Magna, GF Automotive, Lion E-Mobility, Rosenbauer.
Lightweight frame for e-trucks: Magna will bring a 35 percent lighter frame for commercial vehicles to the IAA. The V4.0 can hold up to three modular battery packs and also offers protected space to install electric motors. The idea is to keep the structure light and space for load clear.
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77m euro order for hybrid components: GF Automotive has received an order from a French car manufacturer for the battery housing of a new hybrid vehicle. Made from aluminum with an integrated cooling system, it will be made in Germany from 2019. The contract is worth 77m euros.
Lion E-Mobility’s largest order to date is from Kreisel Electric. LION Smart has been selected to equip Kreisel Electric’s home storage unit Mavero with the battery management system. A seven-figure sum will be paid over a period of two years.
Concept Fire Truck: Austrian Rosenbauer presented its vision of a firefighters’ vehicle. The Concept Fire Truck (CFT) is a compact hybrid vehicle with an electric motor in each wheel. Its ingenuity lies in ergonomics designed to enable fewer and ageing firefighters to still fulfil their tasks.
feuerwehr-ub.de (in German)
Manz, GF Automotive, Airport Personal Transport, BNL.
Manz lassos new deal: The German engineering company has received a “strategically important” order from one of the “leading companies of the e-mobility industry in the USA” (Tesla?) for a pilot system in which an innovative laser welding process will be used for the manufacture of lithium-ion battery systems. Manz is confident that there will be follow-up orders in the coming years.
New player on the market: The automotive division of Swiss company Georg Fischer wants to begin selling components for electric vehicles. According to GF, it already received orders totalling 50 million euros from well-known manufacturers covering light metal battery housings and structural parts.
Never late for the gate: The APT (Airport Personal Transport) is essentially an electric-powered, semi-autonomous two-passenger vehicle that will take people from their car to the airport gate and back. The team, with 88-year-old team leader William Alden has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise 100,000 dollars to build the first prototype.
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Battery research: At the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, a team of researchers has developed a cathode material for Li-ion batteries that can allegedly store three times as many lithium-ions as other cathode materials.
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