Accumotive, Swatch, Eco-driving, Hyperloop.
Daimler battery storage: Daimler subsidiary Accumotive announced a new cooperation with Hannover’s utility enercity. Together, they will set up a 15 MW battery storage facility before the year’s end. 3,000 battery modules reserved for existing electric Smarts will be stored and serve as stationery energy storage at the same time. It is the Daimler’s second storage project, following the first in Lünen.
Swatch battery update: The “super battery,” which Swatch says will have 30 percent more capacity, utilises vanadium pentoxide and an unconventional electrolyte. A first production line for prototypes was recently set up and serial batteries for light-electric vehicles can be expected this year.
nzz.ch (in German)
Eco-driving research: Researchers from TU Chemnitz and the University of Southampton studied eco-driving behaviour in hybrid vehicles. They found that green technologies alone are insufficient and have to be backed up by systems that facilitate and not only encourage eco-conscious driving.
greencarcongress.com, sciencedirect.com (guidelines)
Hyperloop pod by MIT: After Space X just asked Aecom to build a test track for Elon Musk’s high speed tube, a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won the design competition. It will now build the capsules for the Hyperloop.