Sion Power to introduce new battery format
The US-based lithium-metal battery specialist Sion Power is introducing their ‘Licerion’ rechargeable battery for electric vehicles at the Battery Show North America in Novi, Michigan in September. The 17 Ah Licerion EVcell boasts over 400 Wh/kg and 810 Wh/L in a large-format pouch cell.
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.