Mail delivery by electric scooters: The team of TUM Create, the joint research project of the technical universities of Munich and Nanyang, developed a three-wheel electric vehicle for mail delivery. It is about to prove its suitability for everyday use as the Singapore Post Ltd. will start a road trial this week. The prototype comes with modular batteries in order to suit various routes. So far, Singapore’s mail service operates a fleet of 674 petrol-driven scooters.
postandparcel.info, tum-create.edu.sg, youtube.com
A123 opens plant in Czech Republic: Besides its facilities in the States and China, Wanxiang subsidiary A123 Systems has established a new site in Czech Ostrava. The battery manufacturer seeks to produce more than 600,000 units of its 12V starter battery and next-gen 48V system a year here.
German-Japanese research: The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology are expanding their scientific cooperation. Both state-funded organisations carry out application-orientated energy research. The first common topics to deal with will be efficient thermoelectric energy converters and battery research.
Charger trial at the Airport: EV charging start-up Zapinamo secured 3.1m pounds by Innovate UK to deploy a mobile charger as part of a pilot project with Heathrow Airport. The prototype is said to charge several electric vehicles simultaneously at speeds of up to 400kW.
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