Luftstrom, ZSW, Mattro, NASA, Lane Splitter.

Air cooling for EVs: The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) granted 6.5 million euros to the “Luftstrom” (air stream) project which is to develop new drivetrain and charging technologies for EVs that are cooled with air instead of water. The project is to run until 2018 with twelve partners, among them Siemens, Infineon as well as universities and research institutes. (in German)

Battery scanner: The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW) now has a dual-source X-ray scanner that delivers high-definition images of the insides of batteries. The nano-focus tube makes smallest fractions visible in 3D, thus enabling researchers to assess damage and literally gain new insights.

All-terrain EV: The Mattro Ardenner is essentially an electric snowmobile but more versatile than that. Three individually controlled electric in-wheel motors make it most agile. The Ardenner can get as fast as 80 kph and develops 1,400 Nm of torque.

EV fun: NASA developed the Modular Robotic Vehicle – an EV that can be remotely controlled, drift and even park itself. Another interesting piece is the Lane Splitter, which literally splits into two separate electric motorcycles. (NASA), (Lane Splitter)

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