Tag: Berkeley Lab

Aug 12, 2016 - 08:03 am

Sumitomo, Berkeley Lab, XL Hybrids, Showa Denko.

Fuel cell CV partnership: Japanese Sumitomo plans to sell hydrogen commercial vehicles together with US Hybrid from California, Nikkei reports. The fuel cells will be delievered by the Americans, while Sumitomo mainly aims to supply Japanese manufacturers of vans and trucks.

Ant-nest-like Li-S structures: A team at the Berkeley National Laboratory developed a novel Li-S electrode with a structure based on ant nests. Its increased sulfur loading and sulfur/inactive-materials ratio is said to improve life and capacity of Li-S batteries.

EPA testing of vans fitted with XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems showed a 26 percent mpg improvement. The retro-fitted hybrid Ford Transit also had a more than 50% reduction in NOx emissions.

Demand driven: Showa Denko announced that it will expand the production capacity of carbon nanofibre (VGCF) from 200 to 300 tons next year. It is added to cathodes and anodes of lithium ion batteries to improve conductivity. The expansion is due to an increase in demand driven by PEVs.

Dec 23, 2015 - 09:59 am

Bosch, Berkeley lab, Xalt Energy, Efficient Drivetrains.

E-Mobility diagnostics: A Bosch-led consortium has come up with DINA, a project on diagnosis and repairs for electric vehicles. The system is able to detect and localise faults in the EV powertrain, including the high-voltage battery, inverters and charging equipment, thus making full replacements redundant. The project is funded with 2.8 million euros by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
automotiveworld.com, bosch-presse.de

New electrolyte for solid-state batteries: Researchers from Berkeley Lab and the University of North Carolina developed a hybrid electrolyte that combines polymer and glass. It is said to show high conductivity at room temperature and excellent electrochemical stability.

Batteries for PHEV trucks: XALT Energy and Efficient Drivetrains (EDI) forged an agreement that will see XALT supply EDI with its NMC graphite lithium-ion battery packs. They will be first used in EDI’s plug-in hybrid power utility vehicle. Shipment of the order has already begun.

Oct 9, 2015 - 08:10 am

ZSW, Berkeley Lab, LMU Munich, Bolt.

Cheaper Li-ion batteries: Researchers at the German ZSW (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung) have developed a new cathode material for Li-ion batteries. The lithium nickel manganese oxide obtained up to 40 percent higher energy density than existing materials and is more cost-effective, according to ZSW.
zsw-bw.de (in German)

Berkeley Lab rewarded: Eight million dollars in funding habe been awarded to Berkeley Lab for two new research efforts by the Department of Energy. One is to find new materials for hydrogen storage and another for optimising fuel-cell performance and durability.

Light to hydrogen: German chemists have introduced a new class of porous organic materials that can be used for light-driven production of hydrogen gas. The so-called covalent organic frameworks (COFs) work well in molecular engineering.
nanowerk.com, nature.com

Kickstart the Bolt M-1 as it is asking for funding on Indiegogo. The electric two-wheeler hovers between a scooter and motorcycle (we reported) and it looks as if that mix appeals. Already, 160,000 dollars of the required 200,000 have been collected with another 20 days left.
indiegogo.com (campaign) via insideevs.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday were three queens gathering in Oz for a drag race. Watch the Tesla Model S P85D, a Holden Commodore V8 and a Walkinshaw HSV GTS together in action – again.


Jul 9, 2015 - 08:33 am

e-Genius, Gigafactory, Local Motors, Berkeley Lab.

eGenius-Alpese-Genius: An electric plane has crossed the Alps, flying 320 and 365 kilometres back and forth for 21 euros worth of charge (83 kWh). The two-seater e-Genius was built by the University of Stuttgart that has been working on the project since May 2011.
idw-online.de, ifb.uni-stuttgart.de (project’s website)

Gigafactory to double in size? Tesla already acquired 1,200 more acres of land right next to its enormous battery factory. The new acquisition more than doubles the EV maker’s property and Tesla asked for an additional 350 acres adjacent to its current factory site.
electrek.co, youtube.com (County official)

3D-printed vehicle design: Local Motors presents the ‘Reload Redacted – Swim/Sport’ design that won the contest Project Redacted. It will thus become the base for the first 3D-printed road-ready electric vehicle to be launched next year.

Electric autonomous cabs could prove climate savers, research by Berkeley Lab suggests. Per-mile greenhouse gas emissions of such a taxi in 2030 would be 90% lower than that of a private car in 2014, as the cab’s effectiveness increases with more miles travelled and right choice of size for occupancy.
nature.com via greencarcongress.com

Apr 1, 2015 - 08:45 am

EV batteries, BMW X5 xDrive 40e.

Study tip: According to a recently published study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and US Berkley, the range of current electric cars can accommodate daily travel needs of 85 percent of U.S. drivers – even after battery capacity begins to fade.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, sciencedirect.com

Video tip: BMW brings its plug-in hybrid SUV X5 xDrive 40e to the small screen. For the Bavarian carmaker´s main brand, this is the first PHEV it is adding to its portfolio.
youtube.com via carscoops.com, bmwblog.com

Apr 1, 2014 - 09:36 am

Epic Electric American Roadtrip, Fuel efficiency.

Roadtrip tip: Recargo manager Norman Hajjar plans nothing less than the ‘Epic Electric American Roadtrip’ in a Tesla Model S with which he will drive 12,000 miles in 18 days to set a Guinness World Record. Happy travels!

Study tip: Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that hybrid cars are significantly more fuel-efficient in India and China than in the US. This is due to different traffic conditions with more frequent starting and stopping, considerable amount of time spent idling, and low percentage of time spent on highways.
greencarcongress.com, sciencedirect.com (purchase study)

– Short Circuit –


Mar 3, 2014 - 09:51 am

Highlifter, Hitachi, LG Chem, Berkeley Lab, Argonne National Lab.

HighlifterAll-electric highlifter: The company ‘German E-Cars’ is currently testing its new ‘Highlifter’ at Kassel-Calden airport, Germany. The eleven-metre vehicle was developed with Doll Fahrzeugbau AG, a specialist for airfield vehicles, and is the first fully electric of its kind. It serves the caterer Gategourmet lifting containers. If the test is successful, the Highlifter will go on further trials in Zürich, Amsterdam and Stockholm.
hna.de (in German, many photos)

Building on synergies: Hitachi is integrating its Vehicle Energy’s design and R&D department for lithium-ion batteries into Hitachi Automotive Systems in April. The company thus hopes to strengthen synergies in developing electric and hybrid drivetrains and to increase battery efficiency.

Battery factory in China: LG Chem is reportedly planning to build a battery factory in China to be able to satisfy the future demand of the Chinese car industry. LG Chem, which is currently supplying batteries to carmakers such as GM and Renault, expects to double it customers to 20 in the near future.

New nanocatalysts discovered by researchers at Berkeley and Argonne National Labs are said to make cheaper and more efficient catalysts for fuel cells than the best platinum catalysts used today. The new bimetallic catalysts of platinum and nickel (Pt3Ni) have a tree-dimensional catalytic surface activity.

Feb 20, 2014 - 09:43 am

MTT-136, Isabellenhütte, Bolton University, Berkeley Lab, Echo.

MTT-136Electric sled: The MTT-136 (MTT stands for My Track Technology) might not sound fancy but is pretty strong and versatile. The sled was constructed by Canadian Yvon Martel and his draught horse weighs just 280 pounds (127 kilos). The threaded sled can pull along from 28 to 130 miles on a single charge and even works without snow. The designer is currently looking for partners.
autoblog.com, electric-vehiclenews.com

New current sensor: The German Isabellenhütte has developed a new sensor to be used in battery management systems of EVs and hybrids. The ICB-M comes with two independently powered measurement channels which are galvanically isolated. One is digital, measuring current on shunt basis and the other analog thus using the magnetic method.
pressebox.de (In German)

UK-U.S. fuel cell research: A team at British Bolton University will work together with researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the USA to improve the efficiency of hydrogen storage. The aim is to find nano-composite materials that are capable to absorb more H2 thus making its storage easier and more cost-efficient.

Hybrid system to be extended: Echo Automotive plans to expand its retrofit ‘EchoDrive’ hybrid system to more GM vans like the Chevy Express and GMC Savana. Orders are currently being accepted with production scheduled for this year.

Found on electrive.com
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