IAAPS, Continental, Atmo, Valkyrie.

R&D centre for EVs in the UK: For 60m pounds the University of Bath intends to erect a research centre in order to develop the next generation of electric cars. Future researchers of the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) shall be able to start their work in 2020. Construction is to begin two years earlier, backed by 29m pounds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and further supported by then likes of McLaren, Ford, JLR, Hofer Powertrain and HORIBA.

48-volt drive for pedelecs: Continental promotes a new electric bike system, which couples an 48-volt electric drive with automatic transmission. The supplier applies its industrial expertise from the automotive sector to the production but chose the Eurobike to present the e-bike system in late August.

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New attempt for battery swap concept: A few years after Better Place’s battery exchange system got worse, Californian Atmo introduces a new approach called ALE (Autonomous Linear Exchange). The concept promises an automated exchange of empty EV batteries within a few seconds.

Valkyrie 95% complete: Aston Martin and Red Bull unveiled a close to serial production model of its hybrid super sports car Valkyrie. The external design is 95 percent completed. The production will be limited to 150 regular units and 25 race car versions of the 1,300 hp F1-level vehicle.


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