Vitesco picking up semiconductors from Rohm
Continental’s drive division Vitesco Technologies has selected Rohm Semiconductor as its preferred partner for silicon carbide power semiconductors. Vitesco Technologies will use Rohm’s SiC technologies to increase the efficiency of its power electronics for electric vehicles.Weiterlesen
Sony presents their own concept EV at CES
Sony has surprisingly presented their very own prototype of an electric car at the CES, though the electronics giant has been keeping any production plans to themselves. Sony’s electric limousine named Vision-S is based on a specially developed electric car platform for which international suppliers were involved.Weiterlesen
Vitesco presents affordable and compact hybrid drive
At the CTI Symposium in Berlin, Vitesco Technologies, Continental’s powertrain division, presented a cost-effective and compact hybrid transmission solution with Dedicated Hybrid Transmission (DHT).Weiterlesen
Continental to provide OTA to all VW ID. electric cars
Continental is to supply the central computers for Volkswagen’s ID. Series of electric cars, meaning VW is introducing over the air updates à la Tesla. The server naturally enables a high degree of other networking in MEB electric vehicles as well.Weiterlesen
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PSA and Hyundai make use of Vitesco electric drives
Vitesco Technologies, the former Powertrain division of Continental, has announced the signing of an agreement to supply the first fully integrated drive system for several PSA and Hyundai mass production models.Weiterlesen
Continental considers splitting off powertrain division
Parallel to the ongoing preparations for a possible partial IPO of its Powertrain division, Continental is now also considering a possible complete subsidiary of the Powertrain division (in future: Vitesco Technologies) with the subsequent listing on the stock exchange.Weiterlesen
Continental carefully realigns toward electrification
Continental has announced that it intends to focus its drive business more strongly on electrification, but is refraining from earlier considerations of entering into the production of solid-state battery cells.Weiterlesen
Continental to present new electric drive at the IAA
Continental will present the third generation of a fully electric drive train at the IAA. The “first fully integrated axle drive for mass production” weighs less than 80 kilograms and is to be offered in two power ratings of 120 or 150 kW.Weiterlesen
Continental now offers 48 volt full-hybrid drive
So far, 48-volt hybrids have mostly been designed as mild hybrids. Continental has now introduced a 48-volt drive that is designed to provide the same functionality as previous full hybrid drives. This means it is also conceivable in a PHEV.Weiterlesen
Conti’s powertrain division now called Vitesco Technologies
Continental has found a name for its powertrain division: Vitesco Technologies. The partial IPO of the motor business unit originally announced for the second half of the year, is not expected to take place until 2020.Weiterlesen
Continental widening e-mobility portfolio in China
At Auto Shanghai, supplier Continental is showing an extensive portfolio of solutions for electric mobility in China. Conti plans to significantly expand its production capacities in the Chinese cities of Tianjin and Changzhou in the coming years accordingly.Weiterlesen
Continental delivers compact drive for solar EV Sion
Continental will be delivering the electric drive unit for the solar electric car Sion by Sono Motors, including the motor, performance electronics and the powertrain in one compact system. At the same time, prices for batteries are going higher than expected.Weiterlesen
Germany ready to pour billions into battery cell production
The German government wants to take battery cell production into its own hands. Minister for Economy and Energy, Peter Altmaier, proposes the construction of two large-scale factories, funded with a billion euro each. Another 600M have been earmarked for R&D.Weiterlesen
Continental looking for solid state research partner
Automobile supplier Continental is looking for partners to possibly enter into solid state battery production starting around 2025. The company has announced considerations of delving into the battery cell business before, but remains interested in only the solid-state area.Weiterlesen
Corporate Reorg: Continental beefing up powertrains
Supplier Continental is restructuring with a view to electric mobility. As of 2020, the company will set up a new corporate umbrella called the Continental Group as a Holding for the three sections Rubber, Automotive and Powertrain.Weiterlesen
Didi wins over Continental for customised electric cars
Uber’s equivalent in China, Didi Chuxing scores another high level cooperation agreement. This time it is Continental of Germany and Didi says they want “to explore intelligent & connected vehicles (ICV) and customize new energy vehicles.”Weiterlesen
Spanish mail service testing electric cargo trikes
The Spanish mail service Correos is currently testing three-wheeled cargo bikes from Bikelecing (BKL), which are equipped with 48 V systems by Continental. The cargo pedelecs will be used for an initial three month period in Madrid, Sevilla, Málaga, Cordoba and Granada.Weiterlesen
Continental, Chevy Bolt, Hinkley, Tesla.
Urban Bee hive by Conti: Described as “industrious worker bee for the urban mobility of the future”, the BEE is a compact electric car with wide ranging autonomy. Short for “Balanced Economy and Ecology mobility concept”, IAA visitors can experience it in virtual reality only but Continental hopes that many of the two-seaters could navigate tomorrow’s mega cities using swarm intelligence.
Driving all alone: The autonomous Chevy Bolt is ready for mass production, reports GM’s Cruise Automation division that just released the third generation of the autonomous experiment. While jurisdiction may say otherwise, once full self-driving will get the go, GM’s lines are ready to roll.
medium.com (the engineers), autoblog.com
All-electric yacht: Powered by the same battery that propel BMW’s i3, Hinkley’s luxury vessel Dasher uses two of the power packs. Each drives a 59 kW electric motor and when driven at the cruising speed of 10 mph, a range of 40 miles is possible. The price range though is undisclosed.
fortune.com, boatingmag.com, bloomberg.com
The battery swap is not dead at least not on paper which Tesla filed to the patent authorities back in May. The concept describes a battery swap technology to deploy out of a trailer. Rather than being automated, this one mentions engineers and up to 15 minutes per swap.
Takeshi Uchiyamada, Angela Merkel.
“As laws and regulations (that encourage the development of electric vehicles) come into effect in places like China and the U.S., car makers will have no choice but to roll out electric vehicles or risk going out of business.”
But EV policies do not mean demand will follow suit, Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada believes and remains skeptical given current limitations in battery technology.
“This doesn’t mean we don’t have to address unforgivable mistakes – we can’t go back to the regular agenda. But that also doesn’t mean that we have to rob the whole industry of its future.”
German chancellor Angela Merkel argues once more diesel is a necessary bridge technology – for decades – and thus continues on the path that has led to said “unforgivable mistakes” and ultimately leaves Germany at the losing end of progress.
Continental, Toyota, EDAG, BHP.
New Wheel Concept: Continental has come up with a braking system for EVs. The New Wheel Concept brake engages the Al disk from the inside to allow for a particularly large diameter and better braking performance. The alloy brake disc is also lighter and supposedly long lasting. Debut is at the IAA.
Toyota delivers on hydrogen: Norwegian Hexagon has finalised the design for H2 tanks destined to serve in Toyota’s recently presented fuel cell truck with Mirai technology and a first tank has been delivered already. Meanwhile, the Japanese have come to agree with convenience store Seven-Eleven to start several fuel cell pilot projects. The trials will also involve small hydrogen trucks with a freezer unit. Furthermore, fuel cell batteries and hydrogen generators may back up the stores’ energy supply.
greencarcongress.com (Hexagon), toyota.co.jp (7/11)
Live-engineering: An autonomous EV shall be developed live on stage during the IAA and led by engineering specialist EDAG. Using the scrum concept and supported on social media, the engineers aim for a concept for robot vehicles with swarm intelligence. While project #collectivio has thus been outlined in theory, only practice during the show’s twelve days will reveal what such a concept could really look like and be used for.
collectivio.de (project website), edag.de
Rethinking its business is mining house BHP that plans to invest heavily in its long-suffering nickel business. The reason is obviously the rise in electric vehicles and the company wants to spend more than 43m dollars building a nickel processing plant near Perth, Australia as part of a broader plan to reposition the business around batteries.
Project Loveday, UK
Video tip: As Tesla addresses the masses this weekend, it publishes the list of its Top 10 video entries for the Project Loveday competition. The three spots to receive the most likes on Twitter, will form the backdrop to the Model 3 launch event. The live stream starts at 20.45 PDT (5.45 CEST on Saturday).
youtube.com (Top 10 Playlist), twitter.com (to vote)
Reading tip: It looks like the UK Government will increase taxes on new diesel cars in order to fund its air quality plans and will announce the measures in the autumn budget statement.
Continental, Jaguar Land Rover, Horiba Mira, Battery500.
Conti operates an electric shuttle at Frankfurt Airport to gain insights into the practicalities of autonomous passenger transport. The CUbE (Continental Urban mobility Experience) is based on the EZ10 shuttle by French EasyMile of which Continental owns a minority share (we reported).
British e-mobility research: Jaguar Land Rover and the University of Warwick have been granted 5.7m pounds for the development of electric vehicle technologies. They will focus on improved drives as well as energy storage and take a look into bearing and gear surfaces and power electronics as well. The research will also be embedded into learning within skills programmes. The initial funding comes from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) but JLR is to match the grant.
High-voltage battery testing: Warwickshire-based Horiba Mira has begun to build its Advanced Battery Development Suite for the testing and development of high voltage battery systems for 2m pounds. The company also just opened its 8m GBP vehicle emissions testing centre at Nuneaton.
Battery500 in the making: North Amerciacan consortium Battery500 wants to develop a battery with an energy density of 500 Wh/kg (we reported). 15 projects have been chosen by now that share funding from the DoE worth 5.7m dollars. The iniiative is led by led by DOE’s PNNL.
pnnl.gov, energy.gov (list of projects, pdf)
IAAPS, Continental, Atmo, Valkyrie.
R&D centre for EVs in the UK: For 60m pounds the University of Bath intends to erect a research centre in order to develop the next generation of electric cars. Future researchers of the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) shall be able to start their work in 2020. Construction is to begin two years earlier, backed by 29m pounds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and further supported by then likes of McLaren, Ford, JLR, Hofer Powertrain and HORIBA.
48-volt drive for pedelecs: Continental promotes a new electric bike system, which couples an 48-volt electric drive with automatic transmission. The supplier applies its industrial expertise from the automotive sector to the production but chose the Eurobike to present the e-bike system in late August.
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New attempt for battery swap concept: A few years after Better Place’s battery exchange system got worse, Californian Atmo introduces a new approach called ALE (Autonomous Linear Exchange). The concept promises an automated exchange of empty EV batteries within a few seconds.
Valkyrie 95% complete: Aston Martin and Red Bull unveiled a close to serial production model of its hybrid super sports car Valkyrie. The external design is 95 percent completed. The production will be limited to 150 regular units and 25 race car versions of the 1,300 hp F1-level vehicle.
Volkswagen, Kuka, Continental, EasyMile, LG Chem, Samsung.
Robot handshake: Volkswagen and robotic specialist Kuka have formalised their cooperation and thus agreed to shape the future of autonomous and electric driving together. The first fruit was the V-Charge project and further development was recently demonstrated with automated charging called e-smart Connect. The cooperation expands on the latter but more concepts are in the pipeline too.
autonews.com, greencarcongress.com, volkswagen-media-services.com
Continental reaches out as well and has acquired some shares of EasyMile, the french maker of the autonomous EZ10. The electric mini bus may see upgrades in environmental sensors, braking systems and driving safety technologies through the cooperation.
2nd gen batteries? It looks like LG Chem and Samsung are to follow Panasonic in a move to upgrade their batteries. The next generation of small cylindrical secondary batteries (21700) could be released by the end of this year with a capacity between 4,700mA and 4,900mA, while Panasonic’s new batteries that Tesla incorporates in the Model 3 come with about about 4,500 mA.
BASF, Munich, Continental, Lion Smart.
BASF to produce cathodes in Europe: The German company wants to invest 400m euros to build production plants for cathode materials in Europe. The material for those parts will come from Russia and Finland however, where BASF has signed an MoU with Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) to provide nickel and cobalt. BASF already supplies cathodes in Asia as well as the States but will then be able to include the European market as well.
The future of energy found a new home in Munich, where the Technical University (TM) inaugurated its Research Center for Energy and Information (ZEI). It houses various disciplines, including engineering and with the focus on energy transition (Energiewende), electric transport as well as smart grids are areas the up to 100 residing scientists will look into. Electric cars and charging equipment are regulars on campus too and batteries will be another area of research.
Efficient hose and lines: Continental will bring a range of hose and lines designed to make EV batteries last longer to the IAA. The weight of oil hoses for battery tempering was reduced by 25 percent and acoustically optimised fluid solutions ensure quiet inside the passenger compartment.
Kreisel Electric secured its supply of battery management systems from Lion E-Mobility. Its German branch Lion Smart will deliver the BMS for Kreisel’s stationery storage unit Mavero on a global scale exclusively until 2021 with an option to continue the contract.
ZF, Daimler, BAIC, NEVS, Hyundai, Continental, Audi.
JV for LEV: ZF believes micro mobility is the future and has set up a joint venture with Magura, BrakeForceOne and Unicorn Energy to work on two, three, and four-wheeled electric solutions. Magura has been active in the e-bike segment for some time, being Bosch’s preferred service partner in the early days. Unicorn Energy is to take on battery technology and the JV plans to present first models by late summer this year. The Eurobike show might see the launch as Friedrichshafen is also home to Zukunft Ventures as the JV is aptly named. (Zukunft means future in German.) ZF marked logistics but also passenger transport as segments for its light electric vehicles and will deliver respective drive trains.
Daimler & BAIC to build PEV: Germany and China tighten relations as Daimler and BAIC agree to expand their cooperation to include hybrid and electric vehicles. The deal was sealed with the prime minister Li Keqiang and Chancellor Merkel in attendance in Berlin. In concrete terms, Mercedes-Benz will upgrade its factory in Beijing to produce new energy vehicles and agreed to acquire a stake in BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV), that focuses on research and development.
This is the 9-3 EV: NEVS readies the electric version of the Saab 9-3 to debut at next week’s CES Asia together with its offspring 9-3X which NEVS positions as an SUV. First pictures have been released. Meanwhile, NEVS announced to set up a 9-3 carsharing scheme in China’s metropolis of Tianjin.
390 km range EV from Korea: Expect an all-electric compact SUV from Korea early next year that is said to draw a range short of 400 km from a 63 to 70 kWh battery. If Autobild is to be believed, it will most likely be an electric Hyundai Kona with batteries from LG Chem or SK Innovation.
Continental to supply Nio: The German supplier is to strageically cooperate with EV start-up Nio in the field of electric transport and smart solutions as well as automated driving. The coop also includes new car platforms and Continental is to continue to deliver tech for Nio’s ES8.
Mild-hybrid from Audi: The upcoming A8 sedan scheduled to go on sale later this year, will be equipped with a 48-volt lithium battery and a belt-driven alternator/starter. It recuperates energy during braking and feeds it back to the battery.