The battery analytics specialist Silver Power System partnered with Imperial College, London EV Company (LEVC) and JSCA, the research and development division of Watt Electric Vehicle Company, on an electric vehicle battery research programme designed to predict battery lifespan.
Toyota to sell H2 bus: Toyota will start selling its hydrogen bus by early next year in Japan. The FC buses will first be introduced in Tokyo. Based on Mirai technology, another 100 units are to be delivered in 2018 ahead of the 2020 Olympics. The FC bus can also be utilised as external power supply. greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, hybridcars.com
Tesla Supercomputer: The EV maker is tuning all its models for the future of autonomous driving as they are being equipped with a “supercomputer.” The hardware is based on the Drive PX 2 AI platform by NDivia and said to deliver 40 times more processing power. Here, the neural net for vision, sonar, and radar data runs together. greencarcongress.com, forbes.com, electrek.co
Blood molecule for batteries: Yale researchers found that the heme molecule, which transports oxygen in blood could work as a better catalyst in Li-O2 batteries. Heme improved the Li-O2 cell function by lowering the amount of energy required to boost the battery’s charge/discharge cycle times. nature.com, news.yale.edu
In-flight charging: Scientists at Imperial College London have demonstrated wireless power transfer (WPT) technology on drones. The flying objects could thus stay airborne and charge by simply hovering over a ground support vehicle. The team hopes to have a product ready to sell within a year. greencarcongress.com