SK Innovation, Google, Auro Robotics, Carla Cargo.
SK innovates: Korean energy solution company SK Innovation intends to increase production of lithium-ion battery separators, a core EV battery component, by 30 percent before 2020. After expanding two production lines next month, SK hopes to become the worldwide leading LiBS manufacturer.
Google tech: Fiat Chrysler is reportedly in late-stage talks with Google over a technology partnership and the deployment of Google’s driverless car technology. The deal would start with Chrysler’s Pacifica minivans. An announcement could come as early as this Friday, but details are still under wraps.
Campus shuttles: Autonomous campus shuttle service Auro Robotics secured 2m dollars in a funding round led by Motus Ventures. The money will allow Auro Robotics to roll out a shuttle service using multi-sensor clad electric vehicles at an unnamed American university later this year.
Bike haul: The German-designed Carla Cargo electric bicycle trailer prepares bikes for 150 kg loads. It can be powered to trail behind a bike or unhitch and operate as a powered hand truck. The motor generates 250 watts of power and can go up to 23kph. The Carla Cargo starts at 4,000 euros before tax and shipping.
SFM Bikes, fUCI, Auro Robotics, Fraunhofer ISE.
Foldable motorcycle: SFM Bike presents the electric version of its Sachs MadAss, called the Saxxx MadAss E. Its 1.5 kW electric motor and 960 Wh Li-ion battery allow for a maximum speed of 45 kph and 50 km range. Moreover, the bike can be folded up for easy storage.
Next-generation e-bike concept: Bike manufacturer Specialized ditched UCI rules on what a bicycle should look like, creating a flashy new concept with the telling name fUCI. The e-bike has a concealed motor in the bottom bracket shell, and comes with smartphone integration technology and break lights.
Autonomous ride to class: Start-up Auro Robotics will test its driverless electric golf cart on the campus of Santa Clara University in Northern California this autumn. The cart goes up to 10 mph and can detect pedestrians up to 200 m ahead. Tests will run for three months.
High efficiency through SiC: Researchers at the Fraunhofer ISE have developed a highly compact and efficient inverter containing innovative silicon carbide (SiC) components for the use in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). The demonstrator achieved an efficiency of 98.7 percent; around five times higher than conventional power electronic silicon components.
Apple, New Flyer, Toyota, Auro Robotics.
iCar close to reality? Apple’s project Titan seems to be moving ahead more quickly than originally believed. The Guardian claims to have documents showing this project is actively seeking to use a special facility to test autonomous tech. According to the report, Apple already has a self-driving electric car “almost ready for the road”!
Fuel cell bus demonstration: New Flyer announced that the California Energy Commission has approved a 2.1 million dollar grant to conduct a demonstration project involving a New Flyer Xcelsior electric transit bus with a Hydrogenics CelerityPlus fuel cell. The demonstration bus will use a Siemens ELFA electric drive motor for propulsion and the Hydrogenics fuel cell as a range extender.
Maintenance costs: Some Toyota hybrids are capable of saving up to 1,000 euros in maintenance after three years, according to research conducted by Tec-RMI. But the Toyota Auris Hybrid and Lexus IS 300h were in fact the only hybrid models generating savings for their owners. Other brands’ hybrids ended up costing more than their diesel and petrol counterparts.
Driverless electric shuttle: Auro Robotics is currently testing a driverless electric shuttle car at various universities in the United States. The company is also planning to expand to other markets like amusement parks, retirement communities and small islands later this year.