Chinese revolution: Researchers at Nanyang Technological University have developed a battery with a 20-year lifespan and ultra-fast charging capability, saying it can recharge up to 70% in two minutes. The team now seeks funding to build a large-scale battery prototype, using the patented method. The technology has been licensed to a company that could bring the batteries to market within two years time.
Fuel cells for trucks: Hydrogenics presents its new fuel cell system for medium and heavy duty trucks and buses at the ‘American Public Transit Association Expo’ in Texas, USA. ‘Celerity’ is said to withstand temperatures of up to minus 40 degrees Celsius and is easy to install.
Perpetuum pedelec? Scotsman Neil MacMartin developed the Saltire Freeflow, an e-bike that never needs to be recharged, since its motor acts as a pedal-powered generator. Moreover, all electric components are invisible, as they have been integrated into the down tube and bottom bracket.
technologicvehicles.com (with video), angelsden.com
Lotus to drive Mercedes: Beginning with the 2015 season, the Lotus F1 team will be powered by the Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid Power Unit. The F1 team says work on the new E23 Hybrid is already underway. The agreement with Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) ends a 20-year relationship with Renault.
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