Brose has developed a full system for e-bikes
Brose is transforming itself from being an electric bicycle drive supplier to being able to provide a whole system. At the Eurobike Media Days, Brose presented a specially developed e-bike system for the first time and can now offer drives, batteries and displays from a single source.
MTB: Brose and Shimano introduce new e-motors
Brose and Shimano have introduced new motors for e-mountain bikes; the Drive S Mag (Brose) and the E7000 (Shimano). While one is designed for the more athletic tours, the other is designed with an affordable price in mind.
Supercharging, AeroMobil, Brose, DLR.
Cool and automated Tesla charging? Tesla’s engineers are working on the next-gen Supercharger which shall deliver an output beyond the mark of 350 kW reportedly. A recently released patent shows a fast-charging application with an external cooling system that could be the key factor to enable powerful charge rates. Although mounted in the ground, the system depicted represents not an inductive but a wired system that could indeed provide not only rapid but automated charging.
A hybrid for earth and air: Slovakian AeroMobil impressed at Monaco’s Top Marques Show with version no. 4 of its flying car. Thanks to electric power the AeroMobil 4.0 reaches up to 160 kph on the ground but is said to transform into an aircraft in only three minutes. Once airborne, it relies on a combustion engine to achieve a maximum speed of 360 kph. Pre-orders for not less than 1.3m dollars are already possible, although delivery won’t start before 2020.
Brose opens head office in China: German supplier Brose has opened a new HQ and facility in Shanghai. There, 600 employees are to operate the company’s 12 sites in China and six facilities and sales offices in Japan, Korea and Thailand. Brose seeks to further expand development in 48-volt applications on the Asian market.
Innovative air-condition: The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) equips their “Next Generation Car” with auxiliary units for air-conditioning. The system bases on a thermochemical solution and works for EVs as well as FCVs. A prototype is currently on display in Hannover.
Brose, Chevy Volt, Bosch, UT Austin.
Brose bike vision: Brose is taking its expertise further into the bike business, presenting the Visionsbike at the IAA. Its electric motor is fully integrated and the pedelec’s handlebars and saddle move electrically to either position the rider perfectly or to prepare the bike for compact storage.
New Chevy Volt details: When designing the new generation Chevy Volt, GM developers were ask to make it more of electric car, since that is what customers used it as. It still has a rage extender, but its two electric motors make it more dynamic. And a stronger battery allows for a longer all-electric range.
Bosch pushes batteries: Following its acquisition of Seeo (we reported), Bosch is ready to take Li-ion batteries to the next level. The German company hopes to release a solid-state battery that doubles the range of electric cars by 2020, as Seeo already has sample cells of this technology.
Cathode for sodium-ion: A research team at the University of Texas, Austin have found a new cathode material made of the nontoxic and inexpensive mineral eldfellite. It could be the missing link in the quest for a commercially viable sodium-ion battery, as the cathode offers structural stability.
Porsche, BMW, Honda, Harley Davidson, Brose.
Cayenne plug-in hybrid: Porsche announced the launch date of its latest plug-in hybrid. In Germany, the Cayenne will hit the stores on October 11th, before launching in the States on November 1st. There, prices for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid start at 77,395 dollars. The Cayenne comes with a range of 23 miles and is powered by a V6 with 245 kW and an electric motor with 70 kW.
Meanwhile, the Porsche Panamera plug-in hybrid is getting cheaper and being offered for 6,000 euros (8,080 dollars) less in Germany and 3,000 dollars less in Canada. Pricing for other market has yet to be announced. Porsche gave synergistic effects as the reason for the lower reduction as now Panamera and Cayenne share the same powertrain.
auto123.com, wn.de (in German)
New BMW models for China: The German carmaker plans to bring the BMW 5-Series plug-in hybrid to China by the end of this year, according to CFO Friedrich Eichiner. Additionally, a second model is being developed with BMW JV partner Brilliance following the electric Zinoro 1E.
Honda NSX on fire: A prototype of the hybrid sportscar burned down during testing at Nürnburgring. The engineers could escape unhurt and while the cause of the fire has yet to be found, the NSX showed all characteristics of a “a mid-engine supercar, burning entirely up to the base of the windshield,” Auto Evolution reports.
Livewire live: Harley Davidson has been touring the States to let fans and press test ride its electric motorbike. Ben Rich went to see what the concept bike is like. Harley says the Livewire will not enter production, but having built 40 demonstrator bikes and currently searching for a Livewire project manager, are clear signs that the bike manufacture is serious about electric motorcycles.
E-Bike motor made in Berlin: Brose has started the production of its pedelec drive unit in its facility in the German capital. The motor weighs 3.4 kg and generates up to 600 Watt peak power. The family-run automotive supplier hopes to acquire 20% share in the electric bicycle segment.