Siemens, EPRI & NRDC, Mercedes-Benz, Artega.

Green light for EVs: Siemens is testing a technology that enables communication between vehicles and traffic lights in Newcastle. The two EVs and emergency response units equipped with the device get the green light whenever traffic allows, receive information about the speed at which they have to travel to reach the green phase or if they better turn off their motor at a red signal. The trial is part of the EU’s Compass4D project.

Proven helpful: Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have issued the ‘Environmental Assessment of a Full Electric Transportation Portfolio.’ It shows that EVs have a lower carbon footprint than conventional cars and become greener, the cleaner the grid gets., (report)

Change for efficiency: Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile)shifts shape to accommodate for airflows at higher speeds. Its grille shutters close, while flaps partially cover the spoke-wheels, which also flatten. In real terms, Mercedes claims the aerodynamic mode improves the electric range of the hybrid by three miles.

Electric Artega: German sports car Artega Scalo is now electric. Its lightweight build and modular platform made electrification easy. However, only 12 have been made to order. The Scalo’s two electric drives deliver 390 kW at peak. Range is given at 400 km.


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