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Toyota asks for exemption: The carmaker appealed to the American NHTSA, asking to circumvent a safety rule that requires the isolation of high-voltage parts in EVs in the event of a crash. The reason, Toyota says, is that it renders its FCV inoperable. Instead, the company proposes to uses metal barriers to isolate battery, motor and fuel-cell stack. The NHTSA has yet to respond.
Induction instead overhead lines: Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are testing the possibility of transmitting energy inductively for railroad vehicles. The state of Baden-Württemberg supports the ‘DLR@Uni-Stuttgart’ programme with 860,000 euros in funding.
Tesla says no to aluminum: Unlike the Model S, the car formerly known as Model E will use cheaper materials instead, to keep the vehicle more affordable. Which ones has yet to be confirmed. But since keeping costs low is a top priority, aluminum will most likely not be replaced by carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.
Super supercapacitors: Developed by the EU-project ‘ElectroGraph’ these store electrical energy as charged particles attached on the electrode material. Researcher therefore created electrodes with a larger surface, to increase energy storage capabilities. The project is headed by Fraunhofer IPA and includes ten partners from both research institutes and industries.
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