EKPO to present three new FC stacks in Munich
EKPO Fuel Cell, the joint venture between ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium, is shining the spotlight on various next-generation fuel cell stack platforms at next week’s IAA Mobility. They are said to feature an improved design and higher performance.
IPCEI to fund 12 European hydrogen mobility projects
The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology (BMWI) and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (BMVI) have selected 62 major projects to receive government funding as part of a joint European hydrogen project (Hydrogen IPCEI). The BMVI is funding twelve projects in the mobility sector.
Major order for EKPO Fuel Cell
EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, the fuel cell joint venture between ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium, has been awarded a series production contract with a planned total volume in the high double-digit million euro range.
ElringKlinger receives major cell system order
ElringKlinger announced a major order for cell contacting systems. Names were not disclosed, but the Group will supply the German plant of a global battery manufacturer starting in the first half of 2022, which will produce battery systems there for the series platform of a German premium OEM.
H2Fuel project sources stacks from ElringKlinger
ElringKlinger is supplying 68 fuel cell short stacks to a research consortium formed by several institutes in Germany. The aim of the consortium is to develop basic principles for the necessary adaptation of the ISO standard for H2 delivery quality at filling stations.
ElringKlinger to use Keysight battery development
Keysight Technologies has signed a cooperation agreement with ElringKlinger within the field of battery development for electric vehicles. Specifically, ElringKlinger uses Keysight’s Scienlab battery test systems to expand its development capacity.
Spartacus to develop advanced battery sensors
The ‘Spartacus’ project has recently started to develop advanced sensors and cell management systems for batteries. The researchers hope to be able to reduce charging times by up to 20 per cent without compromising the reliability and service life of the batteries.
ElringKlinger & Plastic Omnium launch FC joint venture
ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium are joining forces in fuel cell technology to accelerate the development of hydrogen mobility. To achieve this goal, the two companies will establish the EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies joint venture for the development, large-scale production and marketing of fuel cell stacks.
Australian startup H2X to build FCEVs
The Australian start-up H2X is planning a series of locally produced fuel cell vehicles. The first vehicle from the newly founded company from New South Wales is a hydrogen fuel cell-powered SUV called Snowy to be launched in 2022.
ElringKlinger receives major order from Fremont
ElringKlinger has received a major order from a US American manufacturer for the series supply of lightweight cockpit cross beams. Although the customer was not named, the delivery destination leaves little doubt that Tesla is shopping for parts for its Model Y.
ElringKlinger to enter IAA with new products
ElringKlinger is ready to show new product innovations at the IAA Commercial Vehicles, particularly in the battery and fuel cell technology areas. An example is their PEM fuel cell stack with 260 cells. The supplier also packed new electric drive units to go on display.
Sino-German battery joint venture
German supplier ElringKlinger agreed with Chengfei Integration Technology (CITC), a cell maker from China, to set up a joint venture. Together they are to develop, produce and sell battery modules globally.
Audi, Mazda, ElringKlinger, XFC.
Automated EV concepts: Audi’s booth at the IAA will include two concept EVs with autonomous capabilities of level 4 and 5. The SUV show car is based on the e-tron Sportback concept with three electric drives. The other study in self-driving settles in the D segment and got four electric motors and a said range of 700 – 800 kilometres. Nothing has been issued regarding production plans.
Mazda reaffirms electrification: Japan may soon lead the electric evolution as even Mazda confirms plans to jump on the fuel-free drive train. Though EV options across the whole range are only due by 2035, mild hybrid will become the norm from 2019, the same year a first Mazda EV is expected together with a rotary REx. From 2021, plug-in hybrids are to join the line-up as well.
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E-mobility by ElringKlinger: The German component maker has made electric vehicles its focus at the current IAA, where it presents battery systems and lightweight solutions. Also on display is an eAxle alongside a fuel cell stack ready for integration.
Funding for extra fast-charging: The US Department of Energy wants to support the development of EVs and/or batteries with extremely fast-charging (XFC) capabilities. The aim is to charge twice as fast a current fast-charging systems. The actual funding proposal has yet to be released.
Excellent is different: Chevy’s Bolt, this time as Opel Ampera-e has got a four star rating in the EuroNCAP crash test. The inspectors found fail with the rear’s resilience and also wanted passengers sitting in said back to be automatically reminded to put their seat belts on.
autoevolution.com, euroncap.com (results), youtube.com (crash test)
Siemens, Valeo, ElringKlinger, LG Chem, Aurora Flight Sciences.
Siemens and Valeo form alliance: The two companies have formed a 50:50 joint venture to make high-voltage powertrains for all forms of electrified cars, including hybrids. Jointly developed electric motors, on-board chargers, inverters and power converters are said to give the companies a more favourable position in the market.
Battery cooperation: ElringKlinger meanwhile teamed up with Sensor Technik Wiedemann. Together the German companies want to create lithium-ion battery modules and system for i.e. electric vehicles. The first projects will include energy 24 and 48 Volt energy storage systems with optimal cooling.
LG Chem with new coating: LG Chem has purchased a patent licence agreement from company Optodot to use the latter’s boehmite ceramic-coated separators for Li-ion batteries. Ceramic coating is said to improve performance, life cycle and safety of Li-ion batteries.
Vertical takeoff: Aurora Flight Sciences has completed a first flight with a miniature model of its newly developed aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion (we reported). The plane can take off and land vertically, making runways a thing of the past. Once airborne, it can reach up to 740 kph. The development is funded 89m dollars from the U.S. Pentagon.
ElringKlinger, Infineon, Solar Impulse.
ElringKlinger invests: German parts manufacturer ElringKlinger plans to invest 10m euros to start developing their own complete battery system for electric vehicles. The company is currently seeking partners in Asia to manufacture cells. They could be ready start building in three to five years.
badische-zeitung.de (in German)
Powertrain inverters: Infineon Technologies is working together with TDK to develop a solution for inverters to be easily used in electric powertrains. This enables developers to quickly test and implement concepts. They have improved upon Infineon’s existing HybridPACK, using the latest IGBT3 chip and installing six DC terminals. The new tool will have both automotive and industrial applications.
Solar Impulse returns: The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, had to land in Hawaii last summer during its flight around the world. Now, its two pilots are ready to continue their 35,000km trip across the Atlantic Ocean. The flight is set to resume in April, with 25 days of flying spread over five months. The plane is powered by 17,000 solar cells and on-board rechargeable lithium batteries.
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Audi, Lexus, Maruti Suzuki, ElringKlinger, Ford, California.
Audi Q7 e-tron quattro unveiled: Making its world public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new plug-in hybrid Audi Q7 e-tron quattro combines a 3.0 TDI diesel and an electric motor delivering a combined system ouput of 373 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Powered by a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the SUV covers up to 56 kilometers (34.8 miles) on electric power alone. The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro will arrive at dealers in Germany in the spring of 2016.
Lexus city car concept: Ahead of its Geneva debut, pictures of the LF-SA concept by Lexus have been leaked. It looks bold, to say the least, and the LF-SA concept could go into serial production by 2018, then sitting on the Toyota Yaris’ platform. A hybrid variant is thus likely.
Small plug-in from India: Maruti Suzuki presents the Swift Range Extender concept. The small car comes as a plug-in hybrid combining a three-cylinder petrol engine and a 54-kW electric motor and is said to offer an all-electric range of about 25 kilometres (15 miles).
ElringKlinger to halt e-mobility? The supplier is thinking about terminating a contract for the delivery of electric car components due to continued losses at its e-mobility business. While the car manufacturer facing the end of its supply chain was not named, Stefan Wolf, CEO of ElringKlinger, said “they will just have to see whether they get the stuff somewhere else,” if the situation would not improve.
Ford connects e-bikes: ‘Handle on Mobility’ is the latest project in Ford’s Smart Mobility initiative. The carmaker now presented the e-bike prototypes ‘MoDe:Me’ and ‘MoDe:Pro’, designed to be integrated into urban transport. The e-bikes take inspiration from automotive technologies, while featuring the ‘MoDe:Link’ app. The bikes are further connected to the ‘Info-Cycle’ – an open source research project.
cnet.com, electriccarsreport.com, wired.co.uk
California is considering a new bill which would reduce the sales tax on hybrid and electric vehicles to 3.06 percent, down from the current 7.5 percent. If accepted, first by several committees and finally the Assembly later this year, the new legislation would be in effect from 2016 to 2020.
Scania, ElringKlinger, Bodo, Tesla, Mitsubishi.
Scania shows hybrid powertrain: The Swedish manufacturer will present the technology integrated in its new hybrid bus, the Scania Citywide, at the IAA in Hanover in September. The company will also show an updated version of its Eco-roll technology, which lets the vehicle determine whether to roll down hill in neutral gear and with an idle engine.
ElringKlinger takes over 75% of the fuel cell specialist New Enerday. Their solid oxide fuel cell systems generate electrical energy directly from fossil fuels such as natural gas, LPG, bioethanol or diesel. The unites are intended for the on-board power supply of boats and recreational and commercial vehicles. The deal is said to be finalised in the third Quarter of 2014.
Bodo looks west: Chinese EV-maker Bodo Electric Vehicle Group wants to bring its e-bike brand “Rank” to Europe. A warning shot for local manufacturers, since Bodo can produce up to three million electric two- and three-wheelers at its four manufacturing sites.
Tesla priced at 81,070 dollars in China: Add to that shipping and handling as well as local taxes and VAT, and the price tag reads 121,370 dollars. That is not including any option. And one option that is not available in China yet, is an on-board GPS, since Google Maps is not supported there. The carmaker says it is working on a solution to come later this year.
Driving the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: It is an SUV “to silence the SUV-bashers,” says The Green Car Website, while it is currently “the only option for guilt-free SUV ownership.” Overall, the verdict on the vehicles performance is positive. And also the price convinced the driver, saying that “the heavy premium usually associated with hybrids is a thing of the past.”