Brusa takes wireless charging from 3.7 to 11kW
Following the successful start of series production with BMW, developer Brusa Elektronik from Switzerland is expanding its activities in the field of inductive charging. A growing team will work on next-gen wireless charging technology and envisions a modular design.
London, Ontario, Chargemaster, Rolec, Brusa.
Cleaner London air: Mayor Sadiq Khan also officially launched plans for his “Clean Air Action Plan.” It includes extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone and moving it forward from 2020 to 2019. It also suggests a 10 pound Emission Surcharge for high pollutant vehicles in central London from 2017.
fleetnews.co.uk, autocar.co.uk, london.gov.uk
Ontario rebates: Ontario has released a new 8.3bn dollar Climate Action Plan that would offer cash incentives up to 14,000 dollars for the purchase or lease of an EV, and 1,000 dollars for the installation of a Level 2 home charger.
Leaf charger offer: A new Chargemaster campaign will offer free Homecharge units to Nissan Leaf customers using Nissan’s finance package between July and the end of September.
Charger cost reduction: Rolec EV’s home charging points now start at 149 pounds after funding originally available only for points offering a data connection has been expanded.
Fast charger upgrades: BRUSA has upgraded their on-board fast charger NLG664 to feature a 45-64 Hz input frequency and improved single-phase current of 30 A. It is the first charger to allow a typical EV battery to charge in less than one hour from a standard 3-phase AC grid.
BMW, Brusa, NSF, iCar.
BMW i technology for e-bikes: The new electric bike brand HNF Heisenberg by Grace founder and developer of the Smart pedelec makes use of patented BMW i technology for its MTB XF1. The drive unit swing arm enables the mid-motor to float freely, thus getting rid of the chain tensioner and making way for a belt drive and full suspension.
New Brusa drive for ECV: Brusa now offers the lightweight Planetary Traction Drive DTSP1 that combines motor and gearbox. The system delivers 145 kW continuous and peaks at 220 kW. Brusa thus targets light commercial vehicles like the electric Sprinter Mercedes by Kreisel and even sports cars.
Funding opportunity: The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its plan to issue a funding opportunity for the award of more than 13 million dollars to support engineering research looking at production and storage of electricity, therefore including better battery systems.
iCar development accelerated? Apple plans to increase its R&D budget by 1.5 billion dollars this year. Speculation is ripe that some of the money will be used to speed up the company’s electric car project.
Brusa, Witricity, Electrovaya, Evonik Litarion, Taxi 2000, Toyota.
Inductive charging connected: WiTricity announced an intellectual property licensing agreement with Brusa. The Swiss company will commercialise WiTricity’s technology for its ICS wireless charging system. Both companies are cooperating with a number of international standards organisations on the interoperability of inductive charging systems worldwide.
Evonik acquisition: Canadian Electrovaya has bought Evonik Litarion, a subsidiary of German Evonik. The acquisition includes the licensing of the ceramic composite separator Separion from Evonik, as well as a modern production plant for Li-ion electrodes and ceramic composite separators.
EVs in the sky with no drivers: Taxi 2000 is to modernise transport in Greenville, South Carolina. The Skyweb Express uses electric and autonomous vehicles running on elevated guide ways at between 30 and 70 mph. The company is now asking the public for its opinion.
foxcarolina.com, greenvilleskywebexpress.com (survey)
Mirai technology reloaded: At the SAE World Congress, Toyota gave price technical details about the fuel cell stack and hydrogen storage system of its fuel cell vehicle. The Japanese carmaker made the respective patents publicly available earlier this year (we reported).
SIM-Drive, Brusa, Bosch Engineering, ABB, Solar Impulse.
4 motors, 4 prototypes: Japanese SIM-Drive presented its fourth prototype featuring its in-wheel motors in all four wheels. The SIM-HAL (High efficiency All-wheel Link) is a two-seater with 350 hp or 260 kW combined power of all four drives.
technologicvehicles.com (with videos)
Twice as powerful: Swiss company Brusa says it doubled the power density of its two-component inductive charging system ICS. The increase to 7.2 kW is due to a new patented technology. A second generation ICS prototype will be presented this fall, while the development of the first generation is ongoing.
Fuel cell control unit: At the MobiliTec in Hannover, Bosch presents its new fuel cell control unit (FCCU) for off-highway vehicles like airport ground support equipment. The FCCU is based on hardware from Bosch’s automotive production, while the software is designed to increase energy efficiency.
ABB to support Solar Impulse: ABB forms a technology alliance with Swiss company Solar Impulse. Together, they plan an around-the-world flight in a solar-powered plane for next year.