Dana Incorporated, Schaeffler, Hyperloop One.
Dana introduces e-axles: Expanding its portfolio of power technologies and drive axles for electric and hybrid vehicles, Dana Incorporated has now introduced the company’s ‘Spicer Electrified’ portfolio of fully integrated motor, control, and e-drive technologies. Currently in production, the Spicer EV Drive for vans manages speed and torque from the e-motor to the wheels. Planned for launch in 2018, Dana’s new e-axles for electric transit buses and city delivery vehicles feature a fully integrated motor and gear box.
Schaeffler to rely on electrification: The German automotive supplier plans to invest another 500 million euros in electric mobility by 2020 to strengthen its R&D as well as production. If EVs should take off faster than expected, the sum would have to be rethought, according to CEO Klaus Rosenfeld.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Hyperloop system unveiled: Hyperloop One, the main company developing the hyperloop system envisioned by Elon Musk, has unveiled the concept for its entire system. The company also outlined its plans to bring a hyperloop network between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and other Emirates.
ChargePoint, Hyperloop One.
Reading tip I: As Volkswagen is obliged to put 2bn dollars in electric mobility initiatives like charging infrastructure following diesel gate, U.S. providers fear the competition. ChargePoint handed in a filing to the District Court in San Francisco.
Reading tip II: 50m dollars have been awared to Hyperloop One by investors. The biggest is DP World Group, the globe’s third largest harbour operator, who is looking to build a hyperloop to transport containers around Dubai port and inland.
Hyperloop One, Geely, Electric Trucks, EV Emissions.
Take Off: Hyperloop One premiered its propulsion technology on a test track close to Las Vegas. The motor sat on an open air sled and accelerated electromagnetically from 0 to 53 mph in a second. The test lasted two seconds in total and ended in a cloud of desert dust.
electrek.co, treehugger.com, instagram.com (video in slo-mo), youtube.com (video in real time)
Geely to build batteries: The Chinese corporation now holds a 48 percent share in Shandong Forever New Energy worth 42m dollars. The battery maker is currently constructing a new factory, with the capacity to annually supply 80,000 EV with power packs. Shandong’s biggest customer is Hangzhou Kandi Electric Vehicles, a Geely and Kandi Tech joint venture.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
Electric trucks: California Truck Equipment Company (CTEC) and Indiana-based Rockport Commercial Vehicles both offer electric versions of their existing commercial vehicles using Motiv Power Systems’ All-Electric Powertrain. The package includes batteries as well as charging hardware and power for hydraulics and the like. First models are in operation already.
EV emissions: Researchers at the University of Edinburgh find electric and hybrid vehicles as polluting as their petrol counterparts, but were looking at particulate matter (PM) emissions only. These PM are from non-exhaust sources like tire wear dust, brake pad dust, or tiny road particles.