Formula E, South Korea, Hyundai Mobis, Bafang
Electric touring car series? The Formula E may see a support series as early as the 2018/19 season with touring cars complementing the electric racing series. A plan is about to be finalised, Motorsport has learnt, and details from promoter Formula E Holdings could come as soon as October. To date it is unclear if it would involve one or multiple manufacturers and how to fit it into the tight race schedule.
Pods made in Britain are to support South Korea at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. British Westfield Sports Cars has received an order for five of the driverless electric pods for initial testing with a plan to order a further 195. The project is worth 30m pounds if it goes ahead as planned and Westfield is already testing its pods for six in Birmingham and Coventry as well.
Bi-directional onboard charger: Hyundai Mobis has ventured into the world of V2G with the presentation of its bi-directional onboard charger (OBC) that allows to turn an electric car into a power source. The Korean supplier expects the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) market to grow to 30 trillion won (26.7bn dollars) by 2025.
Strong pedelec motors: Chinese e-bike drive maker Bafang will bring stronger mid-motors for electric bicycles to the Eurobike show. Bafang’s M500 has the usual 250 Watt, while the M600 aims at the speed pedelec market with 350 and 500 Watt. Integrated batteries will be on display as well.
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Tesla, Orten, Nanyang Technological Univeristy, Hyundai Mobis.
Tesla has to tone down the Model S P90D performance data in Europe. While power was previously given as 568 kW(375 kW at the rear and 193 kW in the front), EU regulation requires the real world output. For the Tesla AWD this is limited by the maximum battery power of 396 kW.
auto-motor-sport.de (in German)
Electric truck: Orten presented an retrofitted electric truck that once was a diesel. Compared to the original, the electric Orten E 75 has 30 percent more load capacity. Designed for urban operations, the 7.5 ton truck has a range of 100 km. Orten says its system is ready to go into serial production and will be marketed worldwide by the subsidiary Orten Electric Trucks.
pressebox.de, electric-trucks.de (both in German)
Battery health chip: Researchers from Nanyang Technological University developed a smart chip that detects battery failure like overheating early on, as it measures the exact state-of-charge. The chip also outlines the battery’s degradation and will be sold by the start-up, KVI Pte Ltd.
Regenerative brakes for EVs: Hyundai Mobis developed an integrated regenerative brake system called iMEB (Integrated Mobis Electronic Brake). Specifically designed for hybrid and electric vehicles, the system integrates the pressure supply and control unit into a single electronically driven type.
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Voltec, Zelectric Motors, DoE, AMP Electric Vehicles, Hyundai Mobis.
Tech details on the new Volt drivetrain: According to GM, the new drive unit will be 45 kilos lighter and up to 12 percent more efficient than the one used for the current model. The battery pack contains 192 cells instead of 288, making the unit 13.6 kilos lighter, but offering more capacity than its predecessor.
Bug with plug: Zelectric Motors from San Diego presented another electrified version of the VW classic, called the ’66 ZelectricBug. As the name suggests, this model was originally build in 1966. The electrified version has a top speed of 100 miles, a range of 80 miles, and a price tag of 45,000 dollars.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com
H2 competition: U.S. Department of Energy and Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the one million dollar “H2 Refuel H-Prize”. The two-year competition challenges America’s engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale hydrogen fueling.
Delivery by truck and drone: AMP Electric Vehicles developed the electric delivery truck “Workhorse” based on vehicles used by FedEx and UPS. In combination with its drone “HorseFly,” AMP wants to offer a complete delivery system. Some delivery companies have supposedly already shown interest.
BMS from Korea: Hyundai Mobis has developed a new battery management system supposed to increase the efficiency of electric vehicles, since every cell is connected to a sensor. Serial production, however, will only be possible in two years’ time.
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