Charge, SHW Automotive, Tier 1 Engineering, PowerCell Sweden.
Self-drive delivery van: RoboRace presented the Charge at the ‘Wired Conference’ in London. The electric van shall be produced in Oxfordshire and the firm claims it can be assembled by one person in four hours. It will be self-drive ready and up to 10,000 units could roll off the production lines in 2017.
New Tesla supplier? German SHW Automotive received a 100 million dollar order from “the world’s leading manufacturer of all-electric vehicles” as a system supplier of electrical ax gear pumps. They did not reveal, who placed the order but it is likely to be Tesla as the firm also speaks of “mostly four-wheel drive electric vehicles.”
Electric heli takes off: Tier 1 Engineering delivered the world’s first manned electric helicopter flight in southern California. The small machine was airborne for about five minutes and reached an altitude of 120 metres at a peak speed of 80 knots.
fortune.com (with video)
Fuel cell stack for ships: PowerCell Sweden took the first marine order for two PowerCell S3 prototype stacks. They will be installed by Swiss Hydrogen in a solar boat. The system includes on-board production of H2 from solar, hydrogen storage and two fuel cells with 30 kW each.
Volkswagen, Toyota, Charge, Rolls-Royce, EV Fleet.
VW crisis: Volkswagen will ask Porsche CEO Matthias Müller to take over Winterkorn’s job, insiders told Reuters. Meanwhile, more heads are to roll as ‘Dieselgate’ widens. Research and development chiefs of Audi and Porsche, Ulrich Hackenberg and Wolfgang Hatz, will be removed by the supervisory board.
Prius details leaked: Japanese site Minkara says that according to a leaked staff manual, at least on higher-level models of the 2016 Toyota Prius will feature an electric AWD. Furthermore, Toyota Racing Development has readied sportive components like spoilers for the next-gen bestseller.
greencarreports.com, indianautosblog.com (AWD), motor1.com (TRD)
Funds for e-truck: British-based Charge is developing powertrains for trucks and buses that weigh between 2.5 and 26 tonnes. It just received 20m pounds (30m dollars) in funding from Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov, who says Charge is also holding talks with vehicle makers.
— Text Ad —
Webinar: More efficient electric drives through advanced analyses – in this webinar sHBM presents an integrated measurement solution for inverter driven electrical machines. All relevant signals are measured simultaneously, stored continuously, and real time power values are computed and displayed. Advanced analyses allow for deeper insight into the electric drive and enable efficiency improvements. Register here for free!
Rolls-Royce on water: MTU presents its first hybrid propulsion system for yachts. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce. It also offers bespoke E-Drive system solutions to boat owners.
Ready to fly: EV Fleet from North Carolina almost finished preparations for bringing its electric lightweight pick-up called Condor to market. The CEO expects sales to kick off in February of next year and says there are 12,000 orders waiting.
– Number of the Day –