Lilium’s aircraft takes off: The start-up based by Munich has mastered the first test flight with its VTOL prototype. Equipped with 36 electric jets, the two-seated machine takes off vertically before switching in forward flying modus. It is supposed to accelerate to 300 kph and reach a range of 300 km. The ESA backed company also wants to develop a five-seated model and entertains the vision that someday we may hail a heli via app at taxi prices.
mashable.com, wired.com, electrek.co, youtube.com
Webasto introduces electric mobility division: The supplier used the Shanghai’s Motor Show to present its new business unit ‘E-Solutions & Services’. It shall focus on battery and charging solutions “in private and semi-private environments” and cooperate with OEMs and specialised partners.
Megawatt vehicle made in Taiwan: Start-up XING Mobility will bring its Miss R, a road-legal prototype of an electric racer to the upcoming EV Taiwan show. Four electric motors deliver an output of no less than 1 MW and claim to accelerate the vehicle in two seconds from 0 to 100 kph.
chargedevs.com, evworld.com, xingmobility.com
Batteries from waste glass bottles: UCR researchers have turned waste glass bottles into nanosilicon anodes for Li-ion batteries. A low-cost chemical process and the promise of storing four times more energy than batteries with conventional graphite anodes may make these batteries a success.
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