Australia Post orders 1,000 electric three-wheelers
Australia Post has bought another 1,000 electric three-wheelers, making them the nation’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator. They also ordered an additional 4,000 pedal-assist bikes. Delivery is planned over the next three years and to begin this June.
LG Chem, Aston Martin, Ballard, Kyburz.
LG to break ground: Korean battery maker LG Chem plans to expand its Michigan facility this March to fulfil surging demand for EV batteries. The Holland facility produces cells and powerpacks for the Chevy Volt and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid among others. The 9,300 square meter addition will create 150 more jobs once it goes online in August.
Insights from a hybrid hype: Aston Martin names suppliers for its hybrid racer AM-RB 001 it is developing together with Red Bull. From Croatian Rimac comes the battery system and Bosch is on the controls for the drive. Only 150 road-going AM-RB 001s will be made, but Aston Martin will produce an additional 25 track-only versions. First deliveries are set to start in 2019.
Stronger does it better: The fun EV eRod by Kyburz just got even more fun. The eRod Race ist 150 kW more powerful than all other versions. Plus, the fun lasts for 220 km delivered by a 39 kWh battery pack. Costs are 88,000 CHR as DIY version and 107,000 CHF when complete.
auto-wirtschaft.ch (in German)
Ballard becomes ever bigger in China as it just made a 5 year deal with Chinese Broad-Ocean to produce and sell 30 and 85kW fuel cell systems in three strategic regions in China, including Shanghai. The contract is estimated to be worth 25m dollars in revenue to Ballard.
Tesla, TUfast Eco Team, USABC, Kyburz.
Autopilot improvements: Tesla is working to adapt existing self-driving technology to improve functionality. According to Musk, engineers work on adapting the radar to make a map like lidar (visible light detection and ranging). According to Bosch, the update for the radar sensors could be send over the air. New Tesla models already come with a casing that will eventually hold a second camera.
autoblog.com (lidar), lasvegassun.com (software), electrek.co (camera housing)
World’s most efficient racer: Student of the TUfast Eco Teams from TU Munich, set a new efficiency record. Their ultra-thin, electric race trike used 81.16 KJ energy over 100 kilometres – that converts to 11,000 km on one litre of petrol.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)
Ford & GM foster battery development: USABC, a partnership of FCA, Ford and GM, is funding SiNode Systems with 4m dollars. The aim is to develop silicon-graphene anode materials for automotive lithium-ion battery cells over 30 months.
chicagotribune.com, insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com
Fun racer from Switzerland: Kyburz delivers details on its electric cart eRod. With Race specc, it has 150 kW of power and a weight of 650 kg, making it a powerful little thing. Stuffed with components from Swiss Brusa, it can travel over 135 miles with its 39 kWh battery. A price has yet to named.
Apple, University of California, Kyburz, UQM Technologies.
Apple EV batteries? In a lawsuit, A123 Systems accuses Apple of poaching employees. The latter are also being sued for breaching NDAs as they moved on to work for Apple on similar projects involving Li-Ion batteries. It does look like the iCar rumours are getting more substantial by the day.
Paper-like electrode: Researchers from the University of California have developed a new material for Li-Ion battery electrodes. With paper-like silicon nanofibres, it is a 100 times thinner than a human hair and said to have the potential to increase the specific energy multiple times.
Hot Rod electrified: Swiss Kyburz presents the E-Rod prototype at the Swiss Moto show. The small sports car has a top speed of 120 kph (about 75 mph) and a range of up to 200 km (124 miles). The E-Rod is to be offered as a DIY kit for about 20,000 CHF (21,000 dollars).
zuonline.ch (in German)
Beyond electric motors: UQM Technologies Inc. is to venture out into the fuel cell business by taking over the fuel cell compressor module business from Roush Performance Products. Already this May, UQM plans to start production of fuel cell compressors itself.
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