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.
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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.