Continental, Mercedes, Evatran, Nanogenerator.
New electric drive by Continental: The supplier integrated electric motor, transmission and power electronics in one unit. Scalable from 60 to 120 kW, the new drive covers all performance levels and will be available as either asynchronous or permanent synchronous drive. Continental will unveils its new compact electric drive system at the IAA, and says that it is destined for the Chinese market.
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Electric truck trial completed: Mercedes finished a one-year trial with eight Fuso Canter E-Cell electric trucks in Portugal. The EVs were tested with customers under real world conditions and met expectations fully. Ranges of up to 100 kilometres a day were easily reached and first analysis points at cost savings of up to 1,000 euros per 10,000 km compared to diesel trucks.
Evatran received 1.6m dollars from Chinese Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company (VIE) to develop inductive charging technology for China. The strategic investment by the component manufacturer is only the first step of a progressive partnership, as VIE plans additional investments.
Nanogenerator: Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG). The nanogenerator drives on an electrode integrated into a car’s tire. As the electrode comes into contact with the ground, the friction produces an electrical charge.