California Energy Commission invests in H2 stations
The California Energy Commission has approved a plan to invest up to $115 million to significantly increase the number of hydrogen fueling stations in the state. Up to 111 new hydrogen fueling stations will be built in California by 2027, including use by cars, trucks and buses.
Audi, CEC, fuel cell flight, Pohang Accelerator Laboratory.
Powerful Audi alliance: The German carmaker announced that the cells said to deliver 500+ kilometres of range for the Q6 e-tron will be jointly developed by LG Chem and Samsung SDI. Furthermore, the batteries for Audi’s planned electric SUV, often dubbed the Tesla-fighter, will be designed and produced in Europe, also the Korean companies.
electric-vehiclenews.com, greencarcongress.com, audi-mediacenter.com
CEC investments:The California Energy Commission will provide 2.4 million dollars in funding for seven electric trucks, featuring fuel cell range extenders. These will be tested at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Another 1.2 million dollars be used to pay for plug-in vehicles with V2G technology to be deployed at the Los Angeles Air Force Base.
First fuel cell flight: The American University of Sharjah successfully tested a fuel cell plane in the United Arab Emirates. The unmanned flight only lasted ten minutes. Further tests of the ultra-light UAV designed from the base up will follow.
100,000 times faster charging? That is what researchers at the Korean Pohang Accelerator Laboratory claim to have achieved. They have added silver nanoparticles to lithium manganese phosphate, thus creating electrodes able to conduct electricity up to 100,000 times quicker.
Intelligent Energy, Google, California Energy Commission, Ferrari.
Hydrogen lorry: A consortium led by Intelligent Energy and backed by British Gas, DHL and others is to develop a fuel cell commercial vehicle destined for mass production. The three-year project is estimated to cost 12.7 million pounds (18.6m dollars).
Google battery research: The internet corporation’s research arm, Google X, is working on improving battery technology with a focus on Li-Ion and solid-state power packs, Wall Street Journal reports. The batteries could serve in Google’s own EVs in the future.
9 million dollars will be invested by the California Energy Commission in three companies that are looking into electrifying heavy-duty vehicles and their components in the Golden State. Proterra, TransPower, and Efficient Drivetrains are to get about 3m dollars each.
Mild hybrid Ferraris: The Italian sports car brand says it would keep its V12 engine as pure as possible but has to look into electrification. Instead of a turbo, future V12’s will be complemented by 48-volt systems, helping Ferrari to comply to tightening EU regulations.
autocar.co.uk via digitaltrends.com
XALT Energy, California Energy Commission, Sanya Sihai.
Electric bus deal: XALT Energy, manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, signed a global exclusive agreement with Chinese Hybrid Kinetic Group for the supply of its Lithium Titanate batteries from its Michigan facility for electric buses in China. The deal is believed to be worth more than a billion dollars.
The California Energy Commission granted 24.9 million dollars to nine demo projects concerned with medium and heavy duty technology, primarily from the battery-electric and fuel cell segment. Funded projects run from electric yard tractors over electric school buses to electric refuse trucks.
Printed China EV: Chinese Sanya Sihai now presented its 3D-printed electric car, the Tyrant Gold. It took five days to print it but is very cheap as it only costs 11,000 yuan (1,770 dollars).
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