Serious dreaming: Uber means it. The ride sharer is indeed working to build a network of flying electric cars (Will it be called haili?). It has now onboarded Mark Moore, an expert from NASA. He will lead development at Uber Elevate, where he will look into finding functioning VTOLs realistically.
EV cab in Mexico: Giant Motors is to cooperate with Moldex as they strive to make an electric car in Mexico. The model shall serve as taxi in Mexico City. A prototype is due for presentation at the end of this year and manufacture and sales shall start by 2018 already.
Hybrid chemical tanker: Norwegian Rederiet Stenersen AS ordered two chemical tankers with hybrid drive. The propulsion system comes from WE Tech, while Canadian Corvus Energy is to supply the Li-ion batteries called Orca ESS. Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for Q2 this year.
EcoTrain: Recuperation now exists in hybrid trains thanks to research by Deutsche Bahn and institutes in Dresden and Chemnitz. Of eight tested train concepts, the best was a diesel-electric series hybrid concept. It entails a brake control system by Knorr-Bremse that recovers energy from braking. The aim is to save up to 30% in fuel and DB scheduled 13 Desiro trains to utilise the concept.
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