Ford certifies retrofit: XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids have one thing in common – they are all certified to upfit Ford vans with hybrid powertrains. Ford calls its programme eQVM through which it enables commercial customers to buy hybrid variants but keep the original powertrain warranty.
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Smart Energy Island: The remote Isles of Scilly are to become more energy efficient through the Hitachi-led project Smart Energy Island (SEI). An intelligent energy system that includes electric cars and home batteries shall help to reduce energy costs by 40 percent by 2025. To meet 40% of the islands energy demand from renewables and to convert 40 % of the isles’ 1,253 vehicles to electric or low carbon are other goals to be achieved within the timeframe. Systems for the 10.8m GBP scheme come from Moixa.
Fuel cell train on track: Alstom successfully trialled the Coradia iLint fuel cell train at 80 kph at its own test track in Salzgitter, Germany. More extensive trials are to follow in Germany and Czech Republic in the coming months before the first passengers will aboard the train. It will run on the Buxtehude–Bremervörde–Bremerhaven–Cuxhaven (Germany) route beginning of 2018. Alstom already holds signed letters of intent for 60 trains from German states.
Hydrogen trishaw: Linde is to present fuel cell bicycles at the Shell Eco-Marathon. The prototype H2-Bike has a 100 km range at speeds of up to 25 kph. In Singapore, Linde has transformed these bikes into HY!cycles – complete with sidecars inspired by the city state’s iconic trishaws.
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