Evergrande breaks ground on e-drive production plant
The extremely ambitious electric car plans of the Chinese Evergrande Group are becoming more concrete: In Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, local media reported that the ground-breaking ceremony for a production facility of Evergrande for electric drive systems has now taken place. Weiterlesen
Italian students design electric off-road concept
The Istituto Europeo di Design has presented an all-electric concept vehicle called Tracy, designed by students of the Master’s degree course in Transport Design in Torino. Based on the plans of the Italian students, it was built under the roof of EDAG Italia. Weiterlesen
Inductive charging project for taxis in Cologne
In the German city of Cologne, an inductive (wireless) charging project for taxis is being set up called the Taxi Charging Concept for Public Spaces (TALAKO for short from the German). This is part of the SMATA feasibility project was launched in October. Weiterlesen
EDAG presents modular fuel-cell robotic vehicle CityBot
Development service provider EDAG will be presenting a study of a swarm intelligent and multifunctional robotic vehicle with fuel cell drive for the IAA. The EDAG CityBot is to be operational around the clock and can be retrofitted as required using add-on modules. Weiterlesen
EDAG develops EV assembly technique
The German development service provider EDAG has developed a scalable floor assembly for electric cars. According to EDAG, the Scalebase makes it possible to flexibly scale floor assembly for almost all middle and upper-class electric cars. Weiterlesen
Poland to build own EV brand for domestic market
The Polish company ElectroMobility Poland (EMP), a joint venture of the four state-owned energy companies Tauron, Enea, Energa and PGE, has announced the development of three versions of a compact electric car for the Polish market. The first versions will be released in 2022 or 2023. Weiterlesen
Continental, Toyota, EDAG, BHP.
New Wheel Concept: Continental has come up with a braking system for EVs. The New Wheel Concept brake engages the Al disk from the inside to allow for a particularly large diameter and better braking performance. The alloy brake disc is also lighter and supposedly long lasting. Debut is at the IAA.
Toyota delivers on hydrogen: Norwegian Hexagon has finalised the design for H2 tanks destined to serve in Toyota’s recently presented fuel cell truck with Mirai technology and a first tank has been delivered already. Meanwhile, the Japanese have come to agree with convenience store Seven-Eleven to start several fuel cell pilot projects. The trials will also involve small hydrogen trucks with a freezer unit. Furthermore, fuel cell batteries and hydrogen generators may back up the stores’ energy supply.
greencarcongress.com (Hexagon), toyota.co.jp (7/11)
Live-engineering: An autonomous EV shall be developed live on stage during the IAA and led by engineering specialist EDAG. Using the scrum concept and supported on social media, the engineers aim for a concept for robot vehicles with swarm intelligence. While project #collectivio has thus been outlined in theory, only practice during the show’s twelve days will reveal what such a concept could really look like and be used for.
collectivio.de (project website), edag.de
Rethinking its business is mining house BHP that plans to invest heavily in its long-suffering nickel business. The reason is obviously the rise in electric vehicles and the company wants to spend more than 43m dollars building a nickel processing plant near Perth, Australia as part of a broader plan to reposition the business around batteries.