Ecovolta electrifies special crawler transporter
Swiss Ecovolta has electrified a transporter from Aebi Schmidt, a specialist for the maintenance of green spaces in challenging terrain such as ski slopes. The eVT 450 Vario transporter currently operates at 1,300 metres in the car-free alpine village of Stoos.
Hi-tech recycling of Li-ion batteries at Redux
Saubermacher and Redux Recycling have installed a battery recycling plant in the German town of Bremerhaven after jointly researching the process over years. The plant is capable of processing all types of lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 10,000t a year.
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Self-driving minivans: Google is officially partnering with Fiat-Chrysler to further develop the former’s self-driving vehicle technology. The internet giant will more than double its fleet, adding 100 Google technology-equipped 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Some will already hit the road later this year.
Autonomous taxis: GM and Lyft will begin testing a fleet of self-driving Chevy Bolt electric taxis on public roads within a year. Details, including the location, are still unknown, but customers will be able to opt in or out of the pilot when ordering a taxi. At the beginning, the cars will still have a driver for safety reasons.
Longer battery lifecycles: The Technical University of Munich and the Research Centre Jülich have pinpointed what makes lithium-ion batteries wilt after several charges. They blame the production of a highly reactive singelt oxygen and expect lightweight alternatives to be the best solution.
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Futuristic concept: Lingyun presented a streamlined two-wheeled concept car at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The wheels can turn up to 90 degrees, enabling the car to turn on its own axis. Equipped with a 25 kWh battery pack, the company still claims a range of up to 400 km. That seems a lot, but is apparently possible due to the cars reduced weight and aerodynamics.