Aluminium buses from China: China Zhongwang is developing frames and bodies for electric buses by Brilliance Bus, using mainly aluminium alloy and thus reducing the weight of the buses by 40 percent compared to their steel counterparts. Two prototypes have already been built. The aluminium buses will commence mass production after passing road tests.
Efficient 48 V technology: Continental will present an enhanced version of its 48 V Eco Drive system with predictive energy management at the IAA. Cloud-based road data via Continental’s eHorizon will help increase fuel savings of now 21 percent by another two to three percent.
Lithium-sulfur research: Chinese researchers have designed new ionic-liquid-based electrolytes with binary lithium salts, said to increase performance of Li-S batteries. Meanwhile, U.S. researchers have created highly crosslinked polymer-electrolyte coating layers to overcome the challenge of soluble polysulfides in lithium-sulfur batteries.
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Solar racer at the start: Cambridge University Eco-Racing (CEUR) will take part in the World Solar Challenge in its solar-powered racer Evolution. Its predecessor had been unable to compete in the 3,000 km race in 2013, as it crashed during road testing ahead of the event.
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