Neutrino, Advanced Propulsion Centre, Celgard & Panasonic, GKN.
Future or faux? Neutrino Inc. announces that it has developed a battery, allowing an EV to go as far as 2,ooo km on one charge. Moreover, it is said to recharge itself (no plug needed), due to a combination of Neutrino and nano technology. More details are being kept under lock and key due to patent issues, but will be revealed in the coming weeks. The battery itself could become available in 2016 or 2017.
focus.de (in German), neutrino-inc.com
New research centre in the UK: The Advanced Propulsion Centre at the University of Warwick has opened for business. It was financed by British government, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, BMW, Ford and Nissan (we reported), and will also serve as a production site for electric motors.
Celgard – Panasonic agreement: The two companies have signed a letter of intent to work together in developing the next generation of Li-ion battery Celgard seperators. If the project is successful, the companies could sign a long-term agreement.
GKN ramps up Gyrodrive production: GKN Land Systems has announced that it is increasing production of its Gyrodrive flywheel hybrid system.The reason, the company says, is that recent trials in i.e. London have proven that the technology is the first “to make economic sense” for bus operators.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the new Piaggio electric bike project that was recently revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy.
Chevrolet, Veloschmitt, Lightning Motorcycles, Celgard/Pansonic.
Meet the new E-Spark: The 2015 Chevy Spark EV will get a new battery pack solely produced at GM’s Brownstown facility. The new system is said to be 39 kilos lighter and features an overall storage capacity of 19 kWh using 192 lithium ion cells by LG Chem. The range of the Spark will remain at an EPA-rated 82 miles.
Mini-car turned e-bike: The legendary Messerschmitt has been reborn as ‘Veloschmitt’ – now a pedal-assisted e-trike. The two-seater comes with a 250 W pedelec drive and will sell for 5,200 euros. According to its German designers, motors with up to 1,500 watts might be made available soon.
Lightning fast and strong as a thunderstorm, yet legal, is what Lightning Motorcycles strives its electric superbike to be. So far, only a teaser image has been presented of the LS-218, which is supposed to come with the power of 136 kW and 228 Nm of torque.
Separator cooperation: Polypore International’s Celgard subsidiary and Panasonic have announced a five-year supply agreement. Panasonic will purchase Celgard brand separators for its EV lithium-ion batteries. As the companies have been working together in the past, the agreement now is its a formalisation.
Hino, DENSO, Ballard, Celgard, LG Chem, Samsung, Greenline Hybrid.
Hybrid refrigerator truck: Jointly developed by Hino Motors and Denso Corp., the ‘Hino Profia’ heavy duty truck uses energy from its hybrid system solely to power its refrigeration system. The power is generated while driving or regenerated from the hybrid unit. The refrigerator truck comes with a stand-by unit that can be plugged in to keep the fridge running when the motor is turned off.
Fuel cell range extender: Ballard Power Systems will supply its FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell module to Solaris Bus & Coach from Poland. The fuel cells will charge the batteries of Solaris’ electric buses to be deployed to Hamburg, Germany later this year.
Turbulences in the battery industry: Polypore’s subsidy Celgard filed a complaint against LG Chem, alleging a patent infringement of Celgard’s separators for high-energy li-ion batteries. At the same time, Celgard announced a long-term supply agreement with Samsung, which will use Celgard separators for the EV batteries. Samsung also recently invested in XG Sciences, a graphene manufacturer.
greencarcongress.com (Celgard vs LG Chem), greencarcongress.com (Celgard & Samsung), greencarcongress.com (Samsung & XG Sciences)
Diesel-hybrid boat: Slovenian company Greenline Hybrid just presented its latest addition to its ‘Greenline’ series of hybrid yachts. Greenline 48 is the largest in the range. Its electric motor offers 20 nautic miles of range at four knots (4.6 mph). The 46 kWh battery can be supplemented with solar panels on deck.