Tesla, Panasonic, Drive eO, Chevrolet, Moto Pogo.
Different outlooks on battery sales: While Tesla predicts a 50% annual sales growth over the next four years, its battery supplier Panasonic has publicized a more cautious outlook of just 16.5% for its automotive battery business in the same period. Despite the promised introduction of the Tesla Model X this year, Panasonic only forecasts an 11% growth in the next 12 months.
Sneak peak at the PP03: Drive eO’s 1020 kW electric race car will take a shot at first place at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb next weekend, challenging the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One. The Drive eO PP03 features 2160 Nm of peak torque and a top speed of 260 km/h.
Chevy slims down: The 2016 model of the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid will weigh 136 kilos less than its predecessor. About 54 kilos were saved using a stronger body structure and lighter components on both the in- and outside. The new 1.5-litre turbo engine also shed about 39 kilos.
New electric one-wheeler: Even though the all-electric scooter Moto Pogo only has one wheel, the driver can take a seat and move forward by pushing the handlebars, as they would with a Segway. The 500 watt motor allows for a top speed of 25 kph, while the scooter has a range of up to 30 km. Entrepreneur Carl Dagenais is currently collecting funds for production on Kickstarter.
Venturi, Drive eO, Babel Bike, Solar Impulse 2.
Ready for the cold: Venturi’s all-electric vehicle Antarctica with caterpillar tracks stood up against snow and ice in the Alps, showing that it is fit to support research teams at the South Pole. It will be used to reach research areas; distances that are currently covered by ski. Apparently, the idea for the vehicle came from Prince Albert II of Monaco on his last trip to the snow covered region.
Drive eO racer: The Latvian company announces the world’s first one megawatt electric race car, the eO PP03. The six YASA-400 electric motors provide a total of 1020 kW, allowing the car to reach 260 kph. Drive eO says that it will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the U.S. in June.
The Babel Bike is said to be safest bike out there. It features a Shimano electric motor to support the rider during acceleration and seatbelts as well as a rolling cage in case of an accident. While it looks slightly odd, the safety argument could get some back in the saddle.
autoblog.com (with video), indiegogo.com (crowdfunding campaign)
Not gone with the wind: Bad weather is forcing the Solar Impulse 2 to remain grounded in China, where it has been for the past two and a half weeks. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg had planned to stay for one night only, as they fly around the world only powered by the sun.
Drive eO, Eisenmann, Japan, Fairchild.
Megawatt electric racer: The eO PP03 by Drive eO is said to put out 1,020 kW. Designed and built in Latvia, the all-electric racer is to compete at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the U.S. this June, powered by six electric motors that are fuelled by a 50-kWh Li-Ion battery.
German paint shop for Tesla: The Californians have asked specialist Eisenmann to build two fully automated painting lines at Tesla’s Fremont facility. The 9-figure deal is the biggest in the German company’s history to date. One line will be used to paint car bodies, the other for components.
Fuel for fuel cells in Japan: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization is to grant another 3 billion yen (25m USD) for the development of fuel cells until 2019. The aim is to improve efficiency, durability and functionality of fuel cells and to make them cheaper, of course.
japan.ahk.de (in German), itmedia.co.jp (in Japanese)
Fairchild broadens automotive portfolio: The company has introduced the automotive-qualified SuperFET II MOSFET and High Voltage Rectifier product families. According to Fairchild, both are suited for increasing the power ratings of onboard chargers and DC-to-DC converters.
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SchmiRmaL, Leclanché, Drive EO, Momentum Dynamics.
Conductive lubricants: The Bosch-led project “SchmiRmaL,” is working on innovative lubricants for ball bearings in electric motors. The addition of ionized liquids, researchers say, could reduce friction some ten million times. Enough to counter unwanted discharging of electricity.
Researching ceramic separator: Swiss battery-maker Leclanché and French company Saint-Gobain want to develop a new ceramic separator for lithium-ion cells. If successful, Leclanché will use it in its stationary product range; Saint-Gobain will be in charge of marketing.
Tesla with new peak power: The Lithuanian engineering company Drive EO will compete in this year’s Pikes Peak using an electric racer based on the Tesla Roadster. It features a 360 kW modified drivetrain and 40 kWh battery pack.
gas2.org, technologicvehicles.com, youtube.com (Video)
New inductive player? Momentum Dynamics is working on an inductive charging system for EVs that, in terms of price, could compete with plug-in systems. According to the company, it currently delivers as much as 50 kW at a 90% efficiency rate.