R&D break-through: Tesla battery making looks likely
Jeff Dahn and his team, who carry out battery research for Tesla, have published test results for a new battery cell that could have a life of 1 million miles (1.6 million km) and thus be suitable for Tesla’s planned robo taxis. At the same time, Tesla battery cell manufacturing appears to be well underway.
Protean module gives 360-degree manoeuvrability
Wheel-hub motor specialist, Protean Electric, has presented a new module that combines powertrain, steering and suspension technologies in a single component. Called Protean360+, the module allows unrestricted 360-degree steering capability.
May Mobility makes wheelchair-accessible e-shuttle
May Mobility that partners with Magna and has select funders such as BMW iVentures or Toyota AI onboard is moving its autonomous electric vehicle concept forward. To be exact, the company is developing a wheelchair-accessible prototype of its self-driving electric shuttle.
France: €200M to launch & legalise autonomous shuttles
France’s Transport Minister Élisabeth Borne has announced a plan to develop transit with autonomous electric vehicles. The government intends to invest a total of 200 million euros in tests with self-driving electric shuttles in 16 areas of France and to create the legal framework.
VW shuttles for charging, medical care or shops
At the Hanover IAA, VW Commercial Vehicles will present four concepts to illustrate the way autonomous electric transporters can become the basis for new business ideas, technically based on their modular electric drive system (MEB).
Self-driving shuttles to operate in German town
By the Rhein river in the city of Monheim in Germany, five fully autonomous electric buses will begin operations on five bus lines this autumn. Each bus built by France’s Easymile is four meters long with seating for just six passengers.
All-weather autonomous electric shuttle debuts
Announced in autumn, the first self-driving electric shuttle called Gacha, which has been made for all weather conditions, has now been presented in Helsinki. The electric shuttle will be available to the general public in pilot projects as of April this year in the Finnish city of Espoo and will also be available in Hämeenlinna, […]
e.GO to show sports version of debut EV & private bus
The German electric car startup e.GO Mobile will present two new vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show. The e.GO Life Concept Sport is a sporty version of the company’s debut EV e.GO Life, whilst the e.GO Lux is a small electric bus reimagined for private use.
Thoughts from CES: e-shuttles are coming – but when?
A visit to the CES technology trade fair in Las Vegas confirmed an already growing impression: The car of the future is a bubble-like pod vehicle, and most exhibitors also agreed that these small shuttle buses will one day rule the city; and by the by, universal adoption of the electric drive is simply a […]
Germany: MOIA e-shuttle ride sharing goes public in April
The VW subsidiary MOIA has started their final tests with ten electric shuttles in Hamburg, Germany. The fully electric vehicle is based on a VW van with a range of 300 km and is destined for affordable ride-sharing. A 100 strong fleet is to take to the streets of Hamburg this April with quick expansion […]
Apple to convert 500 VW Golf to e-shuttles
The cooperation between Apple and VW which was announced in May to develop autonomous vehicles is possibly larger than originally anticipated. According to media reports, Apple plans to include 500 modified VW Golf in their testing initiative.
Moved by the power of song
Fortum will promote the pleasures of electric driving at the music festival Ruisrock in Finland this July. But rather than offering “just” a test ride in a BMW i3, the Fortum Singalong Shuttle requires fans to sing to set it in motion.
ZF and e.Go form e.Go Moove JV for electric vans
German supplier ZF and Aachen-based startup e.Go Mobile, that also worked with DP/DHL on the StreetScooter, have set up their planned joint venture e.Go Moove to produce electric vans from 2019. ZF is careful not to rival existing clients but is hoping for fast synergies and autonomous tech trials.
Electrify America to enter car sharing
The VW subsidiary founded in the wake of the diesel scandal has announced plans to open an EV car sharing service in Sacramento, starting with 260 vehicles. The company is also investing in a budget car-sharing service and electric buses in the region for a total amount of $44 million.
Baidu to start making autonomous electric buses
China’s equivalent to Google, Baidu, is about to begin serial production of electric shuttle buses that will self-drive in selected areas. And it is that autonomy behind that self-drive that may be Baidu’s concern rather than just making EVs themselves.
Visio.M, Tesla, Polysulfide Shuttle.
Light-weight yet safe: Researchers from the ‘Visio.M’ consortium presented a new safety concept for their compact electric vehicles. Their concept EV features new airbags and safety belts as well as new sensors monitoring surrounding traffic via radar and cameras.
Tesla remote unlocking: One of the latest features of Tesla’s new 6.0 firmware for the Model S, is the remote unlocking and starting of the car by using a Smartphone. To demonstrate this feature, Tesla is now cooperating with Huawei, which wants to promote their latest Glory 6 device (also known as Honor 6) this way.
teslamotors.com (firmware), androidheadlines.com (Huawei)
Better efficiency for Li-sulphur batteries: Researchers from the Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences think they found a way to suppress the so-called shuttle effect in Li-sulphur batteries by using a new anode protection with a nitride film.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was our top ten list of electric innovations currently on display at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover.