GS Yuasa, Bosch, Karmic Koben, Skeleton Technologies, BMW.
GS Yuasa and Bosch say they are on a “good path” to realise their battery technology by 2020. The battery will have double the energy density compared to today’s lithium cells. Bosch is also working on a new 48V-mild-hybrid system that will debut in a vehicle of a yet to be named European manufacturer this year.
Silicon Valley e-bike: The Karmic Koben weighs only 16.3 kilos at a price of about 1,700 euros. After gathering 260,000 dollars on Kickstarter, the pedelec with Bafang motor is ready to go into production. At its core is a light battery (2kg) with 300 kWh capacity. Its cells can be replaced one by one.
elektrobike-online.com (in German), karmicbikes.com, ecomento.com (background)
High performance ultracaps: Skeleton Technologies has issued a new range of cylindrical ultracapacitors with graphene material. The have a specific power performance of up to 111 kW/kg and specific energy up to 9.6 Wh/kg – more than any other cylindrical cell ultracapacitors on the market.
About 1.3 million dollars will be invested in a now launched e-mobility research programme by BMW and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore). The quest for knowledge will be undertaken in the joint Future Mobility Research Lab. First objects under scrutiny: the i3 and i8.