POLITO, Continental, Daymak, Fjord1.
Dynamic induction: Politecnico di Torino will test charging an electric car while in motion and will set up a prototype track at Susa, close to Torino. The POLITO Charge While Driving system is part of the EU project FABRIC (Feasibility analysis and development of on-road Charging solutions for future electric vehicles) that recently saw Qualcomm proving its Halo system’s dynamic charging abilities at 20 kW.
Induction ahead: Continental got yet more innovation in store after it presented the AllCharge yesterday. Next up is inductive charging at 11 kW and the solution entails automated vehicle positioning, electronic communication, charging management, safety monitoring and data retrieval. A demo vehicle is ready for the Conti Tech Show and IAA.
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Induction on a smaller scale comes from Canada where Daymak readies the EC1 carbon e-bike in a limited edition which will include inductive charging. Daymak developed a solar charging station and plans to install it at dealers first before the solution may serve pedelec sharing systems.
Electric ferry: Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 has asked shipbuilder Fjellstrand to design an all-electric ferry. Build from alloy as a catamaran it will be equipped for both higher speed and longer range than previous models. For Fjord1 it is not the first electric ferry as two are under construction.
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Toyota, Akasol, Marine Rack System, Daymak.
Toyota’s flying car: 40m Yen (352,982 dollars) is what a dream is worth to the Japanese carmaker and what backs project Skydrive, that had been started by a group of Toyota employees (the Cartivators) outside their regular work hours. Skydrive’s ambitions are expectedly high as the airborne electric car is to be the smallest of its kind and scheduled to be production ready in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. A manned test flight with a prototype is set for the end of next year.
asia.nikkei.com via thedrive.com
Scaling up battery production in Germany is Akasol, which is to dedicate two more facilities to make Li-ion battery systems. One is already operational at its headquarters in the city of Darmstadt, where Akasol manages small-scale production for utility vehicles but also rail and marine applications. On top, a new facility in Langen will be extended from next year to accommodate for serial assembly of battery systems for European bus manufacturers. Akasol targets an annual output of 300 MWh, enough for about 1,500 electric buses initially, but has room to go up to 600 MWh.
press-n-relations.com (in German)
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The Marine Rack System by Leclanché is a modular battery set up for vessels such as Denmark’s large E-Ferry. The MRS is the first battery system of its type to receive the latest certificate through the DNV-GL and there is potential for a 1,000 ferries to move on to electric power in Europe alone.
The world’s fastest electric cart is the Daymak C5 Blast, at least according to its maker. Daymak says the prototype propels from 0 – 100 kph in less than 1,5 seconds. Toronto will see the production of the electric cart that is to be offered in two versions. Top speed however has a 60,000 dollar price tag.
GM, Daymak, Sendyne, Efacec.
GM and the Army update: Details have emerged on GM’s fuel cell cooperation with the U.S. Army. The vehicle to be tested is a Chevrolet Colorado Pickup that now runs on fuel cells. The agreement between the American carmaker and the military is to last several years.
detroitnews.com, electriccarsreport.com, gm.com
Carbon e-bike: Canadian Daymak presented its EC1 at the EICMA in Milan. The pedelec made from carbon will cost 1,899 dollars, a competitive price in both in the e-bike and carbon bicycle sector. It is even cheaper for kickstarter supporters (799 USD). The Electric Carbon One features a 24V battery and front hub motor. The latter can be replaced by a non-motorised wheel included in the price.
prnewswire.com, kickstarter.com (campaign)
Balanced batteries: Sendyne successfully applied for a patent for its new active cell balancing topology. It allows any cell in a pack to charge any other cell in a pack with maximum efficiency and minimal operational losses, so the cells reach a common state-of-of charge.
Efacec to go wireless: The Portuguese firm licensed Qualcomm Halo inductive EV charging technology. Efacec plans to commercialise efficient and interoperable wireless charging solutions based on Qualcomm’s technology for hybrid and electric vehicles.
GM & LG, E.ON, Body Integrated Supercaps, Daymak.
LG inside: Not only will South Korean LG Chem deliver the batteries for the upcoming Chevy Bolt but the cooperation runs deeper. GM has also requested the electric drive, power inverter, on-board charger as well as components like air con or infotainment from LG.
autovolt-magazine.com, electriccarsreport.com, insideevs.com
E.ON to test wireless charging: The utility provider is testing inductive charging for electric vehicles in Berlin and the surrounding area. The charging technology is delivered by SEW Eurodrive. One of the electric cars charging without physically plugging is a converted Peugeot iOn.
Integrated supercaps: Hong Kong Polytechnic University developed what is calls a Body Integrated Supercapacitor for electric vehicles. As the super-caps can be curved, they can be integrated into car body parts and are said to enable high capacity as well as fast-charging.
The Beast just got more fierce as Canadian Daymak improved its electric bike. Compared to the previous version, the overhauled Beast D features a dual 500W Motor and comes with an upgraded 60V 20ah Lithium Ion battery. Cost of the off-road creature is 4,299 dollars.
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Webasto, Daymak.
3D-printed home with hybrid: The Oak Ridge National Laboratory presented a 3D-printed building complete with solar panels and a hybrid vehicle, also fresh from the press. The vehicle is charged wirelessly with solar power and doubles as a battery and energy source for the house during the darker seasons.
Scaling up: Webasto will present its electric High-Voltage Heater (HVV) for hybrid and electric vehicles at the Busworld in Belgium next month. Originally developed for passenger cars, the company successfully adapted it for buses and commercial vehicles as well.
The Chameleon by Daymak is true to its name, as the e-bike is a scooter and a bicycle. The pedals are more decorative, as the bike reaches 32 kph rather effortlessly. Via a Bluetooth app, drivers can customise their ride from turbo to off-road and eco mode. It is now available on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform from 599 dollars.
prnewswire.com, gizmag.com, indiegogo.com
University of Delaware, Kreisel Electric Sprinter, FlySafe, Daymak.
Solar meets hybrid fuel cell bus: Researchers at the University of Delaware are testing the use of solar power for a fuel cell bus fleet.The solar energy is used to help the battery meet the power demand or the fuel cell in charging the battery. Different control scenarios are being tested.
300 km range electric van: This electric sprinter boasts a 300 km range after being retrofitted by Kreisel. It can sit eight passengers or transport up to 3.5t at a top speed of 130 kph. The 90 kWh battery can be charged via an 44 kW on-board charger within 2 hours.
kreiselelectric.com (in German)
Safe flight: The FlySafe research collaboration that includes Brighton University and is led by Ricardo, has developed a flywheel safety test environment. KERS technology can now be tested with up to 60,000 rev/min at the Centre for Automotive Engineering. The project aims to propose a BSI safety standard for flywheels.
Solar scooter: Canadian Daymak is looking to literally kickstart its all-electric Photon scooter. The small two-wheeler has a solar panel on top of the base and can travel up to 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) with its 24V battery pack, which can also charge a smartphone.
kickstarter.com via electriccarsreport.com
EM Safety, Daymak, Panasonic, Johnson Controls.
EM Safety: In an EU-funded study led by Scandinavian research institute SINTEF, researchers from seven different countries found that there is no danger from magnetic fields in electric cars. In fact, field intensity is well below the recommendations set by international standards.
Solar electric bike: Canadian Daymak announced the launch of its electric bike called The Beast. The bike has a 15 W solar battery case and according to the manufacturer, good to recharge 10 km of range per 8 hours at ambience light. Full production of the bike is planned for this summer.
Batteries are more than tripling for automotive applications over the last three years. According to Lux Research, in 2013, Panasonic held the biggest share of the market with 39%, followed by NEC (27%) and LG Chem (9%). Top-three demand came from Toyota (28%), Tesla Motors (24%) and Renault-Nissan (21%).
Joint battery lab: The new Johnson Controls Advanced Systems Test Lab will be established between the battery manufacturer and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The research will focus on systems for vehicle as well as stationary applications and complete the existing UW-Milwaukee partnership.