Peugeot, Orca, Johnson Controls, Lishen.
Peugeot racing concept: Peugeot unveiled their L500 R Hybrid race car concept in honour of the 100-year anniversary of the carmaker’s first victory at the Indianapolis 500. The racer features two electric motors, a 270 hp petrol engine, and is just one metre high.
Electric racer from Indian uni: The Bombay Racing Team from the Indian Institute of Technology will launch their all-electric race car named Orca at the international Formula Student race in the UK. It took the students eight years to build Orca, which is the group’s fifth EV. The race car is said to go from 0 to 100 kph in 3.8 seconds.
Johnson Controls study: Automotive parts producer Johnson Controls announced two research projects aimed at increasing fuel efficiency of start-stop systems and the next generation of battery-electric vehicles. The multi-year projects will be based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and are funded by Johnson Controls.
Electrode slurry collaboration: Chinese Li-ion manufacturer Lishen has ordered four electrode slurry production lines from Swiss firm Bühler. The nearly 10.5m dollar contract comes after several years of collaboration. Lishen plans to open three battery factories in China that would average about 700,000 car batteries annually.
Toyota & Hino Motors, ARPA-E, Johnson Controls & Toshiba.
Mirai-based H2 bus: Toyota and Hino Motors have built a new version of their fuel cell bus equipped with the Toyota fuel cell system developed for the Mirai. It will be tested in Toyota City starting today. The new bus comes with eight hydrogen tanks, two fuel cell stacks and two electric motors. Its NiMH battery is able to supply electric power to buildings.
125 million dollars will be invested by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to foster innovations in all areas of energy research and development, i.e. for fuel cells, electric drive systems, batteries, and power electronics.
Commonwealth e-racer: Birmingham City University announced its plan to develop an electric race car for the Formula 1 together with three Indian universities. The agreement is to be signed today.
Supplier cooperation: Together, Johnson Controls and Toshiba have developed a new Li-Ion battery for start-stop applications to debut in a 2018 model production vehicle in Europe. The new battery will be showcased at the NAIAS in Detroit next week.
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Siemens & StreetScooter, Chevy Volt, Johnson Controls, Coda Energy.
RACE in serial production: Together, Siemens and StreetScooter presented the first series production EV incorporating the electronics and software system RACE. This central processing unit controls all functions in the car and allows to retrofit functions similar to a plug-and-play process on computers.
Volt to incorporate ELR technology: The new Chevy Volt which is to debut at the NAIAS in January will feature on-demand regen braking known from the Caddy ELR but “even more refined.” Paddles behind the steering wheel allow to regulate the amount of regenerative braking.
U.S. batteries for Range Rover Hybrid: Johnson Controls is supplying the Lithium-ion battery pack for the Range Rover Hybrid. Production of the cells and complete battery systems is underway at Johnson Controls’ manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan.
Second life for EV batteries: Coda Energy has begun operation of the largest behind-the-meter energy storage system in the Los Angeles area. The system is comprised of new lithium-iron phosphate EV battery cell packs that serve to showcase the possibility of reusing EV batteries in the future.
EM Safety, Daymak, Panasonic, Johnson Controls.
EM Safety: In an EU-funded study led by Scandinavian research institute SINTEF, researchers from seven different countries found that there is no danger from magnetic fields in electric cars. In fact, field intensity is well below the recommendations set by international standards.
Solar electric bike: Canadian Daymak announced the launch of its electric bike called The Beast. The bike has a 15 W solar battery case and according to the manufacturer, good to recharge 10 km of range per 8 hours at ambience light. Full production of the bike is planned for this summer.
Batteries are more than tripling for automotive applications over the last three years. According to Lux Research, in 2013, Panasonic held the biggest share of the market with 39%, followed by NEC (27%) and LG Chem (9%). Top-three demand came from Toyota (28%), Tesla Motors (24%) and Renault-Nissan (21%).
Joint battery lab: The new Johnson Controls Advanced Systems Test Lab will be established between the battery manufacturer and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The research will focus on systems for vehicle as well as stationary applications and complete the existing UW-Milwaukee partnership.
Fomm, Johnson Controls, BMW, Graphene.
Flood-proof electric car: Japanese company Fomm has developed a water-resistant electric car which in case of an emergency would be able to float and even move thanks to water-jet generators. Also, with only 2.49 metres in length the manufacturer claims that the ‘Concept One’ is the world’s smallest electric 4-seater. Prices will start at 1 million yen (9,800 dollars, battery excluded).
Keeping cool: Johnson Controls, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) want to develop a new cooling system for EV-batteries. Initially, the trio will focus on a 48-volt micro-hybrid battery.
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Two ENGEL moulding machines for BMW: The two large-scale machines will be delivered to BMW’s production plant in Leipzig, where the same technology is already being used to manufacture body shell components for the BMW i3. Both machines can be synchronised to produce identical components at the same time, ensuring the same material aging process.
Superconducting graphene: Researchers at Stanford University and University College of London (UCL) have discovered that graphene in combination with calcium turns into a superconductor. When studying samples of CaC6, they found that the interaction between the two is what increases conductivity.