Electric touring car series? The Formula E may see a support series as early as the 2018/19 season with touring cars complementing the electric racing series. A plan is about to be finalised, Motorsport has learnt, and details from promoter Formula E Holdings could come as soon as October. To date it is unclear if it would involve one or multiple manufacturers and how to fit it into the tight race schedule.
Pods made in Britain are to support South Korea at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. British Westfield Sports Cars has received an order for five of the driverless electric pods for initial testing with a plan to order a further 195. The project is worth 30m pounds if it goes ahead as planned and Westfield is already testing its pods for six in Birmingham and Coventry as well.
Bi-directional onboard charger: Hyundai Mobis has ventured into the world of V2G with the presentation of its bi-directional onboard charger (OBC) that allows to turn an electric car into a power source. The Korean supplier expects the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) market to grow to 30 trillion won (26.7bn dollars) by 2025.
Strong pedelec motors: Chinese e-bike drive maker Bafang will bring stronger mid-motors for electric bicycles to the Eurobike show. Bafang’s M500 has the usual 250 Watt, while the M600 aims at the speed pedelec market with 350 and 500 Watt. Integrated batteries will be on display as well.
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