Ultra-fast charging: After fast and quick comes ultra-fast charging. Spanish Opbrid surely deserves that term with its 650-kW DC Trůkbaar charging system for electric trucks. Power is transferred using a 4-contact bar on the roof of the vehicle, which connects with a pantograph lowered from a curbside station. The system will be shown at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover end of the month.
Autonomous Tesla: In an interview with Japanese Nikkei, Elon Musk said that the Model 3 will be equipment with technology allowing the electric car to partially drive itself. “Full-pilot capability” is to become reality in the five- or six-year time frame, said the Tesla CEO.
asia.nikkei.com via transportevolved.com
Millions for zero emissions vehicles: The California Energy Commission wants to support planing efforts and the manufacturing of plug-in and fuel cell vehicles with another 13.3 million dollars. The money comes from the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).
Low Carbon Vehicle advancements: At the LCV 2014 Show in Millbrook, GKN is showing its Gyrodrive flywheel hybrid system for buses. Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), on the other hand, is showing how to hybridise a saloon car with its 48-volt technology.
hybridcars.com (Flywheel), newspress.co.uk (48 volt)
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