Ampere floats: The first fully electric ferry for cars and passengers has set sail, or better, batteries in Norway. The Ampere was designed as an e-vessel from the start. Siemens provided the electric propulsion system as well as charging stations and batteries, while shipbuilder Fjellstrand made the ship’s body from aluminium. The batteries are charged by hydro power and help the ferry cross the Sognefjord 34 times a day.
Bosch trials Tesla: The German supplier added two Model S to its fleet, both test vehicles for automated driving. Bosch also retrofitted another 50 new components like a stereo video camera. The company has been working with Tesla since 2011, and hopes to further refine automated driving for all kinds of production cars.
High output cells by Hitachi: The Japanese manufacturer will be supplying General Motors with prismatic lithium-ion battery cells for the new model Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, scheduled for 2016. The new cells are said to deliver 5,000W/kg high output power density and feature heat resistant separators.
1,000 kW engine test cells: Intertek launched the highest-specification test cells at the Transportation Technologies powertrain test laboratory in British Milton Keynes. The company has also invested in test cells for electric and hybrid vehicles. The new 1000kW engine test cells are designed for truck, bus and off-highway industry customers.
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