Tag: Airbus

Sep 21, 2020 - 04:06 pm

Airbus to launch hydrogen commercial aircraft by 2035

Airbus has presented three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft, which could enter service by 2035. All these concepts, code-named ZEROe, rely on hydrogen as the main energy source, but each follows a different approach.

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May 25, 2020 - 03:58 pm

Gaussin & Total create electric aircraft-refuelling truck

Gaussin and Total have developed what they say is the world’s first purely electrically powered refuelling truck for aircraft. The prototype comprises two tank trailers, each with a capacity of 30 tons of fuel, and is expected to go into service at the end of this year.

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May 4, 2020 - 01:34 pm

Airbus officially puts the lid on hybrid plane project

Airbus has now officially announced the end of the ‘E-Fan X’ development project that it had launched in 2017 together with Siemens and Rolls-Royce. The aim was to equip a 100-seat regional aircraft with a hybrid-electric drive train by 2020.

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Oct 15, 2019 - 04:13 pm

Audi reconsiders flying car project

According to a media report, Audi has discontinued work on the autonomous electric car drone Pop Up Next, which was presented last year together with Airbus and Italdesign, and intends to reevaluate their cooperation with Airbus.

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Jun 20, 2019 - 06:58 pm

Airbus & partners develop hybrid aircraft EcoPulse

Airbus, Safran and Daher have developed a business aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion and scheduled the demo model’s maiden flight to take place in three years. This consortium is taking a different path than Ampaire with its hybrid aircraft though.

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Jun 19, 2019 - 06:33 pm

First order: Ampaire’s hybrid aircraft Cessna 337

A few days after the maiden flight of its hybrid aircraft based on a Cessna 337, Ampaire announces its first order. Personal Airline Exchange (PAX) has ordered 50 of the converted parallel hybrid aircraft, with an option for 50 more.

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Aug 28, 2018 - 07:35 pm

Japan aims to take off with flying cars

The Japanese government is working on founding an industry consortium to realise electrified flying car technology. A total of 21 companies are said to be involved, including Uber, Airbus and Boeing.

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Feb 22, 2018 - 04:25 pm

Airbus Vahana undergoes first flight tests (Video)

Recently Airbus launched a series of tests with their autonomous, electric vertical-take-off-and-landing aircraft, although they were only about a minute in duration, and only a few meters above the ground. A video shows the VTOL in action. 

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Nov 28, 2017 - 04:22 pm

100-seater hybrid aircraft to take-off in 2020

Airbus, Siemens and Rolls Royce announce a hybrid airplane ready to take-off in 2020, thus bringing the dream of electric flying in close proximity. The E-Fan X will fly regional routes first and serve to propel electric aviation.

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Oct 9, 2017 - 09:26 pm

Boeing, Zunum Aero, Airbus, Purdue University.

Boeing bets on flying cabs: The U.S. planemaker has acquired Aurora Flight Sciences that has last been on the news with its VTOL sponsored by the Pentagon and also for working with Uber Elevate. The firm has been advancing autonomous flying capabilities since 1989. The acquisition has yet to be approved by the U.S. Defense Department as it includes the transfer of Aurora’s novel technologies.
bloomberg.com, boeing.mediaroom.com

And Boeing backs another high flyer in Zunum Aero, a company working on a small hybrid airplane due by 2022. Using two electric motors and an engine, Zunum says its commuter aircraft can carry up to 12 passengers at speeds of 550 kph on trips of under 1,600 km. Once battery technology advances by the end of the decade though, Zunum Aero wants to offer planes for up to 50 people flying ever further.
reuters.com

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Across the pond, Airbus has been busy to move into electric airspace for some time already and says its all-electric CityAirbus is ready to start real world tests before the end of 2018. Testing the electric propulsion system has been concluded successfully and so soon, the 4-person plane may zigzag the sky at 120 kph and can also start and land vertically.
futurism.com, airbus.com

Smarter converters: Researchers from Purdue University researchers have come up with a smaller, more efficient drive system for hybrid and electric vehicles. They designed an improved power inverter that can be used to convert direct current electricity into alternating current to power a motor.
phys.org

Mar 31, 2017 - 08:40 am

Skeleton Technologies, SK Innovation, Airbus, Asahi Kasei.

Skeleton-Technologies-275Ultracap cells made in Germany: Skeleton Technologies has opened a large factory in Saxonia, close to Dresden, where the firm plans to make 4m ultracapacitor cells a year. Skeleton’s supercaps base on graphene and provide over 1m charge/discharge cycles according to the company. For the facility, 6.2m euro investment was made by the young firm, supplemented by federal and state funds from a programme to improve the regional economic structure (GRW).
skeletontech.com

Battery business shut down: Korean SK Innovation has halted the lines at its battery facility in Beijing due to China’s protective measures. The policies that exclude batteries from subsidies if they use nickel-manganese-cobalt (NCM) or parts from non-Chinese makers like most Korean producers do, has led to a rapid decline in orders. SK Innovation is now looking to “build a joint venture to produce battery cells with Chinese partner companies,” a SK official said.
businesskorea.co.kr

Crushed dreams: Airbus has faltered at the challenge to fly all-electrically and says it will switch its small E-Fan electric plane to hybrid propulsion instead. The new development project is titled E-Fan X and promises more range – obviously – but way less fancy. Initially, the plane maker wanted to build 100 small electric aircrafts for training purposes and had already sent the E-Fan across the English channel.
aero.de (in German), lefigaro.fr (in French)

Demand has increased for separators used in Li-ion batteries made by Asahi Kasei in Japan. The chemical company said it will grow production capacity by 30 percent with an investment of 11m yen until 2019. Asahi Kasei claims rising sales of electric and hybrid vehicles to be responsible for its growth.
nikkei.com

Mar 9, 2017 - 08:26 am

Airbus, Italdesign, Scilla, XPAND, Goodyear.

Airbus-Italdesign-PopUpAirbus and Italdesign popped up quite literally in Geneva, where the two show a concept that is both car and drone for up to two passengers. The Pop.Up is self-driving, or self-flying, once the little capsule is propped upon or underneath respective power modules for electric air and ground transport. Control is left to artificial intelligence and Airbus believes that commercial applications for what it calls “urban air mobility” could emerge in as little as ten years – if a few regulatory hurdles can be jumped.
autonews.com, airbusgroup.com, youtube.com

The next EV too has design roots in Italy and while it looks as if it could take off at any minute, the Scilla is made for the road. It is in fact closer to the ground than a Ferrari 488 and was conceived by students at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Pininfarina and the editors of Quattroruote magazine. Its got four in-wheel electric motors and shall sit two but earliest in 2030 as for now it is just a concept.
carscoops.com, quattroruote.it (in Italian, with video)

Scalable battery solution: Kokam launched the XPAND battery pack, suitable for all sorts of commercial and industrial electric vehicle applications, be it a bus, tram or ship. The XPAND will come with either 7.1 kWh or 11.4 kWh and both versions are scalable.
greencarcongress.com

Smart tire: Goodyear unveiled the IntelliGrip Urban, a concept tire designed with autonomous electric ride-sharing vehicles in urban areas in mind. The tire senses road and weather conditions, which it sends to the vehicle so the car may adjust speed, braking, handling and stability.
goodyear.eu

Jan 19, 2017 - 09:35 am

Vanda Electrics, Airbus, Nikola Motor, Mayflower.

Giving a glimpse: Vanda Electrics from Singapore is showing first teaser images of its electric sports car, developed together with Williams Advanced Engineering. The Dendrobium will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. As reported, the company plans a small production series of 10 to 20 units in 2018.
autoexpress.co.uk, autocar.co.uk

airbus-vahana-elektro-flugzeug_300x150pxFlying taxi: Airbus CEO Tom Enders confirmed that first test flights with the all-electric and autonomous Vahana (we reported) are scheduled for this year. Next to the single-seat flying taxi, Airbus also plans on setting up a drone delivery service called Skyways and at a later date, the flying taxis service CityAirbus that can carry more than one person and will also be all-electric and autonomous.
digitaltrends.com, wired.co.uk

Nikola Motor update: The first 5,000 units of the fuel cell truck will be built by company Fitzgerald Glider Kits in Tennessee. Thompson Machinery and Ryder Systems will be in charge of sales and distribution. Meanwhile, Nikola Motor wants to invest 1bn dollars in a new research and development centre, as well as its own production line that could churn out 50,000 fuel cell trucks per year. Nikola says it will pick a location by mid-2018.
trucks.com

Futuristic celebration of the past: For the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing the Atlantic, another vessel will set sail from Plymouth to New England in 2020. Only this one will be fully autonomously and will get its energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydrogen.
treehugger.com

Dec 6, 2016 - 08:56 am

EV sales in the UK.

All-electric cars had a tough month in November, with registrations dropping 22.4 percent compared to last year. Plug-in hybrids, on the other hand, had a good month. A total of 1,905 units rolled off the lot – 22.5% more than in November 2015. Pure hybrid sales even soared nearly 39%, with 4,153 HEVs sold.
smmt.co.uk

Nov 23, 2016 - 09:08 am

Airbus, BASF, supercaps, Tesla.

Autonomous Vahana taxi takes flight: Airbus has forged a partnership with MTSI and SOAR in Oregon. The will help getting the self-flying electric cab (we reported) off the ground. First prototypes could prepare for take-off as early as next year, while market launch is intended for 2020.
dailymail.co.uk

Distinguished battery researchers: BASF and Volkswagen honoured William Chueh from Stanford and Martin Ebner from ETH Zürich for their research results in the areas of energy storage and conversion and of fast charging of lithium-ion batteries. Chueh was awarded the “Science Award Electrochemistry 2016,” while Ebner received a special prize for applied research.
basf.com

Teaser-Battery-Testing-Study-2016

Flexible supercaps for cars? Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors with a higher energy storage capacity and that can be charged more than 30,000 times without capacity loss. If they go into series production, it could mean shorter charging times and longer lifespans for EV battery packs.
sciencedaily.com

Tesla coming to Kärnten? The California EV maker is looking for a production location in Europe and the federal state Kärnten in southern Austria is looking to offer a spot. The city of Villach is throwing its hat into the ring, saying a 40-hectare large industry park would be the perfect site for Tesla.
kaernten.orf.at (in German)

Oct 25, 2016 - 08:12 am

Airbus, Infinieon, TU Graz, smart charging.

Airbus-Vahana-conceptSelf-flying electric cab: Airbus presents the Vahana concept, which it also calls a CityAirbus, designed by its A3 subsidiary in Silicon Valley. The copter cab, as we dub it, carries one passenger with no pilot needed and is powered by four electric motors at tilting wings that enable vertical take-off and landing. An airborne prototype is scheduled for the end of next year and a demonstrator shall land by 2020.
dailymail.co.uk, autoblog.com

Microcontroller for EVs: Infineon’s Aurix microcontroller has been designed for electric vehicles and automated cars. They offer a high level of integration and real time performance, making them faster and safe. The MC are scalable up to 16Mbyte of flash and 6Mbyte of RAM.
newelectronics.co.uk, automotiveworld.com

Modern fuel cell testing: The fuel cell research centre HyCentA at TU Graz opened a new test infrastructure for fuel-cell systems together with AVL List GmbH. The 2.3m euro test stand allows dynamic operating modes and is open for automotive suppliers as well as fuel cell system producers.
tugraz.a

Intelligent charging: A study by the University of California, Irvine concludes that smart charging PEVs minimises the scale of infrastructure needed. With smart charging the required power capacity drops to 16% (from 60%), while V2G could render non-vehicle energy storage systems unnecessary.
greencarcongress.com

Aug 22, 2016 - 08:22 am

Asko, Kenworth Trucks, Airbus, South Korea.

Logistic department tests fuel cells: Norway’s biggest convenience goods wholesaler Asko and Scania will test three fuel cell trucks for distribution services with distances of around 500 km. The hydrogen fuel is produced using local solar energy. The Norwegian government co-finances the undertaking. There is a lot of potential, as Asko has about 600 trucks on the road.
automotiveworld.com, greencarcongress.com

Electrifying port work: Kenworth Trucks has received three government grants worth a total of 8.6m dollars to build drayage tractors with hybrid and fuel cell drivetrains. The technology will be used to transport freight from the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California.
greencarcongress.com

Autonomous taxi plane: The City Airbus, a sort of multikopter, will be all-electric and act as a sort of shared cap in cities. It can be called via an app and will, in the long run, operate without a pilot.
airbusgroup.com, engadget.com

Preparation for FCEV component production: South Korea is setting up a production hub for fuel cell components in the South Chungcheong Province and will invest 65m dollars in the project until 2021. In a first stage, it will focus on R&D of FCEV part technology, while the second stage will focus on setting up evaluation and assessment equipment.
koreabizwire.com

Jun 6, 2016 - 08:49 am

Adaptive City Mobility, Faraday Future, Airbus, SnikkyBike.

ACM_CITY-eTAXI_fronteTaxi from Adaptive City Mobility: The Adaptive City Mobility project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, unveiled the final design of their lightweight CITY eTaxi. The small EV comes with a newly developed battery swapping technology, meaning it will not need time to charge.
adaptive-city-mobility.de, pressebox.de (battery swapping, in German)

Faraday driverless tech tests: California-based start-up Faraday Future is seeking to test their self-driving vehicles on the roads in Michigan. The company has applied for three manufacturer license plates, a prerequisite for testing on Michigan roadways, and is currently testing both mechanical and software systems.
detroitnews.com

3D Printed Electric drone: Airbus showed off their new 3D printed drone “Thor” at the 2016 International Aerospace Exhibition and Air Show in Berlin. It is made of 50 3D printed parts and two electric engines. Testing began in November 2015, and there are 18 more test missions planned for 2016.
rt.com

Scooter kick started: The SnikkyBike is an electric scooter currently looking for financing on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. It has one full-sized 700C bicycle wheel in the front, one 16-inch motorised wheel in the back, and is driven while standing (it actually has no saddle). The inventor is seeking 100,000 dollars and is already halfway there.
gizmag.com, kickstarter.com (crowdfunding, with video)

Apr 8, 2016 - 08:31 am

Airbus, Siemens, WiTricity, Volvo, fuel cell.

Hybrid propulsion system: Airbus and Siemens have signed an agreement to jointly develop hybrid-electric drives for airplanes. Until 2020, the partners want to show the feasibility of various propulsion systems. Airbus CEO Tom Enders is convinced that an airplane with less than 100 seats could be propelled by a hybrid system by 2030.
greencarcongress.com, airbusgroup.com

Inductive charging technology: WiTricity has signed another license agreement, this time with Japanese company Daihen. The latter will use WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology for its inductive charging technology for forklifts and Automatic Guided Vehicles (AVG).
electriccarsreport.com

Generator highway: Volvo has fitted a short bit of highly frequented U.S. road with an underground hydraulic generator. Every passing vehicles generates electricity, used to charge a nearby parked Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid. The PHEV thanked (perplexed) drivers on a giant screen and left the charger with a full battery later that day.
youtube.com (video) via nydailynews.com

Fuel cells from South Africa: As part of a project to build up local skills in hydrogen and FC development in South Africa, company Impala Platinum Limited unveiled a new fuel cell powered forklift and H2 fuelling station. It was developed by Hydrogen South Africa (HySa) Systems, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the Department of Science and Technology.
hydrogenfuelnews.com, gasworld.com

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Aug 6, 2015 - 08:20 am

Airbus, Honda, quantum batteries, Skeleton Technologies.

Hypersonic hydrogen jet: Airbus has patented a plane that could fly from Paris to Tokyo in less than three hours. The hydrogen-fueled Concord successor would use three different types of engines, including rocket boosters, to jump above the atmosphere. However, so far, the jet is just a concept.
theguardian.com

Power-Exporter-CONCEPTEV emergency response: Honda and Tottori University started field testing Honda’s Power Exporter CONCEPT 9000. The Inverter is designed to power external devices with up to 9 kW and could thus transform EVs and FCVs into mobile energy sources during disasters.
responsejp.com

Quantum batteries? Quantum physics migth eventually provide a leap in battery technology, as researchers explore the quantum battery or “quantacell.” The latter could lead to a speedup through quantum entanglement, which provides shortcuts between charged and uncharged qubits. The denser the qubit thicket, the faster the charging.
phys.org, extremetech.com

Ultracap starter module: Skeleton Technologies introduced a 24V engine start module called SkelStart ESM, which uses graphene-based ultracapacitor technology. It currently serves to start up trucks but might become available for electric cars soon, given energy density can be increased considerably.
greencarcongress.com(trucks), green.wiwo.de (electric cars, in German)

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2020/10/15/airbus-elringklinger-launch-fuel-cell-partnership/
15.10.2020 14:20