Moto GP, KTM, Visedo, Kenworth.
Moto GP comes together: The electric motorcycle racing series planned by promoter Dorna is taking shape. Four manufacturers agreed to deliver 18 electric race bikes with a speed of around 200 kph. They shall last for at least ten laps in each of the five Moto GP races starting from 2019.
Street-legal KTM e-bike: Electric racing series such as the Moto GP may well aid sales of bikes like this KTM. The E-Duke would be the Austrian brand’s first dip into road legal territory and is at prototype stage. Production is not yet underway, because battery prices are still too high.
Föri the electric ferry: Finland’s oldest ferry has been rejuvenated with an all-electric propulsion from Visedo. The 113 year old vessel now silently glides back and forth on Aura River and charges overnight. The Visedo system is eight tons lighter than the diesel set up it replaced.
SoCal’s ports’ electrification progresses fast as with US Hybrid another maker jumps on board the hybrid truck market after Kenworth. Its Class 8 port drayage truck features a fuel cell and will be operated at the harbours of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Protean Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, COTEVOS, Moto GP.
In-wheel drive for CV: Protean Electric and Consolidated Metco (ConMet) want to tackle the commercial vehicle market together by developing an electric in-wheel motor system. Their new drive can be utilised for medium and heavy duty hybrid trucks and will be shown at the MidAmerica Trucking fair.
greencarcongress.com, truckinginfo.com, proteanelectric.com
Extra-small SiC inverter: Mitsubishi Electric has developed a compact SiC inverter for HEVs that is believed to be the world’s smallest in its class. At just five litres volume it packs a power of 86 kVA/L. Expect commercialisation around 2021.
EV interoperability unified: EU proect COTEVOS designed the optimal laboratory infrastructure for the interoperability assessment of devices, tools and services for electric vehicles and smart grid systems. The project concluded with the publication of a whitebook for business models.
europa.eu, cotevos.eu (project website), cotevos.eu (Whitebook, pdf)
Moto GP electric: Moto GP plans to introduce a racing series for electric motorcycles by 2019. Rather than a world cup, the series will see five races that support the actual Moto GP.
motor.as.com (in Spanish)