Momentum Dynamics, Formula Student, Cambridge Electronics, University of Vermont.
Momentum Dynamics lives up to its name, saying it feels a push from established carmakers towards wireless charging. The technology of the Philadelphia start-up is already at 91% efficiency with prototype projects in multiple industries. Momentum Dynamics’ prototype home system has up to 10 kW, but the company aims at 25 kW in current trials.
Formula Student Electric winners: Dutch TU Delft has been named the overall winner of the design- and race competition in the electric car class. AMZ Racing Team from ETH Zurich came in second, followed by Uni Stuttgart’s GreenTeam. About 700 teams compete in the Formula Student each year.
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Better than silicon: MIT Spinoff Cambridge Electronics is developing gallium nitride transistors and power electronic circuits. The GaN devices are believed to potentially decrease energy consumption of data centres and electric vehicles by 10 – 20% by 2025.
Hybrids above sticker value: Researchers from the University of Vermont found that under real-life conditions, hybrid vehicles prove to be more fuel efficient than EPA ratings suggest. Fuel savings on highways are up to 18% higher, and in cities, real fuel consumption undercut that in the lab by 33%.
Seat, Peugeot-Citroën, Nissan, Formula Student.
Seat slow to electrify: The VW subsidiary is not looking to build plug-in hybrids or electric cars before 2020, despite having access to Volkswagen technology. Seat CEO Jürgen Stackmann says that prices will need to come down first. However, Seat will have to electrify by 2020-2025, as EU regulation will leave it no choice.
Peugeot-Citroën plans new flagship: PSA’s subsidiary DS will introduce a new sedan by 2018. It currently runs under the project name ‘DS8’ and will first be made available in China. A hybrid variant is planned as well.
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Hybrid SUV for USA: Nissan announced it will redistribute 100,000 more Rogue to the U.S. per year starting in 2016. It may even introduce a hybrid variant. Furthermore, the smaller European version of the Rogue, the Qashqai, will be sold in the U.S., replacing the Rogue Select.
Formula Student: Behind the wheel of its electric racer, the TU Delft has won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Formula Student competition at Silverstone for the second time in a row. Second and third place went to Germany’s UAS Zwickau and University of Stuttgart.
California, Volvo, Route Monkey, Formula Student.
New money for new energy: The California Energy Commission has approved funding for infrastructure projects. 3.5 million dollars will be spent on 181 new charging stations, 1.2m for operating and servicing fuel cell stations and another 2.3m are reserved for V2G demonstration projects.
Hybrid buses for Sweden: Volvo Buses has received an order for twelve of its Volvo 7900 Hybrids from Bergkvarabuss, a privately owned transit bus operator in Sweden. The buses are destined to serve in the city of Karlskrona from September this year.
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Forecasting residual value: British Route Monkey is working with Teesside University and Urban Foresight on a project to help EV fleet managers to determine residual EV value by establishing a protocol for the sharing of vehicle and manufacturers’ battery chemistry data to better predict the battery lifetime.
Team Amperas: Opel has granted all four of its sponsored teams in the Formula Student an Ampera, otherwise known as Volt. The range-extended EVs will be at the students’ service for the whole season.