Hyperloop, Patents, Loop Energy, SGL Carbon.
Musk building “the entire thing”? Various start-ups working on concepts to realise hyperloops based on Elon Musk’s brainchild could be left empty-handed as it seems that he could develop the high speed transportation system and the according technology on his own, reports Bloomberg referring to a “person close to Musk”. Initially, he did not plan to execute the tech in order to remain focussed on Tesla and SpaceX. Besides, Musk also holds a trademark for “Hyperloop” through his company SpaceX, other companies would not be allowed to use the term.
Promising patents: InsideEVs has successfully dug for further patents targeting electric mobility evolution. This time eye-catching: Rollable solar panels for electric cars and Ford’s idea to enable the stowage of electric bikes in electric cars and to charge both at the same time.
Heavy-duty truck with FC range extender: Canadian company Loop Energy’s fuel cell range extender has been successfully implemented in a heavy-duty terminal tractor of China’s National Heavy-Duty Truck Company (CNHTC). In this case, Loop Energy’s system is combined with an electric battery system to enable peak power and to capture energy derived through regenerative braking.
SGL to take over JV with BMW? SGL Carbon is considering a complete take-over of a joint venture founded with BMW in 2009 and specialised in carbon fibre production. Exclusivity agreements have been expired, according to SGL CEO Jürgen Köhler, who assumes that “BMW does not want to become a manufacturer of carbon fibre”. His assessment derives from the fact that BMW did not make use of carbon fibre anymore in its new 5-series, whereas it still was utilized in its i3, i8 and 7-series.
automobilwoche.de, produktion.de (both in German)
Hydrogenics, Aeroboat, H2 mobility, Loop Energy.
FC tech for 1,000 buses: Hydrogenics has gained a 50m dollar order from China. More specifically, the Canadian fuel cell specialist shall deliver enough stacks to power 1,000 H2 buses by Chinese Blue-G. The order will be fulfilled over the next two to three years.
greencarcongress.com , hydrogenics.com
Indo-Russian hybrid amphibian: The ‘aeroboat’ is a hybrid beyond sheer propulsion technology as it is said to be capable of travelling on land, water, snow and sand as well. Jointly developed by Indo-Russian partners led by IIAAT Holding, the idea was to create a vehicle able to access difficult terrain, e.g. flooded or marshy areas. Over 25 units have already been ordered by private and government buyers in India.
financialexpress.com, masterbuilder.co.in, idrw.org
U.S. funding for H2 mobility: The DOE is going to raise an additional 15.8m dollars for a total of 30 development projects in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell tech. The focus is on research of novel, low-cost materials for H2 production and storage and fuel cells on-board light-duty vehicles.
REx for heavy duty EVs: Vancouver-based Loop Energy was granted 760,000 dollars for its range-extending power module for heavy-duty EVs from the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) board. The REx is to be integrated by an unnamed OEM.
Loop Energy, Toshiba, Saint Jean Carbon, Tesla.
Three times the range: Canadian company Loop Energy presented their new fuel cell range extender, said to more than triple the range of heavy-duty electric trucks. The 56 kW system offers a power density of 213 W/L and will apparently be used by an unnamed manufacturer starting next year.
Fuel cells set sail: Toshiba has fitted the 14-metre ship “Raincho N” with a fuel system and began testing it in October. Working with the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, researchers hope to learn more about use of fuel cell systems in ship operations, as Toshiba wants to launch a fuel-cell powered vessel by 2020.
New batteries from old ones: Carbon science company Saint Jean Carbon is working with a battery manufacturer to build a Li-ion battery made from re-used materials from an old EV battery, as well as upcycled anode material. The goal is to show that battery parts can be used over and over again to make new systems with comparable performance, all while reducing the need for mining.
Stealing a Tesla: IT experts in Norway have shown how it could be done. They offered free Wi-Fi at a Supercharger location, named after a fast-food restaurant there. Said restaurant supposedly offers a free meal if the driver installs an app, which hackers then used to gain control of the Tesla app. Conclusion: bring a sandwich.
softpedia.com, promon.co, youtube.com (video)
GeoOrbital, Hyperloop, project FEVER, Loop Energy.
Spinning round: The GeoOrbital turns any bicycle into an e-bike by replacing the front wheel. The 500 W in-wheel drive consists of three smaller wheels fixed on arms serving as spokes. Hugging the rim, they drive the wheel forward at the push of a throttle. A crowdfunding campaign raised more than half a million dollars. First kits will be available for 950 dollars this November.
ecowatch.com, digitaltrends.com, gas2.org
Hovering Hyperloop: Start-ups working on Elon Musk’s vision for high speed public transport say they licensed a technology hardly requiring any electricity. The so-called “passive magnetic levitation” levitates by matching unpowered loops of wire in the track with magnets in the train pod.
Mild fever: Controlled Power Technologies, Ricardo, Provector, and Tata Motors’ European Technical Centre have developed a 48-Volt mild hybrid system. The so-called project FEVER (Forty-Eight Volt Electrified Rear-axle) is aimed at compact cars. Innovate UK funds the consortium with 1.8m GBP.
Hydrogen heavy-duty trucks: Loop Energy agreed to collaborate with Hunan CRRC Times Electric Vehicle to develop zero emission power trains for large trucks and the like. The first system will be a combination of CRRC’s electric drives and Loop Energy’s fuel cell technology called eFlow.
Google, Formula E, Lazareth, Loop Energy.
Growing Google team: According to Reuters, at least 170 people are already working on the autonomous Google car. More than 40 experts were recruited directly from other automotive companies, such as Tesla, GM and Ford. And there are new job openings on the production side. Still, Google is not looking to mass produce its vehicle. It is more likely that it is looking to build more prototypes and that it will corporate with i.e. Foxconn for serial production.
No car changes for Formula E: FIA is looking for new battery and chassis suppliers for the 2018/2019 season of its electric racing series. From that 5th season, the cars are said to have enough battery to last the whole race. Drivers currently need to swap vehicles half way through.
Electric Sports-Quad: French tuner Lazareth presented the prototype of its latest EV-creation. The E-Wazuma is part motorcycle and part quad, powered by two 30 kW in-wheel electric motors. The company’s main objective – fun behind the wheel.
E-FC-trucks: Loop Energy has been awarded 7.5m dollars from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to develop two zero emission powertrains for heavy duty trucks. It combines a battery and fuel-cell drive, as well as the patented eFlow technology that enables more durability and higher peak power.