Vertical Aerospace announces 1,000 air taxi orders
The British eVTOL start-up Vertical Aerospace announces pre-orders for a total of 1,000 of its electric aerial taxis. In this context, the company also announces that it is seeking an IPO via SPAC and has received commitments from Microsoft, American Airlines, Avolon, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce.
Microsoft EVs in Shiphol now charge intelligently
Microsoft’s Dutch headquarters “The Outlook” in the Schiphol Central Business District is now capable of operating 40 charging stations for electric vehicles with an infrastructure that was originally designed for only 17 charging stations thanks to intelligent energy management.
ABB is charging Iceland fast and renewably (video)
Iceland is becoming Europe’s greenest country, not so much for its meadows but geothermal activity rather that provides them with an endless supply of renewable energy. Add to this hydropower and you have a mix that can power their subsidised electric cars cleanly.
e.Go Mobile working with Microsoft cloud
e.Go Mobile, the startup based in Germany’s EV hotspot Aachen, has come to Hannover to present its digitisation strategy. Based on the Microsoft cloud Azure, e.Go Digital is to help the firm’s electric autonomous mini bus to move smartly through urban traffic.
Rolls Royce, VW, Microsoft, AMG, Formula E.
All or nothing: Rolls Royce will not bridge to the electric era via hybrid propulsion but go straight to electric if battery technology allows, said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. While he sees the future of motoring in electric drivetrains, esp. those from parent company BMW, he also assumes the firm’s clients would not accept “compromise” in the meantime. In terms of autonomy, RR is literally in the luxurious position, that most of its customers have a chauffeur anyway and thus care little for a self-driving Royce.
Future Mobility Days 2017 just happened at Volkswagen in Germany, where the company presented the Gen.E concept that some see as the next-gen electric Golf. There has been no confirmation and little information however, apart form a lightweight platform and a 400km range. The star of the show was supposed to be a mobile robot charging EVs autonomously.
Buy an EV online: Microsoft Sweden has teamed up with local EV dealer EVEN Electric to find digital paths to the minds and homes of potential electric car drivers. The idea is to set up a website that offers price comparisons but also services around EVs.
Hybrid family from AMG: Mercedes performance label has spawned a new line of hybrid ‘53’ powertrains, starting with the CLS 53. Coupling the novel 320kW 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and a 50kW electric motor, the system is to deliver 370kW combined.
The Tesla way: The Formula E is anything but profitable and burned up a net loss of almost 34m euros at end-July 2016 when costs accelerated. However, the loss is almost half of that a year before and so it looks like the electric racing series could be on track to break even.
Hubject, ABB & Microsoft, PG&E, Fortum & Renault, Leviton.
European charge network grows: Hubject has extended its Intercharge network to include a few hundred stations of partners in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France and Switzerland. New partners are Fortum, Gronn Kontrakt, Virta, Clean Charge, Swisscom, ESB, and Freshmile.
Charging cloud: ABB and Microsoft jointly launched a new platform for EV fast-charging. It combines ABB’s EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services that include machine-learning and predictive analytic capabilities. The platform is presented at eCarTec.
7,500 EV chargers in California is the revised plan of Pacific Gas and Electric as its initial idea to erect 25,000 EV charging stations in the Golden state had been rejected by the California Public Utilities Commission (we reported).The plan still sees opposition by private infrastructure providers.
EV chargers in Lapland: The Fortum Charge & Drive network will be expanded with seven new charging stations in northern Lapland in Finland. The 22 kW semi-fast chargers are erected in cooperation with Renault and are located close to the border with Norway.
Home charging: Leviton presented the Evr-Green Mini Level 2 EV charging station. Very compact, the station comes standard with a 12-foot and optional 18-foot cable, and works with 30 amp circuits.
EV charging, Microsoft, Continental, Grayson.
Charging congestion control: British and Slovakian researchers have developed a mathematical protocol for proportional fair charging or the prevention of congestion caused by multiple electric vehicles plugging into the network to charge. Their models take into account the arrival rate of EVs.
phys.org, iopscience.iop.org (original paper)
Blend batteries: Mobile devices could get longer battery lives thanks to a new approach from Microsoft researchers. Their concept of software-defined batteries mixes different types of batteries in one device in order to choose the battery best suited for various tasks. So far, the model has been developed for computers but might become feasible for EVs in the future. Are we not all waiting for the Windows car?!
Smart street light: At the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, Continental presents LED street lamps that recognise whether a car, person or bike passes by and adapt accordingly. The control unit may also be used to integrate lantern post EV charging in the future.
Electric pump: British Grayson Thermal Systems shows its new 24 Volt electric water pump for use on hybrid and electric vehicles at Busworld Kortrijk in Belgium. The new pump is about to go into pre-production stage with volume production set for early 2016.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the crowdfunding campaign for the Gi FlyBike, a pedelec that folds to half its size in literally a second. The campaign has overreached its funding goal already, yet there is still time to join the founders.
Security has become autonomous with Microsoft introducing its robot security guard. Five of these K5 machines monitored Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus last week. The 136-kilo robots sense danger but are not (yet) equipped with means to actually prevent humans from doing harm.