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USA: Extending range of electric vehicles by 10 percent with GPS-like device

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside believe they can extend the range of electric vehicles by at least 10 percent by taking into account real-time traffic information, road type and grade and passenger and cargo weight. Ads by Google Cadillac ELR – Check Out the ELR Extended-Range Electric Coupe With Room for Four. – www.Cadillac.com/ELR The researchers, who work at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), which is part of the Bourns College of Engineering, have received a nearly $95,000 one-year grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a eco-routing algorithm that finds the route requiring the least amount of energy for a trip. “This is particularly useful given the limited range of electric vehicles,” said Guoyuan Wu, an assistant researcher at CE-CERT and the principal investigator on the project. “It should really help cut down on what has become known as range anxiety.” Wu will be assisted by co-principal investigators Matthew Barth, director of CE-CERT and the Yeager Families Professor of Engineering, and Kanok Boriboonsomsin, a research faculty member at CE-CERT.
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