Boeing invests in Wisk Aero
US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has invested a further $450 million in Wisk Aero, the joint venture between Kitty Hawk and Boeing to develop electric aerial taxis. The investment is intended to further the development of Wisk’s sixth-generation eVTOL and fund preparations for the start of series production.
Porsche joins Boeing in Urban Air Mobility market
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 VTOL takes test flight as flying taxi
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.
Boeing uses Japanese know-how for electric aircraft
Boeing will work with Japanese companies, universities and the government to develop technologies for next-generation lightweight electric aircraft. Partners include GS Yuasa for battery development and Sinfonia Technology and Tamagawa Seiki for the aeroplane’s engines.
Solar powered aircraft to stay airborne for months
Boeing spin-off Aurora Flight Sciences launches an autonomous lightweight airplane called Odysseus. Thanks to advanced solar cells that deliver 250 watts, the solar plane can fly “practically indefinitely” at high altitudes and will take off for the first time in spring 2019.
Japan aims to take off with flying cars
The Japanese government is working on founding an industry consortium to realise electrified flying car technology. A total of 21 companies are said to be involved, including Uber, Airbus and Boeing.
A whole new kind of Tesla taxi (video)
Remember Boeing’s infamous Dreamliner and its burning batteries? Well, its reputation has been repaired and the following clip may elevate the plane into the hall of fame, just because it is in tow of a Tesla Model X.
Boeing unveils electric-powered cargo drone (video)
U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing presents the prototype of an unmanned VTOL model, capable of carrying a payload of up to 225 kilos. The aircraft’s dimensions are 4.57 x 5.49 x 1.22 metres, it weighs 339 kilos and features eight counter rotating blades.
Boeing, Zunum Aero, Airbus, Purdue University.
Boeing bets on flying cabs: The U.S. planemaker has acquired Aurora Flight Sciences that has last been on the news with its VTOL sponsored by the Pentagon and also for working with Uber Elevate. The firm has been advancing autonomous flying capabilities since 1989. The acquisition has yet to be approved by the U.S. Defense Department as it includes the transfer of Aurora’s novel technologies.
And Boeing backs another high flyer in Zunum Aero, a company working on a small hybrid airplane due by 2022. Using two electric motors and an engine, Zunum says its commuter aircraft can carry up to 12 passengers at speeds of 550 kph on trips of under 1,600 km. Once battery technology advances by the end of the decade though, Zunum Aero wants to offer planes for up to 50 people flying ever further.
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Wallbox launches a new charging system at EVS30 that interacts with you, Copper: Among several new features of existing products, Wallbox is presenting at the EVS30 for the first time their most innovative charger, Copper, which includes Facial Recognition and Sense Technology. Come and see the Copper at the EVS30, Hall 1, Booth G31.
Across the pond, Airbus has been busy to move into electric airspace for some time already and says its all-electric CityAirbus is ready to start real world tests before the end of 2018. Testing the electric propulsion system has been concluded successfully and so soon, the 4-person plane may zigzag the sky at 120 kph and can also start and land vertically.
Smarter converters: Researchers from Purdue University researchers have come up with a smaller, more efficient drive system for hybrid and electric vehicles. They designed an improved power inverter that can be used to convert direct current electricity into alternating current to power a motor.
Boeing, China BAK, Uniti, Kyushu University.
Autonomous hybrid submarine: Boeing unveiled its unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). The Echo Voyager submarine can run alone and submerged for months on end on one charge at depths of over 3,000 metres. It is propelled by a diesel-electric system that recharges itself without a support ship. Just how, Boeing would not say. Trials will begin this summer in California.
gizmag.com, abc13.com, youtube.com
Big battery deal: China BAK sealed a deal with Sysgration to supply 6m units of power packs this year, which Sysgration will use in its battery packs for electric vehicle manufacturers. Based on LiFEPO4 chemistry, the batteries have 2.2 Ah capacity with 3.2 V.
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Open for testing: The open design EV that the Uniti project team has reportedly been working on for a few months is taking virtual reality test rides at the CeBIT in Hanover. The Kepler Pod 1.0 hardware hosts the entire user experience.
prlog.org, instagram.com (pics and videos)
Gold for fuel cells: Researchers at Kyushu University found gold nanoparticle could replace platinum as catalysts for fuel cells. While they exhibit excellent performance data, the production of one-size particles proves difficult so far. The article is openly available.
nature.com (report) via greencarcongress.com
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Intertek, Boeing, SwRI, Chevrolet.
Intertek Test Center grows: The corporation expands its ‘Center for E-Mobility and Transportation Technologies’ in Kaufbeuren, Germany. An abuse bunker with a volume of 160 cbm for batteries with up to 1,000 Volt is set to be finished in April. Other new battery testing facilities will follow in summer.
Dreamliner grounded again: The 787 continues to be a nightmare for Boeing. White smoke from a melted battery cell was discovered in a 787 on Tuesday and the jet has been grounded in Tokyo since. Dreamliners were taken out of service last year already due to battery overheating. Boeing is currently examining the incident while other 787 remain in the air.
Autonomous charging: The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has deployed the first V2G aggregation system that is qualified by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The system detects if grid frequency is dropping below a level specified by ERCOT when charging a fleet of EVs and automatically suspends charging until grid stability recovers.
Moving hotspots: This summer, Chevrolet will add high speed data connections to some of its cars, including the Volt and Spark EV. To offer 4G LTE connectivity, GM is pairing their OnStar infotainment system with AT&T’s 4G network.