Microcontroller for plug-in hybrids: Scaleo, producer of semiconductors and the French research institute IFP Energies nouvelles want to develop a plug-in hybrid to incorporate the ‘OLEA’ microcontroller by Scaleo. The ‘FlexHybrid powered by OLEA’ with real-time engine control and events processing according to ISO 26262 ASIL-D, will be based on a Renault Kangoo.
Plug-in fuel cell bus: The ‘Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies’ (HCATT) has ordered the ‘H2Ride Fuel Cell Plug-In Shuttle Bus,’ developed by Californian US Hybrid Corporation. It is set to be operated by the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency’s (MTA). Apparently, its 28 kWh batteries can be recharged via the grid only.
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DOE funds more battery research: The U.S. Department of Energy will supply funds to six applied battery research (ABR) projects as part of its Vehicle Technologies portfolio. The goal is to develop Li-ion cells with an energy density of more than 200 Wh/kg for 40-mile-range PHEVs and EVs.
Concentrated competence: Volkswagen inaugurated the competence centre for e-mobility on its ‘E-Campus’ in Wolfsburg yesterday, praising its utmost importance for the corporations future developments regarding electric transport. On 42,900 square metres, VW created almost 2,000 work spaces. Furthermore, a test centre for aerodynamics is in the works.
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