Hyundai to manufacture the GV70 in the USA
After the Hyundai Motor Group announced in May it would produce electric cars in the USA from 2022, there are now more details: The first electric model the group will produce in Alabama will be the Genesis GV70 EV from early 2022. Meanwhile, Hyundai has released a teaser image of its concept ‘Seven’.Weiterlesen
California looks at fuel cell trucking requirements
The Californian Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), a coalition of government and multinational industry partners, have released a new foundational document for heavy-duty class 8 fuel cell electric trucks. The policy recommendation envisages 70,000 trucks supported by 200 heavy-duty truck stations by 2035.Weiterlesen
Air Products & Cummins to drive global transition to fuel cell trucks
Air Products and Cummins want to drive the development and deployment of fuel cell trucks in the Americas, Europe and Asia. After a demonstration and pilot phase, Air Products plans to convert its global fleet of about 2,000 trucks to run on hydrogen with Cummins to supply the powertrains.Weiterlesen
Hyundai announces plans to manufacture EVs in the USA
Hyundai Motor Group has announced plans to produce electric cars for the Hyundai and Kia brands in the US starting next year. This is part of a total investment of 7.4 billion US dollars by 2025 in the group’s business in the United States.Weiterlesen
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Johnson Matthey to build cathode plant in Finland
British chemical company Johnson Matthey has announced the construction of a new factory for the production of its nickel-rich eLNO cathode materials. This will be built as part of a strategic partnership with Finnish Minerals Group (FMG) in Finland.Weiterlesen
European hydrogen consortium to develop standard for heavy fuel cell trucks
A group of 25 companies and organisations from the hydrogen sector have formed a consortium called ‘StasHH’ to develop and test a European standard for fuel cell modules for heavy-duty applications for the first time.Weiterlesen
Hydrogen fuel cell aircraft takes off in Stuttgart
The latest generation of the world’s first four-seater hydrogen fuel cell aircraft, the Hy4, has now been unveiled at Stuttgart Airport. The latest generation of the Hy4’s propulsion system recently received test flight permission, which means that the model can now take off at Stuttgart Airport.Weiterlesen
Cummins to build fuel cell system plant in Germany
The US company Cummins has announced the opening of a new plant in the German city of Herten, which will initially focus on the assembly of fuel cell systems for Alstom hydrogen trains. The plant is scheduled to start operations in July 2021.Weiterlesen
UK government boosts electric automotive sector
The UK government has awarded £73.5 million in funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre. This includes ten projects in the automotive sector to develop technologies to reduce CO2 emissions. A significant proportion of the money is being spent on furthering electric vehicle production and technology.Weiterlesen
Cummins increases fuel cell investment – Loop Energy
The US American engine manufacturer Cummins has increased their initial investment from September 2019 in Loop Energy, a Canadian manufacturer of fuel cell systems. The goal is to develop a fuel cell range extender for commercial electric vehicles.Weiterlesen
Hyundai & Cummins making mini electric excavators
Hyundai Construction Equipment (HCE) and Cummins cooperate in the development of electric construction machines. One prototype of a 3.5-ton electric excavator already exists and uses battery modules from Cummins designed for a full eight-hour shift.Weiterlesen
Cummins taking over Efficient Drivetrains
Cummins incorporates yet another e-mobility specialist as they acquire Efficient Drivetrains (EDI). The maker of electrified solutions for commercial vehicles is the third such acquisition for Cummins with which (ex) diesel-pros buy into the Zeitgeist.Weiterlesen
Cummins presents lithium-ion batteries at Battery Show
The US manufacturer Cummins has presented their battery portfolio at the Battery Show Europe, which includes lithium-ion battery packs with 35 and 74 kWh capacity and modules with up to 4.4 kWh capacity.Weiterlesen
Polestar, Tesla, Daimler, Mazda, Navya, Cummins.
Polestar 1 arrives: Volvo revealed the first model of its now wholly electrified label Polestar, which is taking the lead in the Swedes’ e-offensive. The Polestar 1 is a Grand Tourer Coupé for four. Driven by the 600 hp plug-in hybrid system, it boasts an electric range of 150 kilometres, which places it almost in the realm of a range-extended EV. No wonder the premium model forebodes the upcoming all-electric Polestar 2, designed to rival Tesla’s Model 3. A purely electric SUV, the Polestar 3, has been lined-out too. But first things first and so the Polestar 1 mass production will commence in China from 2019.
autonews.com, autoexpress.co.uk, autocar.co.uk
News from production hell: Tesla is experiencing massive problems as it tries to bring Fremont up to volume production speed reportedly. The reasons however appear manifold and rumours range from the EV maker simply having overestimated its abilities to more concrete difficulties with welding the steel chassis of the Model 3 (the Model S and X are made of alloy). Some light has been shed by an Oppenheimer analyst, who puts the blame on a “small number of suppliers failing to deliver on time.” Bear in mind though that he is a shareholder himself. More noteworthy info was deliberated by Tesla supplier Polytec, that said Tesla may start making the Model 3 in Europe at Magna in Austria.
carscoops.com (welding issue), electrek.co (supplier issue), insideevs.com (move to Magna)
Daimler to split up three-way: The German corporation is looking to reorganise itself and at the moment three companies are likely: one for Mercedes-Benz cars and vans, another trucks and buses, and a third for financial services. The decision is far from final though as neither managers nor the board or shareholders have approved the plan yet. Ultimately the split would make it easier for Daimler to sell of parts of its business and the carmaker reasons such changes would help to adapt to a fast-paced environment. In any case, seeing such changes through is likely to take years of both planning and negotiations with stakeholders although Daimler aims at 2019.
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Mazda is going ahead with its range-extending rotary engine of which first plans appeared in March this year. Mazda’s head of engine design, Mitsuo Hitomi now confirmed that the rotary will be utilised for the brand’s premier EV due by 2019. It will the sit side by side the all-electric variant.
Navya teases the world debut of another autonomous EV set at November, 7. The French have not handed out much information but it is likely to be based on the existing shuttle Arma, maybe a bigger brother this time.
Cummins acquires Brammo: Their first electric truck has not been in this world longer than two months and Cummins already progresses on the path to electrification. It has now taken over Brammo, formerly known for electric motorcycles and now specialising in batteries.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, businesswire.com
Dekra, FKFS, Bosch, Siemens, Cummins.
Faster evaluation of used EV batteries: German auditing company Dekra and the research centre FKFS in Stuttgart have found a way to check the status of used batteries much faster than it is possible today. The accelerated procedure could replace currently applied time-intensive measurements and shall be tested in some of Dekra’s branches from 2018 on.
Bosch shows battery for hybrids: The German supplier presents a new 48-volt battery for HEVs with standardized set-up for an easy integration in all sorts of hybrid vehicles. Production kick-off is scheduled to start in late 2018. Bosch estimates that by 2025 not less than 15m HEVs could benefit from its 48-volt battery.
Siemens’ hybrid drive concepts for mine trucks: The company’s aim is to replace diesel-mechanical drive systems in mine trucks through hybrid solutions. After first trials in Australia, Siemens is convinced that its new concepts enhance efficiency as well as performance. In detail, the Germans registered 15 percent lower vehicle maintenance and servicing costs, less noise and emissions as well as a more efficient mine yield as a result of shorter cycle times.
U.S. tech for electric-powered buses: In Atlanta, U.S. engine manufacturer Cummins has introduced a new drivetrain for electric buses, available also with an additional range extender. Furthermore, the company has announced to team up with bus manufacturer Gillig: Both partners signed a technical collaboration agreement as they seek to integrate Cummins battery tech components into Gillig’s electric buses.
Cummins, Schaeffler, NCTE, Aston Martin, Tesla.
E-truck by diesel engine builder: Cummins, commonly known for its diesel motors, apparently got a sense for Zeitgeist and now presents its own electric truck. The AEOS is an 8 ton cab able to tow a 22 ton trailer. Its 140 kWh battery is said to last for 160 kilometres of heavy duty but Cummins offers an optional diesel range extender that expands the operation to 500 km. Still, Cummins seems serious and plans to begin production by 2019. Once the AEOS will hit the road a year later, the manufacturer targets a charge time of 20 minutes, Tesla style.
electrek.co, carscoops.com, forbes.com
E-bike sensors: Schaeffler has teamed up with NCTE to get a foot into the torque sensor market for electric bicycles. The cooperation shall lead to a joint portfolio that Schaeffler wants to market exclusively worldwide. The sensors measure the cadence or, the cadence frequency combined with torque.
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Big in Japan: Aston Martin wants to open a new 500m pound Meta Technology site in Japan to strengthen its position in Asia. The office will be responsible for connecting with local firms specialised in electric powertrain and connected technologies, as well as growing Aston Martin’s dealer network.
Battery price changes: Tesla has decreased costs for its top trim 100 kWh battery pack for both the Model S and X. They are now up to 5,000 dollars cheaper or rather cost the same as they did before the last price increase. Tesla claims it is passing cost efficiency improvements trough to customers.
Mercedes, BYD, Tesla, DS, Cummins, Dok-Ing.
Bye-bye B-series electric: There will be no more electric Mercedes B 250e once the third quarter of 2017 ends, a Daimler spokesperson confirmed. Launched in 2014, Mercedes used Tesla technology but with its switch to the EQ line and with no updates in three years, the B-series EV is outdated and has never been a big seller anyway. Instead Daimler is gearing up for EQ production at its Rastatt facility and we expect an outlook on the first EQ model at this autumn’s IAA show in Frankfurt.
electrive.net (in German)
BYD to sell battery cells: The Chinese EV maker decided to offer its battery cells to other OEMs, not entirely voluntarily though. Instead the cuts in subsidy required to open up the supply chain for battery production to stay competitive and BYD said it has received interest from large makers already. Deals will be made for cells only with packs coming from third parties.
Tesla targets India and Elon Musk says signs stay on green for a deal with the government to allow the Californians to sell despite not having set up a local factory – yet. The stock market welcomes such news and values Tesla higher than BMW at the moment, making it the world’s 4th valuable carmaker.
teslarati.com (India), insideevs.com (stock market)
Six DS PEVs until 2023: PSA premium brand DS is on track to become the groups electric arm and pland to lauch one new electrified model each year over the coming six years. First to come is the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense whose hybrid system delivers 300 hp and 60km electric range.
Cummins for CEV: The U.S. manufacturer plans to make electric drives for buses from 2019. More industrial and commercial uses shall follow in the years to come, said Cummins.
More EVs made in Croatia: Dok-Ing was founded in 2010 already but only now comes round to plan its electric line-up. It includes a car, a jeep, a small truck as well as a motorcycle – all electric. However, the Zagreb-based firm is still in talks with investors so the above are all a maybe.
Tesla, University of Antwerp, Fraunhofer, TM4, Cummins.
Tesla doubles battery lifetime or is about to achieve this goal four years ahead of schedule, its chief battery researcher Jeff Dahn announced. He detailed that said cells were currently tested in the lab and not in Tesla’s products yet. The advances result from in-depth research into degradation processes and improved chemistry (we reported). Dahn deals with Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC) battery cells mainly, which Tesla puts into its Powerwall and Powerpack. Still, the scientist said they had also started to look into the vehicles’ batteries made from Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (NCA).
Pure power: Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven have developed a process that purifies air and generates power at the same time. The device needs nothing but light to cleanse air in one chamber and produce hydrogen in the other. The team now seeks to upscale its membrane from only a few square centimetres to industrial application eventually.
600 V converter: The Fraunhofer Institute IAF has developed a half-bridge circuit for the 600 volt class in which all the electronic components are monolithically integrated on one chip. The GaN chip enables compact designs at improved electronic properties.
REx for buses: TM4 and Cummins joined their efforts to build a plug-in hybrid system for buses that reduces fuel by 50 percent compared to conventional hybrid buses. Their drive is more of a range-extended electric motor with a 111 kWh onboard Li-ion battery. It can be used in 6 – 18 metre vehicles.