Pedal-powered transit: Shweeb Can is turning to the crowds to seek funding for its ‘SkySMART’ system. This pedal-powered monorail transit system once won a million dollars from Google. The new version now comes with solar powered electric assist.
treehugger.com, indiegogo.com (campaign)
Toyota to restructure R&D: By 2016, Toyota Technical Development Corporation (TTDC) will integrate its R&D section into the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). The reorganization will enable TMC to streamline a comprehensive vehicle-development structure for the enhancement of its efforts, such as Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).
Supercap charging for e-buses: Israeli Elbit Systems will present a fast charging system based on supercapacitators in December. Designed for electric buses, the supercap terminals are said to be able to charge up to 60 buses per hour with enough energy for a full tour of about ten kilometres.
EV battery aging: The Austrian automobile club ÖAMTC together with the Vienna University of Technology tested a Mitsubishi i-MiEV over three years. They found that after 40,000 kilometres driven, battery capacity descreased by 17 percent, which translates into a loss of about 20 km of range.
oe24.at (in German)
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