Xos presents two new electric utility vehicles
The US American electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Xos (formerly Thor Trucks) has presented two new e-truck models: the Xos HDXT and the Xos MDXT. The company also unveiled an ecosystem for connected vehicles and there’s a strategic partnership with Allison Transmission.
Hino Trucks opts for Allison’s fully electric power axle
Toyota’s commercial vehicle brand Hino Trucks has integrated fully electric axles by Allison Transmission into next-gen heavy-duty EVs. The Japanese manufacturer has completed testing and validation of Allison’s eGen PowerTM 100D fully electric axle in its XL series.
Allison launches first e-axle production
The US supplier Allison Transmission has completed a new production line for e-axles at its plant in Auburn Hills in the state of Michigan. The new 10,000 square metre facility will produce Allison Transmission’s eGen Power electric axles for commercial vehicles.
Nissan, WiTricity, Skeleton, Romeo Power, Allison Transmission.
Nissan and WiTricity get together but no physically bond may be between them. Their cooperation is about wireless charging, in particular the interoperability of such systems. Maybe the second gen Leaf will already charge without a plug and just leisurely roll over a platform.
Graphene Supercapacitor investment in Europe: Skeleton Technologies has borrowed 15m from the European investment bank (EIB). The Estonian company will use the money to fund further research as well as an electrode mass-production facility in German Dresden.
Romeo Power to expand: It looks like the EV battery offspring found the factory it wanted in Californian Vernon. With scaling up production, 200 jobs will open. Romeo Power is to expand capacity to 1 GWh in 2017 to 4 GWh in 2018 until ultimately doubling it to 8 GWh by the end of 2019.
Hybrid bus system approved: Allison Transmission and Cummins have been certified by CARB. The agency approved the 2017 Allison Hybrid H 40 EP / H 50 EP hybrid propulsion systems paired with Cummins diesel engines used in transit buses and coaches. It is said to save up to 25% fuel.
NCA batteries, Allison Transmission, Arcimoto, EaglePicher.
Increasing lifetime of NCA batteries: The Korean government funded three studies to analyze degradation patterns of Li-ion batteries composed of nickel, cobalt and aluminum. Heat makes the batteries degrade more quickly and with this research, scientists hope to counter the effects.
Components electrification: Allison Transmission presents a new solution for its hybrid drivetrains for buses that will supposedly increase fuel savings from 25 to 41 percent and more. The system comes with a DC-AC converter that makes it possible to use energy from the hybrid system to power accessory components such as electric air compressors.
Affortable EV: U.S. based company Arcimoto has developed an all-electric three-wheeler that it says will sell for less than 20,000 dollars. 15 of the Arcimoto SRK will be produced for a trial mid-2015. Serial production could kick-off as soon as the end of 2016.
Li-ion cells for US military: EaglePicher Technolgies received 22 million dollars in funding from the US Department of Defense for the second phase of the project “Lithium-Ion Battery for Military Applications (LIMA).” The goal is to develop more powerful Li-ion cells for i.e. military aircrafts.