BYD unveils Tang: The Chinese manufacturer has officially unveiled its latest plug-in SUV in Beijing. The Tang comes as 4WD and is said to drive about 40 miles all electrically. Furthermore, BYD revealed plans to offer a new ‘super-hybrid’ called Ming featuring four in-wheel drives by 2016.
Wireless charging commercialised: WiTricity is licensing its inductive charging technology to the Japanese TDK Corporation. The licensing agreement will enable TDK to market WiTricity’s wireless charging technology for EVs on a large scale.
Small secret: The Vivax Assist conversion kit for pedelecs is inserted into the seat post and can provide a boost of up to 200 W. Its battery sits in a saddle bag. The system is so inconspicuous that once a cyclist at the Tour de France was suspected to have used it secretly.
Fuel saving PSV: Hayvard has been commissioned by Fafnir Offshore HF to design and build a hybrid Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) together with Norwegian Electric Systems. Ironically, the boat is supposed to serve around offshore oil platforms in the Arctic while saving 30 to 40% of fuel itself.