ArcelorMittal, Nissan, Stella, CPT.
Lighter plug-ins: ArcelorMittal will presents its latest project, the ‘PHEV S-in motion’ in Aachen, Germany, next week. The steel and mining company is working on lighter steel for cars and will now introduce its solutions, said to come at no extra costs, to carmakers with plug-in hybrids.
Re-styled Leaf: As part of a team-building exercise, engineers at Nissan’s Technical Centre converted a Leaf into a bright red pick up. So far, the utility Leaf is only meant to serve on the grounds of the centre with no plans to actually build more than one – yet?!
Meet Stella: The Technical University Delft is currently showing its solar car Stella at the National Drive Electric Event in the States. The lightweight four-seater can produce more energy than it needs to drive, has a 500-mile range and a top speed of 75 mph.
CPT goes west: British Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) now has an U.S. subsidiary. CPT develops solutions for low cost electrification of conventional and hybrid vehicles and has only recently shown its 48-V development at LCV2014 (we reported).
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the news about Batavus’ new light ebikes with Yamaha drive.
ebike-news.de (in German)
Opbrid, Tesla, California, Cenex LCV Event.
Ultra-fast charging: After fast and quick comes ultra-fast charging. Spanish Opbrid surely deserves that term with its 650-kW DC Trůkbaar charging system for electric trucks. Power is transferred using a 4-contact bar on the roof of the vehicle, which connects with a pantograph lowered from a curbside station. The system will be shown at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover end of the month.
Autonomous Tesla: In an interview with Japanese Nikkei, Elon Musk said that the Model 3 will be equipment with technology allowing the electric car to partially drive itself. “Full-pilot capability” is to become reality in the five- or six-year time frame, said the Tesla CEO.
asia.nikkei.com via transportevolved.com
Millions for zero emissions vehicles: The California Energy Commission wants to support planing efforts and the manufacturing of plug-in and fuel cell vehicles with another 13.3 million dollars. The money comes from the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).
Low Carbon Vehicle advancements: At the LCV 2014 Show in Millbrook, GKN is showing its Gyrodrive flywheel hybrid system for buses. Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), on the other hand, is showing how to hybridise a saloon car with its 48-volt technology.
hybridcars.com (Flywheel), newspress.co.uk (48 volt)
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the spyshot of the BMW i3 look-alike from Chinese carmaker Wuling.