Bosch, iBot, Prieto Battery, Leclanché.
Electric kart by Bosch and FIA: A prototype of a purely electric kart has been presented by Bosch together with FIA and the German Motorsport Association. The e-cart accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in under 5 seconds. Two starter-generators deliver 20 kW output powered by a 48 V lithium battery.
Toyota to aid mobility: The stair-climbing wheelchair iBot has found a potent investor in the Japanese carmaker. First launched in 2009 by inventor Dean Kamen’s DEKA, the helpful device’s price of 25,000 dollars was too high for market penetration. The next-gen iBot is now in development.
Another comeback: Prieto Battery that commercialises 3D-structured Li-ion battery technology gains an investment from Stanley Ventures of Stanley Black & Decker. Prieto batteries use non-toxic materials like copper foam. Shapes can be customised and the packs come at a competitive price.
Electric ferry flows on air: An Air Supported Vessel (ASV) powered by Leclanché Li-ion batteries launched in Latvia. The BB Green is the outcome of a five-year EU-project. At a speed of 30 knots (56kph), it can ship up to 70 passengers and will be used to demonstrate the technology across Europe.