Kia, Mojo Mobility, Texas Instruments, CEC, Saft, Works Electric.
Kia to go wireless: The Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center and Mojo Mobility are developing inductive charging technology at 10 kW. The project is supported by a grant from the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies programme. It is still at a testing phase and no launch date has been set.
TI for hybrids: Texas Instruments launched a 120-V automotive grade half-bridge gate driver, offering negative voltage handling capability for hybrid vehicles. Its 120-V bootstrap diode allows for N-channel MOSFET control, thus eliminating the need for external discrete diodes.
10 million dollars have been granted by the California Energy Commission for four projects looking at battery and fuel cell electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as buses for public transport and school buses. Initiatives in disadvantaged communities were prioritised.
Saft on Mars: The battery maker has secured a 1-million euro deal from Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (UK) to develop and test a lithium-ion pack with solar panels to power the ExoMars Rover vehicle, which is supposed to look for extinct life on the red planet.
Off road scooter: Works Electric delivers a stand-up scooter for trails. Based on its tar hugging Rover, the B14 comes with more power (4,000 W), fat mini tires and up to 25 miles range at 35 mph. The handle folds up, but the price of almost 6,000 dollars might be harder to deal with.