California funds Hyundai XCIENT fuel cell truck projects
Hyundai is bringing its XCIENT fuel cell truck to the USA for the first time through two government-funded projects in California. The incoming 32 demo trucks are based on XCIENT Fuel Cell with technical modifications with Hyundai specifying a range of 500 miles (800 km).
California to fund e-truck charging infrastructure
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved the first project looking into charging infrastructure for zero-emission trucks, buses, and equipment. The plan is to use what CEC calls a “concierge model” to help applicants plan and fund e-truck chargers through EnergIIZE.
China publishes wireless charging standard GB/T 38775
China has set a national standard for wireless charging of electric vehicles based on WiTricity technology. The inductive charging specialist has worked closely with the GB standards committee on several technical issues, including efforts for harmonisation.
CHAdeMO 3.0 supports charging with “over 500 kW”
The CHAdeMO Association has presented the new CHAdeMO 3.0 protocol, which was jointly developed with the China Electricity Council (CEC). According to the organisation, the charging standard will enable DC charging with a capacity of “over 500 kW”.
Germany, Chargemaster, Nissan & Ecotricity, Honda, Beijing, CEC.
10,000 EV chargers for Germany? German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt is considering to support electric vehicles more strongly. German daily Rheinische Post reports, the ministry is assessing a proposal that could see 10,000 new EV charging stations be erected. Cost are estimated at 100m euros and would require public as well as private investment.
uk.news.yahoo.com, rp-online.de (original source in German)
Formula E has appointed Chargemaster as its official infrastructure provider. Its task is to keep all electric vehicles involved energised, also inductively. The partners plan to leave a mark that goes beyond the race as at least ten fast-chargers shall be erected in each host city.
EV signage: Nissan and Ecotricity have asked the British government to introduce official road signs to designate charge points. While there are official signs for “migratory toad crossings” that total 140, the UK’s 9,000 charge points are much harder to find.
Workplace charging: Honda erects 120 EV charging stations at its campus in Torrance, California. It also includes a 50kW DC fast charger open to the public. Honda says it will add another electric and a new plug-in hybrid model to its lineup by 2018.
Large-scale EV charging: Beijing builds China’s largest solar charging station and has officially started the works. When operational by the end of the year, the station will be capable to charge 80 electric cars a day at 30 fast and 20 regular charge points.
The California Energy Commission awarded 2.7 million dollars to Gardena as the city launches an electric bus demo project. Another 2m dollars go to the San Diego Community College District to be used in training for alternative vehicle technology.
Kia, Mojo Mobility, Texas Instruments, CEC, Saft, Works Electric.
Kia to go wireless: The Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center and Mojo Mobility are developing inductive charging technology at 10 kW. The project is supported by a grant from the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies programme. It is still at a testing phase and no launch date has been set.
TI for hybrids: Texas Instruments launched a 120-V automotive grade half-bridge gate driver, offering negative voltage handling capability for hybrid vehicles. Its 120-V bootstrap diode allows for N-channel MOSFET control, thus eliminating the need for external discrete diodes.
10 million dollars have been granted by the California Energy Commission for four projects looking at battery and fuel cell electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as buses for public transport and school buses. Initiatives in disadvantaged communities were prioritised.
Saft on Mars: The battery maker has secured a 1-million euro deal from Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (UK) to develop and test a lithium-ion pack with solar panels to power the ExoMars Rover vehicle, which is supposed to look for extinct life on the red planet.
Off road scooter: Works Electric delivers a stand-up scooter for trails. Based on its tar hugging Rover, the B14 comes with more power (4,000 W), fat mini tires and up to 25 miles range at 35 mph. The handle folds up, but the price of almost 6,000 dollars might be harder to deal with.