ABB, ElectRoad, faster charging, Faradion.
ABB invests in Canada: The Swiss engineering firm is investing 90m dollars in the construction of a research and development centre in Montréal, said to open its doors before the end of 2017. It will also house the “North American Center for Excellence in e-Mobility,” which focuses on the development of energy management solutions for electric buses and trains.
Israeli start-up ElectRoad developed a new technology that would charge electric cars while driving, using copper wire embedded in the asphalt (we reported). First tests have now been completed successfully and the technology will now be tried for a bus line in Tel Aviv. ElectRoad wants to initially offer its technology to public transport operators, so that electric buses can be fitted with smaller batteries.
Higher charging capacity: Researchers at the University of Bath and University of Illinois say they have figured out how to charge batteries more quickly in the future. The discovered that adding positively charged ions increased how fast lithium moves and therefore the batteries charging capacity.
Serial production of sodium-ion batteries? British company Faradion is working on a cheap sodium-ion battery (we reported) that could be used for i.e. electric cars and was now able to raise 3.2m pounds in additional funding. The money will be used to demonstrate that the technology is suitable for serial production.
Local Motors, ElectRoad, UQM, Showa Denko, Hydrogenics.
Olli and Watson: Local Motors and IBM have developed a self-driving electric bus called Olli. It sits 12 and thanks to the integrated computer system Watson, passengers can ask the bus questions (and get an answer). The electric Olli is now on the road in Washington, D.C. and is said to also come to Miami and Las Vegas.
Tel Aviv tests electric road: Israeli start-up ElectRoad has developed a technology that charges EVs while driving, using copper wire embedded in the asphalt. Test are currently under way on a specially prepared route. The embedding of the copper wire is said to take about one day per kilometre.
israelbetweenthelines.com (with video), jewishbusinessnews.com
New UQM drivetrain: UQM Technologies announced a new electric drivetrain for utility vehicles, called UQM PowerPhaseDT, and which is said to be available from this autumn. Eaton has been picked to supply the transmission, while Pi Innovo will contribute the transmission control unit.
Meeting demand: Japanese Showa Denko (SDK) announced an increase in production capacities for its carbon-based anode material for Li-ion batteries from the end of 2016. Production capacities will be raised 50 percent to annually 1,500 tonnes. Part of the production will be moved to China.
H2 utility vehicle alliance: Hydrogenics and SinoHytec have signed a strategic partnership for the development of fuel cell systems for the Chinese market. The FCs are destined for buses and trucks.