Tesla, Autopilot, Emoss, Hewlett Packard, NEVS, Renault.
Coast-to-coast in autonomous Tesla: A self-driving prototype may drive from L.A. to New York on its own already by the end of next year, Elon Musk announced. The Tesla would also park and charge itself, probably with one of those snaky charging robots.
If Tesla’s plan works out, such cross-country trips on Autopilot could soon be offered as ride shares. But the EV maker points out, that doing so for commercial reasons would only be allowed via the yet to be opened Tesla Network – basically catapulting the EV maker into the semi-public transport realm.
Semitrailer with range extender: Dutch Emoss, that retrofits trucks, presented an electric tractor unit boasting 320 kW. Its 120 kWh battery and a range extender that runs on natural gas accumulate for a range between 500 and 900 kilometres, depending on the size of the CNG tank.
Accelerated EV production: Hewlett Packard will support National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) to set up global manufacturing IT platform. The end-to-end solution will streamline production in both Sweden and China. NEVS will start making its first EV in 2017 and aims to roll out 250,000 units.
Diesel mild-hybrid: The Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic diesel variants will be equipped with Continental’s 48-volt hybrid drive by the end of this year. The move is hoped to reduce exhaust emissions and fuel consumption at moderate cost.