Tesla, fuel cell research, Lightning Hybrids, Linear Technology.
Extremely little drag: Tesla is pushing aerodynamics of its Model 3, aiming for a drag coefficient below 0.20, Electrek reports. This is in the realm of ultra aerodynamic cars like VW’s XL 1 or GM’s EV 1. To reduce the drag, Tesla may look into losing the side mirrors and channelling air smarter.
Fuel cell research: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new funding opportunity for hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Up to 35 million dollars will be made available. Details will follow in about three week’s time.
Hydraulic hybrid for heavy duty: Lightning Hybrids presented its Energy Recovery System (ERS) for trucks and buses in Mexico. The battery-less ERS applies a hydraulic system to recuperate braking energy, which is then used during acceleration. Lightning Hybrids says its can retrofit all vehicles.
Battery control: Linear Technology introduced the LTC6811 high voltage battery stack monitor. It is a complete battery measuring IC for hybrid and electric vehicles, said to measure up to 12 series-connected battery cell voltages with 0.04 percent accuracy.
Nissan & Kanematsu, Koenigsegg Regera, Lightning Hybrids.
Nissan and Kanematsu to encourage EV travel: Together with the New Energy Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO), the Japanese companies will work on solutions to guide EV users to the most efficient fast-chargers along their route through California and beyond. They also want to install additional fast- chargers at suitable locations with the help of the California State government.
Presenting the Koenigsegg Regera: Christian von Koenigsegg present his “new baby”, saying he was never a fan of hybrid tech, but thought to give it a try after he figured that it would let him “remove the traditional gearbox from the equation.” Thanks to the Direct Drive Transmission technology, power loss from the conversion of energy to driving power is minimized, because power goes straight to the wheel.
Hydraulic hybrids for Massachusetts: Following a successful pilot commenced in 2013, Kiessling Transit has ordered 35 hydraulic hybrids systems from Lightning Hybrids to be fitted to their new Ford E450 chassis and Elkhart Coach bodies prior delivery this summer. During testing, the system showed 30 percent increase in fuel efficiency and significant emission reductions.
NanoFlowcell, GM & Honda, ETH Lausanne, Lightning Hybrids.
EV for everyone? NanoFlowcell will reveal a pre-production version of its Quantino in Geneva. Smaller than the Quant F, the low-voltage (48V) Quantino uses four 25kW electric motors to generate around 136 hp and reach a top speed of 200 km/h. With 350 litres of ionic liquid, the 2+2-seater is said to offer a range of over 1,000 kilometres. Testing is set to begin this year.
Fuel cell future: GM and Honda are working on one common next generation fuel cell system which is scheduled for production around 2020, focusing on the reduction of costs. For one example, the team is targeting a reduction in platinum loading to about 11g, down from 30g in the current fuel cell system.
Autonomous EVs on campus: As part of the European CityMobil2 programme, ETH Lausanne is testing six driverless electric mini buses. Produced by French EasyMile, the EVs fit up to ten persons.
24heures.ch (in French), easymile.com
Hydraulic hybrid debut: Lightning Hybrids showed its hydraulic hybrid system for trucks and buses for the first time in action yesterday. The system does not use batteries as the company applies a hydraulic system to the driveline to regenerate braking energy, which is stored and used for accelerating again.
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