Saturday, March 3, 2007

Page from the March 1, 2007 Vancouver Sun newspaper

Click on the image to zoom in. Underlined words below are clickable links to related webpages.

Ron Bencze at the Global TV network news reported on battery revival in Vancouver, on the evening news. He showed the load-tester showing "good battery" as well as a walkie-talkie with revived NiMH batteries, and Rob Matthies driving the electric pickup truck with revived sealed lead acid batteries.

This electric vehicle ("EV") has several battery breakthroughs.

Climbing up Lions Gate Bridge, low current draw, on YouTube"

Listing in the EV Album:

For more photos and the continuing story,

Transportation applications of this process include: Golf carts, parks' utility vehicles, airiport vehicles, indoor vehicles, hospital/nursing home patient lifts, electric scooters, and batteries for all gasoline-cars (100 million+ replaced annually.)

Applications for small batteries: All batteries from little coin cells, alkalines, lithium, NiMH and Nicads. In fact, many different types of batteries (except cell phone and laptop batteries) have been revived.

Clickable links to webpages about Revived Batteries:
In the newspapers ($$$$ worth given away)
Handed out at Greendrinks
Re-Energized Electric Bike Batteries
Donated to the Christmas Wish Breakfast
Method of reviving batteries taught at Silbury School
Given away to needy by a street ministry
Mom's scooter runs on set of revived batteries
In support of Vancouver's public libraries
Given away at the Van. Elec. Vehicle Assn. expo
Students succeed in world's first solar-panel battery revival on a sun-less day
Given out by City staff at bike lane opening
Given out at cycling event for rider safety

For more photos and the continuing story,


IMPORTANT NOTE: How long do revived batteries last for electric vehicles? We've been reviving batteries for ebikes and escooters for three years, and simply transferred our knowledge to a 4-wheeled EV. One the red Ego-II, I got 3 years' use of a single set of batteries whereas most Ego-II owners (who used them daily) got only 6 months. As you can see from the links above, we've given away thousands of dollars worth of revived batteries for disability scooters, years ago, at four locations in greater Vancouver.

COST COMPARISON: Usually, my out-of-pocket cost for a revived battery for EV's was almost nothing, just the cost of chasing them down, and picking them up. How long do revived batteries last? That depends on the suitability of the battery charger and how I charge the batteries. If the charger is suitably programmed, and used properly, the battery can be revived 5x-6x, according to my experience with my Currie and Ego ebikes. (Some battery chargers are bad for batteries, especially when they are out-of-spec, from vibration, and being dropped. One effect of a bad/unsuitable charger is a ballooned-battery, as seen on Merida and Raylight ebikes.)

- Rob Matthies

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