Ford called on engineers to participate in the “Mobility Challenge,” Robin Celis, David Longin and Gunther Cuypers delivered. Their electric wheelchair gets the user to the driver’s seat and then goes and stows itself in the boot. It of course also leaves the boot on its own and picks up the driver upon arrival at his or her destination.
Evatran, JOSPEL, Québec, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems.
Evatran extends wireless charging offer: The U.S. company wants to offer inductive charging for 80 percent of EV models in the U.S. by 2017. The plugless system can already be ordered for the Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S. Next on the list are the Model X and Model 3, as well as 6.6 kWh charging solution for other manufacturers.
Heating technology for more range: As part of the EU-funded project JOSPEL (we reported), researchers have introduced a new heating system for electric vehicles. It is said to use 30 percent less energy than conventional solutions, as it applies ohmic heating principles.
Electric utility vehicles from Québec: The local government is funding the development of electric utility vehicles with 8.6m dollars. The financial aid has been allocated to Autobus Lion, TM4, AddEnergie, Solution Adetel and Alcoa, who are to deliver a total of four prototypes – including two electric trucks and two e-buses.
Johnson Matthey Battery Systems has opened the doors of its new production facility in Milton Keynes. The UK factory will see the production of batteries for hybrid vehicles, as well as e-bikes.
Siemens & Scania, JOSPEL, Empa & ETH Zürich, Virginia University.
Swedish eHighway: Siemens and Scania will conduct a joint demonstration project of a catenary system for hybrid trucks. The contract was awarded by the Swedish Transport Administration to the County Council of Gävleborg and means the electrification of a two-kilometer stretch of the E16 highway north of Stockholm. The core of the system is a pantograph which hooks up to the catenary system and disconnects automatically at speeds of up to 90 km/h. Two hybrid trucks by Scania will be used in the demonstration phase.
EU aims for more range: The project JOSPEL is set to develop a novel energy efficient climate control system for electric cars to help reduce the energy used for passenger comfort by at least 50 percent. The project is funded with 6.7 million euros through EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, together with ETH Zürich and road sweeper manufacturer Bucher Municipal have developed a natural gas-electric hybrid powertrain for road sweepers. Compared to conventional sweepers, the energy consumption has been halved. A concept study to investigate possible commercialisation is currently under development.
New magnet: Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University were able to synthesize a powerful new magnetic material that could replace rare earth magnets. The new material consists of nanoparticles containing iron, cobalt and carbon atoms with a magnetic domain size of roughly five nanometers.
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