Mar 21, 2014 - 09:44 am

Norbert Reithofer, Unnamed Volkswagen official.

Norbert-Reithofer“We believe the electric motor is a future technology for zero-emission driving in urban areas.”

BMW-CEO Norbert Reithofer sees demand for electric vehicles grow especially in larger cities. For long distances, however, he still sees EVs with fuel cell technology leading the way.

anonym“We are still in the process of carrying out research into the potential of electric mobility for vans but it is already clear there is a need for a commercial vehicle in the A-sector.”

A Volkswagen official in Berlin confirms that the carmaker will go ahead and build the van-version of its e-up, the e-load up. VW is said to present the model at this year’s IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover (Germany) in September.

Mar 21, 2014 - 09:40 am

EV road-worthiness testing,

Electric stamp of approval: All cars need to undergo roadworthiness testing as they get older. Transport Evolved looks at what these look like for EVs in the UK and takes its Nissan Leaf to the Ministry of Transport (MoT) test there.

Listening tip: editor Marc Kudling talks to Australian radio journalist Chris Goodsell about the latest technological advances in electric mobility industry and about the future of EVs worldwide.

Mar 20, 2014 - 09:47 am

Bentley, BMW, Denza, Tesla, Toyota.

Bentley plans hybrid SUV: The carmaker just premiered the first image of its upcoming 4×4, available in 2016. A petrol-hybrid version will follow in 2017 and is said to have an electric range of about 25 miles. The technology will be adapted from other projects within the VW Group.,,

Waiting for BMW i3: Buyers will have to wait as long as six months to get their i3 because production cannot keep up with demand. The reason is the increasing number of orders from Norway and the U.S., which crossed the 11,000-unit mark. There is no problem with production itself, however, BMW reassures customers. (in German)

First Denza caught on camera: The first car of the BYD-Daimler joint venture has been spotted near the flagship store in Beijing. It features Daimler’s luxury and BYD’s technology, including an 87 kW motor with a 250 kilometre range (155 miles).

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Toyota Prius named best used car: According to Consumer Reports, the hybrid is not only a nice ride when it rolls fresh off the assembly line – especially the 2004-2007 models make for a great used vehicles. It gets good mileage, is reliable and comes with a price tag of less than 10,000 dollars.



Mar 20, 2014 - 09:46 am

Hydrogen fuelling stations.

Worldwide, there are some 168 hydrogen fuelling stations currently in operation – 26 of those are located in Germany, 67 across the USA. And while 11 new stations went online in 2013, the overall number of H2-stations has decreased. One year ago, the number was still at 208. (press release, in English), (official numbers)

Mar 20, 2014 - 09:45 am

GreenDataNet, BMW, Vattenfall, DoE, Aging of Li-ion batteries.

EV batteries to power data centres: The GreenDataNet project wants to keep data centres running using old EV batteries that first store and then supply extra energy during peak hours. The initiative is funded by the EU with 2.9 million euros (4m dollars) and supported by Nissan.,

Second calling for batteries: With the number of EVs growing worldwide, the number of old EV batteries will increase as well. While Sumitomo in Japan already uses them to store excess solar energy, BMW is currently exploring second life applications. Together with European utility Vattenfall, they are also looking into using the old batteries as energy storage units to ensure power grid stability.

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Alternatives drives put to the (real world) test: Cars like the Honda Accord PHEV and Smart Fortwo ED are currently driving laps at the Intertek centre in Arizona, USA, before they will be driven by various fleet operators for nearly 200,000 miles over three years. The United States Department of Energy (DoE) uses the data to determine vehicle performance, durability and operational costs.,

Why batteries age: German researchers have determined a major source of aging of Li-ion batteries, saying that repetitive changes in atomic arrangements can cause the breakdown of the crystal structure of a material and therefore the deterioration of battery performance.

Mar 20, 2014 - 09:41 am

Ian Robertson, Matthias Müller.

ian-robertson“Zero emissions will perhaps become a requirement and I think that 20 percent of combustion engines will come with some form of electrification within 10-20 years.”

Looking at i3 sales figures for the i3, BMW’s Ian Robertson believes that especially in cities, the number of EVs will continue to grow. Still, he does not see combustion engines going out of style anytime soon.

Matthias-Mueller“Yes, of course we are thinking about it.”

Porsche chef Matthias Müller is thinking about it out loudly. Following Tesla’s success, the carmaker is considering an all-electric sports car of its own – without a range extender. (in German)


Mar 20, 2014 - 09:38 am

Tesla Model S, Brammo Empulse.

Video tip 1: Tesla Sales Manager Ben Kanner explains the inner and outer workings of the Model S in this EdisonTech Centre video.

Video tip 2: Brammo lead developer Brian Wissmann leaves no question unanswered about the technology inside the Empulse. After all, who could know the e-motorcycle any better? via

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:05 am

Mahindra Reva, Chevy Volt, Kienbaum, FEDDZ, Tesla.

Mahindra Reva eyes European market: The electric car manufacturer will introduce its e20 in the UK and Norway by the end of the year. Mahindra Reva said it is looking for new markets with EV incentives, after it was welcomed with open arms in Nepal at the end of 2013 and in Bhutan just a few weeks ago.,

What’s known about the next-gen Chevy Volt: ‘Green Car Reports’ bets on a new Volt in 2016 instead of 2015, saying the main reason for a new version will be to bring down production cost. One of the new and improved features will most likely be an extended electric range.

A quarter electric: German management consultancy Kienbaum suggests that EVs will hold 25 percent of the market share in Germany by 2025. Still, the study forecasts that the country will fall short of its goal of having 1 million EVs on the roads by 2020 – it is more likely to be around 800,000.

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E-moped with cargo space: The German-build FEDDZ features an 11.5 kg removable lithium-ion battery enabling a range of up to 200 kilometres. Above that, designers have built in a 25-litre cargo space into the frame – plenty of room for some cargo. (plus video)

Will Tesla be successful in China? Forbes analyses the reasons why the Model S might not be as successful in China as on other markets. Simply due to the fact that there is practically no recharge infrastructure and no policy support. Moreover, erecting Superchargers to supply free green energy to future drivers would be another challenge considering the state-owned electricity grid powered almost entirely be coal.

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:04 am

California's green HOV sticker program.

Only 3,770 green stickers left! A total of 40,000 were available through California’s HOV-lane access decal program, granting plug-in hybrids and extended-range EVs access to carpool lanes. A programme allowing for dealers to apply for the stickers ahead of a sale has now been suspended.


Mar 19, 2014 - 10:02 am

BionX, Bossard, Tesla, Stromer, Green Automotive.

E-bike battery tester: System developer BionX has validated battery analysers by company BTC for its own e-bike power packs. The BA S-Pedelec 900 will be available to BionX dealers, so they can test batteries on location, rather than having to send them in for analysis.

The California-Swiss connection: Bossard has been delivering production fasteners for the Model S in the past. Work well done, it seems. The Swiss company now signed a 3-year 140-million-dollar deal with Tesla to continue their partnership.

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Improving rider-bike relations: Swiss company Stromer has developed a new e-bike, the ST2, equipped with Bluetooth and the ability to communicate with the rider’s smartphone. Via an app, the latter can then turn the bike on and off, as well as tune it to individual preferences. The phone can be charged via USB cable while driving., (Video)

Electric Safari: Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy signed an agreement with Green Automotive Company (GAC) to develop a fully-electric safari vehicle. GAC is in charge of developing the drivetrain and integrating it into the body. The goal is to preserve the environment and stop scarring animals away with rattling diesel engines.,

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:01 am

Jon Burdekin, Toto Wolff.

Jon-Burdekin“Government assistance is certainly helping to stimulate interest in EVs, with the grants applicable to both cars and vans.”

Alphabet’s Jon Burdekin wants certainty over the future of EV incentives in the UK. But he also knows that those alone pay only half the bill – charging infrastructure will have to be developed further, in order for more private and corporate buyers to consider going electric.

Toto-Wolff“These cars are going to go quicker in a few races than the old ones. We are going to get used to the sounds and I promise you next year we will not remember any difference in F1.”

Toto Wolff, Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas, is convinced that fans and drivers will get used to the sound of the new hybrid Formula One cars, which made some people compare it to “vacuum cleaners” or “sewing machines on wheels.”

Mar 19, 2014 - 09:58 am

EV battery swapping, Ricardo HyBoost.

Reading tip: ‘Stop dreaming’ is what this article tells readers flat out – the standard and thus swappable EV battery will not happen. Ever. The main reason is that manufacturers will not share design and technology details with others.

Video tip: This week’s star in Jay Leno’s garage is the Ricardo HyBoost – a light-hybrid with a 1.1-litre dual-boosted engine that uses a turbocharger and electric supercharger. Vroom indeed! via


Mar 18, 2014 - 10:06 am

Renault/Nissan, Electric Hummer, T-Sportline, Paris.

Joint EV development: Renault and Nissan are strengthening their cooperation for the sake of synergies. The convergence covers four areas, one of which is Engineering that includes the development of electric drivetrains.,

Electric-HummerElectric Hummer: GM’s mega car is back but in a much smaller version and fully electric. The ‘MEV Hummer HX’ is distributed by Swiss MEV Cars with a licence by GM. The electric mini Hummer is available with either lead-acid or li-ion batteries. Currently, production is in China but MEV Cars plans to relocate to Europe soon and is also looking for a German distributor. (in German)

Tuning Tesla: T-Sportline calls itself the AMG of Tesla. Its tuned version of the Model S costs 205,820 dollars, that is 80,000 dollars on top, if all options like gilded steel rims, a carbon-fiber body kit and interior upgrades are added., (video)

Paris is fuming: Due to heavy smog that has clouded the French capital for days, the city banned half of all cars and motorbikes on Monday. Only hybrids and electric vehicles were exempt. Furthermore, the use of public transport, car and bike sharing schemes was free of charge.,,

Nissan and Renault are on track to hit their sales target of 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2020 or maybe even sooner, according to company officials. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn had initially been more ambitious when predicting this number to be reached by 2016 but has since added four more years. Only time will tell…

Mar 18, 2014 - 10:04 am

EV market share.

Once more Norway is hitting the ground running as the country boasts 5,75 percent EV market share compared to all vehicles in 2013. This gives the Scandinavian country the lead on 17 other countries where electric vehicles only take a share below one percent. Second best are the Netherlands where EV sales also continue to grow. (World), (Netherlands)

Mar 18, 2014 - 10:01 am

University of Tokyo, Tucson, Mie University, IEC, CHAdeMO.

Dual-ion battery: Researchers at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have developed a ‘Dual-ion battery’ using a calcium iron oxide cathode, sodium ion electrolyte and metallic sodium anode. This could make batteries cheaper as it is possible to use cathode materials that do not contain scarce elements.

Arizona bids for Gigafactory: Tucson, Arizona has made a formal proposal to Tesla to build their battery facility there. The city hopes to attract the Californian carmaker with additional tax incentives and various transport links. Tesla has not made a decision yet but apparently does not consider its homeland California an option anymore.

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Aqueous lithium air battery: Researchers at Mie University, Japan, have developed a protected lithium electrode for aqueous lithium air batteries. The system is said to have an energy density of more than 300 Wh/kg, about double as much as current commercial li-ion batteries.

CHAdeMO official standard: The FDIS (final draft international standard) for 61851-23 and -24 were finally approved by the IEC technical committees and have been published on the IEC website. The publication was the last step of the standardisation process thus making CHAdeMO an official standard for DC charging of EVs., (standard)

Mar 18, 2014 - 10:00 am

Pam Fletcher, Max Warburton.

Pam-Fletcher“If you’re driving through the mountains, we don’t want you to be crawling up grades, or to be limited on any terrain.”

According to Pam Fletcher, chief engineer for EVs at GM, this is one reason why the Chevrolet Volt comes with a four-cylinder range extender and not with a two-cylinder engine like the BMW i3 has.

Max-Warburton“Tesla is selling cars to emotional buyers who are comparing the Tesla S to other emotional, irrational and expensive products – such as the Mercedes S class and Maserati. That’s the genius of the product – consumers are not doing any cost/benefit calculations – but rather just saying ‘I want one’.”

Max Warburton, analyst with Bernstein Research, sees the key to Tesla’s success in the positioning at the high end of the market rather than in technology or costs.

Mar 18, 2014 - 09:57 am

Regenerative braking in heavy industrial EVs, The New Fisker.

Study tip: A recently updated IDTechEx report finds that 90% of industrial heavy EVs will make use of regenerative braking systems by 2024. The “Energy Harvesting/Regeneration for Electric Vehicles Land, Water & Air 2014-2024” report looks at various forms of power generation for the use in electric vehicles.

Fisker history at a glance: The aptly named New Fisker website features a timeline listing Fisker milestones. While the Tesla lawsuit is included, the new owner Wanxiang apparently decided to leave out certain bits like the early investors and the inglorious involvement of battery manufacturer A123., (timeline)

Mar 17, 2014 - 10:11 am

Peugeot, Volvo, Porsche, McLaren, Innovative Mobility Automobile.

Peugeot-Partner-ElectricPeugeot electric van for Germany: Peugeot now offers its ‘Partner’ electric van in Germany. It costs 24,752 euros without battery which can be bought for 6,037 euros or leased on a monthly payment. In UK, the Partner EV has been available since last year. (in German), (UK)

Volvo electrifies bus fleet: Andreas Heuke, product manager for alternative propulsion systems at Volvo Buses, explained in an interview the ‘Green-Efficiency-Strategy’ of the Swedish manufacturer. Volvo buses are now only available as hybrids with plug-in hybrids and finally fully electric vehicles to follow. More specifically, Heuke announced an electric version of the Volvo 7900 for 2016. (in German)

Porsche plug-in SUV: Spy shots of a Cayenne plug-in hybrid have emerged on the web. It is said to use the same drivetrain as the Porsche Panamera Plug-in.,

McLaren P1 reviewed: Matt Davis took prototype no. 5 of McLaren’s P1 for a spin on Dunsfold Airfield, UK. Davis first finds the P1 to be a ‘perfectly fine everyday driver.’ That is before pushing the Race button, which catapults him right into a ‘new world of exotic hardcore speed and balance’ Davis did not think possible in a street car. (with video)

German Twizy rival: The Colibri by Innovative Mobility Automobile (IMA) from Jena, Germany, is a one seat electric quadricycle. Other than its French counterpart, it is fully covered and measures only 2.8 x 1.1 metres. The Colibri is expected to hit the German market next year at a price from 8,900 euros with a monthly battery lease of 55 euros. (with video)

Mar 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

Nissan Leaf.

Nissan Leaf owners will have driven one billion electric kilometres by January 2015, the Japanese carmaker believes. To strengthen their claim, Nissan accompanies the race with a series of animated stories featuring Leaf owners from all over the world.,

Mar 17, 2014 - 10:06 am

Scania, AKKA, M55, VeDeCoM.

Scania-ElectrificationScania tests electric trucks: The Swedish carmaker is trying out different methods of charging with electric trucks. At the Siemens test track in Groß Dölln, Germany, the EV is charged conductively via pantograph and overhead wires, while in Mannheim, Germany, Bombardier installed a 200 kW-inductive charging system.

Connected, urban & electric: AKKA technologies unveiled its link&go 2.0 platform in Geneva earlier this month. The electric car is a concept of an autonomous-driving car which is connected to the cloud and social media platforms to encourage car pooling.

The ultimate e-bike? American manufacturer M55 claims to have built the fastest electric bike to date. The ‘Terminus’ features a 2,000 Watt motor that can bring a pedaling rider up to a speed of 75 mph. The battery is said to last for 50 miles and to be 80% charged in just an hour. The price for the Terminus starts at 27,000 euros (38,000 dollars)., (video)

French research institute: The French VeDeCoM Institute announced its launch as ‘Energy Transition Institute.’ It will look at new transport in terms of electrification, connectivity and user-vehicle relationships. PSA and Renault are among the ten founding members.,

Mar 17, 2014 - 10:05 am

Elon Musk, Hildegard Wortmann.

Elon-Musk“The reason that we did not choose to do this is that the auto dealers have a fundamental conflict of interest between promoting gasoline cars, which constitute virtually all of their revenue, and electric cars, which constitute virtually none.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the reasons for not working with franchises but distributing through manufacturers stores only. He reacted to a recent decision taken by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission making the direct sale of cars by manufacturers impossible.

Hildegard-Wortmann“Electrification is here to stay, so whether it’s plug-ins or whatever form it takes, we definitely have to continue working with them. This journey has only just started.”

Hildegard Wortmann is BMW’s senior vice president for product management and aftersales. In this interview, she elaborates on the German carmakers strategy of electrification which has only just begun.

Mar 17, 2014 - 10:03 am

Tesla´s 2006 Masterplan, BMW i3 Review.

Reading tip: Take a look back at Tesla’s blog where Elon Musk published its ‘Masterplan’ eight years ago. Most of his visions have become true, others have been over fulfilled or are about to become a reality. (blog entry 2006) via

Video tip: Grant Thomas took its time with the righthand-drive version of the BMW i3 which he compares to the Nissan Leaf in this 30-minute video review. (video)

Mar 14, 2014 - 10:25 am

Mini, Daimler, Mia Electric, Tesla, Volkswagen, Ford.

Plug-In AWD Mini? BMW sources say, that there will be a plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive version of the 2016 Mini Clubman. The drivetrain would combine the rear wheel setup of the i8 with the hybrid engine seen in the Active Tourer hybrid concept back in 2012.,

Miniature hybrid by Daimler? According to Bernhard Heil, Daimler’s head of engine development, the manufacturer is thinking about developing a three cylinder hybrid powertrain. It would only be used in vehicles with front-wheel drive, like the A- or B-Class.,,

Mia-ElectricThe end for Mia Electric: The Niort Commercial Court has initiated liquidation procedures for the French EV manufacturer. In February, Mia was placed under judicial reorganisation (we reported) but was unable to raise the necessary funds to stay in business. Since mid-December, no car had rolled off the assembly line there. (in French), (in French)

Tesla eyes Indian market: The company’s chief financial officer, Deepak Ahuja, sees the country as a huge opportunity, saying Tesla could enter the Indian market as soon as next year. Moreover, he believes that the upcoming Model X in particular could be a huge success there.,

VW E-Golf and Golf GTE in Berlin: The car manufacturer is currently presenting the battery electric and hybrid plug-in versions of the famous Golf at its “e-mobilty weeks” in the German capital. Greencarcongress takes a closer look at the two stars of the show, listing technical details such as battery output or regenerative braking settings, as well as availability and pricing.

Driving the Ford 2014 C-Max Hybrid: Jeff Cobb describes it a “solid package, progressively styled, with high utility and quality of build.” He also likes that it can be driven “at a brisk pace.” He does take points off for mpg, saying that it is hard to hit the manufacturer’s fuel economy rating of 43 mpg combined. The C-Max is offered as a hybrid only in the U.S., whereas Europeans can only choose between conventional drivetrain options so far.

Mar 14, 2014 - 10:24 am

Electric scooter sharing in Paris.

As many as 5,000 electric scooters to share and 700 new charging stations – mayoral candidate Anne Hidalgo has big plans for the city of Paris. At a rental price of 3 to 10 euros per hour, the ‘Scootlib’-scheme could be especially interesting for young people.

Mar 14, 2014 - 10:22 am

Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Outrider USA, Motiv Power Systems.

Two E-Class plug-in versions: The next generation of Daimler’s flagship (planned for 2017) will be available with two different plug-in powertrains – as diesel-hybrid and as petrol-hybrid. First pictures of the upcoming E-Class have already been released. (in German)

Valuable insight: Nissan has developed an x-ray analysis method that allows it to observe electron activity in li-ion cathode materials during charging and discharging. Researchers hope it will help them build batteries with an increased capacity and durability.,

E-mobility makes mobile: Outrider USA is collecting cash for its unique, all-terrain electric trike, designed especially for people with limited abilities. It can be powered by pedalling, hand controls, or purely electric. via

California electrifies mail delivery services: The California Energy Commission will hand Motiv Power Systems 1.6 million dollars to integrate its electric powertrains in UPS and U.S. postal vans.

Mar 14, 2014 - 10:21 am

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Gilles Bernard, Dilbagh Gill.

Takeshi-Uchiyamada“I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 percent to 14 percent now.”

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota-Chairman and father of the Prius, does not even include plug-in hybrids in his forecast, saying the cost of the vehicles are too high due to low initial volumes. He contradicts VW’s prediction that plug-in hybrids have the biggest market potential among plug-in technologies.

Gilles-Bernard“If we want to face the real problem of e-mobility, we need an open market of services. (…) This question of ‘where is the next charging station?’ should not exist.”

Gilles Bernard, Chairman of the Board at Gireve, a consortium of French carmakers, financial institutions and utilities, says that the first step in building up charging infrastructure (national and international) is to bring together service providers and station operators. The goal is the possibility to recharge at any station, no matter the operator.
Source: at the Hubject Developers Conference in Berlin

Dilbagh-Gill“We believe that Formula E is the perfect platform to help enhance our knowledge and expertise of electric vehicles, while also helping us to transfer cutting edge technology to our road cars.”

Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal at Mahindra Racing, sees the challenges Formula E will face in its first year as the perfect opportunity to tackle problems such as aerodynamics or setting standards for testing an e-racer.

Mar 14, 2014 - 10:19 am

Formula 1,, eMobility-Buzz.

Video tip 1: This weekend, Formula 1 gets ready to rev their engines again. Supported by impressive animations, drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo explain the new regulations and technical changes of the upcoming season, including the new Energy Recovery System (ERS).

Video tip 2: The team has come up with a solution tackling charging difficulties when using automated parking systems. In their video they show how it can be done using a Tesla Model S.

The Tesla Model S beats the BMW i3 in terms of influence on the web: According to the latest edition of our eMobility-Buzz, the Model S could benefit from the hype around Tesla’s Megafactory announcement in February and overtake its German rival. Every month this new service of our German edition will measure the mentions of all available electric cars in german-speaking online media. (in German)

Mar 13, 2014 - 09:50 am

Nissan, Philippines, Autoscout24, Austria.

E-NV200 pricing: Nissan Europe has announced the price for its new electric van in Germany. The E-NV200 will be available at the end of July starting at 24,157 euros (33,600 dollars) with battery leasing and for 29,819 euros (41,400 dollar) including the battery. Both the cargo and the 5-seater version (under the name Evalia) will offer the same payload and interior space as their combustion siblings. The drivetrain and battery pack are taken from best-selling Nissan Leaf and bear the same specifications. (in German), (in German)

One million EVs: The Philippines, or more precisely the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), aims at having 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020. It seems like a very ambitious goal – just the registration of a single Tesla Model S poses a big problem because authorities have failed to introduce a category for electric cars so far. (1m EVs), (Tesla registration)

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Form should follow function: A recent survey ordered by Autoscout24 found that 59% of Europeans would not mind if the design of future cars was directed by reasons ecologically beneficial. Another 46% think that the sound of the future car should be different of today’s and in accordance with its drive technology. (in German), (survey download, in German)

Austrians consider EV: In another survey three out of four Austrian male drivers said that they would consider buying an electric car in the next five years. Among female drivers every fourth was interested. When the participants in total denial were asked for their reasons to do so, initial costs of purchase and lack of charging infrastructure were named as the main obstacles. No surprise: The younger and the wealthier, the higher is the willingness to adopt electric vehicles. (in German)

Mar 13, 2014 - 09:48 am

California EV market.

California now holds 40.96 percent of the battery electric car market in the U.S. and has the most robust fast-charging network in the country, according to plugincars’ state-by-state fast-charging guide.

Mar 13, 2014 - 09:45 am

Proton OnSite, Inmares, Volvo.

Proton electrolyser for Hamburg: U.S.-based Proton OnSite has been chosen to install its proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser as part of the new H2 fuelling station by H2 Logic in Hamburg, Germany (we reported). The first proton electrolyser for the refuelling of hydrogen vehicles in Germany was installed in 2012 at Fraunhofer ISE’s solar-powered refuelling station in Freiburg.,

Electric test carriage: Aaglander, manufacturer of motorised carriages, says it is pleased with the outcome of this year’s motor show in Geneva. The ‘Connected Dual Servo-Drive’ (we reported) on display is a joint development of Linde Material Handling and Inmares AG and will be put to the test as drive in a carriage in six weeks time. Further applications are in the pipeline and soon to be revealed. (in German)

Magnets for autonomous driving: To allow self-driving cars to locate their position on the road more precisely, Volvo is currently testing a rather low-tech solution. By embedding ferrit magnets in the road, a invisible ‘railway’ is enabling the positioning of a car with an inaccuracy of less than one decimetre. The carmaker is planning on putting 100 autonomous driving cars for trial on Swedish roads starting in 2017.,

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