Tag: Navya

Aug 19, 2018 - 07:06 pm

CA: Keolis & Navya launch first autonomous shuttles

The town of Candiac in Québec will see the first real-road trial of autonomous electric shuttles in Canada. Setup by Keolis using EVs from Navya, the trial will run over 12 months. The shuttles will serve on public roads on a 2-km stretch.

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:57 am

Polestar, Tesla, Daimler, Mazda, Navya, Cummins.

Polestar 1 arrives: Volvo revealed the first model of its now wholly electrified label Polestar, which is taking the lead in the Swedes’ e-offensive. The Polestar 1 is a Grand Tourer Coupé for four. Driven by the 600 hp plug-in hybrid system, it boasts an electric range of 150 kilometres, which places it almost in the realm of a range-extended EV. No wonder the premium model forebodes the upcoming all-electric Polestar 2, designed to rival Tesla’s Model 3. A purely electric SUV, the Polestar 3, has been lined-out too. But first things first and so the Polestar 1 mass production will commence in China from 2019.
autonews.com, autoexpress.co.uk, autocar.co.uk

News from production hell: Tesla is experiencing massive problems as it tries to bring Fremont up to volume production speed reportedly. The reasons however appear manifold and rumours range from the EV maker simply having overestimated its abilities to more concrete difficulties with welding the steel chassis of the Model 3 (the Model S and X are made of alloy). Some light has been shed by an Oppenheimer analyst, who puts the blame on a “small number of suppliers failing to deliver on time.” Bear in mind though that he is a shareholder himself. More noteworthy info was deliberated by Tesla supplier Polytec, that said Tesla may start making the Model 3 in Europe at Magna in Austria.
carscoops.com (welding issue), electrek.co (supplier issue), insideevs.com (move to Magna)

Daimler to split up three-way: The German corporation is looking to reorganise itself and at the moment three companies are likely: one for Mercedes-Benz cars and vans, another trucks and buses, and a third for financial services. The decision is far from final though as neither managers nor the board or shareholders have approved the plan yet. Ultimately the split would make it easier for Daimler to sell of parts of its business and the carmaker reasons such changes would help to adapt to a fast-paced environment. In any case, seeing such changes through is likely to take years of both planning and negotiations with stakeholders although Daimler aims at 2019.
carscoops.com, daimler.com

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Mazda is going ahead with its range-extending rotary engine of which first plans appeared in March this year. Mazda’s head of engine design, Mitsuo Hitomi now confirmed that the rotary will be utilised for the brand’s premier EV due by 2019. It will the sit side by side the all-electric variant.

Navya teases the world debut of another autonomous EV set at November, 7. The French have not handed out much information but it is likely to be based on the existing shuttle Arma, maybe a bigger brother this time.
techau.com.au, navya.tech

Cummins acquires Brammo: Their first electric truck has not been in this world longer than two months and Cummins already progresses on the path to electrification. It has now taken over Brammo, formerly known for electric motorcycles and now specialising in batteries.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, businesswire.com



Sep 25, 2017 - 08:20 am

Daimler, Battery Strategy, FEV, Coventry University, Navya.

Daimler to build its fifth battery plant: The German carmaker said it would erect a new battery assembly in Alabama/USA, close to its existing car factory in Tuscaloosa. Simultaniously, the company intends to start manufacturing EQ-branded SUV models in Tuscaloosa. In total, Daimler is willing to invest 1bn dollars in its U.S. expansion plans.
greencarcongress.com, media.daimler.com

Korean battery makers change strategy in China: After China’s government has decided to only subsidise LFP or lithium-ion-phosphate batteries adopted by Chinese companies, LG Chem and Samsung SDI apply a new strategy regarding their temporarily shut down battery plants in Chinese Xian (Samsung) and Nanjing (LG). At both sites, production shall be revived with the aim to supply solely foreign car manufacturers: Samsung’s batteries shall power the BMW i3, LG’s batteries the EV versions of Hyundai-Kia’s Ioniq, Kona and Niro.

British-German development centre: Aachen-based engineering service provider FEV teams up with British Coventry University in order to build a clean transport technology centre in Coventry and thus to push research on advanced powertrain development. Both partners signed a 33m euros deal. Four state-of-the-art powertrain test cells enable the scientists to develop a range of different powertrain concepts, including hybrid and electric.

Navya to open a facility in Australia: Navya is about to establish a manufacturing facility in Adelaide. In order to do so, the French driverless electric shuttle company has just entered into a deal with the South Australian State Government. Not long ago, the company announced its first oversea activity in Saline, Michigan, where it intends to build 25 Armas before the year’s end.

Jul 19, 2017 - 08:12 am

Navya, Lithium, Paul-Scherrer-Institute, CF Motoring Services.

Navya-Arma-300x150Navya found its new home in the States in the town of Saline, Michigan. It is the first oversea activity for the French manufacturer of autonomous shuttles and Navya hopes to build 25 Armas there this year.
greencarcongress.com, businesswire.com

Lithium offensive in Bolivia: President Evo Morales wants to tap into the world’s largest lithium reserve that rests under the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. After a pilot plant has run for some time, Bolivia now wants to scale up the mining production and processes with 800m dollars to start extraction by 2020. Morales vision goes beyond the raw material though as he sees the landlocked country as a hub for the entire value chain like battery and car factories that promise jobs. For now however, Bolivia faces challenges regarding purity of its lithium but also infrastructure and doubts from investors. Nevertheless, firms from both China and Germany are active in the country already.

Nanomaterial for electrolyser: Researchers from Paul-Scherrer-Institut and Empa have developed a new catalyst material for electrolysers that helps store solar energy efficiently at lower costs in the form of hydrogen.They managed to produce perovskite in the form of miniscule nanoparticles.

EV training scheme: CF Motoring Services wants to deliver electric and hybrid vehicle training to 90 staff. The company teamed up with Gateshead College to secure European Social Fund cash for the project, which will see people learn how to repair and restore EVs and hybrids safely.

Jun 26, 2017 - 07:51 am

Navya, Aston Martin, Empa, BAE Systems.

Navya-Arma-300x150Navya plans U.S. Production: The French manufacturer wants to erect an assembly facility for autonomous EVs in Michigan. It is there the first 20 units of its electric shuttle Arma shall come off the lines this year. Navya has worked together with the University of Michigan in order to test the Arma model in its simulated city dubbed Mcity since 2016, hence its decision to produce outside Europe.
greencarcongress.com, mlive.com, navya.tech

Aston Martin’s Valkyrie: The hybrid super sports car by Aston Martin and Red Bull may deliver 1,130 hp, according to unconfirmed information. 1,000 hp however come from a V12 engine, the rest is contributed electrically. 
As reported, the battery system will be supplied by Rimac, the drive control by Bosch. The edition is limited to 150 regular units and 25 additional racing vehicles.
carscoops.com, roadandtrack.com

Hydrogen decoded: Scientists of the Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt (Empa) managed to decode the movement of H2 ions in crystals. Their results could help to choose more suitable materials for fuel cells and H2 storage in the future.

UK based BAE Systems teams up with QinetiQ as both seek to equip combat vehicles with electric mobility systems. The aim is to improve the vehicles’ fuel efficiency and to decrease their life-cycle costs. While BAE is an expert in the field of defence tech, QinetiQ contributes its electric drive expertise.


Jan 12, 2017 - 09:14 am

Proterra, EV order, Navya, New York, London.

Electrifying transit: King County Metro Transit in the U.S. state of Washington wants to purchase no less than 120 electric buses by 2020. It will acquire nine long-range busses from different manufactures to test the technology. With 73 e-buses ordered, California-based Proterra will get the biggest part of pie. The first eight buses will go into service this year, another 12 in 2019.
greencarcongress.com, kingcounty.gov

Record EV order: The U.S. cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland have presented the prospect of ordering a total of 24,000 electric vehicles in the coming years. In a first part of a formal bidding, the cities have asked carmakers to provide information about what cars they could have when and at what cost.
eenews.net, sfexaminer.com

Autonomous to the next casino: Navya and Keolis have begun operating the first autonomously driving electric shuttle on U.S public roads in Las Vegas. The public can hitch a free ride during the testing phase between January 11th and 20th.
digitaljournal.com, keolisnorthamerica.com

Electric clean-up: New York Central Park Conservatory workers have traded in their petrol-powered rubbish carts for electric ones. A total of 52 of them are ready to go into service this month.

New Low Emission Zones: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced ten new Low Emission Bus Zones, deploying the city’s hybrid and electric buses on the London’s most polluted roads to clear the air. Khan estimates that the measure will cut NOx emissions from buses along those routes by 84 percent.

Oct 5, 2016 - 09:26 am

DBT, Styria, Navya, GoDrive, Philadelphia, Québec.

150 kW charger from France: French infrastructure provider DBT presented its first 150 kW, multi-standard EV charger in Paris, offering CCS, CHAdeMO and Type 2 charging. The NG 150 is said to be available from spring of next year.
avere-france.org (in French)

Styria presents electric mobility strategy: The Austrian federal state introduced its electric mobility strategy from now to 2030. The goal is to have at least 200,000 charging points by then, while the region now offers a rebate of up to 5,000 euro for private individuals who buy or lease an electric vehicle.
steiermark.at, steiermark.at (in German)

New frontiers: The small autonomous bus Arma from French manufacturer Navya will also be tested in New Zealand next year. It will first be put into operation at the airport in Christchurch, but will eventually be allowed to roam the streets there.
radionz.co.nz, tvnz.co.nz

Last miles for GoDrive: The Ford carsharing pilot (we reported) will terminate at the end of the month. A total of 50 Ford had been made available to the public in London, with half the fleet consisting of the Ford Focus Electric. The carmaker will use gained data to develop new offers.

Philly police plug-in: Police in Philadelphia have taken delivery of their first Ford Fusion Energi. The PPD will add a total of 17 part-time EVs to its fleet by January, to be used by the eight police districts and two departments. Another five for municipality purposes will follow.
phillyvoice.com, 6abc.com

Fuel for all: All four regions of the Canadian province will kick off a pilot project early 2018, opening fuelling stations that offer hydrogen, natural gas and electricity. Québec wants to only install these kinds of multi-energy stations in the future.

Sep 6, 2016 - 07:57 am

Toyota, Navya, PowerCell Sweden, nanomaterials.

New-Toyota-Prius-2016More batteries from Southeast Asia? Thai-paper The Nation writes that Toyota is looking to launch a new production facility in the ASEAN region. Up till now, the Japanese has produced cells almost exclusively in Japan. Its new factory in China is a first attempt at cutting the cost of the batteries.

Autonomous shuttles in Lyon: After Sitten in Switzerland, company Navya is launching two self-driving electric shuttles in the French city, where they will service a 1.35 km long route with a total of five stops for the next year. Riding the shuttle is free and just like in Sitten, there still is a person at the wheel for safety reasons and the EV won’t go past 20 kph.
theiet.org, thelocal.fr

Fuel cell range extender: PowerCell Sweden has received an order from an unnamed Chinese manufacturer that wants to use S2 fuel cell stacks as range extenders in its electric vehicles. The fuel call stacks are designed for efficient power generation in the 5 to 25 kW range, which suggest a small passenger car.

Doubling power: Researchers from Japan and the U.S. have developed silicon-iron based nanomaterials to use in lithium-ion anodes. The new nanostructures have about twice the capacity (about 689 mAh/g) as conventional materials and it are said to be more stable.

Nov 5, 2015 - 09:31 am

Navya, Local Motors, Oak Ridge National Lab, 2nd-use.

Navya-ArmaAutonomous shuttle: French Navya‘s autonomous electric mini bus has caught the eye of the Swiss. Public transport provider PostBus intends to deploy two of the EVs in the city of Sion in a joint project with EPFL and start-up BestMile. The trial is said to run until spring 2016 without passengers and on a closed site.

3D-printed EV: Local Motors presents its next electric car fresh from the 3D-printers at SEMA. The LM3D Swim will become the world’s first serial “printed” EV and will go on sale in spring 2016 for about 53,000 dollars.
gizmag.com, slashgear.com, youtube.com

3D-printed EV motors: Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using 3D printing to produce active components of advanced prototype traction motors for electric and hybrid vehicles. The aim is to accelerate testing and production processes.

Revived: The 13 MWh energy storage project using old electric Smart batteries is fully operational since yesterday. It is the largest second-life project to date. The facility was built by Daimler, Getec Energie, and The Mobility House in the German town of Lünen (we reported).
autocarpro.in, pv-magazine.com

Oct 26, 2015 - 09:12 am

Navya, Next Future, CleverDrive, Liquid Sky Technologies.

Navya-ArmaElectric mini-bus: French start-up Navya presents the Arma. The 15-passenger bus drives electrically and fully autonomously with up to 45 kph. At the ITS Congress in Bordeaux, the mini bus successfully premiered as passenger shuttle.
20minutes.fr (in French), youtube.com, navya.tech (Bordeaux)

Next Future is a concept for modular transport. Gondulas looking like blown-up iPhones roam the streets to pick up passengers on app request, before the electric pods link up to bus-like structures. The concept by Tommaso Gecchelin is in its very early stages but the company has ties to Silicon Valley and hopes to launch Next Future by 2020.
gizmag.com, youtube.com

Drive smarter: The CleverDrive app by German Ascora helps motorists to drive more eco-consciously. Via a sensor, the app gathers data on engine load, speed, and driving behaviour and bases advice on how to drive greener on that information.
geeky-gadgets.com, kickstarter.com (campaign)

New charging stations: Liquid Sky Technologies’ 80-Amp WattZilla Level 2 charging station passed UL certification testing. It can be wall- or pole-mounted, inside or outside. More certificates are in progress for WaltZilla, and PlugZilla, a portable charger for 240 V outlets.

Found on electrive.com
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