Tag: Google

Jan 29, 2016 - 08:51 am

WePod, Google, Skeleton Technologies, AVL.

WePod-onRoadDriverless bus goes public: In Dutch Wageningen, an autonomous electric bus is rolling up and down a 200 metre stretch of road. The WePod goes 8 kph tops, but nevertheless uses public streets. The pilot will eventually expand to cover a 6 km long route, while the WePod will gradually speed up to 25 kph. The city looks to roll out an entire fleet over the coming years.
reuters.com, theguardian.com, wepods.com

Google eyes Austria: The IT giant is looking to test its self-driving pods in conditions not usually found in Silicon Valley, looking to Austria, where it will find snow, mountains and narrow curves. Autocluster AC Styria already signed a letter of intent with Google.
wirtschaftsblatt.at (in German)

Ultracap backed up: Skeleton Technologies received a 4m euro (4.4m USD) cash injection from KIC InnoEnergy, an investment company with shareholders like ABB, EDF, and Total. Skeleton aims to reach the ambitious target of a 20 Wh/kg energy density for its graphen-based technology by 2020.
greencarcongress.com, businessgreen.com, skeletontech.com

New technology centre: AVL’s latest technology centre has begun operations near Stuttgart, Germany. It features nine test beds for the development and testing of engines, powertrains and vehicles, including EVs. The modular design allows the addition of another 16 test beds.

Jan 18, 2016 - 09:39 am

Audi over the moon with Google.

Audi entered the Google Lunar XPRIZE space travel competition, working with Berlin-based Part-Time Scientists on the solar-powered lunar quattro. To win the 30m dollar prize, the team has to take the automated vehicle to the moon, which Audi says it will do by 2017. Hopefully, we will see the technology be applied on earth shortly after in either an Audi or a Google car.
carscoops.com, carmagazine.co.uk

Jan 15, 2016 - 11:40 am

EMDA_LoOP, Google, Altigreen, Andromeda Power.

Stimulated simulation: The EU project EMDA_LoOP (Optimal low-noise energy-efficient electrical machines and drives for automotive applications) looks at developing multiphysics models for simulating permanent-magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) and switched reluctance motors (SRMs). Partners designed models and design tools, including electromagnetic, mechanical, vibroacoustic and thermal.

Buy Google battery patents: The internet giant now offers over 200 patents related to battery technology for sale, including patents for hybrid batteries, charging and chemistry. Google is currently accepting bids. 138 patents are registered in only in the U.S. and are believed to be mainly old Motorola patents.
fortune.com, scribd.com (the offering)

Indian retrofit kit: The HyPixi kit is said to turn any car into a Prius, but for less money. Made by Indian Altigreen Propulsion Labs, the hybrid retrofit is tested in fleets already. The company hopes to hybridise one million vehicles over the next ten years.

Fast-charger funding: The California Energy Commission awarded Andromeda Power 681,693 dollars to develop a smart, fast-charging system for electric vehicles. The system will use real time monitors and controls to enable automated demand response and smooth smart grid integration.


Dec 23, 2015 - 09:57 am

Tesla, Ford + Google.

Video tip: Don’t be fooled, this is not Californian Fremont but Dutch Tilburg, where a Tesla assembly line has been set up. Pretty strong branding!

Reading tip: This might be the dawn of a new era in transport, Sam Abuelsamid suggests as he looks at the Ford/Google cooperation on the horizon.

Dec 18, 2015 - 07:48 am

Google, OSTLER, Hydrogenics, HyStEP.

Google-Selfdriving-CarA for Automated: Bloomberg says Google plans to take its self-driving EV operation to the next level, forming a new business unit offering ride hire under the umbrella of the Alphabet mother corporation by 2016. In a first step, electric cars will  likely become available in confined areas like college campuses, military bases or corporate office parks around San Francisco and Austin, Google’s current testing grounds.

Modular battery concept: EU project OSTLER (Optimised storage integration for the electric car) has explored the feasibility of a removable battery pack in a demonstrator vehicle. Tests were successful. Research included crashtests, as well as electrical and thermal system specifications and requirements.

Fuel cell forklifts: Hydrogenics says it secured an order worth 2m dollars from a hydrogen forklift manufacturer requiring fuel cell modules. Deliveries will start early next year. The forklifts by the unnamed manufacturer will go to to large logistics centres throughout the U.S.

H2 station acceleration: The time to commission new hydrogen refueling stations could be reduced from months to just a week with the Hydrogen Station Equipment Performance device (HyStEP). The mobile tool was developed by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and mainly serves certification.

Dec 2, 2015 - 09:37 am

Formula E, Fraunhofer IPA, Tesla vs. Google, ARPA-E.

FormulaE-RacecarBattery competition postponed: Formula E will only open its battery competition in season five and not as previously planned next year. There will be a new battery in year three and four however, but the same for every team and again developed by Williams.
autosport.com, insideevs.com

Modular battery brain: Researchers at the Fraunhofer IPA have created a power pack in which each cell has its own built-in microcontroller that records relevant physical parameters. The cells then exchange information on their condition and can also communicate with other devices. As the cells function independently, range and battery life increase.

Job shift: Tesla’s specialist for automated driving, Robert Rose, has joined Google’s robotic division. If Rose has been hired to work on the IT giant’s self-driving cars is unconfirmed. The engineer previously worked for Space X and signs responsible for much of Tesla’s Autopilot. Consequently, Elon Musk is personally looking for software engineers that will work towards full autonomy.
9to5google.com, businessinsider.de, insideevs.com (search for engineers)

A total of 6.6 million dollars goes to two projects developing manufacturing techniques for ceramic electrolytes for solid-state EV batteries. The money comes from ARPA-E that awarded 3.5m to a consortium led by the University of Michigan, and 3.1m dollars to Corning Incorporated.


Nov 30, 2015 - 09:18 am

Roborace, H2IntraDrive, Google, Na-ion battery.

Autonomous e-racing: As part of the Formula E electric racing series, another driving competition will hit the track. The so called Roborace will be part of the series’ third season in 2016/2017 and will feature driverless electric cars. Races will be held two hours before each ePrix with teams able only to modify the software and not any physical aspects of the car. One of the teams will be crowdsourced.
worldcarfans.com, autovolt-magazine.com, fiaformulae.com

FC technology is market-ready: BMW, Linde Material Handling and the Technical University Munich say fuel cell technology for the use in logistic centres is already marketable and under certain conditions provides an economical solution. The partners now concluded their H2IntraDrive project with eleven hydrogen forklifts and tow tractors at the BMW factory in Leipzig, Germany.

Google car preview: The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has released a new patent application, showing various aspects of the next generation Google electric car. It will then no longer have a steering wheel, brakes or a gas pedal. Instead, it will feature a ‘centre console’ with a stop and start button.

Na-ion battery prototype: French researchers have developed a sodium-ion battery in a standard 18650 format. Capacity is said to be comparable with today’s Li-ion batteries, while the energy storage device is much cheaper to produce as it relies on sodium instead of lithium.
greencarcongress.com, phys.org

Nov 16, 2015 - 08:36 am

Who gets the ticket, when there is no driver?

That’s a question a California police officer faced after pulling over self-driving Google Car for going too slow. He chatted with the operators, who explained that speed had been reduced in order to not cause any danger, and then decided against issuing a ticket at all. So the Google Car still has a clean record.
nytimes.com, telegraph.co.uk

Oct 2, 2015 - 08:15 am

Rude robots.

As Google realises that its autonomous cars are a little too cautious, breaking even when they ‘see’ potential danger, they want to teach them to drive more like humans – meaning more recklessly. Cutting corners, edging into intersections and crossing double-yellow lines will all be part of the game. And what about a digital finger?!

Oct 1, 2015 - 09:07 am

Google, Ricardo, Schaeffler, Toshiba.

Google car: Google presented its driverless EV to the press, allowing them to take the backseat. Reviews range from contextual (USA Today), to rather uneventful (Washington Post) and “Disneyland ride” (The Detroit News). All, however, felt that the vehicle is pretty real and rather safe.
usatoday.com, washingtonpost.com, detroitnews.com

Boost to produce: JAC and Ricardo are jointly developing a production version of Ricardo’s HyBoost concept. The 48-volt hybrid is hoped to boost fuel economy by 30 percent without performance losses.

Audi TT with 48-V: Schaeffler is using an Audi TT to further demonstrate the performance capabilities of 48 volt hybridisation system. The “Schaeffler System 48 V” sits at the rear axle and allows for electric “sailing” at low speeds. Precise data will be issued once testing is completed.

Electric go-carts: Toshiba received an order for lithium-ion batteries that will be installed in all 70 electric go-carts running in the “Circuit Challenger” attraction at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan. The carts belong to Mobilityland, a subsidiary of Honda.

Sep 15, 2015 - 07:03 am

Audi, Porsche, VW, Google, Roland Berger, Yema Auto.

Porsche-Mission-EAudi and Porsche play electric catch-up: The brands presented their electric studies “e-tron quattro concept” boasting 370 kW and the “Mission E” with 440 kW on the eve of the IAA. Both have a range of around 500 km and indirectly set out to take on Tesla. A new turbo charging system based on the CCS standard with a 150 kW DC charging capacity is said to help both EVs out of the starting blocks, making them long distance ready by 2018. With the Tiguan, VW also presented its next plug-in hybrid and VW head Martin Winterkorn talked about the prospect of another 20 electrified variants from the Polo to the Phaeton by 2020. On this evening, it seems VW is finally ready to face electric mobility. But: pretty studies are not enough. A successful market launch needs hard facts.
jalopnik.com (Porsche), topgear.com (Porsche), autocar.co.uk (Audi), autoblog.com (Audi)

New Tiguan previewed: VW has published first pictures of the new Tiguan on the eve of the IAA, where the German carmaker will present the plug-in hybrid Tiguan concept. Steeled with 218 hp from the Passat GTE, the former is scheduled for 2016, excluding the U.S. and China.
autoblog.com, yahoo.com

Porsche ponders electrification: With the next generation, all Porsche models could be offered as hybrid and electric variants, Porsche CEO Matthias Müller told auto motor und sport. He also confirmed that the Porsche 911 will be offered as plug-in hybrid come 2018. Furthermore, Müller predicted a fully electric Macan successor by 2021.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

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Google scales up: John Krafcik, former head of Hyundai U.S., is now in charge of further development of Google’s self-driving electric vehicles. “A few hundred” could be produced, the Guardian reports citing Sarah Hunter of Google X. The manager also speaks of mass production of Google cars, although that is probably years away.
usatoday.com (Krafcik), theguardian.com (Hunter)

Sluggish growth: According to the E-Mobility Index by Roland Berger and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka), EV market share is stagnant in the third quarter of 2o15 in the seven leading automotive nations Germany, France, Italy, the U.S., Japan, China and South Korea. In the U.S. and Japan, it is even declining. Consultants name lack of sales concepts as one of the biggest hurdles of EV uptake.
greencarcongress.com, rolandberger.com (index as PDF)

Chinese EV: Yema Auto presented its electric SUV Yema E70 EV at the Chengdu Auto Show. The EV will go on sale in January 2016 in China for 260,000 yuan (40,800 dollars) after subsidies. Range is claimed to be around 250 kilometres.

Aug 4, 2015 - 08:27 am

Google, BMW, Apple, Lotus, Toyota.

Google-Selfdriving-CarGoogle uncovered: As the Guardian reveal, the internet giant already set up Google Auto LLC back in late 2011, founding its very own car company. It is now licensed as car manufacturer, too, which might surprise all those who Google made believe that it had no intention of becoming their competitor anytime soon. The grounds to sell passenger cars have been laid.

BMW and Apple update: Details about talks between the IT firm and the German carmaker over the BMW i3 have emerged through Reuters. Insiders said Apple was interested in developing its own car, while BMW was equally keen on guarding its status as manufacturer rather than becoming a mere supplier. Still, both companies intend to keep communication channels open.

Lotus hybrid SUV? British Lotus Cars is collaborating with Chinese Goldstar to develop its first SUV, Car Magazine reports. The new model will be offered in China by 2020 and the magazine believes that a hybrid version to be “likely.”

Canada strengthens Toyota and the other way around, as the Japanese carmaker says it would invest 421 million dollars in the production of the next-gen Lexus RX350 and Lexus 450h at its Cambridge facility in Ontario. The Canadian government and province support the investment with 100 million dollars.
morningstar.com, yahoo.com

Yaris extended: The Toyota Yaris line up in the UK now includes the Active and Sports version as hybrids. The Yaris Hybrid Active is available from 14,995 pounds. The Yaris Hybrid Sport starts at 16,695 pounds. Both cars share the hybrid system with a combined output of 73 kW.

Jul 7, 2015 - 08:41 am

Google, inductive charging.

Video tip: See the road through the “eyes” of Google’s self-driving car and understand how it makes decisions autonomously. The video is guided by Chris Urmson, who heads up Google’s driverless car programme.

Reading tip: From the Economist comes a thorough run through of inductive charging technology with respects to all technologies that it could affect, like drones and phones. But the main focus is on the automotive sector.

Jun 29, 2015 - 08:18 am

Google, BASF, Volkswagen

Click tip: Do you want a glimpse of the first self-driving electric vehicles by Google? The picture was taken on a public road in California. However, the small cars still have to be equipped with driving devices such as a removable steering wheel and (human) “safety drivers.”

Get on board: BASF and VW are now taking applications for the 4th ‘Science Award for Electrocchemistry’ that offers a prize money of 100,000 euros. Applications have to be handed in until July 24th, with the award ceremony taking place at October 28th in Tokyo.
science-award.com (application), greencarcongress.com

Jun 3, 2015 - 09:03 am

Watch out Google.

When it comes to search engines, few can compete with Google. And what if those unworthy competitors were to try and also built a self-driving car? YouTube channel “Rooster Teeth” entertained the idea and decided, best to hope that never happens. Why? Just watch!
youtube.com (video)

May 18, 2015 - 08:42 am

Google, Advanced Propulsion Centre, Toyota, A123 Systems, Apple.

Google-Selfdriving-CarGoogle EVs ready by summer: The internet giant wants to bring some of its autonomous vehicles to the streets of Mountain View, California, by summer, says Chris Umson, head of the project. The current versions will still feature steering wheels, as well as acceleration and brake pedals that will become redundant in the future.
electriccarsreport.com, treehugger.com

Drivetrain funding: The British Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) announced a 60 million pound funding programme for low carbon propulsion technologies. Key areas are i.e. electric machines, power electronics and lightweight powertrain structures. Registration deadline is June 24th.
smmt.co.uk, apcuk.co.uk

Toyota gives batteries a second life: 208 decommissioned nickel-metal hydride batteries from Toyota Camry hybrids were installed at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch inside the Yellowstone National Park. With a combined storage capacity of 85 kWh, they will be able to hold enough excess energy produced by local solar panels and micro hydro turbines to power the farm off the grid.
autoblog.com, business-review.com

Poaching dispute settled: Apple and battery maker A123 Systems have come to an agreement in a recent dispute, where Apple was accused of poaching A123 employees to set up a battery unit for its upcoming electric car. The financial (or in fact any) details of the deal have not been announced.
autoblog.com, automotive-business-review.com

Apr 21, 2015 - 08:28 am

Google nearly bought Tesla in 2013, Tesla advert by fans.

Reading tip: Apple buying Tesla? Forget about that as a new book by Ashlee Vance tells a very different story of Elon Musk almost closing a 6-billion dollar deal with Google. That was back in March 2013 but shortly after, sales started to soar and the rest is history.

Video tip: The Tesla following is so strong that the fan base takes it unto itself to produce semi-professional adverts. This one sets the Model S into the right light and is pretty energetic.

Apr 13, 2015 - 08:21 am

Intelligent Energy, Google, California Energy Commission, Ferrari.

Hydrogen lorry: A consortium led by Intelligent Energy and backed by British Gas, DHL and others is to develop a fuel cell commercial vehicle destined for mass production. The three-year project is estimated to cost 12.7 million pounds (18.6m dollars).
leicestermercury.co.uk, hydrogenfuelnews.com

Google battery research: The internet corporation’s research arm, Google X, is working on improving battery technology with a focus on Li-Ion and solid-state power packs, Wall Street Journal reports. The batteries could serve in Google’s own EVs in the future.

9 million dollars will be invested by the California Energy Commission in three companies that are looking into electrifying heavy-duty vehicles and their components in the Golden State. Proterra, TransPower, and Efficient Drivetrains are to get about 3m dollars each.

Mild hybrid Ferraris: The Italian sports car brand says it would keep its V12 engine as pure as possible but has to look into electrification. Instead of a turbo, future V12’s will be complemented by 48-volt systems, helping Ferrari to comply to tightening EU regulations.
autocar.co.uk via digitaltrends.com

Feb 4, 2015 - 09:58 am

Ebee, Google, My Electric Avenue, Duluth, Telefonix.

Berlin charging lights for Chengdu: Berlin-based Ebee Smart Technologies has signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese Rongchen Investment to form a joint venture in Chengdu. The JV is to adapt Ebee´s technology for turning street lights into charging points. First installations in public and semi-public spaces are set for this year.

Google to go Uber? A report by Bloomberg suggests that the internet company plans to set up its own ride-hailing service, most likely in conjunction with its driverless car project. So maybe we will see the small self-driving electric Google cars on the roads soon.

My Electric Avenue exceeds its targets as more than 200 participants take part. Initially, only ten neighbourhoods with ten people each leasing a Nissan Leaf were to be recruited. The initiative aims to see if a “charge cluster” poses a problem for the grid and how to manage peak loads.
automotiveworld.com, autovolt-magazine.com, youtube.com

Minnesota electrifies: The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) will receive a 6,343,890-dollar grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The money is intended to buy six electric buses by Proterra to replace six diesel buses. Covered as well is the cost for the erection of two fast-charge stations on route.
kdal610.com, wdio.com

PowerPosts: Telefonix, manufacturer of PowerPost commercial EV charging stations, now installed ten such stations at Melink Corporation’s energy-efficient HQ in a suburb of Cincinnati. Melink offers free charging during the day and sees the installation as an important step towards workplace charging.

Jan 21, 2015 - 09:05 am

Solar Impulse 2 world trip, Google investment in SpaceX.

Video tip: The Solar Impulse 2 is getting ready for its trip around the world. It was undergoing tests at the Abu Dhabi Airport, including being turned on for the first time. The official flying route has also been made public, with take-off scheduled for the end of next month.
youtube.com via cleantechnica.com

Reading tip: Media report that Google wants to invest up to one billion dollars in Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. A possible reason for the collaboration could be that Musk and Google both want to make the internet available in even remote areas via small satellites.
wsj.com, businessinsider.com

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:35 am

Google, VIA Motors, GM, Toyota, Zero Motorcycles.

Google-Selfdriving-CarGoogle ready to take the wheel: The internet giant wants to test a fleet of 150 of its self-driving vehicles on public roads in California as early as this spring. The electric car will be built in Detroit. Google is also in talks with suppliers and hopes to introduce a production version of the vehicle by 2020. The list includes Bosch, LG Electronics, Continental and Roush, as well as carmakers GM, Ford, Toyota Motor, Daimler and VW.
greencarcongress.com, reuters.com

Chevy Silverado (finally) electrified: VIA Motors kicked off commercial production of the e-truck with range extender. 40 eREV have already been delivered to customers, another 200 retrofitted units are on their way. According to VIA Motors, their factory in Mexico could retrofit up to 10,000 units per year.
electriccarsreport.com, hybridcars.com

Who made the Bolt: It is hard to deny that the new all-electric Chevy looks a lot like BMW’s i3. Apparently the EV was thought up by GM’s design studio in Port Melbourne, Australia. The Chevy Bolt is also the result of collaboration between GM Australia, GM Korea and GM North America.

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Cadillac opens check book: The carmaker wants to invest 12 billion dollars in the development of eight new models by 2020. Unfortunately, neither a new ELR plug-in hybrid nor a pure electric car made the list, even though Cadillac has said that it would want an EV in its portfolio.

Long waiting lists: A total of 1,500 customers have placed their order for a Toyota Mirai FCV in Japan in the first month. Toyota had estimated it would sell only 400 units in the whole of 2015. As the carmaker steps up production, waiting times for the car will increase. By 2017, Toyota hopes to quadruple production, rolling out 3,000 units per year.
electriccarsreport.com (orders), asia.nikkei.com (production)

Zero Motorcycles in Thailand: Late last year, BV Moto was made the official reseller of the all-electric vehicle and now hopes to sell 30 units a year. The bikes are imported from the U.S. and sell for 690,000 to 870,000 Thai Baht (21,000 – 26,600 dollars). Motocross models start at 630,000 Baht (19,200 USD).

Jan 5, 2015 - 09:56 am

Google, Hybrid aircraft, Boston Power, LG Electronics, NTU.

Google-Selfdriving-CarGoogle EV gets more real: The internet giant presented the first fully working prototype of its driverless electric car which is said to hit the road for testing in California this year. In order to do so legally, the car will be equipped with manual controls like a steering wheel and accelerator and brake pedals.
cnet.com, dailymail.co.uk, plus.google.com

In-flight charging: Researchers from Cambridge University and Boeing have have successfully tested the first aircraft to be powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system. The hybrid aircraft is said to use up to 30 percent less fuel and is the first able to recharge its batteries while flying.
electriccarsreport.com, cam.ac.uk

Li-Ion production subsidies: Boston Power has received 290 million dollars from two local governments in China to increase production of Li-Ion batteries at its two facilities in Liyang and Tianjin. The expansion is needed to fulfil increasing domestic demand by Chinese EV makers.

LG on patent prowl: Steve Brachmann takes a look at recently filed patents by LG Electronics. Apparently, the South Korean company is looking to go beyond consumer electronics as battery cooling and battery management systems for EVs can also be found among the filed innovations.

Li-ion research: Nanyang Technical University has developed new VO2 nanoarray electrodes based on graphene foam to increase performance of lithium- and sodium-ion batteries. For Li-ion, the electrode is said to deliver a capacity more than 420 mAh/g and a capacity retention of 94 percent after 1,500 cycles.

Oct 24, 2014 - 08:37 am

Google, Honda, Visio.M, Salukis.

Google-selfdriving-carGoogle showed off its driverless vehicle to staff and visitors at its California campus this week. The electric cars have already driven themselves for more than 700,000 miles, but still have problems to cope in heavy rain or snow. Google hopes the cars will be roadworthy within the next five years.

Honda Fit is not so fit: For the fifth time this year, Honda had to recall its hybrid in Japan – a total of 426,000 vehicles there have to go back. 183 units overseas are concerned as well. The recall will cost about 53 million dollars. Honda CEO and two executives will take pay cuts to fund more quality control.
reuters.com, euronews.com

Technical details on the Visio.M: The lightweight (450 kg) EV features a 13.5 kWh Li-ion battery and a 15 kW motor that allows for a maximum speed of 120 kp. The two-seater is equipped with a 360 degree monitoring system that activates integrated passenger protection ahead of a crash.
digitaltrends.com; ecomento.com; carscoops.com; slashgear.com

E-bike for the desert: Three students from Dubai have developed the country’s first electric motorcycle fit for the dunes. The Salukis can be equipped with extra wide tyres for more stability, has a range of 80 km and a maximum speed of 93 kph.

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Most clicked Link on Thursday was Terra Motors preparing for its EU debut and presenting its electric scooter A4000i at the EICMA Show in Italy.

Sep 1, 2014 - 08:25 am

Ford, Toyota, Lexus, Google.

Predictive hybrid drive: Ford is working on a system that will use GPS data to efficiently control the driving modes in its hybrid cars based on road conditions. The Green Zone system is still a few years away but could potentially even make use of information from vehicle-to-vehicle networks.
green.autoblog.com, nbcnews.com

Hydrogen tank inspections: Toyota can now carry these out itself during the vehicle manufacturing process. To achieve this, Toyota became the first registered manufacturer of 700 bar hydrogen tanks under Japan’s High Pressure Gas Safety Act. Before, every tank had to be inspected by the Pressure Gas Safety Institute of Japan (KHK) during its manufacturing and again upon its completion.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, autovolt-magazine.com

NX 300h safety features: The new hybrid car from Lexus will be equipped with numerous safety features such as a pre-crash safety system, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and automatic high beam. It is the first time for Lexus to offer the radar controlled pre-crash system as a standard feature.

Delivery drone from Google: In its Project Wing, Google is currently testing a drone for parcel delivery. The aircraft is propelled by four electric motors, which allow for two different flying modes – horizontal like an airplane and vertical like a helicopter. When in hovering mode, the parcels will be lowered by wire and dropped at the ground.
theverge.com, bbc.com, engadget.com

Aug 19, 2014 - 08:18 am

Loryc, Venturi, Google, AMP.

Really retro: German entrepreneur Charly Bosch is reviving the Loryc, a car that was build on the Spanish island Mallorca in 1920. His rebuild will feature an electric motor while the design will basically remain untouched. The first Loryc Electric Speedster is said to be unveiled in spring 2015 already.

Venturi ventures out again: And this time its eyes are fixed on the 400-mph mark. The Monaco-based company aims to set a new FIA electric world speed record with its VBB-3. Its four wheel drive delivers 2,200 kW of power and a total torque of up to 2,800 Nm.

Autonomous driving: Paul Ingrassia from Drive had the chance to be a passenger on board of Google’s autonomously driving Lexus RX 450h for a 25-minute test ride. He finds “the most remarkable thing about Google’s driverless car is that it is utterly unremarkable.”

Electric lorry approved: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the ‘Workhorse E-Gen’ by AMP. The electric truck has a small range extender that only works in park-mode. It enabled the company to downsize the battery thus bringing down the price of the E-gen to a competitive level.

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Most clicked link on Monday was the report on Copenhagen’s Tesla taxi, which could not meet expectations after almost one year in service.

Aug 8, 2014 - 08:27 am

Google, BlueIndy, McLaren, Rhode Island.

Google drive: The residents of Mountain View will soon be able to hop on and off an electric shuttle bus sponsored by the internet company. The pilot project is set to start this autumn with four 16-seaters that also come with bicycle carriers. The service will run every 30 minutes and is free.
bizjournals.com, losaltosonline.com

Who is to pay for BlueIndy? Apparently, the city of Inidianapolis has urged its utility provider to apply an extra charge to help finance the planned electric car sharing by French Bolloré group. Obviously, this plan has now sparked opposition by ratepayers, who would never have anything to do with the electric cars.

Special edition P1: McLaren’s Special Operations team has been commissioned by a North American customer to outfit his hybrid super car to unique specifications for the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach. While the “regular” P1 is limited to 375 pieces, now only 374 of them will be left alike.

EV license plate: Rhode Island created a special license plate for EVs. Its aim is not primarily privileges but to give first responders an indication that they are approaching an electric car. Instead of “Ocean State” the words “Electric/Hybrid” will appear on the plate.

Jul 25, 2014 - 08:40 am

Leyden Energy, Beijing BESK Technology, KPIT, Google.

Battery start-up to die? After the recent acquisition of patents from Leyden Energy by Wanxiang’s A123 (we reported), the 7-year old company sold even more assets around its Li-ion technology. Therefore, questions have been raised on the liquidity and potential bankruptcy of the firm, which has raised almost 50 million dollars since it was founded in 2007. Leyden has yet to comment.

Chinese battery production: Korea’s SK Innovation JV in China, Beijing BESK Technology, has won a contract for the delivery of over 2,000 batteries to the state-run Beijing Automotive Industries, which is part of the joint venture it is ordering from. BAI will use the batteries for two new electric models. BESK is planning to increase capacity of its battery production line from currently 2,000 to 20,000 by 2017.

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Hybrid retrofit kit: KPIT is about to commercialise a system which can turn any car into a hybrid. The Revolo consists of an electric drive, the battery and controller. It will cost from about 1,100-2,200 dollars but has still await clearance before it can enter the market. Is this the system to receive subsidies by the Indian government (we reported yesterday)?
forbes.com, youtube.com

Google will pay 0ne million dollars to those who can present them with a tablet-sized power converter. The ‘Little Box Challenge’ looks to shrink the size of current converters by ten times. If a solution is found, the internet giant could use this technology in solar panels or even EV charging applications.
transportevolved.com, cleantechnica.com, littleboxchallenge.com (the challenge)

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Most clicked link on Thursday was the news of BMW’s plans to introduce the i9 – a plug-in supercar for its 100th anniversary.

Jun 2, 2014 - 08:49 am

Google, DELIVER, DeltaWing, BMW.

Google-selfdriving-carGoogle introduces autonomous EV: Google surprised the automobile sector last week – and us as well. The internet giant presented its first vehicle prototype – a two-seater without a steering wheel or pedals. A push of a button is enough and thanks to cameras, sensors, and complex software, the car can navigate on its own. Purely electric, of course.
Read our special report: electrive.com

Futuristic delivery van: Germany University RWTH Aachen developed an all-electric van as part of the DELIVER (Design of Electric Light Vans for Environment-impact Reduction) project, funded by the EU. The stylish prototype, which was built by Liberty Electric Cars, is currently on display at the FISTA World Automotive Congress in Maastricht, Netherlands. The modular van is said to have 120 kilometres range and can take a payload of 700 kilos. It is not due to enter the market before 2020, however.
technologicvehicles.com (with video), greencarcongress.com, greenpowertrain.automotive-business-review.com

DeltaWing four-seater concept: A new rendering shows an arrow-shaped vehicle, which DeltaWing claims to be a road and not a race car concept. While the company hopes to license the platform to carmakers, its strong resemblance to Nissan’s BladeGlider and a pending lawsuit regarding such licensing, makes its timely realisation somewhat unlikely.

Flaws in BMW security? Security expert Ken Munro has revealed shortcomings in the i3 and other car’s security systems concerning the iRemote-App and the ConnectedDrive portal. While Munro admits that the Bavarians have put more thought into their system than Tesla, improvements should be made with regards to predictability of user names. BMW said the information has been sent to Germany and will be addressed.

May 28, 2014 - 07:20 pm

Google presents self-driving electric car.

Google surprised the automobile sector this morning – and us as well. That the internet giant has been testing autonomous driving on other vehicles was no secret. But this might be the closest it has gotten to demonstrate its vision for the future of mobility. Google presented its first vehicle prototype – a two seater […]

Found on electrive.com
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