Wireless charging, Archimede Solar Car, MBtech, battery aging.
Wireless charging testbed: EVs that charge inductively can be tested in Greenville, South Carolina. The new testbed is part of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) and the result of a cooperation between Clemson University, Toyota, Evatran, Cisco, Duke Energy and the ORNL.
Upcycled solar car: Sicilian start-up Futuro Solar and the University of Catania jointly developed the Archimede Solar Car concept. It is made almost solely from recycled materials (98%) and powered by 246 solar panels with an output of 1,000 watts. The vehicle reaches a maximum of 57 kph but could go faster in the future.
Will to progress: MBtech expands activities at its eMobility competence centre as 30 new employees will join this year. New testing devices for hybrid drives, power electronics and electric machines are planned, as well as an electric bike with connectivity features.
mbtech-group.com (in German)
What makes batteries age the most? A team at Pennsylvania State University found a mathematical formula to predict factors influencing Li-ion battery ageing. The research was supported by Volvo Trucks.