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.
ABattReLife, Omron, Tesla, Faradion.
Battery ageing: For the past three years, the ABattReLife project examined possible factors for the quick deterioration of batteries towards their lives’ end, as well as ways to re-use the power packs. The EU research project includes stakeholders from France, the Netherlands, and Germany. The German partners will present their findings on the optimal life cycle on June, 11th.
emobilserver.de (in German), abattrelife.eu (project website in English)
Compact pre-charge relay: To reduce peak currents prior to the start of the car or system, Omron has launched a new relay for circuits of electric vehicles and other battery systems on the market. The G9EJ – 1 is among the smallest of its kind. The relays can switch currents up to 25 A at a system voltage of up to 400V.
elektronikpraxis.vogel.de (in German)
Little losses for Tesla batteries: Data provided by 80 European Model S owners suggests that Model S batteries only degrade at a 5 percent rate. After the first 50,000 kilometres, battery degradation seems to plateau. All owners questioned drove Teslas built between 2013 and 2015.
Proof-of-concept: British battery maker Faradion has presented an e-bike with sodium-ion cells. The bike was developed with Williams Advanced Engineering. Oxford University was also a partner. Sodium is cheaper, safer and cleaner than lithium.
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