Aleees & Sony, Eaton, Nissan, Arctrike.
Is BYD getting competition? On top of wanting to build electric buses with Siemens, Taiwanese company Aleees is cooperating with Sony in building lithium-ion batteries. Aleees wants to first introduce its electric buses in China, but aims to enter markets across the world in the long-run.
Eaton looks elsewhere: The U.S. drivetrain specialist says that it will no longer offer its diesel-electric hybrid in the States, due to low demand. Instead, Eaton plans to concentrate on the Chinese and the European markets and is looking into hybridizing city buses.
e-NV200 Evalia crashes poorly: The passenger-carrying variant of Nissan’s all-electric van got a mere three out of five stars in EuroNCAP crash testing, just like the non-electric version did before. The main shortcoming is the lack of safety assist technologies, such as lane departure warning, city assist and electronic speed limiter.
Lay back and peddle: London designer John Zoccano has started a crowdfunding campaign for his Arctrike – a trike with an electric drivetrain, which you can ride lying down. It has a top speed of 75 kph, while a more jovial version is capped at 32 kph.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the achievement of the scientist at the Technische Universität München (TUM) to observe the plating process in lithium-ion cells without having to destroy them.