SF Motors, Lux Research, American Manganese, hybrid ferry.
SF Motors gets new development centre: Sokon Industry’s recently founded subsidiary (we reported) will invest 10.7m dollars in a new site in Michigan. It will house some 150 employees there to further develop electric cars for the U.S. market.
Battery recycling better than 2nd-life? EV batteries discarded by 2035 will have a total capacity of 65 GWh. Lux Research says it would be better to recycle them, then use them for energy storage projects. Reusing the batteries may initially be cheaper than buying new ones, but capacity loss and a shorter remaining lifespan turn that into a naïve miscalculation.
Battery recycling process: American Manganese has filed a patent application for a new method to recover cathode materials like lithium, cobalt, nickel, aluminium and manganese from used EV batteries. Working with Kemetco Research, scientists now aim to further optimise the potential of the recycling process.
Hybrid ferries for River Thames: Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) signed a deal with Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk for the delivery of hybrid drivetrains. These are destined for two ferries that will commute between Woolwich and North Woolwich on River Thames.
Tesla Model 3, Lux Research Study.
Click tip: Images from a sultry Tesla Model 3 prototype photo shoot in the Marin Headlands of California are making their way into circulation including some fan photos that have surfaced on Imgur. The silver prototype has also been spotted outside of Tesla’s Fremont factory.
imgur.com (photo shoot), electrek.co (silver)
Research tip: A Lux Research study expects the battery market for plug-in vehicles to reach 10bn dollars in 2020 and anticipates that 90% of that demand will be driven by only six companies: Tesla, BYD, Volkswagen, General Motors, Renault-Nissan, and BMW.
General Motors, University of Missouri, Lux Research, Zarooq Motors.
GM to run autonomous Volts: GM’s Canadian Engineering Center will build a fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet Volts, which will first be deployed at the GM Technical Centre in Warren, Michigan. Through this program, employees will reserve a Volt using a car-sharing app and select a destination. GM’s autonomous technology will bring the vehicle to its destination and park it.
Cheaper EV batteries: Researchers from the University of Missouri received a 2.2m dollar award to develop manufacturing technology that will lower the cost of materials to produce lithium ion batteries for EVs. The project is one of 24 selected for grants by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a 55m dollar investment for innovative vehicle technologies (we reported).
Post-Li-ion: The market for next-generation batteries will see massive growth after 2030, according to Lux Research. The market for Li-sulfur batteries in vehicles is expected to jump from 6bn dollars in 2030 to 29bn in 2035, while solid-state batteries could climb from 3bn to 42bn dollars over the same period.
Meet the Sand Racer, a new off-road vehicle from the United Arab Emirates. It has been designed by Zarooq Motors, which expects to sell 20 units in 2016 and promises to build an all-electric derivative.
Carbon fibre demand, Porsche 918 Spyder.
Study tip: Lux Research predicts that the demand for carbon fibre will grow an average of 13 percent per year, increasing from 36,000 tons in 2013 to 86,000 tons in 2020. A market that could then be worth 35 billion dollars.
Video tip: Take a seat and buckle up as one guy pushes his Porsche 918 Spyder to hit 325 kph on the German Autobahn – camera rolling, of course. In a short self-interview, the driver says that he is amazed how well the Porsche handles, even at such high speeds.
KULAN, Lux Research, Consumer Reports, Audi.
Light-weight farming: The joint project POLY-LAB.NET is coordinated by the Fraunhofer IWU and funded by federal funds. Their development is a electric concept vehicle destined for farming. The KULAN only weighs 300 kilos but is said to be able to carry loads of up to a ton. It will be presented in Germany at the IAA for commercial vehicles at the end of this September.
elektronikpraxis.vogel.de, poly-lab.net (both in German)
Low-cost energy storage: A new report by Lux Research points out silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) as materials fit to reduce cost for EV batteries considerably. The example being used is a Tesla Model S, which could save more than 6,000 dollars.
Consumer Reports gives an update on its long-term test with a Tesla Model S. While it found “many minor problems that merit some reflection” occurring after 15,743 miles of testing, it still got reviewers “raving,” EV fans or avid car heads alike. For Tesla, these recent tests and reported problems with whole drive units being exchanged rather regularly, has led them to rethink their strategy and the company is now looking into fixing rather than replacing parts.
consumerreports.org (long-term test update), transportevolved.com (Tesla’s repair policy)
Thinking ahead of Audi: The press has been pondering a premium Audi A9 for quite some time. Spanish designer Daniel Garcia has now taken things into his own hands and came forward with a concept that features in-wheel motors as well as self-repairing nano materials.
homes-design.com, parentesis.com (in Spanish)
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Most clicked link on Tuesday were the spyshots of BYD’s all-electric lorry for the city.
48-volt hybrid systems, Formula E.
Study tip: According to a recent study undertaken by Lux, 48-volt hybrid systems are likely to exceeded 7 million vehicles by 2024. Researchers predict that lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries will be the preferred energy storage technology, because of their ability to charge and discharge fast, which is critical for micro-hybrid applications.
chargedevs.com, portal.luxresearchinc.com (study)
Video tip: Watch this video from the Formula E launch event and see what Alain Prost, Alejandro Agag und Lucas di Grassi like most about the new Championship series.