eHorizon, Camal, Floatility, ARPA-E.
eHorizon widens: Continental brings a dynamic version of its cloud based eHorizon technology to CES after previously demonstrating the fuel saving abilities of a static version in its 48-Volt mild hybrid. The dynamic eHorizon uses cloud and crowd intelligence to refresh the digital map in the backend with accurate information.
Hybrid hyper car: Italian design house Camal presents the Ramusa (Italian for lizard) SUV concept with all-wheel drive. The hybrid drive is said to have an output of 800 hp, with the electric motor powering the front wheels. The Turin-based firm plans to produce only a few units of its grippy off-roader.
3D-printed solar LEV: German start-up Floatility introduces the e-floater, a light-weight electric scooter that runs on solar power. Some components are 3D-printed and the stand-up scooter is ready for production. Developed together with BASF (we reported), the last-mile vehicle weighs only 12 kilos.
techtimes.com, 3ders.org, floatility.com
Solid state funding: The Advanced Research Projects Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) granted 3m dollars to develop an all-solid-state sodium battery. The proposed battery operates at room temperature, uses a scalable stack design and is expected to be 20 percent more energy dense than Li-ion batteries. The project is led by a research team at Iowa State University with collaborators.