BorgWarner takes over Delphi
BorgWarner has now taken over its competitor Delphi also to retain its expertise in power electronics and thus be better equipped for the change to e-drives. In addition, the US supplier has concluded a contract with an unnamed European car manufacturer to supply its eTurbo for a passenger car. Weiterlesen
USA: BorgWarner launches JV with Romeo Power
The U.S. American powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced the founding of a joint venture with Romeo Power Technology, a Californian supplier of battery modules and battery packs founded in 2015 by former SpaceX, Tesla and Samsung engineers. Weiterlesen
China’s EV startups turning to established suppliers
News reach us speaking of two strategic cooperations. Electric carmaker WM Motor of China has turned to BorgWarner as a seasoned supplier of electric drives. Also Byton, China’s EV startup with a western all-star board, announced a cooperation with Bosch. Weiterlesen
BorgWarner to supply EV and hybrid drives to China
BorgWarner has announced it is to supply its electric and hybrid drivetrains to three Chinese automotive players, among them Great Wall and its EV brand ORA. The other two OEMs have not been named so far yet overall the deal is huge for BorgWarner. Weiterlesen
Tesla, BorgWarner, Efficient Drivetrains, Saft.
Tesla chases after last percentage points: Long-term data of Tesla owners has shown that even after 320,000 km battery capacity is still at 90 percent. Yet, the company seeking to further improve battery performance, signed battery researcher Jeff Dahn, who just presented his newest findings: By improving the chemistry of NMC Li-ion, the cells shall be able to keep 95 percent of their original capacity after no less than 1,200 charging cycles (about 480,000km).
BorgWarner’s high-voltage heater: The American supplier presents a PTC cabin heater for EV and HEV, which is independent of waste heat. Controlled via CAN interface, it warms up the air stream coming from the blower. It also provides dual-zone functionality to regulate the temperature for driver and passenger individually.
Major order for Efficient Drivetrains: Four Chinese OEMs have decided to equip their buses with the American supplier’s PHEV drive EDI PowerDrive 6000. Efficient Drivetrains calculates with “several hundred” drives supplied to Shaanxi Automotive, Ankai, Xiamen Jinlong and Yaxing Motors until the third quarter of the year.
New concept for solid-state battery: A research team of the French battery company Saft and the University Paris Est have found a new approach to generate next-gen batteries. Their solution bases on a nanocomposite metal hydride as the anode in a complete solid-state battery with a sulfur cathode and Lithium borohydride electrolyte.
Colorado, GT racing series, BorgWarner, Siemens.
Inductive charging on the go: The Colorado Department of Transportation and private Partners want to fit highway segments and the trucks with a coil transmission and reception system, essentially allowing for wireless charging while driving. Construction could begin as early as 2018.
Model S on the tracks: The world’s first electric GT racing series announced that its electric racer called V2.0 Car will in fact be a Tesla Model S P100D. It gives the series quite a power upgrade, as previous developments were based on the Model S P85 with rear-wheel drive.
BorgWarner will supply its turbocharging technology for hybrid cars from BYD, namely the 1.5 and 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engines in the Qin, Yuan, Tang and Song. The water-cooled technology is said to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Electric world climb record: Siemens’ plane Extra 330LE set a new record for time to climb, reaching a 3,000 metre altitude in just four minutes and 22 seconds. The plane’s electric drivetrain weighs just 50 kilos and has an output of 260 kW. Siemens expects first electrically powered passenger airplanes with a range of up to 1,000 km to take over the sky from 2030.
BorgWarner, Thrustcycle, Amazon Alexa, intestine-mimicking cell.
All in one: BorgWarner has presented its first electric drivetrain unit with integrated eGearDrive. It will be used in two models of an unnamed Chinese manufacturer from next summer. According to BorgWarner, combining the electric motor and gearbox makes the drivetrain lighter and cheaper, than when going with individual components.
Self-balancing e-motorbike: Thrustcycle Enterprises presented the prototype of its self-balancing, electric motorbike GyroCysle, kept on its wheels by internal flywheels creating a gyroscopic effect. Range is put at 130 km. The GyroCycle will hit the road in 2017 for less than 20,000 dollars.
Voice commanded charging: Hyundai will be the first big manufacturer to fit its Ioniq models and Sonata Plug-In with the voice command system Amazon Alexa. Drivers will then be able to ask their car to open, pre-heat or start the charging process, using a secure Blue Link communication. You’ll only have to leave the couch to actually drive the car.
hybridcars.com (with video), carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com
Go with your gut: A research team headed by the University of Cambridge has developed a lithium-sulphur battery with an energy density that is five times higher than in Li-ion batteries, while having a long lifespan. That is made possible by an intestine-mimicking cell design.
Toyota, ZSW, BorgWarner, tugboats.
A new Toyota for the track: Following Audi and Porsche’s lead, Toyota introduced a hybrid racer for the upcoming World Endurance Championship. The TS050 hybrid LMP1 combines a twin-turbo 2.4-litre V6 engine and 8 megajoule hybrid system. Moreover, the team switches from super capacitors to lithium-ion battery packs.
Funding FC research: The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) will receive 4.42m euros in funding from the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Especially in Ulm, the centre is developing, testing and working on the production of fuel cells, as well as new batteries for electric cars.
mfw.baden-wuerttemberg.de (in German)
eGearDrive included: BorgWarner is to equip the upcoming Geely EC7-EV sedan with its eGearDrive transmission. The efficient gear train allows for more range and quiet performance. Moreover, it is available for a wide range of different motor sizes.
Electric tugboats: The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has received the first of three hybrid tugboats from the international group Damen. Compared to older models, it uses 30 percent less fuel has more power. Currently used vessels are often not strong enough to tug some of the newer ships.
Volkswagen, Toyota, Lexus, BorgWarner, Volvo, Tesla.
Plug-in Passat to come in autumn: VW officially presented its Passat GTE. Its system has a combined output of 160 kW and one charge allows for 50 kilometres of electric driving. It has four operating modes that range from electric to charging. The PHEV will launch in Europe this autumn and will also arrive in Asia later this year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, autoblog.com
Toyota Mirai goes to California: Starting Monday (July 20th), the Japanese fuel cell model will be available in California. Prices (excluding incentives) start at 57,500 dollars or 499 dollars/month over three years. Hydrogen will be supplied free of charge for three years.
Hybrid Lexus LC confirmed: Lexus will begin serial production of its LF-LC concept in November 2016, Motoring reports, quoting inside sources. The coupe will also be offered as a hybrid called LC 500h. Additionally, Toyota’s subsidiary will present the next-gen LS at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
BorgWarner to acquire Remy: The U.S. supplier entered into a definitive agreement to take over Remy for 1.2 billion dollars. BorgWarner intends to strengthen its position in the growing market of electric drive trains, which Remy produces among other components. The deal will be finalised this year.
Volvo buys Polestar: Polestar, a Swedish high performance car company, has been collaborating with Volvo for many years. The carmaker now plans to utilise the former to launch particularly powerful models with a focus on its own twin engine plug-in hybrid technology.
motoringresearch.com, greencarcongress.com, digitaltrends.com
Tesla becomes fashionable: The electric carmaker has hired former Burberry senior vice president Ganesh Srivats to increase Tesla’s high street appeal. Srivats will act as vice president for sales in the U.S. – a newly created role, as sales had so far been a global matter.
ZSW Ulm, BorgWarner, Sakor, EPFL.
Li-ion research in Germany: The research production plant for Li-ion batteries at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Ulm, Germany, has been inaugurated. A first joint project by the German Ministry for Education and partners including BMW, Bosch, Daimler, SGL Carbon and Siemens will kick off in January. The initiative is funded by the state of Germany with 25.7 million euros and 6 million euros by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.
bmbf.de, emobilserver.de (articles in German)
Wet friction technology: Volkswagen’s DQ 400e dual-clutch transmission, used in the VW Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron, features a high-performance wet friction technology by BorgWarner. It improves shift performance and therefore lowers petrol consumption.
Sakor showcases product range: The manufacturer will present its testing technology for hybrid and electrical vehicles, as well as for high voltage batteries at the Automotive Testing Expo 2014 North America in October. Also on display will be the industry’s smallest AC regenerative engine dynamometer.
Making hydrogen with sun power: Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne are using solar cells made with perovskite and the catalysts nickel and iron to split water in hydrogen and oxygen. They have reached a record of 12.3 percent conversion efficiency.