Futuricum’s specialised e-trucks now on roads
Four Swiss partners have joined forces to convert and operate two Futuricum electric trucks into special vehicles. The two examples feature an additional length of one metre, an increase of the payload by two tonnes and the expansion of the battery capacity to 900 kWh.
Volvo takes over majority of Designwerk
The Volvo Group has announced that it will acquire 60 per cent of the shares in Designwerk Technologies AG. The Swiss company offers electric vehicles under the Futuricum brand and also develops modular high-performance batteries and mobile charging technology for electric vehicles.
Liebherr presents all-electric truck mixers
The vehicle manufacturer Liebherr, in cooperation with Designwerk and ZF, have developed the first fully electric truck mixers with a drum holding ten or twelve cubic metres on a five-axle chassis. The first applications are planned for autumn 2020 at the customers Holcim and KIBAG in Switzerland.
Mobile DC chargers ready to go in March
The Swiss company Designwerk has introduced a new generation of mobile DC chargers. The portable DC chargers can now charge vehicles with a voltage of up to 920 volts and are targeted towards the needs of vehicle dealers and service workshops.
Hydro, Designwerk, Japan, Apple.
Lightweight body for EVs: In order to go the extra mile, EV components have to lose the extra weight. For the project ‘Light e-body,’ Hydro and the fka Institute are working on an all-aluminium body for electric cars. It weighs only 199 kg and is on par with traditional concepts when it comes to safety and rigidity.
Mobile battery for parked airplanes: Swiss company Designwerk has successfully tested the world’s first ground power unit with battery storage for airplanes. The unit has a maximum output of 120 kW and, because it makes almost no noise, it can even be used inside the hangars.
design-werk.ch (in German)
Japan’s clean energy offensive: The country wants to increase spending on green technology research to about 90bn yen (811m dollars) by 2021. On top of solar cells and hydrogen, the country is also looking to develop EV batteries that would allow for a rage of 700 km.
Apple – king of investments: Yet an another clue to the iCar puzzle. Apple has spent 4.7bn dollars on automotive research since 2013. According to Morgan Stanley, that is ten times more than Tesla and twentyfold of what the big U.S. carmakers are willing to invest.
Paris, Corri-Door, Air Products, Designwerk, Berlin, Edinburgh.
Paris charges ahead: Parisian public transport operator RATP is following up its plan to electrify its 4,500-strong bus fleet until 2025. Within the Bus2025 scheme, RATP is to test electric buses from providers like Bolloré, Solaris, Ebusco and Dietrich Carebus beginning this year. From 2017, serious bidding is to start with buses expected to be bought by 2019. Paris is en route.
route-one.net; automobile-propre.com (in French)
France is not only Paris and so the country has inaugurated the first two fast-charging stations at the Bosgouet Nord (A13) and Tardenois Nord (A4) motorway service stations operated by SANEF within the Corri-Door project funded by EU´s TEN-T programme. 200 such multi-standard stations will be installed along French motorways by December 2015 with Renault-Nissan, BMW and VW all taking part.
H2 stations coming up: India now has its first hydrogen station powered by the abundant sun. The station is supplied by Air Products, which operates a total of three H2 fueling stations in the country. Also, France strikes yet again as Air Liquide opened another hydrogen pit stop at its Sassenage site in Isère (Rhône-Alpes) as part of the HyWay framework. A second station is planned in Grenoble.
greencarcongress.com (India), gasworld.com (France)
Fast charging on the go: To charge its 100 electric vehicles for the shuttle service at the Champions League finale in Berlin, Nissan employed a total of twelve mobile fast-chargers MDC22 from Swiss company Designwerk. The MDC22 turns any charging station into a DC charger, allowing vehicles to charge quicker at up to 22 kW almost anywhere.
Hermes delivers electrically in Berlin from today as it employs a custom-made electric Sprinter van. It is part of the showcase project DisLog, which deals with resource-saving deliveries in urban environments. The prototype by German E-Cars has a range of 120 kilometres. Hermes is testing various EVs in different cities and delivers 100 percent electrically in London since 2014.
emobileticker.de (in German)
Electric college catering: Scottish Fettes College in Edinburgh has taken delivery of a second electric utility vehicle from ePower Trucks. The ClubCar Carryall 500 electric truck has been customised for the college. It has a payload of more than 350kg and runs on lead acid batteries.