Severe battery aging: Journalist pouring over the Chevy Bolt’s owner’s manual have made a sobering discovery. According to GM, the battery could lose between 10 and 40 (!) percent of its capacity during the eight-year warranty period or first 100,000 miles driven. To compare: Tesla just released its long-time data, showing that the battery will only lose about 5% of its capacity after the first 50,000 miles and that degradation after that slows even further.
New transmissions: Company Oerlikon Graziano has developed a new single speed transmission for electric vehicle designed for a maximum input torque of 270Nm and maximum input speed of 14000rpm. The transmission specialist also unveiled a new hybrid transmission concept, said to offer a 40% improvement in acceleration and reduce CO2 emissions by 25% when compared to traditional technologies.
oerlikon.com (EV transmission), oerlikon.com (hybrid transmission concept)
Mercedes plugs in: Both the next generation A- and B-Class could be offered as plug-in hybrid variant. The vehicles will be based on Mercedes’ new MFA 2 platform, designed to support PHEV drivetrain solutions. Technical details are being kept under wraps, but the system is expected to feature a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and a twin-clutch automated transmission.
Fast trains in India: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has officially made the Indian government an offer regarding a pilot project involving its high-speed train. It could cut travel time between Mumbai and Pune from now 3 hours to only 25 minutes. The government has yet to give the green light.
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