Electric retrofit available for Mercedes-Benz Vario
The standard conversion of the Mercedes-Benz Vario into an electric truck by the Lower Bavarian special vehicle manufacturer Paul Nutzfahrzeuge, announced at the beginning of 2018, will start in Vilshofen in the second quarter of this year. The first model will be presented in Munich in April.
BPW applies BMW battery tech to trucks
At the IAA Commercial Vehicles, BPW Bergische Achsen has announced a cooperation with BMW i. In the frame of the cooperation, BPW will be using BMW i battery technology to develop a more powerful axle-motor for electrified trucks.
BPW Bergische Achsen, MotorSolve, Eaton, fuel cell.
Electrifying trailers: Two new concepts for the electrification of trucks will be presented at the IAA by BPW Bergische Achsen. Its eSolutions include the ePower wheel hub generator that provides a trailer with energy from regenerative braking. The eTransport serves as electric axle for distribution vehicles and also contains an electric drive and energy storage, making for a fully electric truck.
EV engineering in the cloud: MotorSolve Online is a cloud-based design software for electric motors coded by Infolytica. Electric car designers can thus model and perform finite element analysis (FEA) simulations to predict motor performance.
Safer EV fuses: New fuses by Eaton designed for the use in hybrid and electric vehicles are said to be only half as heavy and large than previous models. The Bussmann series electric vehicle (EV) fuses also feature protection as low as 135 percent of rated current.
Renewed H2 funding in the USA: The DOE has selected ten projects in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector for the second round of its Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. The initiatives aim to reduce costs and to improve performance of said systems.