University of Tokyo, TU/e, Helmholtz, Faurecia.
Charging on the go: A team from the University of Tokyo has come up with wireless technology that allows for a charge while driving. It relies on in-wheel motors and charging lanes or on sections of roads embedded with energy transmission coils and first demos have been a success. The same is true for Israeli ElectRoad which embeds copper wire into tar. First passed road tests earned the start-up a 120,000 dollar grant from the government to electrify a strip in Tel Aviv over one and a half mile in length.
japantimes.co.jp (Japan), econotimes.com (Israel)
Bio-composite electric car: Lina is a natural and a lovely name for an eco-friendly concept EV by students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). At the heart of the material is sugar beet and the whole vehicle only weighs 300 kilos, making “her” very efficient. The Netherlands Vehicle Authority sure took a liking to Lina, classifying the idea as roadworthy and for four passengers. Lina will go on tour in the Netherlands following the debut at the Eco Marathon in London later this month.
New nanomaterial: A team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has made a nanomaterial from nanoparticles of a titanium oxide compound and tested it as a cathode in lithium-sulphur batteries. The porous nanomaterial has high storage capacity that remains nearly constant over many charging cycles.
Carbon fibre hydrogen tanks: Faurecia is now able to design, produce and commercialise high-pressure hydrogen tanks made of carbon fiber composites for fuel cell electric vehicles. It acquired its know how from Stelia Aerospace Composites.
Cell production, Faurecia, Ballard Power, World Solar Challenge.
Battery cells made in Germany? Plant manufacturers ThyssenKrupp, M+W and Manz want to join up with cell hosts Litarion, BMZ and Streetscooter to kick off a large-scale serial production of battery cells in Germany. German Tagesspiegel broke the story and further reports that the German Ministry of Science already pledged financial support.
tagesspiegel.de (in German)
Reorientation at Faurecia: The automotive supplier is rebranding its business group “Emissions Control Technologies” as “Clean Mobility.” On the agenda are i.e. the development of new technologies for more efficient hybrid drivetrains, as well as innovative solutions for electric vehicles. The focus will be on lightweight solutions including composites and battery thermal management.
Ballard bags new deal: Canadian fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems received an order from the Zhuhai Yinlong Energy Group to equip ten buses with its fuel cell modules FCveloCity-MD 30. The Chinese manufacturer wants to build no less than 35,000 battery-electric buses this year, and will now amend its portfolio to include FCVs.
Raining funds: Solar Team Great Britain kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise a minimum of 20,000 pounds. The money will be used to finance at least part of the development of a solar-powered vehicle, with which the team will compete in (and hope to win) the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Techrules, ZF, Faurecia, SuperTruck II.
Technology rules: Chinese Techrules unveiled its Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) in Geneva. Its hybrid system comprises six motors powered by a battery, which is in turn charged by a micro-turbine fuelled by liquid or gaseous fuel. Specs set peak power at 768 kW and top speed at 350 kph. All-electric range is estimated at 93 miles (150 km), while 80 litres of i.e. aviation kerosene extend range to an estimated 1,243 miles (2,000 km).
greencarcongress.com, autocar.co.uk, technologicvehicles.com
Modular electric drive: ZF presents an integrated electric axle motor. The modular approach makes it suitable for rear and front-wheel drives as well as electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. The asynchronous motor develops up to 150 kW and will be seen in action by 2018.
Exhaust energy recovery: The Energy Heat Recovery System by Faurecia recovers otherwise lost exhaust energy for the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. A gas or fluid heat exchanger is integrated in the exhaust line and transfers up to 3 kW of energy that is used to warm the engine and cabin.
Super Truck II: The DoE is launching an 80m dollar funding opportunity. 12m dollars from the Super Truck II initiative are dedicated to plug-in powertrain technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Bosch, Cummin and McLaren are to benefit.