A German consortium led by Orten Fahrzeugbau is developing a fuel cell-based conversion kit in the ‘H2Kit’ project, which is intended to turn commercial vehicles with energy-intensive auxiliary consumers, such as refrigerated trucks, into more efficient electric vehicles.
The US manufacturer of fuel cell commercial vehicles Hyzon Motors is acquiring the German company Orten, including conversion specialist Orten Electric Trucks. The purchase brings three production facilities and a team of over 80 employees under the Hyzon umbrella.
The Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn will supply its customers in Amsterdam with electric transporters in the future. In a first step, 25 vehicles from the existing fleet of more than 400 VW Crafters were converted by Orten to electric drives.
Orten Electric Trucks has refitted an 18 tonne Mercedes diesel truck in cooperation with EFA S Elektrofahrzeuge Stuttgart with an electric drive. The electric truck was now handed over to the Fraunhofer IVI.
Tesla has to tone down the Model S P90D performance data in Europe. While power was previously given as 568 kW(375 kW at the rear and 193 kW in the front), EU regulation requires the real world output. For the Tesla AWD this is limited by the maximum battery power of 396 kW. auto-motor-sport.de (in German)
Electric truck: Orten presented an retrofitted electric truck that once was a diesel. Compared to the original, the electric Orten E 75 has 30 percent more load capacity. Designed for urban operations, the 7.5 ton truck has a range of 100 km. Orten says its system is ready to go into serial production and will be marketed worldwide by the subsidiary Orten Electric Trucks. pressebox.de, electric-trucks.de (both in German)
Battery health chip: Researchers from Nanyang Technological University developed a smart chip that detects battery failure like overheating early on, as it measures the exact state-of-charge. The chip also outlines the battery’s degradation and will be sold by the start-up, KVI Pte Ltd. phys.org, channelnewsasia.com
Regenerative brakes for EVs: Hyundai Mobis developed an integrated regenerative brake system called iMEB (Integrated Mobis Electronic Brake). Specifically designed for hybrid and electric vehicles, the system integrates the pressure supply and control unit into a single electronically driven type. businesswire.com, koreaittimes.com
Electric cooling truck: German Orten Fahrzeugbau showcases its ‘ELCI’ electric truck at the IAA for utility vehicles. Its carrying capacity is 400 kilos at a range of up to 150 kilometres. Already the ELCI is in service as the Deutsche See Fischmanufaktur is using the truck’s two-chamber refrigerator to deliver its seafood quickly and cleanly. pressebox.de (in German)
Hybrid batteries made in Germany: At the IAA for utility vehicles, Akasol presents its new battery system Akamodule HHP (Hybrid High Power) for hybrid vehicles, including utility vehicles, ferries and hybrid ships. Its 10-Ah pouch cells are said to live for 7,000 cycles while the module’s performance figures read 58 Wh/l and 1.45 kW/kg. mynewsdesk.com (in German)
Solar energy made and stored in the USA: Solar City and Tesla say they intend to work together more closely. Within 5 to 10 years, every solar panel set could come with a battery pack made in Tesla’s planned Gigafactory. Solar City also plans to build its own gigantic factory, ten in fact, to produce solar panels itself and just recently acquired the start-up Silevo to do so. technologyreview.com, mercurynews.com
Next Generation Train: This is the latest project of German DLR. At the InnoTrans Show currently taking place in Berlin, the German aeronautics centre presents the NGT LINK. This two-storey ultra-light high speed train is powered by a hybrid system and measures 12o metres. Also on display will be a model in the scale of 1:10 showing inductive charging embedded in the track bed. dlr.de (in German)
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Most clicked link on Monday were the findings of the new “E-mobility index” by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka), seeing Germany back in the technology lead. consultant-news.com