Customer is king
That electric vehicles do not perform as well as their advertised ranges when it is cold out, is nothing new. But BYD’s deal with the Indianapolis Public Transportation corporation is: BYD will supply inductive chargers along bus routes, following the alleged breach of contract.
Sweden: Inductive road to be built
As part of a public-private consortial project in Sweden, a test track for the inductive charging of electric vehicles while driving is to be built which is compatible with trucks, buses and cars. The Swedish transport authority Trafikverke has now awarded the contract for a 1.6 km test stretch.
Fortum’s Mike Warner sees “huge potential” in wireless charging
HPC is coming indeed but speed is only one part of the challenge to charge electric cars in future, knows Michael Warner of Fortum Charge & Drive. He oversees the SaaS unit at the Finnish utility. Also a Member of the Board, he gave electrive.com an overview of Fortum’s network and technological strategy, in which […]
Qualcomm platform Halo now with WiTricity
WiTricity has acquired Qualcomm’s Halo technology platform and several patents in contactless power transmission. WiTricity says the acquisition will help accelerate the market introduction of inductive charging for electric vehicles.
Mahle gets involved in inductive charging
In recent years, Mahle has intensified research in the field of wireless charging of electric vehicles and is now entering the development phase with the acquisition of licenses for WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology.
Volvo invests in high power wireless charging
The Swedes’ financial arm, the Volvo Group Venture Capital AB, say they made an investment in Momentum Dynamics and their high power inductive charging technology. The start-up of Philadelphia is working towards 200+kW to charge heavier electric vehicles with no connection needed.
Brusa takes wireless charging from 3.7 to 11kW
Following the successful start of series production with BMW, developer Brusa Elektronik from Switzerland is expanding its activities in the field of inductive charging. A growing team will work on next-gen wireless charging technology and envisions a modular design.
Easelink shows automatic wireless charging on BMW i3
Austrian start-up Easelink presented their automated charging solution for EVs last year. Their so-called Matrix Charging is now ready for application and the company uses a BMW i3 to prove the efficacy of their pad-based conductive charging station that works without cables.
Graphene infused concrete to charge EVs in motion
Talga Resources from Australia say they managed to mix enough graphene into concrete to make it conducive, meaning it could build roads able to charge an electric car while driving. Their concept is not entirely new but their foray into global markets is.
BMW offers inductive charging solution
BMW is setting themselves a step ahead of the competition by selling a wireless inductive charging system as of July, called BMW Wireless Charging. While companies have been presenting wireless charging concepts for some time, this marks the first major serial production of the technology.
Wireless charging for BMW 530e iPerformance optional
BMW has been pondering to offer wireless charging for its 530e iPerformance this year for some time. However, such induction will now become available first as an option for leasing customers only but production of the system is set to start this summer.
Inductive 200 kW charging system for buses ready
The inductive charging system specialist Momentum Dynamics from the USA has installed their first wireless charging system for electric buses with a charging capacity of a whooping 200 kW. It will be used for the Link Transit company in Wenatchee, Washington.
China’s solar highway already down
The 2 km-long photovoltaic pavement stretch opened in the Chinese city of Jinan a few days ago is already out of order. Unknown perpetrators stole one solar panel and damaged seven other ones. In total, the highway features 5,874 square metres of solar panels.
Nissan’s vision of electric mobility in 2040 (video)
A new video clip officially released by Nissan shows a clear image of the carmaker’s vision of future mobility. According to Nissan, by 2040, we will face no more emissions nor road fatalities, we will charge inductively and regularly use the V2G function of our EVs…
UPS, Wireless Charging, Lexus, TUM.
Hybrid drone delivery: UPS started tests with hybrid delivery vans that carry a drone pod on their roof. From there, the little octocopter called HorseFly launches, delivers a parcel and returns to the van, where it is caught by robotic arms to dock and charge.
Wireless charging for e-buses: The 50 kW inductive charging system by Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories. It allows to charge electric buses at bus stops with up to 50 kW wirelessly. Californian Antelope Valley Transit Agency will be first to use it and plans to buy 85 electric buses from BYD over the next 5 years.
Lexus confirmed specs of the LS 500h hybrid powertrain ahead of Geneva. The partially electrified version of the luxurious sedan will share its powertrain with the LC 500h. The LS500h can run in EV mode to 140 kph.
New tool for Li-ion battery research: Positrons have been used by scientists at the TU Munich (TUM) to investigate capacity loss in NMC batteries. So-called positron annihilation spectroscopy reveals voids in the lattice of the cathode material that block electrodes’s return upon recharging.
BESIC, Chrysler, wireless charging, Evatran.
Intelligent charging success: To charge batteries with green excess energy is sensible and economically viable. This is the result of the BESIC research project conducted at Hamburg harbour for 3.5 years. There, ten electric HGV ran with surplus green energy. The key was to develop a smart battery management that ensured charging when environmentally and operationally necessary.
Fiat and Google autonomous together: FCA delivered 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans equipped with self-driving tech to Waymo, formerly the Google car project. The move fits Fiat’s plan to reveal a fully electric vehicle based on the Chrysler Pacifica at the CES in Las Vegas.
Interoperability validated: Wireless charging bench testing has been completed and proves the interoperability and validity of the SAE TIR J2954. For the first time, interoperability between the so-called Double D (DD) and Circular Topologies has been demonstrated between 3.7 to 7.7 kW.
BMW i3 charges wirelessly at 7.2 kW: Evatran presents its inductive charging system for use with BMW’s electric car in the States. The 7.2 kW system translates to about 20 miles of range recharged per hour and applies to both the i3 and the range-extended version but costs 3,499 dollars.
UK, China, Toyota, VW, wireless charging, BMW.
Green transport: The British Government releases 21 million pounds in funding for sustainable travel initiatives. 23 councils will benefit from the money as they set up projects that promote all sorts of green transport, including cycling and walking.
fleetnews.co.uk, gov.uk (winning bids)
China’s tightest emission rules will be rolled out in Beijing by January 2017. Labelled the Beijing Six, the new fuel standards go beyond the Euro V norm and will limit car pollutants by up to an additional 20 percent in the capital. Beijing also plans to ban 400,000 trucks and mini buses that run on low-quality high-sulphur fuels from its roads over the next two years.
Buying into the future: Both, Toyota and Volkswagen have announced large investments in ride-sharing. So far, only an MOU exists between Uber and the Japanese as Toyota first wishes to test the ground with special offers for Uber drivers for example. VW however committed 300m dollars to Gett and hopes to establish a legally independent mobility entity.
carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com (Toyota), greencarcongress.com (VW)
Wireless charging standard: SAE issues an industry guideline for wireless power transfer between infrastructure, vehicle suppliers and OEMs. The SAE TIR J2954 establishes a common frequency band using 85 kHz and further defines four classes of WPT power levels ranging from 3.7 – 22 kW.
chargedevs.com, standards.sae.org (guideline)
Electrified South America: An electric bus has entered service in Santiago de Chile. The BYD bus will operate free of charge in a bid to make the Chilean town more liveable. Montevideo, too runs a BYD electric bus. It is part of a pilot programme the capital of Uruguay set up. Both cities clearly see the low running costs as an advantage but shy away from the initial investment.
english.cri.cn (Chile), laht.com (Uruguay)
Solar charged South Africa: The first BMW i solar carport has been unveiled at the tip of Africa. It feeds about 3,6kW of solar power straight to the BMW i Wallbox. BMWi carports will be installed in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban for public charging from July 1.
Schaeffler, inductive charging, Mission Electric, Corvus Energy.
Hybridisation of manual transmissions: Schaeffler presented its E-Clutch transmission system. It enables fuel saving while “sailing” or driving electrically and can thus be integrated into vehicles with manual transmissions. The system works on three levels of automation that go from the help of an actuator to purely Electronic Clutch Management (ECM).
Inductive cooperation: Korean utility firm Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) and wireless carrier SK Telecom Co. join forces to push wireless EV charging technology. The same goes for “Vehicle to Infrastructure” (V2I) systems that connect cars with the road and conditions around them.
New Mission: Electric motorcycle brand Mission Electric has been taken over by Vayon and will keep its focus on electric drivetrain and EV component development. Vayon will also provide further testing capabilities for the Mission Motor Company, including for high voltage batteries and climate chambers.
LG Chem goes maritime: Corvus Energy announced a multi-year agreement with LG Chem to supply Li-ion cells for its hybrid and electric maritime ESS. They will power passenger and commercial vessels, both hybridised or fully electric.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was our article predicting the beginning of the end of the CHAdeMO standard in Germany and the rest of Europe.
Aston University, inductive charging, efficiency, TDK.
V2G commercialisation: Aston University’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) commissioned a permanent electric vehicle to grid (V2G) charging system first developed in Japan. It is part of the EU project Itheca that will see the institute develop a smart control algorithm to optimise energy distribution between the grid and connected EVs.
Testing inductive charging: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) runs trials with wireless charging solutions from 6.6 kW to 10 and even 19 kW. Test mules are electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by Toyota and Hyundai, including the Prius and Kia Soul EV.
U.S.-China research: The DOE earmarked 12.5 m dollars for a consortium that aims to improve the efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Hybrid systems are part of the initiative of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center that sees R&D centres set up and funded in both countries.
High voltage MLCCs: TDK expands its CGA range of its high voltage multi-layer ceramic capacitors. The new CGA6 and CGA9 series come with a rated voltage of 1,000 V. They are made for use in wireless charging units, DC-DC converters and on-board chargers in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was BYD’s electric coach the Chinese manufacturer presented in Paris. The model has a range of 200 km.
Wireless charging, Archimede Solar Car, MBtech, battery aging.
Wireless charging testbed: EVs that charge inductively can be tested in Greenville, South Carolina. The new testbed is part of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) and the result of a cooperation between Clemson University, Toyota, Evatran, Cisco, Duke Energy and the ORNL.
Upcycled solar car: Sicilian start-up Futuro Solar and the University of Catania jointly developed the Archimede Solar Car concept. It is made almost solely from recycled materials (98%) and powered by 246 solar panels with an output of 1,000 watts. The vehicle reaches a maximum of 57 kph but could go faster in the future.
Will to progress: MBtech expands activities at its eMobility competence centre as 30 new employees will join this year. New testing devices for hybrid drives, power electronics and electric machines are planned, as well as an electric bike with connectivity features.
mbtech-group.com (in German)
What makes batteries age the most? A team at Pennsylvania State University found a mathematical formula to predict factors influencing Li-ion battery ageing. The research was supported by Volvo Trucks.
Inductive charging, Nimbus Boat + Torqeedo, CalCharge, Efficient Drivetrains.
Wireless boost: Researchers from North Carolina State University and Carnegie Mellon University are working on making wireless charging more effective. Their Magnetic Resonance Field Enhancer (MRFE) uses a simple copper loop to augment transmission, making it at least 100% more efficient than transmission via air alone.
Electrified yachts: Nimbus Boats Sweden and German Torqeedo agreed to develop yachts with electric and hybrid drivetrains. They are already working on a hybrid demonstration vessel that will cruise on Lake Starnberg, where the use of combustion engines is strictly limited.
Battery development extended: With Toyota and Bosch, the California CalCharge platform has gained prominent new charter members. Both companies will now join in the development of energy storage technologies. Other new general members include Blue Current, Ensor, EnZinc and ITN Energy.
New drivetrain factory: Efficient Drivetrains held a soft opening of its new 30,000-square-foot facility in Milpitas, California. The facility will be used to manufacture electric and hybrid motors for on and off-road light, medium and heavy duty vehicles.
Google, inductive charging.
Video tip: See the road through the “eyes” of Google’s self-driving car and understand how it makes decisions autonomously. The video is guided by Chris Urmson, who heads up Google’s driverless car programme.
Reading tip: From the Economist comes a thorough run through of inductive charging technology with respects to all technologies that it could affect, like drones and phones. But the main focus is on the automotive sector.