Autonomous Leaf: Nissan tests its Piloted Drive 1.0 with three “intelligent” Leaf at the firm’s Advanced Technology Center near Tokio. Each test EV is equipped with almost 400 autonomous drive sensors. The first version of the Leaf with the new technologies will be available in Japan by the end of 2016.
Energy storage from EV batteries: Daimler Accumotive, The Mobility House and GETEC are working on a 13MW-battery in German Lünen that re-uses old EV batteries to store energy. The joint venture requires 650 electric car batteries with 20 kWh each to realise the project.
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E-Trucks made in Germany: Starting in 2016, Framo GmbH from Saxony will produce battery-electric commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle mass of 12 to 26 tonnes. The modular drive and battery concept allows customer to choose from motors between 140 kW and 310 kW and battery capacities between 60 and 307 kWh. Framo recently presented the E180 / 280 electric truck.
Green shipping in Norway: The “Green Coastal Shipping Program” by the Norwegian government and DNV GL aims to create the world’s most environmentally-friendly vessels. Five pilot projects, that involve a tanker, a plug-in hybrid ferry and a port, use LNG and batteries as energy sources to drive the boats.
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