Bus battery swap: Plans of Ashok Leyland and Sun Mobility to introduce exchangeable power packs for buses have become more defined with the first product to be ready within 12 – 18 months. The initial focus will be on city transit buses, followed by smaller delivery trucks, inter-city buses and long-haul trucks. Sun Mobility hopes to develop a whole network of swapping stations, while Ashok Leyland has been working on electric buses for some time, also through its British subsidiary Optare.
The electric push at Aston Martin is to come from the former Ferrari and Maserati powertrain boss Joerg Ross, who is to lead the RapidE project as new chief engineer. The recruit has no experience in electric drivetrains but plenty of industry knowledge including working for Ferrari’s Formula 1 team. Aston Martin wants to launch the RapidE in two years time boasting one electric motor in each wheel for a combined 1,000 hp but in a limited production run of 155 units.
Electric mining vehicles: Atlas Copco has just added the fifth electric vehicle to its line-up. The Boomer MC2 driller joins a mine truck and mini loader among others. Especially underground, diesel fumes have been a hazard for an already dangerous industry and Atlas believes batteries to be the future of mining.
Hybrid fish farming: Wärtsilä has designed a new processing and transportation vessel including the hybrid propulsion system on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway. Built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain, the ship shall be delivered by 2018 and serve the fish farming industry.
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