Tag: ABB

Feb 5, 2018 - 06:01 pm

Sweden backs Northvolt battery pilot plant with €15m

Northvolt has found a new backer for setting up a battery cell production pilot plant. The Swedish Energy Agency will support the demonstration line, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås with a grant of SEK 146m. The new line precedes a planned Swedish Gigafactory.

Dec 6, 2017 - 07:00 pm

ABB’s flash charging technology goes live

Charging an electric bus in seconds has become a reality in Geneva, where the first two of twelve articulated coaches have taken up service. They charge at ABB’s ultra high speed overhead chargers.



Oct 9, 2017 - 09:25 pm

Hyundai, Linz, ABB, Solaris, Volta Charging.

Hyundai launches first EV sharing: In Amsterdam, a fleet of 100 Ioniq EV is free floating and can be booked via an app. For the Japanese carmaker it is the first EV-only sharing service in Europe and it chose the Dutch capital due to its existing infrastructure. There are 2,200 public EV charging stations in Amsterdam alone and Hyundai says customers may drive the cars all over the Netherlands and can pay by the minute, hour, or per day.
electrek.co, hyundai.news, ioniqcarsharing.nl

20 electric buses for Linz: The Austrian city of Linz has received its first electric bus. Double-articulated and at 24m length, it belongs to an order of 20 such buses using IMC (In Motion Charging) technology by Kiepe Electric. Due to arrive by 2019, they shall replace the trolley bus fleet while increasing the capacity per vehicle by 30 percent and charge whenever they get in touch with the overhead wire.

ABB in India: The Indian arm of Swiss ABB has submitted a bid to provide 4,500 charging points as part of the government’s tender to procure 10,000 electric vehicles (we reported).

Solaris sales grow again as the Polish busmaker received an order over ten electric buses and infrastructure from the Stalowa Wola municipality in the Podkarpackie region of Poland. The vehicles can be charged via pantograph or plugged in.

Enter & Charge: Volta Charging announced a ten-year agreement to deploy EV charging stations near the South and East entrances of the United Center in Chicago. Launch is set for this month.

Sep 27, 2017 - 08:11 am

Northvolt, ABB, Siemens, Valeo, Volocopter, British Airways.

Northvolt partners with ABB: Swedish company Northvolt and Swiss tech specialist ABB will work together to realise Northvolt’s project to build Europe’s largest lithium ion battery factory in Sweden. Their agreement involves a supply and technology partnership as well as R&D collaboration. ABB intends to supply robotics, automation and electrification solutions and to contribute to innovations in battery technology in areas such as production platform, cell and module design and battery performance. As reported, battery production in the new gigafactory could start in 2020 and ramp up to 32 GWh in 2023.
europe.autonews.com, new.abb.com

Does Siemens consider selling JV shares? When Siemens formed a 50:50 joint venture with Valeo in December 2016, it allegedly insisted on an exit clause, the Handelsblatt has learnt. Thus, Siemens has a put option from December 2021 and Valeo simultaneously a call option on Siemens’ shares. Their JV is focussing on high-voltage powertrains for all forms of electrified cars, including hybrids.
handelsblatt.com (in German, with paywall)

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Maiden flight of electric air taxi in Dubai: The autonomous air taxi concept by German manufacturer Volocopter has successfully completed its first unmanned test flight at a location close to Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Park. Currently, the prototype manages to stay in the air for approximately 30 minutes. As reported, also Daimler is among the investors of the aviation company.
zdnet.com, newatlas.com, mediaoffice.ae

British Airways to replace diesel tugs: The airline has inaugurated five new remote-controlled EVs capable to push back aircrafts from gates at London-Heathrow. The so-called “Mototoks” replace diesel tugs and are in operation at Terminal 5 where they allegedly manage to park up to 40 percent more airlines in the same amount of parking space.
internationalairportreview.com, engadget.com

Sep 21, 2017 - 10:38 am

Berlin, ABB, Sodetrel, eMotorWerks, EDF, Delaware.

Berlin’s electric cab funding: The German capital’s mayor Michael Müller has announced a funding programme for electric taxis. Thus, taxi companies that replace diesel-powered cars through new hybrid-powered, electric or fuel cell-based taxis get – on top of the existing federal subsidy – money from the state of Berlin. Being asked about concrete figures, Müller says that the federal funding of 3,000 to 4,000 euros could be doubled.
rbb24.de, welt.de, berlin.de (all in German)

More ABB chargers for Germany’s autobahn: German energy company EnBW has ordered additional fast-charging stations of ABB in order to extend the charging network along German highways. Before the year’s end, ABB is to erect 117 50-kW charging stations at locations of service station operator Tank & Rast. Already last year, EnBW purchased 68 ABB charging stations.

Rapidly growing Corri-Door net: Sodetrel’s fast-charging network brand Corri-Door has tripled its number of chargers along French highways to 3,000 within one year. In the next months, the company plans to add new locations and to enlarge highly frequented stations. Sodetrel is the electric mobility business of French utility EDF.

eMotorWerks and EDF team up in order to create cloud-connected and intelligent charging stations. French EDF thus combines charging hardware of eMotorWerks with its JuiceNet software platform.

10 electric buses for Delaware: In order to buy 10 electric buses, the Delaware Transit Corporation receives a 1m dollars grant from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The money shall help the corporation as well to purchase associated charging infrastructure.


Apr 26, 2017 - 11:40 am

Supercharger, YPF, Ford, ABB, Volvo, Zap-Map, California.

Details to Supercharger expansion: Ahead of the Model 3 market entry, Tesla confirmed officially that the total number of Superchargers worldwide shall rise from today 5,400 to more than 10,000 by the end of the year. In the same period, the amount of Destination Chargers is to climb from 9,000 to 15,000. Interestingly, renderings show, that the EV maker may not only extend its network by building more Superchargers, but is also looking into larger locations. They would gather more Superchargers under roofs with solar tiles and could also have some sort of a waiting room, or “customer centre” – in short, they may become the pit stops of the future.
, teslarati.com, tesla.com (official statement)

To not become obsolete through firms like Tesla just yet, Argentina’s state-owned Oil company YPF intends to equip 200 petrol stations with charging points for electric cars. The installation of initially 110 charging points is to start by mid-2017 at stops between Buenos Aires and La Plata.

Ford fleet in London: Ford selected five fleet operators to start its earlier announced pilot programme in London. For 12 months, the car maker will provide 20 Transit Custom PHEV to see how plug-in hybrids could support the capital’s target to clear the air. Its rather potent partners are Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, British Gas, Clancy Plant, and Addison Lee.
greencarcongress.com, ngtnews.com, postandparcel.info

ABB and Volvo do it again and this time it is British Harrogate that will see Swedish electric buses powered by Swiss charging equipment. The fleet will operated by Transdev Blazefield from 2018. ABB will deliver three charging stations and an electricity substation for installation at a bus station.

Zap-Map’s updated app: UK’s EV charging platform Zap-Map enables EV drivers to locate charging points through an app that the company now spiced up once more. Version 3.0 includes real-time data from across the GeniePoint and Source London networks.

44 EVs to charge simultaneously: Californian’s city of Fremont that is home to Tesla now hosts one of the largest EV charging sites in the Bay Area. Operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), 44 electric cars can charge at 22 stations simultaneously. The project’s inauguration is part of a pilot programme.

Feb 28, 2017 - 10:12 am

EVGo, ABB, Glasgow, Ambulance, Infineon.

Strangers in Tesla Town: EVGo and ABB are about to venture into Tesla’s backyard in Californian Fremont, where they plan to install a fast charging station capable of 150 – 350 kW. The high-power charger will be made available to carmakers only to test new systems.
electrek.co, evgo.com

Leafs for cabs: Glasgow-based Taxi Centre has taken delivery of 15 Nissan Leafs but projects it will make more than 100 sales in the next 12 months and more than 300 the year after. The electric cars shall serve as taxis and join the 200 Nissan EV taxis in operation across Britain.

First responders electrified: North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) will start with four electric vehicles as a trial. The Trust will look to replace its whole fleet of 174 cars with the new electric models gradually in the coming years once the life-span of the current vehicles comes to an end.

Smart streetlight with EV charging: Infineon together with Eluminocity developed an intelligent LED street lamp that can charge electric cars as well. Its radar also detects free parking space and signals its availability to the cloud. More sensors measure air quality.

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:20 am

Ubitricity, Volvo + ABB, New York, BMW, EVOLVE.

London lanterns turn charge point: Ubitricity has arrived in the British capital, where its lamp post chargers have gone on trial. The Berlin start-up’s technology uses mobile meters that enables EV drivers to plug into a charge post. In cooperation with UK Power Networks, three street lamps are ready to share their grid connection in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
ukpowernetworks.co.uk, newpower.info

America second for e-buses: While Volvo and ABB cooperate successfully in Europe already, they are to enter the U.S. market with their electric buses and charging system. Volvo subsidiary Nova will aid entry. As in Europe, the OppCharge interface will be used, that enables cross-maker cooperation.
marketwatch.com, greencarcongress.com

Three millions for PEV: New York state earmarked three million dollars for communities that look to invest in electric or hybrid vehicles, including trucks. All models on the market are eligible for funding and both municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives that receive low-cost hydropower can apply.

BMW strengthens its USA business namely within its 360° Electric scheme. Home charging for PHEV and EV owners is to get simpler with a new service that lists BMW compatible home charging stations and installation partners on the bmwcharging.com platform delivered together with local QMerit.

Evolving e-mobility: Project EVOLVE has three years to advance EVs in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. The American Lung Association planned more than 200 events this spring with test rides in electric cars from Ford, GM and Nissan.

Jan 20, 2017 - 09:24 am

ABB, ElectRoad, faster charging, Faradion.

ABB invests in Canada: The Swiss engineering firm is investing 90m dollars in the construction of a research and development centre in Montréal, said to open its doors before the end of 2017. It will also house the “North American Center for Excellence in e-Mobility,” which focuses on the development of energy management solutions for electric buses and trains.
investquebec.com, theprovince.com

Israeli start-up ElectRoad developed a new technology that would charge electric cars while driving, using copper wire embedded in the asphalt (we reported). First tests have now been completed successfully and the technology will now be tried for a bus line in Tel Aviv. ElectRoad wants to initially offer its technology to public transport operators, so that electric buses can be fitted with smaller batteries.

Higher charging capacity: Researchers at the University of Bath and University of Illinois say they have figured out how to charge batteries more quickly in the future. The discovered that adding positively charged ions increased how fast lithium moves and therefore the batteries charging capacity.
dailymail.co.uk, phys.org

Serial production of sodium-ion batteries? British company Faradion is working on a cheap sodium-ion battery (we reported) that could be used for i.e. electric cars and was now able to raise 3.2m pounds in additional funding. The money will be used to demonstrate that the technology is suitable for serial production.

Oct 14, 2016 - 07:34 am

UK, ABB, U.S. Navy, Carloh, Evolt.

UK invests further in electric mobility: The UK government announced that it will spend a total of 30m pounds on charging infrastructure and another 5,75m on subsidising electric two-wheelers and fuel cell vehicles. It will also take delivery of two more Nissan Leaf.

Rapid bus charger for all: ABB has opened its first fast-charger for electric buses at the Volvo bus terminal in Gothenburg. It is based on the OppCharge interface, due to which buses and chargers from different manufactures are made compatible. The goal is to simplify the introduction of electric bus systems.
transportengineer.org.uk, volvobuses.com

U.S. Navy goes EV: The California Energy Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of the Navy, according to which the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy will lease a total of 250 electric vehicles for its location in the Golden State. It is the biggest U.S. government deal for electric vehicles to date.

Luxembourg shares electric: The carsharing scheme Carloh, which kicked off about a year ago, will also offer EVs to share from November, as well as open nine new stations. How many electric cars will be made available has not been announced.

Connecting Western Isles: Charge point supplier Evolt has installed another 11 chargers on the islands of the Outer Hebrides (UK). That includes three 50 kW chargers and three 22 kW fast-chargers. The remaining five chargers have an output of 7kW.

Sep 7, 2016 - 08:08 am

NEW-BAT, RWTH Aachen, ABB, Formula E.

Battery recycling: Fraunhofer ISC started the NEW-BAT research project to develop more efficient recycling processes. The team will concentrate on lithium metal oxides and carbon compounds in EV batteries that were previously impossible to reclaim. Electro-hydraulic shock waves shall split the composites cleanly. The project is funded with 1.6m euros by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and includes industry partners like GRS.
fraunhofer.de (in German)

Battery ageing research centre: The RWTH in Aachen will host the “Center for Ageing, Reliability and Lifetime Prediction of Electrochemical and Power Electronic Systems” (CARL). 60m dollars of funding come from both federal and state’s pockets and will finance ten professors and 20 chairs. Interdisciplinary research will look into battery ageing processes and prediction of such in detail.
rwth-aachen.de (in German)

Most efficient electric drive? ABB presents the Azipod XL for marine vessels. Said to increase vessel fuel efficiency by up to 20%, the electric drive sits in a submerged pod. A novel nozzle system accelerates the water flow into the propeller to increase thrust of the updated Azipod.
abb.com, greencarcongress.com

Updated Formula E drive: ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport has improved its power train for next season’s electric racing series. The developers focused on improving the electric motor’s torque strength and efficiency. The MGU01+ is also lighter and the transmission features three gears.

Jul 18, 2016 - 08:03 am

ABB, E-bus 2020 IMC, hydrogen, Zagreb, IAC.

Flash charging for electric buses: Geneva’s public transport operator TPG and Swiss bus manufacturer HESS placed a 16m dollar order for ABB’s fast-charging and on-board EV technology. Thirteen so-called flash-charging stations will be utilised for twelve electric trolley buses serving to connect the airport with suburban Geneva. Charging takes only 15 seconds at 600 kW.

Trolleybus charging: The overhead wire infrastructure in the Dutch city of Arnhem will become a lifeline for battery-electric buses in a cross-border project coordinated by Vossloh Kiepe. E-bus 2020 IMC sees ten partners come together to develop and test two 18 metre electric buses with In-Motion-Charging (IMC) technology. If not on the wire, the buses will switch to battery power.

One more H2 station: Daimler, Linde, Total, and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) have officially opened another hydrogen fueling station in the German city of Ulm. The country now has 21 stops, where FCV can be refilled.

Croatia powered by the sun: Croatia has its first solar-charging station for EVs installed by utility HEP in the capital Zagreb. The Elen Leaf station has solar panels for a roof and charges up to two electric vehicles at a time with a power of 50 kW and 43 kW.

Hybrid fleet: British Industrial Automation & Control (IAC) from Newport now operates a fleet with seven Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Directors and sales managers will use the plug-in hybrids. Already, the firm has installed six charging points for electric cars.

Jun 22, 2016 - 08:52 am

Gigafactory, ABB, Inspired, Hy-Nets.

Final stretch for the Gigafactory: Due to the high demand for the Model 3, Panasonic wants to step things up a notch. There will be a job fair tomorrow to fill open positions at the Tesla battery plant and the promised 1.6bn dollar investment will flow quicker than originally planned. Cell production is said to begin in November.
nikkei.com, electrek.co

ABB technology for e-ferries: The huge vessels Tycho Brahe and Aurora that will soon operate between Helsingør (Denmark) and Helsingborg (Sweden) will be fitted with a 4,160 kWh battery pack. The electric drivetrains and charging stations on both ends of the route will also be provided by ABB.
mpropulsion.com, abb.com

FCV inspired: The three-year, EU-funded project Inspire is working on the validation of the next generation of fuel cell stacks to be used in vehicles. BMW is also on board. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is funding the project with 7m euros.
cambridge-news.co.uk, matthey.com

Efficient hybrids due to connectivity: The research project Hy-Nets has kicked off. Partners dSpace, Denso, RWTH Aachen and the University of Paderborn want to make hybrids more efficient by allowing the cars to connect to information from other vehicles and infrastructure (V2X), and therefore drive more proactively.
springerprofessional.de, elektroniknet.de (articles in German)

Apr 14, 2016 - 07:30 am

Pure Watercraft, Delphi, UQM Technologies, ABB.

Boating start-up: Seattle start-up Pure Watercraft is looking to build Tesla-styled EV motors for boats. The parts are IP67, meaning they can be submerged in 1 m of water for at least 30 minutes. A single charge can keep a battery running for up 40 hours pushing a lightweight 27 foot boat at 3 mph, though it comes with a hefty price tag around 12,000 dollars.
techcrunch.com, purewatercraft.com

Mild hybrid: Delphi Automotive has unveiled a new 48V mild hybrid system, and confirmed working with two global automakers, hoping to begin production in the next 18 months. The solution minimizes demand on the engine, improving performance and lowering CO2 emissions. They predict one out of every ten cars sold in 2025 will be a 48V mild hybrid.

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Airline tugs: Following successful testing with major airlines, demand for the TBL-50 towbarless electric airplane tug, which uses UQM’s electric drive, is growing. As a result, Swedish Kalmar Motor AB issued a follow-on order to UQM for more electric motor/controller system.

Bidding in Norway: ABB has won a contract to electrify a Norwegian hybrid car ferry. The ferry will operate a popular passenger route, and the vessel can be adapted to run as a full electric with charging system on shore.

Mar 23, 2016 - 09:37 am

EV charging in China, ABB multi-charger station in Sweden.

Click tip I: EV charging for city dwellers in China is not always straight-forward as this picture series proves. Think high rise, winding cable, transformer and ultimately plug.

Click tip II: In Sweden, EV charging is most convenient. At this spot, EV drivers find fast-chargers covering all existing standards as the ABB multi-charger station sits right next to a Tesla Supercharger.
twitter.com via insideevs.com

Dec 8, 2015 - 09:24 am

PREMIUM, Geneva, ABB & Alpiq, Teheran, ITM Power & Ove Arup.

BMW i3 is most test driven EV: According the German state-funded research project PREMIUM, some 13 percent of German drivers have already had first encounters with electric mobility. Most chose to test the BMW i3. Many would love to drive electric to protect the environment, but say that range and vehicle cost are still too big of an issue.
uni-passau.de (in German)

Geneva votes for e-buses: The city will introduce eleven all-electric buses on its line 23 from 2017, replacing the current diesel-powered fleet. The deal worth tenth of millions of euros will most likely be signed very soon. The electric buses were already been tested during the Tosa pilot project.
bzbasel.ch (in German)

ABB and Alpiq cooperate: Alpiq E-Mobility now carries all ABB rapid-charging solutions and will take charge of the conception and planning phases, as well as the installation and service of the EV chargers. ABB will continue to focus on the development and production of charging solutions.
abb.ch (in German)

Teheran bets on hybrids: The Iranian capital wants introduce at least 10,000 hybrid taxis within three years. 200 are already on the road and will be used at “airports, hotels and luxurious places.” The vehicles will of course be imported.

H2 alliance: Companies ITM Power and Ove Arup & Partners will work together to identify sites for new hydrogen refueling and energy storage systems using technology.
greencarcongress.com, itm-power.com

Nov 12, 2015 - 09:09 am

Car2Go, ABB, Tesla, incentives, Electric Circuit.

Car2Go electrifies Madrid: The carsharing scheme set up shop in the Spanish city with an all-electric fleet. Customers will not need to charge themselves. The service team will collect the electric Smarts and charge them at one of the city’s four hubs. After Stuttgart, Amsterdam, and San Diego, Madrid is the fourth city to get an all-electric Car2Go fleet.
daimler.com (in German), elmundo.es (in Spanish), youtube.com (video)

Visa or Mastercard? ABB has added a credit card option for its Terra 53 fast-charger. The technology also supports contactless payment options, such as Apple Pay or Android Pay. Previously installed models can also be retrofitted with the credit card terminal.
chargedevs.com, abb.us

Destination China: Tesla says it completed its charging infrastructure grid in North and Northeast China. Most charge points are ‘Destination Charger.’ By adding to its infrastructure, Tesla hopes to make its EV more attractive to potential buyers, as sales in China remain below the company’s expectations.

Incentive: According to a recent study by the University of California, LA (UCLA), 40% of all purchases of plug-in vehicles made between 2010 and 2013 in California were motivated by the possibility of using HOV lanes. The law is up for review in 2019.

Dorval doubles chargers: The Canadian city now hast two new EV charging stations at its sport complex that are part of the country’s Electric Circuit. Dorval had already installed two charge points at the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport.

Oct 21, 2015 - 08:42 am

Hubject, ABB & Microsoft, PG&E, Fortum & Renault, Leviton.

European charge network grows: Hubject has extended its Intercharge network to include a few hundred stations of partners in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France and Switzerland. New partners are Fortum, Gronn Kontrakt, Virta, Clean Charge, Swisscom, ESB, and Freshmile.

Charging cloud: ABB and Microsoft jointly launched a new platform for EV fast-charging. It combines ABB’s EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services that include machine-learning and predictive analytic capabilities. The platform is presented at eCarTec.

7,500 EV chargers in California is the revised plan of Pacific Gas and Electric as its initial idea to erect 25,000 EV charging stations in the Golden state had been rejected by the California Public Utilities Commission (we reported).The plan still sees opposition by private infrastructure providers.

EV chargers in Lapland: The Fortum Charge & Drive network will be expanded with seven new charging stations in northern Lapland in Finland. The 22 kW semi-fast chargers are erected in cooperation with Renault and are located close to the border with Norway.

Home charging: Leviton presented the Evr-Green Mini Level 2 EV charging station. Very compact, the station comes standard with a 12-foot and optional 18-foot cable, and works with 30 amp circuits.

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:11 am

ABB, BYD, Ford, New York, ClipperCreek.

Automated fast-charging at 450 kW: ABB will present a new turbocharging system for electric buses at the Busworld show in Belgian Kortrijk. The modular system can easily integrated in existing bus lines and is based on IEC 61851-23. The system is offered in 150 kW, 300 kW or 450 kW modules.

The continent is calling BYD as the Chinese manufacturer thinks about expanding its electric bus production in the UK to 200 units per year, an insider says. Furthermore, BYD considers to take the manufacture across the channel to mainland Europe, where another facility might be build.

Workplace charging: Ford wants to expand offers for employees to charge EVs while working. Currently, there are 45 units available for employee use at 43 Ford sites in 6 states and Canada. Plans exist to install 20 more soon, with ongoing discussions to increase the number in the long term.
greencarcongress.co, businesswire.com

Charge network update: The state of New York is getting closer to its goal to install 3,000 charging stations by 2018. So far, about 1,200 already stand with the latest 12 having just been erected at Hudson Valley and with another 17 to follow before the year’s end.

Dual charging station: ClipperCreek presents the ProMountDuo pedestal for charging stations. This pedestal sells for 434 dollars and is designed for commercial and fleet applications. Furthermore, it can provide single or dual Level 1 or Level 2 charging.
chargedevs.com, marketwatch.com

May 11, 2015 - 08:55 am

ABB fast chargers in Norway.

ABB installed its 100th rapid-charger in Norway, a Terra 53 CJ, which features both a CCS and a CHAdeMO plug. Norway already counts a total of about 200 fast-chargers, as well as more than 20 Tesla Superchargers.

Mar 25, 2015 - 09:57 am

Siemens, ABB, DoE, Rutgers University.

Light-weight electric motor for planes: Siemens has developed a 50-kilo electric drive for aircrafts. With 260 kW output, its power-to-weight ratio of 5 kW/kg makes it suitable to drive propellers of larger aircrafts (up to 2 tons at take-off). Siemens is planning to start flight-testing already this year.
greencarcongress.com, siemens.com

New electric drive for ships: ABB introduced the Azipod D, a new electric propulsion system that caters for a larger range of vessels. It gives designers and ship builders increased design flexibility. Power ranges from 1.6 to 7 MW per unit.

The DoE is handing out funds to small business. Three Office of Science projects concentrate on hydrogen production from electrolysis and hydrogen systems for FCEVs. In total, 94 projects will receive about 96 million dollars in funding. The three H2 projects are to receive about a million dollars each.

Non-noble catalyst: Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a new noble metal-free catalyst using nickel-5 and phosphide-4. The catalyst is said to perform as well as platinum for the hydrogen evolution reaction in both strong acid and base.

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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the Jinma JMW2200, a micro EV from China that looks a lot like BMW’s i3.

Jan 22, 2015 - 09:42 am

Battery production in China, Patents, ABB & Solar Impulse 2.

Battery market on the rise: According to market research firm CCM, the market for Li-ion batteries produced in China will grow 400 percent by 2017, due to the growing EV market there. Moreover, the firm suggests that because most domestic Chinese battery manufacturers are lagging behind their competitors in Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. in terms of their ability to manufacture high performing EV batteries, international players could gain market share.

Patent filing numbers on the rise: According to a new report, carmakers have increased research efforts and patent filing in the field of propulsion technology for the past five years. The reason are the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) regulations and manufacturers trying to avoid penalties if their portfolios are not green enough.
forbes.com, reuters.com

ABB on board: The solar-powered plane ‘Solar Impulse 2’ will start its flight around the world in late February or early March. Engineers from ABB India will accompany the Solar Impulse crew and improve control systems for ground operations, enhance the charging electronics for the plane’s battery systems and resolve obstacles that emerge along the route.

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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the all-electric DKW Schnellaster from 1956 fully restored by Audi Tradition.

Dec 10, 2014 - 10:17 am

ABB, EDF, TEN-T, Qualcomm & Chargemaster, Louisville, Rome, Israel.

New fast chargers: ABB is to deliver another 100 fast chargers to Danish e-mobility service provider Clever. The latter will erect the ‘Terra 53 DC’ not only in its home country but in neighbouring countries, too. It is very likely that these chargers will become part of the planned European charge network ‘Central European Green Corridors’ (we reported).

More chargers for France: Just after Bolloré promoted its plan to build 16,000 charge points, Électricité de France (EDF) announced it will start to erect 200 fast chargers along French motorways starting in January 2015. The project is backed by Renault, BMW and VW, while the EU promised 4.5 million euros (5.5m USD). Most stations will be located close to the borders to Germany, Belgium and Italy.
leparisien.fr, automobile-propre.com (both in French)

European H2 infrastructure: 3.5 million euros are to be invested in studies preparing a European network of hydrogen infrastructure for transport. The money comes from the European Union´s TEN-T program and is intended for national implementation plans for Belgium, Finland, Poland and Riga, Latvia as well as three hydrogen refuelling stations with “specific innovative elements” in Finland and Sweden.

Wireless charging: Qualcomm is to invest in the British EV infrastructure provider Chargemaster that operates the Polar network in the UK. Its charging stations are planned to be retrofitted with Qualcomm’s inductive charging technology bit by bit although a detailed schedule has not been issued yet.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Electric buses for Louisville: The city’s public transport TARC has introduced the ZeroBus, which will replace gas-powered trolleys when being phased into daily operation early next year. 10 electric buses for about 11 million dollars have been purchased with the help of the state and federal funds.

Electric christmas: To help Romans leave their car at home during the festive season, the Italian capital has introduced five new electric mini-buses. The buses serve the main shopping districts while stopping at major car parks, metro stations and bus terminals along the way.

Bi-national research: The energy ministries of both the U.S. and Israel will fund five Israeli projects with 4 million dollars in a bi-national effort. Among the supported companies are Fridenson Logistics and ChargePoint to jointly develop a smart grid capable, cloud-connected EV charging station.

Oct 21, 2014 - 08:22 am

Visio.M, Revolvo, Riversimple, Tracked EVs, ABB.

VisioM-2014Presenting the Visio.M: The Technical University Munich took off the wraps of its lightweight prototype yesterday. Designed as a second car, the EV seats two passengers. Featuring an electric engine producing 15 kW, top speed is set at 120 kph, while the 13.5 kWh battery allows the Visio.M to go up to 160 kilometres on one charge. The vehicle is said to cost about the same as petrol-driven car in the same category. But according to researchers, the way to serial productions is still a long one.
sueddeutsche.de, auto-motor-und-sport.de, tum.de, visiom-automobile.de (all Links in German)

Retrofit hybrid kit: At the IGEM 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Indian supplier KPIT presented its retrofit plug-in hybrid system. The Revolvo kit has already been tested by the Royal Malaysian Police, reducing fuel consumption by 23 percent. The force now considers fitting more vehicles with the technology.

Hydrogen vehicles from Wales: Start-up Riversimple has developed a fuel cell two-seater with a body made from composite materials. The vehicle is said to be able to go up to 300 miles on one fill. First tests are planned for late next year.

Roads without drivers: Welsh engineer Will Jones wants to introduce electrified roads for autonomously driving EVs in the U.S., inspired by racing track for toy cars. Because the track is electrified, electric vehicles could have unlimited range.

New ABB research centre: The technology group inaugurated the new facility in Dättwil, Switzerland. There, ABB wants to further develop power electronics used in i.e. fast chargers for electric vehicles.
aargauerzeitung.ch (in German)

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the news that Local Motors is looking to begin selling the 3D printed Strati EV starting next year.

Sep 8, 2014 - 08:21 am

ABB & BYD, Ningbo University, InMotion.

ABB and BYD to cooperate: The two companies now announced their strategic global collaboration for the development of new energy storage solutions. The Swiss-Sino partnership also entails marine applications and EV charging technology.
greencarcongress.com, abb.com

High capacity anode: Researchers from Ningbo University in China have used hydroxylamine hydrochloride (H3NOHCl) as anode material for Li-ion batteries for the first time. Their findings show an initial charge capacity that is much higher than that of commercial graphite.

Skinny Segway: InMotion has introduced its electric stand-up unicycle at German IFA tradeshow. The so-called S1 features a telescopic steering rod, is self-balancing and comes with front and tail lights as well as a touch display to control the Segway-like vehicle.
en.prnasia.com, prnasia.com (photos)

Aug 22, 2014 - 08:22 am

ABB, BMW, Tesla, bring mE, Duncan Aviation, Ada.

China-ready: ABB has modified its ‘Terra 53’ fast charger to comply with the Chinese GB standard. The ‘Terra 53 Z’ is the first “foreign” charger to be fit for China, according to the company, and will be produced right there in Shenzhen.

Stylish solar charging station: BMW has opened its Point One S charging station at the BMW World in Munich. The representative charge spot was designed by EIGHT along with ABB, BMW, RWE and Deutsche Bahn and is part of the showcase-region initiative “Elektromobilität verbindet.”

A new Tesla store will open in Belgium next week. The new outlet in Antwerp will be the third stronghold of the Californian carmaker in the country and “coincides” with the opening of the first Belgian Supercharger in Nivelles-Sud.

“Faster than the internet”: This is the slogan of the electric cargo bike courier service in the Austrian city of Graz. The ‘bring mE’ service is funded by the European Union within the ‘smartset’ framework. Twelve shops in Graz offer shoppers to deliver their purchases right to their doorstep.
graz.at (in German)

EV charging in Nebraska: Duncan Aviation is erecting five charging stations for the company’s customers and employees at their facility in Lincoln. Apart from two others at local car dealers, those five stations are the only charging opportunities in the city but the company already reserved space for five more.

Zero bike on trial: The police in Ada, Oklahoma is currently testing a Zero electric motorcycle for two weeks. Already, the officers are pleased with the “stealth factor” of the black bike, especially as suspects cannot hear them coming. Therefore a purchase is very likely.

Jul 22, 2014 - 08:30 am

ABB & Volvo, Mahle, University of New South Wales, Mazda.

Volvo-Bus-Plug-in-HybridGlobal e-bus partnership: ABB and Volvo Buses signed an agreement to work together on quick charging for plug-in hybrid and electric buses. Together, they want to set new standards with their system which will first be used in Luxembourg next year. The chargers will automatically connect to the roof of the bus and charge with up to 300 kW.
electriccarsreport.com, uk.reuters.com

More power for range extender: Automotive supplier Mahle will offer its range extender engine in two new power variants. The currently 30 kW will be increased to 40 and 50 kW suitable for vehicles weighing more than 1.6 tonnes. The new engines are said to be still compact and utilise many parts from the original. The stronger versions are currently being tested.
springerprofessional.de (in German)

Record to break: Sunswift, a team of students from the University of New South Wales hopes to break the EV record for the highest average speed over a 500 km (310 miles) ride with their eVe. The current record is 45 mph and Sunswift believes to be faster even without utilising the car’s solar panels.

Back to the future: In 1993, Mazda fitted its legendary Miata with a rotary engine running on hydrogen. While it was not a fuel cell vehicle, the MX 5 actually burned H2. However, fuelling was arduous and the tank made driving anything else than nimble. Points for trying though.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the ‘Short Circuit’ about the futuristic Nimbus micro-bus concept.

May 21, 2014 - 08:48 am

BlueIndy, ABB, Tesla, BMW/CarCharging.

BlueIndy introduced: Indianapolis’ new carsharing initiative was presented to the press and public last weekend. The electric carsharing system by French Bolloré Group will become the biggest in the USA with 500 EVs, 1,000 charging stations and 200 service stations to be implemented within the next eight months.
puregreencars.com, greencarreports.com

ABB in China: The Swiss company plans to invest more than two billion dollars into the Chinese market within the next ten years. Apart from energy projects in about 100 cities and the set-up of the ABB industry center, some of the money will go into charging infrastructure. The latter is connected to ABB’s cooperation with Denza for which it produces DC wallboxes (we reported).

British Superchargers to arrive: Tesla announced its plans to place Supercharger stations along an “electric highway” stretching from Dover and Bristol to the M25, and north along the M1 motorway. British Model S drivers will thus be able to cross the whole island with just one break.

BMW to cooperate with CarCharging: Infrastructure provider CarCharging will inform BMW i drivers about all Blink charging station locations in the U.S. through BMW’s ConnectedDrive in-vehicle navigation system and the BMW i Remote app. It will also provide real-time infos on the use status.

Apr 24, 2014 - 08:22 am

BESIC, LeasePlan, MRA-E, ABB, Tesla.

Battery-electric heavy goods vehicles: At Hamburg’s industrial harbour, ten electric HGVs have been in operation since 2011 and are transporting containers between warehouses and ships. Now, a new research project called BESIC (Battery Electric Heavy Goods Transports within the Intelligent Container Terminal Operation) aims to develop a system which will charge the batteries of these container transporters mainly at times when the grid has a surplus of renewable energy generated in northern Germany.

Personal-public charge point: The Dutch LeasePlan now cooperates with the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Electric (MRA-E) to offer customers the option to install a charging station within 300 metres of their home when leasing an EV. The stations will remain public and charge two vehicles.

Multi-charger certified: ABB announced that their Terra 23/53 fast charger has been certified according to the new EU standard for DC fast chargers. The ABB multi-standard chargers thus comply with CHAdeMO, the CE standard and industry guidelines.

Better place for Tesla? In Isreal, rumours of Tesla reviving the obsolete charging infrastructure of Better Place have been spread. At the same time, Israeli company Mobileye, which plans to test its autonomous-driving technology in a Tesla (we reported), clarified that the system will only enable drivers to switch to autopilot very briefly, i.e. to check or write a text message.

Found on electrive.com
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