UK engineering firm Ricardo has signed a multi-year deal with Pratt & Whitney Canada. The agreement is for the Ricardo aerospace engineering team tosupport Pratt & Whitney Canada in developing advanced hybrid-electric propulsion technologies.
Airbus, Safran and Daher have developed a business aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion and scheduled the demo model’s maiden flight to take place in three years. This consortium is taking a different path than Ampaire with its hybrid aircraft though.
The next project of the Aachen electric car pioneer Günther Schuh has a title: e.SAT. The company has presented the hybrid-electric small aircraft Silent Air Taxi together with the RWTH Aachen University and the Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
US manufacturer Ampaire has announced the take-off of the supposed world’s largest hybrid electric aircraft to date. The Ampaire 337 had its maiden flight in California and is expected to complete commercial flights in two years.
The US startup Zunum, which is supported by Boeing, has found its first customer for the twelve-seated hybrid aircraft: The California-based charter company JetSuite will purchase up to 100 of the hybrid aircraft.
Airbus, Siemens and Rolls Royce announce a hybrid airplane ready to take-off in 2020, thus bringing the dream of electric flying in close proximity. The E-Fan X will fly regional routes first and serve to propel electric aviation.
Google 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. greencarcongress.com
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. ipwatchdog.com
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. greencarcongress.com