Dec 23, 2014 - 09:24 am

Schaeffler, Kulan, University of Maryland, University of Texas, TNO.

Mild-hybrid SUV: Schaeffler will show the second phase of its concept car based on an all-wheel-drive, midsize SUV at the North American International Auto Show in January. Including a 48-volt system and other innovations, the vehicle already meets 2025 CAFE requirements.

KULANElectric donkey: Shown at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover earlier this year, the Kulan electric utility concept was created by a German consortium of 14 companies and research organisations and is designed for transporting loads around farms. With just about 4 kW from two electric motors – one in each rear-wheel hub – it is able to carry one tonne of cargo.

Li-ion research: Researchers at the University of Maryland say they have improved the cycle life of silicon-carbon composite electrodes by 300 percent. This was achieved solely by the chemical tailoring of the interface between the silicon and the carbon with atomic oxygen.

Lithium-sulfur research: Researchers at the University of Texas have found that using phosphorus pentasulfide (P2S5) as an electrolyte additive enables the direct use of commercially available bulk Li2S particles as high-capacity cathode materials for Li−S batteries. According to the researchers, this could significantly decrease the manufacturing cost of Li−S batteries.
greencarcongress.com, pubs.acs.org

Intelligent e-bike: The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has developed an electric bike that is able to detect oncoming dangers and warn its rider by vibrating either the handlebars (danger from the front) or the saddle (danger from the back). The radar and camera-assisted safety bike could be available to customers within the next two years.

Aug 13, 2014 - 08:24 am

KULAN, Lux Research, Consumer Reports, Audi.

KULANLight-weight farming: The joint project POLY-LAB.NET is coordinated by the Fraunhofer IWU and funded by federal funds. Their development is a electric concept vehicle destined for farming. The KULAN only weighs 300 kilos but is said to be able to carry loads of up to a ton. It will be presented in Germany at the IAA for commercial vehicles at the end of this September.
elektronikpraxis.vogel.de, poly-lab.net (both in German)

Low-cost energy storage: A new report by Lux Research points out silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) as materials fit to reduce cost for EV batteries considerably. The example being used is a Tesla Model S, which could save more than 6,000 dollars.
greencarcongress.com, marketwired.com

Consumer Reports gives an update on its long-term test with a Tesla Model S. While it found “many minor problems that merit some reflection” occurring after 15,743 miles of testing, it still got reviewers “raving,” EV fans or avid car heads alike. For Tesla, these recent tests and reported problems with whole drive units being exchanged rather regularly, has led them to rethink their strategy and the company is now looking into fixing rather than replacing parts.
consumerreports.org (long-term test update), transportevolved.com (Tesla’s repair policy)

Thinking ahead of Audi: The press has been pondering a premium Audi A9 for quite some time. Spanish designer Daniel Garcia has now taken things into his own hands and came forward with a concept that features in-wheel motors as well as self-repairing nano materials.
homes-design.com, parentesis.com (in Spanish)

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Most clicked link on Tuesday were the spyshots of BYD’s all-electric lorry for the city.

Found on electrive.com
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