Porsche and Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore what they consider the market for urban air mobility (UAM). As part of the partnership, the companies will create an international team to gather insight on new mobility applications.
Boeing has absolved a successful test flight with a VTOL that they now call Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV). Boeing announced that the prototype has just completed a controlled takeoff, hover and landing during the test conducted in Manassas, Virginia.
Siemens and Valeo form alliance: The two companies have formed a 50:50 joint venture to make high-voltage powertrains for all forms of electrified cars, including hybrids. Jointly developed electric motors, on-board chargers, inverters and power converters are said to give the companies a more favourable position in the market. greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com
Battery cooperation: ElringKlinger meanwhile teamed up with Sensor Technik Wiedemann. Together the German companies want to create lithium-ion battery modules and system for i.e. electric vehicles. The first projects will include energy 24 and 48 Volt energy storage systems with optimal cooling. prcenter.de
LG Chem with new coating: LG Chem has purchased a patent licence agreement from company Optodot to use the latter’s boehmite ceramic-coated separators for Li-ion batteries. Ceramic coating is said to improve performance, life cycle and safety of Li-ion batteries. greencarcongress.com
Vertical takeoff: Aurora Flight Sciences has completed a first flight with a miniature model of its newly developed aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion (we reported). The plane can take off and land vertically, making runways a thing of the past. Once airborne, it can reach up to 740 kph. The development is funded 89m dollars from the U.S. Pentagon. gizmag.com, dailymail.co.uk
Chinese cooperative: Geely and battery manufacturer Hunan Corun New Energy are working on a new technology platform for electric and hybrid cars, which will be open to all Chinese manufacturers. Nine unnamed carmakers have expressed interest. This is the second cooperation between the companies, as they are also working on a hybrid car project set to go into production next year. autoindustriya.com, chinadaily.com.cn
H2 research in Hamburg: The new ZAL TechCenter of Applied Aeronautical Research in the Hanseatic city and was launched in cooperation with the city of Hamburg, Airbus, Lufthansa, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), four universities, and twelve other partners. The R&D facility houses the Fuel Cell Lab, which will look into hydrogen applications in aviation, public transport and the automotive industry. flightchic.com, zal.aero
Hybrid VTOL plane: Beating competitors like Boeing, Aurora Flight Sciences received 89m dollars from the U.S. Pentagon to develop an aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion, capable of vertical take-off and landing. Called LightningStrike, it will travel at up to 740 kph once airborne. fortune.com, gizmag.com
Battery pilot plant: Canadian Nano One Materials received a 2m dollar grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to commercialise its lithium-ion battery cathode materials. A pilot factory will be set up to showcase the technology to potential investors and large scale producers. equities.com
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