Dreamliner, Evolute Drives, Paolo, Battery Research.
Dreamliner fire investigated: The fire on a Boeing Dreamliner parked at London-Heathrow in July 2013 was initiated by the uncontrolled release of stored energy from the lithium battery in the Emergency Locator Transmitter, according to Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). In its final report, the AAIB concludes that battery wires, crossed and trapped under the battery cover, “probably created a short-circuit current path which could allow a rapid, uncontrolled discharge of the battery”.
Efficient EV transmission: Evolute Drives says it will present practical test results for its high efficiency 3-speed MSYS electric vehicle transmission at the upcoming CTI Symposium in Shanghai. In independent tests, a B-class fitted with the transmission allegedly achieved a reduction in energy consumption of up to 18 percent over the NEDC test cycle, compared to the single-speed base vehicle.
3D printable electric scooter: Spanish designer Josep Bolart has unveiled Paolo, a minimalist electric scooter. It can be made from recycled materials and most of the parts could be 3D printed.
Battery research: A team from Chonnam National University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a 3D nanoarchitecture of germanium coated with carbon for use as ultra-high rate anodes for Li-ion batteries. The composite is said to show “excellent cyclability”.
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No investment, no EVs: Germany’s national platform for electric mobility NPE presented its progress report to the government yesterday. It states that no more than 500,000 EVs will be on Germany’s streets by 2020 instead of the planned 1 million, if the country does not invest more. NPE suggests i.e. to offer a tax break for EVs sold as company cars and to increasingly support research and development.
zeit.de, autobild.de, welt.de (articles in German)
Electric sports car from Canada: Dubuc Motors unveiled its “Tomahawk” which is said to go from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds and to feature a top speed of 140 mph and a range of 275 miles. Dubuc is now seeking investors for the production and plans to offer the Tomahawk for “under 100,000” dollars in 2016.
newswire.ca, angel.co, dubucmotors.com
New electric motorcycles underway: Zero Motorcycles announces that it has entered full production of its 2015 model line. The first shipments are now in transit, with all North American dealerships receiving the new models by the end of January. European delivery is scheduled for February 2015.
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Investigating Dreamliner incidents: Battery fires in Boeing’s pride and joy (we reported) were the result of inadequate design and testing, U.S. investigation authority NTSB concludes. A short circuit in one of the battery’s eight cells triggered a runaway failure that engulfed the entire power pack. The NTSB blames Boeing as well as battery maker GS Yuasa and the Federal Aviation Administration FTA.
usatoday.com, bloomberg.com, wsj.com
New EVs from China: In April, Chinese manufacturer Haima will introduce an all-electric version of its model Aishang at the Shanghai Auto Show and launch it on the Chinese market around the same time. Meanwhile, Greenwheel EV has presented its Hummer-inspired Jummer EV.
carnewschina.com (Haima), carnewschina.com (Greenwheel)
Ather gets first million: The Indian start-up has collected one million dollars for the development of its high-speed electric scooter. It is said to hit a maximum speed of 75 kph and to be 20 percent lighter than current petrol scooters. Moreover, it can supposedly be “charged up over a lunch break”.