Future BMW motorbike: Following visions for BMW, as well as Mini and Rolls-Royce, the Bavarians introduced a futuristic motorbike concept with an electric drivetrain. The ‘Vision Next 100’ not only emits zero emissions, it has no bearings or joints and is self-balancing, meaning the driver does not have to wear a helmet or protective gear. Active assistance systems keep the bike upright at a standstill or while driving.
electriccarsreport.com (with video), bmwgroup.com
Digital e-drive shifts into gear: The project kicked off at the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS). Financed by Daimler and Bosch, ‘Digital e-drive’ will look at digital methods to examine operational strategies of electric drivetrains in automated and connected vehicles.
springerprofessional.de, fkfs.de (Articles in German)
S-Series charges wirelessly: Qualcomm presented its inductive charging technology that will be used in the Mercedes S550e plug-in hybrid starting next year. It is based on the Halo WEVC system, which was tested during the Formula E and will charge the PHEV with 3.6 kW. Efficiency is said to be similar to a conductive charging system.
Fraunhofer ISE signs with NREL: The two biggest research institutions are joining forces. The German Fraunhofer ISE and U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) agreed to work together closely in the fields of hydrogen and fuel cell research.
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