Volvo banks on Blockchain for cobalt transparency
Volvo wants to use blockchain technologies to increase transparency regarding the origin of the cobalt used in the batteries of their electric cars. The first project in China, the home country of Volvo’s mother company Geely, has now been launched.
ZF spins off blockchain-based Car eWallet
ZF has founded a startup that incorporates their Car eWallet business. They will offer payment and billing services for transactions such as charging or renting electric cars using blockchain technology. The launch of Car eWallet in Berlin follows a trial with project partners IBM and UBS.
Hyundai, China Yuchai, IBM, Iveco.
Hyundai’s own tech for new FCV: Hyundai will start serial production of fuel cell tech for its upcoming H2 crossover as soon as next month in its factory in Chungju. As previously suggested, 3,600 units of the new model are to roll off the lines in 2018, meaning the Koreans are taking their FCV endeavour up a notch. As they produce even the fuel cells under their own umbrella, Hyundai says it will reduce FCV’s production costs by at least 30 percent.
China Yuchai to supply hybrid bus drives: China Yuchai’s subsidiary GYMCL closed a deal to deliver 100 diesel-electric hybrid motors to Liuzhou Bus, operator of Liuzhou’s public transport. GYMCL’s YC6J200-50 motors will power 85 buses from Xiamen Kinglong and 15 buses from Zhongtong Bus.
The latest patents: What are the engineers’ ideas for future EV development? Inside EVs digged in patent files once more and discovered Proterra’s idea of a charging system for electric buses and IBM’s cloud-coordinated charging agents among other things.
KERS for rigid truck: Fraikin’s rental fleet presents a rigid truck utilising KERS. The 12 ton Iveco Eurocargo equipped with the system installed by Alternatech and developed by Adgero and Skeleton Technologies stores regenerated energy in a set of ultracaps.
IBM, Ford, Northern Powergrid, Nissan.
Click tip: Inside EVs has summarised some promising patents once more, among them IBM’s cloud control system enabling EV charging and Ford’s idea to let EVs charge themselves through GPS.
Reading tip: Northern Powergrid and Nissan will cooperate to explore several innovation projects over the next six years. They want to see how EVs, batteries and other tech can support energy networks.
Delhi, E-Car Club, Dubai, SPIE & IBM, La Poste, Renault, Symbio FCell.
Delhi bets on e-bikes: Hero Electric is currently in talks with the Delhi government in order to offer 20 e-bikes at every metro station in the city. Moreover, manufacturer Ampere Vehicles will provide 50 e-bikes to a pizza delivery service in Delhi. The government will help fund the batteries and plans similar projects in the cities of Agra, Haridwar, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
E-Car Club expands: The UK’s all-electric car club wants to have more than 100 EVs available for hire soon. E-car club is poised to quadruple its fleet from 15 to 60 EVs and expects a further 50 to be deployed over the next six months across its locations in London, the South East, and the Midlands.
Dubai charges up: The United Arab Emirates’ biggest city kicks off construction of its charging infrastructure at the headquarters of Dubai Water and Electric Authority (Dewa). A total of 100 stations will be installed by April. Renault has already sold 75 Twizy there and plans to offer its Zoe soon as well.
Charging cooperation in France: SPIE, an installation and maintenance specialist for EV charging stations, joins forces with IBM to offer a comprehensive installation, operation and management service for charging stations in France. The stations will be managed via IBM’s Electric Vehicle Enabled Platform (EVEP), which will forward statistics about usage and service requests to operators.
Double the range: The French postal service will test the Maxity Electric by Renault Trucks for one year. It is fitted with fuel cell technology by Symbio FCell, which serves as a range extender. That allows the truck to go around 200 kilometres on one charge – doubling its usual range.
IBM, Zero Motorcycles, India, Leshi, ZBoard, Mitsubishi.
IBM is eyeing electric transport: The IT corporation received a patent for managing EV charging and related transactions, and it is not the first of IBM’s e-mobility aspirations. In November, IBM signed an agreement with ASELSAN to develop metal-air batteries for electric vehicles.
Zero takes up speed: Electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero reports record sales in 2014 and expects growth to continue this year. Especially sales to police patrol fleets have been taking off, while Zero Motorcycles strives to further expands its market internationally.
Indian push for EVs: According to a media report, India may spend Rs.1,400 crore (about 224 million dollars) over the next two years on incentives and subsidies for makers and buyers of electric vehicles as part of an effort to have at least six million EVs on the country’s roads by 2020.
Expert recruited: Internet company Leshi, that strives to build electric cars for the Chinese market, recruited Lv Zhengyu, who held managing positions at carmaker Infiniti before. At Leshi, he will take the lead of the electric supercar project.
Electric skateboard: ZBoard is running a crowdfunding campaign to issue its second generation electric skateboard. The ZBoard 2 is lighter and faster than its predecessor and comes in two versions. Top speed for both is 20 mph while ranges between 16 and 24 miles are given. Prices start at 999 dollars.
ubergizmo.com, indiegogo.com (campaign)
Outlander PHEV test: Nigel Donnelly delivers an update from his long-term testing of the Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid. Once he got to grip with the “various quirks” of the electric system, he found the Outlander PHEV a very “practical” ride around town.
IBM & ASELSAN, PowerCell, Toyota Boshoku, Sumitomo.
Metal-Air battery deal: Turkish defense company ASELSAN and IBM have agreed to jointly develop Metal-Air batteries for EVs. The companies aim at increasing EV range to 500 miles (800 kilometers), but did not deliver a time schedule for the batteries.
Swedish fuel cells for Asia: Fuel cell specialist PowerCell Sweden has set up a presence in South Korea under the name of PowerCell Korea. High demand for large fuel cell systems as well as the expected arrival of Kia and Hyundai FCVs are behind the Swedes commitment to South Korea.
Mirai coming together: Toyota Boshoku has started the production of titanium separators which are to be used in Toyota’s upcoming Mirai. The production technologies used for the fuel cells originally stem from the production of motor core components for hybrid systems.
Reconstruction effort: Sumitomo Metal Mining plans to build a new plant for the production of anodes for Li-ion batteries in Nahara, a town in the Fukushima Prefecture, where the evacuation plan is about to be lifted. The plant will supply materials for Tesla batteries made by Panasonic.
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Most clicked link on Monday was Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who told German magazine Spiegel that at one point, he plans to open a battery plant in Germany.
spiegel.de (in German)