Fraunhofer tests 18-tonne electric truck with PV panels
The electric truck with integrated solar system that Fraunhofer ISE has developed with industrial partners has received road approval. Road tests will now show whether the installed photovoltaic (PV) modules can actually cover the targeted five to ten per cent of the truck’s energy demand.
ZSW breaks ground for HyFaB factory
In Germany, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Ulm has broken ground for the HyFaB research factory, an open industry platform with a focus on fuel cell stacks. Commissioning is planned for the beginning of 2022.
Fraunhofer develops solar roofing for EVs
To improve the range of electric vehicles, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has developed a car solar roof with highly efficient solar cells. However, the greatest effects only occur over short distances.
BMW, Digital e-drive, Qualcomm, Fraunhofer ISE, NREL.
Future BMW motorbike: Following visions for BMW, as well as Mini and Rolls-Royce, the Bavarians introduced a futuristic motorbike concept with an electric drivetrain. The ‘Vision Next 100’ not only emits zero emissions, it has no bearings or joints and is self-balancing, meaning the driver does not have to wear a helmet or protective gear. Active assistance systems keep the bike upright at a standstill or while driving.
electriccarsreport.com (with video), bmwgroup.com
Digital e-drive shifts into gear: The project kicked off at the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS). Financed by Daimler and Bosch, ‘Digital e-drive’ will look at digital methods to examine operational strategies of electric drivetrains in automated and connected vehicles.
springerprofessional.de, fkfs.de (Articles in German)
S-Series charges wirelessly: Qualcomm presented its inductive charging technology that will be used in the Mercedes S550e plug-in hybrid starting next year. It is based on the Halo WEVC system, which was tested during the Formula E and will charge the PHEV with 3.6 kW. Efficiency is said to be similar to a conductive charging system.
Fraunhofer ISE signs with NREL: The two biggest research institutions are joining forces. The German Fraunhofer ISE and U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) agreed to work together closely in the fields of hydrogen and fuel cell research.
German fast-chargers, Italy, BMW i3, Fraunhofer ISE, Allego.
Details on German fast-chargers: The government revealed more information on the planned network of 400 rapid charging stations that will line the German Autobahn. All charge stops will be multi-standard (CCS, CHAdeMO, Level2) and have at least two reserved parking spaces. At hotspots, more charging stations will be available. Charging will be initially offered for free.
bundestag.de (in German)
Electric carsharing in Italy: Palermo has 24 Renault Zoe for hire that can be charged at one of 16 charging stations sponsored by utility Enel. The shared EVs can be found at five locations in Sicily’s capital with another three to be opened before the end of this year.
Fly and drive electrically: 50 BMW i3 are available at London’s City Airport as DriveNow strikes its first deal with a British aerodrome. it is said to be the largest electric carsharing fleet in the British capital.
Home integrated EV: Fraunhofer ISE created a home energy management system that integrates an electric car and its charging needs into a “Passive House” by scheduling i.e. charge times. It is part of the “Fellbach ZeroPlus” project of the “Electric Mobility Showcase” programme.
Completion: Berlin and Munich are officially linked as BMW, E.ON and Siemens completed the installation of eight DC fast-charging stations along the A9 motorway. Allego GmbH assumes commercial operation of the stations. Ten minutes of DC charging cost 3 euros, while AC charging costs 2 euros/30 minutes.
SFM Bikes, fUCI, Auro Robotics, Fraunhofer ISE.
Foldable motorcycle: SFM Bike presents the electric version of its Sachs MadAss, called the Saxxx MadAss E. Its 1.5 kW electric motor and 960 Wh Li-ion battery allow for a maximum speed of 45 kph and 50 km range. Moreover, the bike can be folded up for easy storage.
Next-generation e-bike concept: Bike manufacturer Specialized ditched UCI rules on what a bicycle should look like, creating a flashy new concept with the telling name fUCI. The e-bike has a concealed motor in the bottom bracket shell, and comes with smartphone integration technology and break lights.
Autonomous ride to class: Start-up Auro Robotics will test its driverless electric golf cart on the campus of Santa Clara University in Northern California this autumn. The cart goes up to 10 mph and can detect pedestrians up to 200 m ahead. Tests will run for three months.
High efficiency through SiC: Researchers at the Fraunhofer ISE have developed a highly compact and efficient inverter containing innovative silicon carbide (SiC) components for the use in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). The demonstrator achieved an efficiency of 98.7 percent; around five times higher than conventional power electronic silicon components.