Hydrogen train network goes live in Germany
In the German state of Lower Saxony, the world’s first network with hydrogen fuel cell trains in passenger service has now gone into operation. On the route between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude, 14 hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint regional trains are now in operation, replacing 15 diesel trains.
Île-de-France Mobilités: bendy e-buses for Paris
Île-de-France Mobilités, the entity responsible for organising public transport in the Paris metropolitan area, is awarding a contract to a consortium of Van Hool, Kiepe Electric and Alstom to build a fleet of 24-metre-long, all-electric, double-articulated buses.
Alstom debuts battery-electric train in Germany
A battery-electric train by Alstom has completed its maiden voyage on a rail route in Saxony, Germany. The prototype train developed together with TU Berlin started on a roundtrip in the city of Chemnitz. Electric trains of this type are scheduled to go into passenger service from December 2021.
ÜSTRA factory recycles old eCitaro batteries
The partners of the GUW+ model project are dedicated to the re-use of batteries from electric city buses and will now realise a stationary energy storage system in a rectifier substation of the ÜSTRA based on batteries that were previously used in eCitaro city buses.
Bombardier converts five trains to zero-emission
Bombardier will convert five of its diesel-hybrid trains to purely electric operation through a combined battery and overhead line operation by 2023. Bombardier was recently acquired by the Alstom group and supplied the hybrid trains it will also now convert for the French railway company SNCF.
Alstom to build six H2 fuel cell trains for Italy
Alstom will build six fuel cell trains for FNM, a transport company operating in the Italian region of Lombardy. The contract also includes an option for eight additional FC trains. In the meantime, Alstom’s Coradia iLint fuel cell train has completed a three-month test run in Austria.
Cummins to build fuel cell system plant in Germany
The US company Cummins has announced the opening of a new plant in the German city of Herten, which will initially focus on the assembly of fuel cell systems for Alstom hydrogen trains. The plant is scheduled to start operations in July 2021.
11 Alstom battery-electric trains for Germany
In Germany, on behalf of two transit agencies, Alstom will manufacture, supply and maintain eleven Coradia Continental battery-electric trains for regional transport on the Leipzig-Chemnitz line by 2032. The order volume is worth around 100 million euros.
Forsee Power delivers batteries to London
The French company Forsee Power will equip 34 electric buses from Portuguese manufacturer CaetanoBus with its battery systems. The buses are to be delivered to London from the first quarter of 2020, where they will serve two electric bus routes.
RATP orders 50 Aptis buses for Paris
Alstom announced another order for its fully electric Aptis bus with a tram design. After the Strasbourg transport company CTS had ordered twelve units in March, the Paris public transport operator RATP is now ordering 50 units of the electric bus.
Paris: RATP to order 800 electric buses by 2024
The Parisian public transport operator RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) intends to procure up to 800 electric buses by 2024 in order to replace existing diesel buses and combat smog in the greater Paris area in the run-up to the 2024 Olympic Games.
Ford, Smart Energy Island, Alstom, Linde.
Ford certifies retrofit: XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids have one thing in common – they are all certified to upfit Ford vans with hybrid powertrains. Ford calls its programme eQVM through which it enables commercial customers to buy hybrid variants but keep the original powertrain warranty.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, trucks.com
Smart Energy Island: The remote Isles of Scilly are to become more energy efficient through the Hitachi-led project Smart Energy Island (SEI). An intelligent energy system that includes electric cars and home batteries shall help to reduce energy costs by 40 percent by 2025. To meet 40% of the islands energy demand from renewables and to convert 40 % of the isles’ 1,253 vehicles to electric or low carbon are other goals to be achieved within the timeframe. Systems for the 10.8m GBP scheme come from Moixa.
Fuel cell train on track: Alstom successfully trialled the Coradia iLint fuel cell train at 80 kph at its own test track in Salzgitter, Germany. More extensive trials are to follow in Germany and Czech Republic in the coming months before the first passengers will aboard the train. It will run on the Buxtehude–Bremervörde–Bremerhaven–Cuxhaven (Germany) route beginning of 2018. Alstom already holds signed letters of intent for 60 trains from German states.
Hydrogen trishaw: Linde is to present fuel cell bicycles at the Shell Eco-Marathon. The prototype H2-Bike has a 100 km range at speeds of up to 25 kph. In Singapore, Linde has transformed these bikes into HY!cycles – complete with sidecars inspired by the city state’s iconic trishaws.
Nissan, Nio, Detroit Electric, Smart, Berlin, Alstom, NTL.
New Leaf on sale in 2017: Nissan will launch the 2018 Leaf this September with sales opening before the year’s end. Owners whose lease is about to end will receive an offer to extend the lease for up to three month free of charge until the launch of the next-gen EV. Specifications however, are yet to be delivered but a 60 kWh battery is certain.
Nio reveals self-driving EV: Nio, formerly known as Next EV and for its electric hyper car EP9, has brought an electric and autonomous car to the SXSW conference. The Nio Eve is primarily a vision but parts may make it into mass produced autonomous EVs in the States by 2020.
electrek.co, forbes.com, nio.io
1.8bn for Detroit Electric: Chinese Far East Smarter Energy Group poured 1.8bn dollars in the EV maker. 370m were earmarked for Europe alone, where the electric roadster SP:01 is to be build in England. Next in the pipeline is an electric SUV (2018) and an electric sedan before the decade’s end.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, autocar.co.uk
The order books opened for the new electric Smart range. Prices for the Fortwo and Forfour ED start at 21,940 and 22,600 euros respectively before incentives. Deliveries are set to begin in June.
Berlin will replace Brussels in the Formula E and will thus host a double-header ePrix this summer. The Berlin ePrix will take place at the former Tempelhof Airport as before but the track layout has been completely redesigned.
eBus based on tram design: Alstom and NTL presented a prototype of the Aptis electric bus. Its design borrows from streetcars with equipment including a pantograph for charging mounted on the roof. The 12m EV offers space for up to 95 passengers. Power output is at 180 kW and top speed 70 kph. Aptis shall be tested from April in and around Paris.
Volvo, Mitsubishi, Alstom, SHW Automotive, Okinawa Electric Scooters.
Swedish EV offensive? Volvo seems to be planning a whole series of electric car models. At least that’s what the designations P5, P6, P8, P9, and P10 suggest, which Volvo recently trademarked in Europe. Each of the applications are for “vehicles and conveyances; Electric vehicles” and suggest that just like Volvo’s XC90 PHEV bears the designation T8, future electric models could bear the P. Of course that’s all speculation.
swedespeed.com, carscoops.com, carsuk.net
New Mitsubishi SUV: The Japanese announced the world premiere of its new compact SUV for the Geneva Motor Show. While Mitsubishi is keeping details about the drivetrain under wraps, a product presentation from last year suggests a PHEV variant.
Alstom invests in EasyMile: Alstom invested 14m euros in company EasyMile, maker of the autonomous electric shuttle EZ10. The two companies agreed to join their know-how to develop integrated solutions for public transport in cities. It seems the next rail transport giant realises that autonomous shuttles should not be underestimated.
SHW Automotive loses big order: The Aalen-based supplier says it lost a 100m euro deal it was awarded last year (we reported). It had been named system supplier of electrical ax gear pumps to the unnamed “the world’s leading manufacturer of all-electric vehicles” – many speculated Tesla. But it seems that the pumps are not compatible with the vehicle’s requirements. SHW Automotive will now take legal action.
reuters.com, autonews.com, presseportal.de
E-power on two wheels: India has a new supplier of electric two-wheelers. Company Okinawa Electric Scooters just unveiled its first electric scooter Ridge, adding that it will launch two more models before the end of the year. Apparently, electric motorbikes are also on the agenda.
South Korea, NanoXplore, Alstom, Ilika.
40m dollars for better batteries: Korea’s government and industry will invest a total of 43bn won (38.4m dollars) to double the energy density of EV batteries to 300 Wh/kg by 2020. If the 230 reseachers on the project are successful, 400 km on one charge would be well within range.
3.3m dollars for lighter e-motors: NanoXplore from Canada receives 3.3m dollars in funding from the government to commercialise lighter and more efficient components for electric motors. Graphen utilised instead of metal shall do the trick.
Hydrogen train: Alstom presents the first serial fuel cell passenger train. The Coradia iLint has a range of 800 km. Li-ion batteries recover energy from braking, while Alstom offers H2 infrastructure with partners. The train will first hit the rails in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Ilika is to work with Johnson Matthey to develop protected anodes for lithium sulfur batteries. The three year project is led by Johnson Matthey and funded by Innovate UK and the EPSRC. 365,133 GBP (475,000 dollars) of the grant will be allocated to Ilika.
Infineon, Leclanché, Alstom, FEV.
Infineon heads EV research: The EU initiative ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) includes three research projects – 3Ccar, OSEM-EV and SilverStream, designed to develop more compact and lighter electrical systems for EVs. 120 researchers from 70 partners and 15 countries are working on reliability issues as well as the development of an inexpensive compact electric car.
Battery electric ferry: Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has been chosen as battery system supplier to the world’s largest electric ferry to be built within the Horizon 2020 scheme (we reported). The ferry will be equipped with a 4.2 MWh battery and charged with up to 4 MW during short port stays. The ferry will run between the island Ærø and mainland Denmark from 2017.
Super strong charge: Alstom presents its new catenary-free ground-based static charging system called SRS at the UITP 2015 in Milan. The system is able to supply electric buses and street cars with up to 1.1 MW of power in a 20-second charging cycle during station stops.
Virtual motor engineering: German FEV has launched a new release of its ‘FEV Virtual Engine’ simulation software for advanced powertrain dynamics analysis. It enables engineers to design various motors, including start-stop systems and complete hybrid drives.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday were the leaked pictures of the 2016 BMW 7-series, along with the confirmation that the PHEV variant will also become available in October.
University of Pennsylvania, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Alstom, Chop-E.
Unique electric racer: Students of the University of Pennsylvania have build an electric race car which is currently on display at the Philadelphia Auto Show. The REVO is to compete in the Formula SAE Electric and all components are done from scratch. The project is part of Penn Electric Racing.
upenn.edu, youtube.com (video)
F1 W06 Hybrid unveiled: The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team presented its hybrid racer for the new season. The biggest challenge was to bring the new F1 W06 Hybrid in line with 2015 F1 regulations that now allow only four instead of five power units per driver for this season.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com, topspeed.com
Hybrid locomotives for Audi: Alstom will supply two hybrid shunting locomotives for Audi’s freight transport at the factory in Ingolstadt. The drive combines a 350 kW diesel generator with a 350 kWh NiCd battery and is said to save about 50 percent fuel. Deliveries are set for the end of 2015 and 2016.
It’s a chopper, baby: A Chop-E, to be precise and while from Estonia, the “E” is for electric. The fat tyre in the rear neatly holds the battery that powers the front wheel drive for about 40 miles. At a top speed of 20 mph, this e-bike is for cruising and the company is seeking funds to set up a production line.
kickstarter.com (crowdfunding), interestingengineering.com
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the Nissan Leaf owner who took his car in for its annual service and was more than surprised when he saw the invoice which stated 8,94 pounds for a new oil filter.
Alstom, Siemens, CAF, Afkar.
Germany funds fuel cell trains: Alstom has received 7.9 million euros in funding from German Ministry of Transportation for the development of railbound vehicles using fuel cell technology. First prototypes will go into service on a trial basis in 2016. Germany’s federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Hessen, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia have already signed letters of intent for the use of the trains.
iwr.de (in German)
World’s biggest truck: The 360 ton GVW BelAZ 75710 mining truck recently began operating at a Siberian mine. It features four 1,200 kW electric traction motors developed by Siemens. Electricity is provided by two generators, each driven by a 16-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 1,700 kW.
Cable-free rail starts operating: Taiwan city of Kaohsiung is beginning test runs with light-rail tram cars from Spanish manufacturer CAF, that completely forgo overhead electrical lines and have supercapacitor energy storage units located at the top of the cabs. The system uses high-energy wireless charging technology that is housed at each station.
Alone on the road: Fraunhofer IPA presents its project Afkar, aimed at developing a robotic system to allow EVs to drive short distances on their own, i.e. to get to a charge point, find a parking spot or ‘meet’ a driver. The car might also know if a charging station is occupied or vacated.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the submarine sports cabriolet that is able to float on the water surface, dive – and of course drive on the street.