MAN, Techrules, Elextra, Falken.
MAN trials e-trucks: Commercial vehicle maker MAN issued its roadmap to electrification. From November 2017, electric trucks will serve nine partners in Austria on a daily basis. If this real life trial is successful, a small series may be made in Steyr from late 2018. Furthermore, MAN plans to present a pre-series electric bus that shall go into production by the end of 2019. Full series production of electric trucks will then likely follow in early 2021.
Turbine hyper EV to go serial: Chinese Techrules confirmed its turbine-recharged electric car (TREV) for Geneva and will this time show the production-ready version. The 768 kW GT 86 is said to have a 2,000 mile range thanks to its turbine Rex. Expect 25 units before the year’s end.
Another electric supercar is headed for the Swiss show. All that is known of Elextra is its stated aim to make the 0 – 100 km in less than 3 sec and that it takes inspiration from “Italian supercars of the past.” Danish entrepreneur Poul Sohl and Swiss designer Robert Palm are looking for investors.
EV tyre: It will be the first appearance of Sumitomo brand Falken in Geneva and they bring a tyre made for electric and race cars to the show. The Ecorun A-A will go on sale Europe later this year and makes use of Advanced 4D Nano Design.
Fraunhofer LBF, Porsche, Advanced Propulsion Centre, Falken.
German battery testing: Fraunhofer LBF has opened its centre for system reliability in electromobility, abbreviated ZSZ-e, in Darmstadt, Germany. Here, researchers will develop testing procedures and guidelines for high-voltage batteries and perform multi-physical tests on batteries, modules and components. Fraunhofer LBF also introduced its generator-electric research vehicle “GEV/one.”
New Porsche 919 Hybrid revealed: The updated Le Mans racer has received numerous improvements by Porsche, such as redefined energy recovery systems. Thus, this year the 919 will compete in the 8 MJ category (8 MJ of recovered energy per lap).Total system power is now nearly at 746 kW.
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Multi-million funding: In its latest funding round, the UK Advanced Propulsion Centre has awarded a total of 80 million pounds to four projects. These aim to bring fuel cell range-extenders into van fleets, develop high efficiency transmissions and create the next generation of electric and hybrid buses.
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Tyres for hybrid SUVs: Falken is working on a new tyre for the use on plug-in hybrid SUVs. The goal is to combine both the sporty dynamics with low rolling resistance. The concept tyres had been on display on Mitsubishi’s Concept XR-PHEV II that made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.