Aluminium-air battery to see the light? Phinergy and Alcoa are apparently in talks with Renault-Nissan to test their battery technology which is said to prolong EV range to up to 1,000 kilometres by 2017. However, the date might be rescheduled to 2019 but Phinergy founder, Aviv Tzidon, said his company is “patient” and here to stay.
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Battery design made easier: ANSYS is working with General Motors, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and ESim on including battery models into ANSYS’ Fluent software. The aim of the DOE-funded ‘Computer-Aided Engineering for Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries’ (CAEBAT) project is to make battery design quicker and safer while creating longer-lasting Li-ion batteries.
Power according to route: In Gothenburg, Volvo is currently testing its Zone Management technology, which automatically regulates the speed but also the drive state of the hybrid bus depending on the route. The system works with GPS so the bus automatically switches to electric in a zero-emission zone.
More money for fuel cells: The States’ DOE announced to spend another 4.6 million dollars for funding of fuel cell activities. Projects, both from industry and academia, lasting one to two years and come up with innovations in fuel cell and hydrogen fuel technologies are eligible.
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