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March 11th, 2012

Heat pump for electric car would make it run farther

Abstract:
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is working on nanotechnology that would extend the range of electric cars by allowing them to heat and cool the passenger cabins with a new type of heat pump. The end goal: electric cars that are more affordable to operate.

The researchers want to create a new, 5-pound molecular heat pump, the size of a 2-liter bottle, that would handle both heating and cooling and allow the cars to travel longer distances before they'd need to be plugged in again.

The team, which includes chemists from the University of South Florida, won a grant of $803,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for its pioneering work. Funding began Dec. 1.

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