Sono, Adgero, SilentHawk, electrocatalyst.
Sion premier update: Munich-based start-up Sono will unveil their electric van on July 31th. Two rows with three seats each and lots of storage are said to make the Sion “family friendly.” The makers also advertise a low price and long range.
autonotizen.de, green-motors.de (articles in German)
Hybrid system for trucks: Australian Adgero was able to apply hybrid system features like recuperation and boosting to heavily loaded trucks. The UltraBoost system is said to help trucks save up to 25 percent of diesel when touring the country.
Hybrid military motorcycle: Logos Technologies presented a prototype of the SilentHawk hybrid motorcycle for military operations at the 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Florida. It can go up to 80 mph and is based on Alta Motor’s Redshift in full camouflage (we reported).
Cheaper water-splitting: Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden) have developed a more cost efficient electrocatalysts for spilling H2O molecules for hydrogen production. The performance of the monolayer of nickel–vanadium-layered double hydroxide is similar to that of electrocatalysts composed of non-precious material.
Volvo, CoEX, fuel cell, Adgero.
Autonomous Volvos in London: The Swedes will bring their self-driving research programme Drive Me to the British capital next year. 100 XC90 SUVs will go to families to test autonomy in real life and gathered data will be analysed by the insurance industry’s research organisation Thatcham Research. By 2018, Volvos shall drive fully autonomously and similar programmes are to be set up in Sweden and China.
Printed electrodes: The ‘Co-Extrusion (CoEx) for Cost Reduction of Advanced High-Energy-and-Power Battery Electrode Manufacturing’ project aims to print higher energy and higher power battery electrodes with technology by Xerox’ PARC. CoEx is funded by the DoE, with both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Ford participating in the project.
Cactus fuel cell: A new fuel cell membrane leans on cactus skin to stay hydrated. Developed by researchers from Australia and South Korea, the new PEMFC is said to make fuel cells up to four times more efficient in hot and dry conditions. As in a cactus, it is self-regulating.
huffingtonpost.com.au, abc.net.au, xinhuanet.com
KERS with ultra-caps for semi-trailers: French Adgero presents the UltraBoost ST. The ultracapacitor-based kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) is installed on a curtainsider semi-trailer and aims to cut emissions by up to 25 percent. The ultra-caps come from Skeleton, the motor is from Yasa.