Volvo banks on Blockchain for cobalt transparency
Volvo wants to use blockchain technologies to increase transparency regarding the origin of the cobalt used in the batteries of their electric cars. The first project in China, the home country of Volvo’s mother company Geely, has now been launched.
Bosch to test blockchain solution for charging
Bosch is working with EnBW, an utility in Germany’s south, on a prototype for a charging process based on blockchain technology. The entire process – from the selection of the charging station to reservation and payment – is simplified and tailored to the customer’s needs.
Volkswagen joins blockchain for cobalt supply
Volkswagen has joined an industry initiative for responsible purchasing of strategic minerals, especially cobalt. Blockchain technology is to help to improve efficiency, sustainability and transparency in global and complex supply chains.
Electric van sharing free of charge coming to Germany
UZE Mobility is yet another start-up from Aachen, the town that turned into Germany’s unofficial e-mobility capital. Unlike other start-ups though, UZE Mobility want to offer their services free of charge to users as they think they found innovative revenue streams.
ZF spins off blockchain-based Car eWallet
ZF has founded a startup that incorporates their Car eWallet business. They will offer payment and billing services for transactions such as charging or renting electric cars using blockchain technology. The launch of Car eWallet in Berlin follows a trial with project partners IBM and UBS.
Air BnB for EV charging ‘Share&Charge’ to close down
The app Share&Charge that allows users to offer EV drivers the use of their private charging station is closing down on March, 31. An email informed all members that the blockchain-based service is to go into revision. Maker MotionWerk remains convinced that this will be the future of EV charging.
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Great Wall does research in Austria: Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motor is about to open its first R&D centre outside of China in the Austrian city of Kottingbrunn. With this step, the company wants to create 100 new jobs and put its focus on the development of powertrains for both, electric and hybrid cars. A few month ago, Great Wall announced its plans to invest a total of 60bn yuan (8,7bn USD) to develop new energy vehicles.
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Inductive charging tech for Japan: American engineering company WiTricity signed a licensing agreement with Shindengen, allowing the Tokyo-based car supplier to license its patented technology to develop and commercialize high-performance wireless charging systems in Japan. The system enables inductive charging through parking above a charging pad.
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Meritor’s electric solution platform: Utility car supplier Meritor says it develops a platform of electric drive axles, suspensions and supporting systems for city-delivery, medium-duty and transit bus as well as off-road and severe-duty applications. The platform shall serve as foundation for various drivetrain configurations, including full electric, hybrid, single or tandem axles.
Platform for peer-to-peer energy models: The Prosume Energy Foundation presents a blockchain-based platform to exchange electricity from renewable and fossil sources and promotes its application among others for EV management as well as for data collection and identity management to empower EV rentals with energy barter systems. The company says it is currently negotiating pilot projects in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.