Evergrande breaks ground on e-drive production plant
The extremely ambitious electric car plans of the Chinese Evergrande Group are becoming more concrete: In Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, local media reported that the ground-breaking ceremony for a production facility of Evergrande for electric drive systems has now taken place. Weiterlesen
FEV to open high-voltage battery testing centre this year
In Germany, the vehicle development service provider FEV will put a development and test centre for high-voltage batteries into operation in the third quarter of this year. The centre will be called eDLP and is located at the company’s site at Sandersdorf-Brehna in the state of Saxony Anhalt. Weiterlesen
Benteler & FEV cooperate with Evergrande
The Chinese real estate group Evergrande is bringing further expertise from Germany on board for its ambitious electric car plans. The Paderborn-based supplier Benteler and development service provider FEV from Aachen are now among the partners. Weiterlesen
UK: Coventry opens centre for propulsion systems
In the English city of Coventry, development service provider FEV and Coventry University have opened the Centre for Advanced Low-Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS), a state-of-the-art development centre for clean propulsion technologies. Weiterlesen
Share2Drive releases details of EV concept SVEN
The Aachen-based electric mobility startup Share2Drive will present its SVEN (Shared Vehicle Electric Native) at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, 5 March as a concept demonstrator and has released the first technical details of the city get-around in advance. Weiterlesen
FEV expanding in Asia with FEV Thailand
German FEV has setup a Thai subsidiary in order to offer their engineering and development services in Thailand. FEV Thailand is to support the local industry in the development of vehicles and components such as electric motors, including batteries and fuel cells. Weiterlesen
FEV with new range and emission testing facility
Engineering service FEV expands their facility in German Alsdorf with a new testing facility. One focus is on emission and also range testing according to international standards for hybrid and electric vehicles as well as development. Weiterlesen
Daimler, Battery Strategy, FEV, Coventry University, Navya.
Daimler to build its fifth battery plant: The German carmaker said it would erect a new battery assembly in Alabama/USA, close to its existing car factory in Tuscaloosa. Simultaniously, the company intends to start manufacturing EQ-branded SUV models in Tuscaloosa. In total, Daimler is willing to invest 1bn dollars in its U.S. expansion plans.
Korean battery makers change strategy in China: After China’s government has decided to only subsidise LFP or lithium-ion-phosphate batteries adopted by Chinese companies, LG Chem and Samsung SDI apply a new strategy regarding their temporarily shut down battery plants in Chinese Xian (Samsung) and Nanjing (LG). At both sites, production shall be revived with the aim to supply solely foreign car manufacturers: Samsung’s batteries shall power the BMW i3, LG’s batteries the EV versions of Hyundai-Kia’s Ioniq, Kona and Niro.
British-German development centre: Aachen-based engineering service provider FEV teams up with British Coventry University in order to build a clean transport technology centre in Coventry and thus to push research on advanced powertrain development. Both partners signed a 33m euros deal. Four state-of-the-art powertrain test cells enable the scientists to develop a range of different powertrain concepts, including hybrid and electric.
Navya to open a facility in Australia: Navya is about to establish a manufacturing facility in Adelaide. In order to do so, the French driverless electric shuttle company has just entered into a deal with the South Australian State Government. Not long ago, the company announced its first oversea activity in Saline, Michigan, where it intends to build 25 Armas before the year’s end.
Siemens, Primove, FEV, Le Mans, WEC
1bn euros for disruption: Siemens set up an incubator for start-ups and plans to invest 1 billion euros over the next five years. The unit called next47 aims to foster disruptive technologies with one of the first projects being a cooperation with Airbus to electrify aviation (we reported). Employees as well as founders, external start-ups and established companies are invited to tap into the new segment.
Charging while driving: A 10 ton truck was charged wirelessly while driving with up to 70 kph in a test conducted by Bombardier Primove. Four charging segments with a total length of 20 metres provided up to 200 kW inductively and on demand. Primove technology is already in use in public transport systems around the world but trucks and ultimately electric cars are the next step.
elektroauto-news.net (in German)
German EV R&D in China: FEV has opened its Beijing Vehicle and Powertrain Development Center in the Chinese capital. At the facility, electric drives, batteries, and fuel cells will be developed and tested for both Chinese as well as international clients.
FCVs to enter Le Mans and WEC: FIA and Le Mans organiser ACO are working on a new set of rules that would allow hydrogen powered racers in the 24h and WEC competition. Also, a new hybrid LMP1 sub-class allowing for more retrieved energy has been confirmed for 2018 alongside a third KERS.
LG Chem, Samsung SDI, FEV, China, Kurt.
Suppliers see surge: Battery suppliers gear up for further growth in the EV and hybrid segment at the Smart Energy Week in Japan. LG Chem says it will reach the 100 dollar/kWh by 2022, and already supplied battery cells for about 500,000 hybrid and electric vehicles to date. Samsung forecasts EV demand to quadruple within the decade, resulting in demand for battery cells with a combine capacity of 61.6 GWh by 2020.
48 Volt tech: FEV will present its 48-Volt technology at the 2016 SAE World Congress in Detroit this week. Engineers chose a Mercedes AMG A45 to carry the mild hybrid system for demonstration purposes, also installing a 48V E-Charger. The latter improves transient response and low-end torque.
Low-cost lithium battery: The aluminium-graphite dual-ion battery (AGDIB) developed by researchers at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, offers more energy at a lower cost. The power pack exhibits a capacity of around 100 mAh g-1 and a retention of 88 percent after 200 charge-discharge cycles, while production cost is down by up to 50%.
Meet KURT: It is a modular and scalable electric vehicle for urban applications that was developed by Altreonic. Different modules placed on an alloy super structure transform KURT from a one-seater to a mini transporter and even shuttle train. The Flanders-based company will present KURT at the IDTechEx conference in Berlin at the end of April.
Tesla, FEV, McLaren, Texas Instruments.
Tesla drivetrain fail? Green Car Reports reports that the Tesla Model S built in 2012 and 2013 could be subject to a drivetrain failure. An analysis by Plug-In America of 327 Tesla owners showed that two-thirds of these early models will need to have drivetrains replaced within the first 60,000 miles.
Plug-in battery pack: German FEV has developed a plug-in battery pack complete with a 10 kWh battery and the BMS. The technology is ready to hit the market and can help different vehicles to drive as far as 50 km purely electric.
automobil-produktion.de, fev.com (in German)
No new McLaren P1: The manufacturer has stopped production of its hybrid supercar after exactly 375 models – just as planned. Those interested in owning the car will have to look on the used-car market. Each vehicle took 17 days to complete on average.
electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk, worldcarfans.com
Li-ion monitor: Texas Instruments’ newly developed bq76PL455A-Q1 provides highly accurate cell-voltage monitoring for large batteries with up to 256 cells in a series and can enable a more intelligent battery management in electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and grid energy storage systems.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was Nissan’s plan to present its inductive charging technology at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Georgia Tech, Fraunhofer LBF, FEV & RWTH Aachen, Teijin.
Breakthrough for fuel cells? Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new fabrication technique to produce platinum-based hollow nanocages with ultra-thin walls that could significantly reduce the amount of the costly metal needed to provide catalytic activity. Use of these nanocage structures in fuel cell electrodes could increase the utilization efficiency of the platinum electrocatalyst by a factor of as much as seven.
Charging capacity is more important than range: The Fraunhofer LBF looked at the long distance capability of electric cars, finding that it is not the cars’ range, but the infrastructure’s sufficient charging capacity that will result in the vehicles being able to move about more quickly. The theory was confirmed during praxis tests as well as model calculations.
springerprofessional.de (in German)
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Pushing drivetrain development: German development service provider FEV and the Institute for Combustion Engines of the RWTH Aachen University (VKA) were able to establish a virtual connection between to separated test benches. That i.e. allows them to test different combinations of a hybrid drivetrain that are not mechanically compatible (yet) and would otherwise have to be adapted first.
CFK solar racer: Japanese Kogoakuin University is building a solar-powered car from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic with the help of Teijin’s companies Toho Tenax and GH Craft. The lightweight EV will take part in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Infineon, Leclanché, Alstom, FEV.
Infineon heads EV research: The EU initiative ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) includes three research projects – 3Ccar, OSEM-EV and SilverStream, designed to develop more compact and lighter electrical systems for EVs. 120 researchers from 70 partners and 15 countries are working on reliability issues as well as the development of an inexpensive compact electric car.
Battery electric ferry: Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has been chosen as battery system supplier to the world’s largest electric ferry to be built within the Horizon 2020 scheme (we reported). The ferry will be equipped with a 4.2 MWh battery and charged with up to 4 MW during short port stays. The ferry will run between the island Ærø and mainland Denmark from 2017.
Super strong charge: Alstom presents its new catenary-free ground-based static charging system called SRS at the UITP 2015 in Milan. The system is able to supply electric buses and street cars with up to 1.1 MW of power in a 20-second charging cycle during station stops.
Virtual motor engineering: German FEV has launched a new release of its ‘FEV Virtual Engine’ simulation software for advanced powertrain dynamics analysis. It enables engineers to design various motors, including start-stop systems and complete hybrid drives.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday were the leaked pictures of the 2016 BMW 7-series, along with the confirmation that the PHEV variant will also become available in October.
Solar Impulse 2, FEV, Electrovaya/Dongfeng, Enerdel/B3CG, DTU.
Fuel-free around the globe: Swiss Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have now presented their second generation solar plane. The Solar Impulse 2 only weighs 2.4 tons including the batteries (633 kilos) and can stay in the air for five days and nights in a row. Next year, the two plan to fly around the world on solar power only.
youtube.com (teaser video), nbcnews.com
Transmission for hybrids: FEV North America will present its new transmission at the SAE World Congress in Detroit. The plug‐in hybrid transmission includes a two‐speed all-electric driving mode and is designed to fit into downsized engine compartments.
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Electrovaya and Dongfeng: The Canadian battery manufacturer is supplying the Chinese company with its latest generation of li-ion batteries. Its ‘Lithium Ion SuperPolymer 2.0’ are said to be 20% more powerful than the previous generation and fit both Dongfeng’s EV platforms.
Electric school bus: Li-ion battery manufacturer Enerdel partners with B3CG to develop and produce li-ion batteries für Canada’s school buses. The latter are build by Lion Bus and funded by the government. The batteries are supposed to hold 100 kWh, enough for about 50 miles range.
Iron and carbon to replace platinum: A team at Denmark’s Technical University has developed a new catalyst. They found that iron and carbon remain stable and active in acidic and alkaline environments and could thus replace the costly platinum in PEM fuel cells.