to achieve energy saving in industrial electric vehicles

Authors: Pramod Kumar Prasobhu, Student Member, IEEE, Felix Hoffmann, Student Member, IEEE, Marco Liserre, Fellow, IEEE

Affiliation: Chair of Power Electronics,
Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, 24143 Kiel, Germany

Email: pkp@tf.uni-kiel.de, fho@tf.uni-kiel.de, ml@tf.uni-kiel.de

Abstract—

DC/DC battery chargers used in industrial electric vehicle applications are designed to be size, weight and power
efficient. Wide bandgap (WBG) devices which enable high frequency operations help reduce size of magnetics as well as
the converter volume achieving better efficiencies compared to Si based solutions. It has not been often discussed in literature but in
case of battery chargers the overall saved energy becomes a better performance indicator than the efficiency at rated power alone.
This is due to their peculiar charge=discharge characteristics. In this paper, the design of a GaN (Gallium nitride) converter
for an industrial battery charger application is studied. An optimal design procedure aiming at optimizing the converter
energy utilization efficiency (EUE) over the complete state of charge (SoC) as well as minimizing BOM (Bill of Material)
costs due to magnetics is presented in order to highlight the energy perspective. The results show considerable energy savings
compared to conventional design methods.

Other information:
Presented at: IEEE-IES IECON 2018, Washington D.C. as part of SYPA travel grant and initiation

Research at: Chair of Power Electronics, CAU, Kiel, Germany

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Ryobi Super Battery Charger Review



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10 Oct 2018 | The Tesla Effect On Disrupting Oil, UK’s First 60kW Rapid Charge Point and Three…



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THE TESLA EFFECT ON DISRUPTING OIL

We’ll start with a clip of Paul Snakey on CNBC…  

According to a report today from teh International Energy Agency and reported by Bloomberg: “The global fleet of electric vehicles is likely to more than triple to 13 million by the end of the decade from 3.7 million last year, according to a report released Wednesday from the Paris-based institution, which was set up to advise industrial nations on energy policy. Sales may soar 24 percent each year on average through to 2030.”  

from BNEF.  

Here are some of the key findings of the IEA’s report:  

China will remain the biggest market EVs will displace lots of oil from the market Governments will have to find new sources of tax revenue At least 10 more giant battery gigafactories will be needed Buses are going electric too Cobalt and lithium demand is surging  

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-30/electric-vehicles-on-the-road-are-set-to-triple-in-two-years

 

And finally from Reuters: “Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Tuesday due to platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael. In addition to shutting in wells, oil producers also halted most offshore drilling operations by evacuating three drilling rigs and moving eight others out of the storm area.”  

UK’S FIRST 60KW RAPID CHARGE POINT

“For the first time ever, all UK EV drivers can enjoy the fastest rapid public charging options, powered by renewable energy, with the installation of Alfa Power’s new 60kW agnostic charger at Crown Service Station, Brighouse.” Customers can be confident that the new charging point has specifications which more than fulfil the needs of their latest EV vehicle; it is capable not only of 60kW charging but also of simultaneously charging up to four vehicles via several connectors, namely CCS (European Combined Charging System), Type 2 (European AC charger) and CHAdeMO (quick charging method). What is more, Alfa Power aim to continually upgrade their charging points to ensure that the needs of the UK’s growing EV market are fully met, with next steps set to include the installation of 100kW chargers at sites between major cities across the UK and beyond.”  

ELECTRIC KIA NIRO FLAUNTS 385KM DRIVING DISTANCE

The Korea Herald has driven the Kia e-Niro: “Defying the popular notion that EVs are unstable at high speeds, the Niro glided quietly on the highway at about 120 kilometers per hour, showing outstanding stability. For most drivers accustomed to fueling up their cars in a few minutes, the time required to charge an EV might come across as a downside. The tradeoff, however, was exceptional cost-effectiveness: It cost only 4,895 won ($4.30) to charge 28.3 kilowatt-hours, which converts to a driving distance of 170 kilometers. A full charge would have cost about 9,000 won, roughly one-tenth the cost of filling the gas tank in an average fuel-powered small to midsize sedan. The number of EV chargers was tallied at 5,886 nationwide as of June, more than eight times the number that existed in August 2016, which stood at 711, according to the Environment Ministry.”  

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181009000192

 

THREE NEW CITY CARS FROM VW GROUP

“Volkswagen Group – starting next year -, will bring its own electric triplets and this time with enough range and a more reasonable price tag. They’ll be the Volkswagen e-Up 2.0, the Skoda e-Citigo and the Seat e-Mii.” reports Auto Bild Germany: “The battery pack configuration should remain the same as the current Volkswagen e-up with a total of 204 PHEV2 battery cells (102s2p), but instead of using Sanyo/Panasonic battery cells with 25 Ah it’ll most likely be upgraded to 50 Ah cells from Samsung SDI. Samsung SDI is already producing battery cells at its plant in Hungary. With 50 Ah cells the battery pack will have a /total capacity of 37,7 kWh (204 x 50 Ah x 3,7 V), not much different from the 36 kWh announced by Auto Bild.” So that would be 270km range on WLTP. …

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09 Oct 2018 | Update From Stockholm, Super Safe Model 3 and Crazy Homemade Range Extender



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TESLA MODEL 3 IS THE SAFEST CAR EVER TESTED

In the U.S. NHTSA has released it’s findings in the probability of injury for those involved in a Model 3 acccident and it’s the lowest score they’ve ever awarded. Apart from driving around in a tank, you’re safest in a Model 3. Tesla explained: “NHTSA tested Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive as part of its New Car Assessment Program, a series of crash tests used to calculate the likelihood of serious bodily injury for front, side and rollover crashes. The agency’s data shows that vehicle occupants are less likely to get seriously hurt in these types of crashes when in a Model 3 than in any other car. NHTSA’s previous tests of Model S and Model X still hold the record for the second and third lowest probabilities of injury, making Tesla vehicles the best ever rated by NHTSA. We expect similar results for other Model 3 variants, including our dual-motor vehicles, when they are rated.” “In addition to its near 50/50 weight distribution, Model 3 was also designed with an extremely low polar moment of inertia, which means that its heaviest components are located closer to the car’s center of gravity. Even though Model 3 has no engine, its performance is similar to what’s described as a “mid-engine car” due to its centered battery pack (the heaviest component of the car) and the fact that Model 3’s rear motor is placed slightly in front of the rear axle rather than behind it. Not only does this architecture add to the overall agility and handling of the car, it also improves the capability of stability control by minimizing rotational kinetic energy.”  

BIG OIL SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT AMAZON’S BATTERY PLAY

Liam Denning has been taking a look at the announcement from Audi that Amazon will install charge points at home for it’s customers: “The oil industry has long been more concerned with generating supply than encouraging demand—why bother, when drivers had no alternative? The hassle of charging has long been one of the things holding back the electrical vehicle market. Amazon’s entry will make that a whole lot easier, potentially representing a major threat in oil’s biggest market.” according to Bloomberg: “The fossil fuel industry should be worried about a company such as Amazon encroaching on its territory. Back in the summer of 2008, three of the world’s five most valuable companies produced oil and gas. Exxon was No. 1. Today, four years after a global collapse in oil prices, Big Tech dominates and Exxon struggles to stay in the top 10.”  

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-08/big-oil-should-be-worried-about-amazon-s-battery-play

 

WANT ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO SCALE? ADD CHARGERS TO GAS STATIONS

No! No! No! A new article by Fast Company is typical of so many I see and it totally misses the point that EV’s are a change of habit, a change of how we *think* about fuelling personal mobility. They say: “In the not-too-distant future, your local gas station may have chargers for electric cars near the gas pumps. Gilbarco Veeder-Root–one of the largest suppliers of fuel dispensers to gas stations–just invested in Tritium, an electric vehicle charging company.”  

 

THIS EV NUT BUILT A RANGE-EXTENDING BATTERY PACK TRAILER

On Toyota RAV4EV owners was fed up with the range and took it into his own hands: “This enthusiastic owner wanted to increase the range of his Toyota, and built this simple trailer solution to double his battery capacity, nearly doubling his range, despite the trailer’s extra 454kg.” according to Gizmodo: “The trailer retains the original Toyota floor pan casing, making it likely as safe as it would have been bolted into the Rav4 body. I’m not convinced that high-voltage cables should be hanging out in the wind as seen in the connection between the trailer and the car, but everything in life is a calculated risk, right? What’s the worst that could happen?”  

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/10/this-ev-nut-built-a-range-extending-battery-pack-trailer/

 

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Electric Mercedes EQC SUV Battery Charging Explained



The EQC is equipped with the latest generation of a lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery serving as the energy source for both electric motors. The battery consists of 384 cells and is located in the vehicle floor, between the two axles. The battery system is modular in design, consisting of two modules with 48 cells each and four with 72 cells each. The powerful high-voltage battery has a maximum voltage of 408 V and a nominal capacity of 210 Ah, for an energy content of 80 kWh (according to NEDC).

The integral overall cooling concept of the EQC, consisting of a heat pump function and two electric PTC heater boosters, not only includes the power electronics, the electric motor and the rotor, but also the battery. The entire battery system is liquid-cooled. At low temperatures a battery heater ensures outstanding performance and efficiency (see Climate control section).

The battery is an integral part of the crash concept for the vehicle as a whole. Its low, central location also has a positive effect on the handling characteristics of the EQC (see Safety section).

The battery is produced in Germany, by the wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary Deutsche Accumotive in Kamenz/Saxony (see Production section).

As for all other high-voltage batteries, Mercedes-Benz issues a battery certificate as a commitment to the battery performance.

Whether at home via a wallbox, while shopping, at work or ultra-fast on the motorway: there are various ways to supply electric vehicles with power. Intelligently networked charging solutions focussed on the mobility needs and convenience of customers are an integral part of the new product and technology brand EQ.

As standard the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger (OBC) with a capacity of 7.4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations. The charging time required for a full charge depends on the available infrastructure and the country-specific vehicle equipment. Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is much faster than at a domestic power socket (see section “The intelligent services for the EQC).

It is faster still with DC charging – which is standard for the EQC – for example via CCS (Combined Charging Systems) in Europe and the USA, CHAdeMO in Japan or GB/T in China. This usually public quick-charging system expands the existing technical standard for AC charging of electric vehicles with the capacity for DC fast charging. Depending on the SoC (status of charge), the EQC can be charged with a maximum output of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station. In around 40 minutes, the battery can be charged from 10 – 80 percent SoC (provisional data).

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