Acciona expands scooter sharing to Rome
The Spanish company Acciona has expanded its electric scooter sharing to Rome. Operations will kick off in the Italian capital with 500 vehicles. According to Acciona, it already has more than 10,000 electric scooters in sharing use in various cities.
Acciona, Vanda Electrics.
Click tip: After being the first completing the Dakar Rally with an electric vehicle last January (we reported), the Spanish Acciona team now enters the Italian Baja: a FIA World Cup round for Cross Country Rallies.
electricautosport.com (with video)
Video tip: In this latest episode, Fully Charged stakes a look at the Dendrobium electric hypercar by Vanda Electrics from Singapore.
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Stanford University, Electric GT, Acciona, Lion E-Mobility.
Fire control: Researchers at Stanford University have developed a “smart” sheet of tiny fibres containing flame retardant, said to help prevent Li-ion batteries from going up in flames. Each fibre consists of a plastic shell that will melt when the battery heats up and therefore release the flame retardant.
Tesla hits the track: The new electric racing series Electric GT now unveiled the second version of its Tesla racer, which is based on the Model S P100D. The GT variant is said to be around 500 kg lighter than the original and can go from 0 to 100 kph in just 2.1 seconds (or from 0 to 60 mph in 2 seconds).
Final destination: For the third time, company Acciona took part in the Dakar Rally in an electric car. But this is the first time, the team actually made it across the finish line. It completed the 9,000-km journey as the first of “18,000 vehicles in the history of the Dakar Rally to complete the event without consuming a drop of fuel or emitting a single molecule of CO2.”
Lion E-Mobility announced that its German subsidiary Lion Smart received approval for a public grant of more than 300,000 euros from the Bavarian government. The money will be allocated as part of the electric aviation research project BatSys (Battery systems for hybrid-electric aviation drivetrains). Lion Smart will focus on BMS design and a BMS demonstrator for safe energy storage for aviation.
Chevy Bolt, Acciona at Dakar Rally.
Video tips: The introduction of the Chevy Bolt leaves traces on the World Wide Web. Follow GM’s Chief Engineer Josh Tavel as he walks us through the new electric car. Consumer Reports takes the Bolt fora quick drive and is pretty excited.
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Click tip: Like last year, Acciona will be the only electric contender during the Dakar Rally. This time, the team will report whenever it can from the race and from behind the scenes.
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ACCIONA, Mahindra, Greenwich, Bustech, Toyota Tsusho.
First EV for Dakar Rally: ACCIONA will be the first team ever to compete in the 9,000 km rally in an all-electric car. The 80 kg electric engine has an output of 220 kW and the 140 kWh battery packs allow for a range of up to 350 km, which would be sufficient for most special stages, after which the batteries will be swapped. The rally starts on the 4th of January in Buenos Aires.
Track tech for the street: Mahindra plans to use technology developed for the Formula E in its serial production cars as well. According to Chetan Maini, CEO of Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, this could include battery, powertrain and even telematics technology.
Autonomous electric shuttle: Next year, first test projects with self-driving vehicles will hit the road in Bristol, Greenwich, Coventry and Milton Keyes. Greenwich will test an automated all-electric shuttle bus that seats up to ten people, as well as robotic valet parking for driverless cars.
Electric buses for Malaysia: Australian company Bustech has been chosen to develop an electric bus for Malaysia together with the Malaysia Automotive Institute, Swinburne University of Technology and other partners. If successful, the electric bus could be exported to other countries.
Lithium from Argentina: Sales de Jujuy S.A., an Argentine lithium development company, has started lithium production. Stakeholder Toyota Tsusho has acquired the exclusive sales rights for the lithium carbonate and plans to set up a complete lithium supply chain. The material will be export to i.e. Japan.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was “Reuters” reporting on Germany´s national energy efficiency programme, which also includes e-mobility measures such as tax breaks for EVs used as company cars.