GM reveals plans for increased e-mobility investment
US automaker General Motors has now officially confirmed that it will increase its investment in electric and automated driving vehicles from $27 billion to $35 billion by 2025, as previously leaked. GM has revealed some details of what the extra funds will be used for.
Battery train, Formula E, Solar Forest, TU Delft.
Britain’s 1st battery-electric train: Network Rail is currently testing an battery-powered Abellio Greater Anglia Class 379, which is usually fed via overhead lines. Bombardier has now retrofitted the train with battery packs to see if these could enable it to run on routes without overhead power lines.
Formula E charges wireless: At least the safety cars do as Qualcomm delivers its inductive charging technology for two BMW i3 and two i8. So far, only one i3 is ready to charge without a wire but the other three will be made fit to charge inductively soon.
Recharge under a tree: Designer Neville Mars has come up with the idea of a ‘Solar Forest,’ where every “tree” charges an EV and provides shade at the same time. The charging stations are powered by leaf-like solar canopies that follow the path of the sun.
Fuel cell racer: Student’s at the TU Delft are testing the sixth iteration of the Forze, a hydrogen powered lightweight race car that can go from 0 to 100 kph in less than four seconds and onwards to a top speed of 210 kph. The 100-kW fuel cell is supported by a supercapacitor that adds another 90 kW of power.
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