Renault, Alexander Dennis, Cambodia, Huber + Suhner, AAA.
Renault declares diesel dead: The French carmaker sees diesel disappear from most of its European line-up soon. The assessment followed an internal review of costs of meeting tighter emissions standards in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal. Tougher testing will eventually make diesel technology more expensive than electric drives. Renault’s A, B, and parts of the C segments are thus likely to be diesel-free by 2020. Other carmakers may drop diesel entirely by 2025.
The biggest R&D grant in Scottish history goes to British bus maker Alexander Dennis (ADL), which receives 7.3m pounds to develop more electric and hybrid bus models. The aim is to double turnover by 2020, while creating 101 jobs, in which funding agency Scottish Enterprise is particularly interested.
800m dollars for electric buses would Cambodia need to spend where it to develop an automated gateway transit (AGT) system, a feasibility study finds. The AGT runs electrically and consists of coaches that can carry up to 30 passengers. Cambodia currently examines financing options.
The cooler the faster: 80 percent charge in less than 20 minutes is the promise of a cooled cable and connector by Huber + Suhner. The integrated cooling circuit enables high power charging with 350 kW easily – once the chargers are ready. The cooled cable is available with CCS type-1 and 2 connectors.
Ride saving technology: The AAA’s mobile EV charging units have saved “thousands” of electric cars, according to the association. Still, it points out that EV drivers seem rather range-aware. The trucks feature Level 2 AC and some CHAdeMO DC chargers powered by onboard generators.