In Korolyov made an electric minibus (with nanocapacitors)

    Engineers from Korolev, near Moscow, have developed a prototype of a fixed-route taxi on an electric motor, which may appear on the streets of the capital in 2012, according to RIA Novosti.

    Russian engineers took the serial “Ducato” as a sample, removed the engine and gearbox from it, and put in place of each drive wheel an engine of its own production, the so-called “motor wheel”. Two of these motors are 36 stationary coils and around them are two rows of magnets. The car can move normally even with one impeller.

    The development of Russian engineers is protected by seven patents. They claim that the engine efficiency is 98%.

    To increase the battery life, special nanocapacitors are used. According to engineers, they accumulate energy during braking, that is, they work similarly to the well-known KERS system, which is used in Formula 1, but has not yet been installed on a commercial city car by anyone in the world.

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