Norway invests in sustainable battery production
The Norwegian government’s Green Platform initiative has approved around 100 million Norwegian kroner (about 9.8 million euros) to support the research project ‘Sustainable Materials for the Battery Value Chain’ to establish sustainable battery production in the country.
BC Ferries to use hybrid drives from Corvus
Corvus Energy has received a follow-up order from Damen Shipyards to supply battery systems for hybrid ferries again. The order comprises four ferries for the Canadian operator BC Ferries, which switch to be fully battery-powered in the future.
More Corvus batteries to NES for electric ferries
Canadian company Corvus Energy has again been contracted by Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to supply lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) for five all-electric ferries being built by Havyard for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1.
India, Superpedestrian, Corvus Energy, Rheinmetall.
Battery production in India: The Automotive Research Association of India (Arai) has tested Li-ion batteries developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and found them valid for commercialisation. True to the local market, the batteries are specifically made for use in two- and three-wheelers. The government is now planning to transfer the technology to companies for production and also plans to install a central agency to lead the country’s EV programme. State-owned utilities have shown some interest in particular with regards to the EV batteries’ potential to double as storage for solar energy India hopes to have in excess.
Human-enhancing technology: The Copenhagen Wheel has been around for some time and now Superpedestrian makes another attempt at commercialising the MIT idea fully. The latest version of the in-wheel pedelec system, that combines sensors, computers, battery, and motor in one case, is said to react ever faster and subtler to changes in the human motion. The Copenhagen Wheel can be ordered online for 1,499 dollars or already installed in a bike for 1,999 dollars.
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10 years of trust: Corvus Energy has been awarded a 10-year contract to maintain and service Scandlines’ entire hybrid ferry fleet. The agreement includes both maintenance of the fleets’ batteriess, which Corvus delivered, as well as the firm’s remote monitoring service, Watchman.
Full disclosure: Rheinmetall Automotive will exhibit components for electric vehicles and emission reduction in Shanghai. To showcase its wares, the German OEM made a car from plexiglas with a range extender and heater/cooler module inside.
Schaeffler, inductive charging, Mission Electric, Corvus Energy.
Hybridisation of manual transmissions: Schaeffler presented its E-Clutch transmission system. It enables fuel saving while “sailing” or driving electrically and can thus be integrated into vehicles with manual transmissions. The system works on three levels of automation that go from the help of an actuator to purely Electronic Clutch Management (ECM).
Inductive cooperation: Korean utility firm Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) and wireless carrier SK Telecom Co. join forces to push wireless EV charging technology. The same goes for “Vehicle to Infrastructure” (V2I) systems that connect cars with the road and conditions around them.
New Mission: Electric motorcycle brand Mission Electric has been taken over by Vayon and will keep its focus on electric drivetrain and EV component development. Vayon will also provide further testing capabilities for the Mission Motor Company, including for high voltage batteries and climate chambers.
LG Chem goes maritime: Corvus Energy announced a multi-year agreement with LG Chem to supply Li-ion cells for its hybrid and electric maritime ESS. They will power passenger and commercial vessels, both hybridised or fully electric.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was our article predicting the beginning of the end of the CHAdeMO standard in Germany and the rest of Europe.
Corvus Energy, Organic Transit, Tesla.
Millions for marine batteries: Corvus Energy just finalised a financing contract with Green Marine Capital, which will spend 5 million dollars to fund Corvus’ “aggressive growth” strategy. The specialist for Li-ion batteries for ships is looking into expanding its business to include hybrid port cranes, as well as electric and hybrid trains.
Electric Light Fun, or in short ‘ELF’ is an egg-like trike that is powered by electricity, solar cells on the roof and human pedal-power. “The most efficient vehicle on the planet,” as its manufacturer Organic Transit refers to it, is now available starting at 5,495 dollars.
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Hackers wanted: Tesla sent its ‘Hacker Princess’ Kristin Paget (we reported) to attend this year’s Def Con in Las Vegas to look for IT experts. The ones that manage to hack the Model S have a good chance to land a job at the Californian company as it is looking to hire 20-30 security experts.
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Most clicked link on Monday was the E-Golf test review by John Simpson from The Green Car Website.
San Francisco, Gas stations, Scandlines, Corvus Energy, Veefil.
Centralised EV order: Ten San Francisco Bay Area local governments have jointly ordered 90 electric cars to be used in their fleet. This deployment is facilitated by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). The latter funded the purchase with 2.8 million dollars.
Regular, premium or hydrogen? A study by Sandia National Laboratories took a look at existing gas stations in California to see which could safely store and dispense hydrogen. From 70 examined stations, the researchers found 14 could already become H2 stations, while 17 could be converted rather easily.
Hybrid ferry fleet Together, Corvus Energy and Scandlines operate what they say is the biggest hybrid ferry fleet worldwide. The ‘Prinsesse Benedikte’ was the first and is now being joined by three more vessels serving between Puttgarden (Germany) and Rødby (Denmark).
Veefil to be sold worldwide: The funky Veefil Fast Charger by Australian Tritium has been certified as UL compliant for the U.S. and Canada. As it is already compliance certified in Europe and Australia, the DC charging stations can now be offered globally and will be produced by the Chinese Surpass Sun Electric.