Tesla launches recruiting campaign for Gigafactory
The California-based EV maker stepped up efforts to find employees for its huge battery factory that it runs together with Panasonic in the desert of Nevada – first of all engineers and production assistants.Weiterlesen
Toyota and Panasonic to develop EV batteries jointly
Two Japanese giants consider to join forces to develop and produce EV batteries together. A joint announcement has already been made and reenforces an existing arrangement.Weiterlesen
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Panasonic experiments with EV in temple town in Japan
Panasonic and the Japanese temple town of Eiheji have embarked on an experiment with a newly developed autonomous EV commuter vehicle running along a walking trail.Weiterlesen
Electric Container Ship, Panasonic, Tesla, Proterra.
World’s first electric container ship: Global fertiliser firm Yara and technology group Kongsberg combine their forces to build the first autonomous, electric container feeder ship. Named YARA Birkeland, the vessel will reduce diesel-powered truck journeys by some 40,000 a year. Operation is to start in the second half of 2018 in Norway. The ship will initially be manned, but is to move to autonomy from 2019 until it will self-steer entirely by 2020. The makers call it a “game-changer for global maritime transport” and estimates say one large tanker emits as much CO2 as 50m cars.
reuters.com, greencarcongress.com, video
Panasonic speeds up EV development: Known for its batteries rather than cars, Panasonic has joint Japanese Azapa in its task to develop a software said to halve R&D for EVs by reducing the need for prototypes. The programme’s algorithms are able to model and estimate performance and characteristics like power consumption and range based on the conduct of different parts. By involving itself in the design process at an early stage, Panasonic hopes to open markets for its components beyond batteries. Support for all standards in the U.S., Europe and China is to be incorporated soon.
The Tesla solar roof tiles are ready and on sale with immediate effect, Elon Musk tweeted. At least this is true for the first two versions, with two more types to tile houses from early 2018.
Proterra package: The electric bus maker has launched some additions like the Proterra Diagnostic Tool together with the Proterra Cold Weather Package for improved efficiency of electric buses. Furthermore, Proterra joined the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County to bring about an autonomous driving programme.
prnewswire.com (efficiency), businessinsider.com (autonomy)
Panasonic, Elix, Sendyn, PNNL.
Panasonic to produce battery cells in China: Tesla partner Panasonic has inaugurated its first production facility for EV and PHEV battery cells on Chinese ground, as planned. The new site is a joint project of joint venture between Panasonic and Dalian Levear Electric. Production start is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.
Also Elix targets China: With its inductive charging solutions, the Canadian company Elix Wireless expands also in China. Its model E8K chargers with Magneto-Dynamic Coupling (MDC) technology shall be available there by the first quarter of 2018. Elix just opened a development centre in Shanghai.
Innovative isolation state detector: Battery tech specialist Sendyn has introduced a new device to monitor the electrical isolation state of high-voltage systems. As it is capable to do so during dynamic operation, the SIM100-Modul could be a future device to alert EV and HEV drivers about hazards.
How oxygen creates bubbles: In a video, Researchers of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have documented for the first time how oxygen creates bubbles in a discharging lithium-air battery. The phenomenon is known to potentially damage batteries and the team hopes to contribute with its results to better understand and in the next step improve the performance of lithium-air batteries.
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Tesla, Panasonic, Arcola Energy.
Tesla update: The EV maker has started pushing its over-the-air software update for the Autopilot 2.0 to entire fleet of vehicles equipped with the second generation hardware. 1,000 cars received the update for testing earlier this month. The Enhanced Autopilot will remain deactivated for now, but will most likely be activated before the end of the week.
Investing billions in EV batteries: Nikkei reports that Panasonic will invest a total of 1.3 to 1.8bn dollars in its EV batteries business over the next three years. Investments in other business segments like TVs will in return be cut back.
Electric truck: A new project by British Arcola Energy, Haydale Composite Solutions and Commercial Group aims to fit a 3.5-ton truck with an electric drivetrain and fuel cell range extender to get a range of around 200 miles. The undertaking is part of the UK government’s funding round for the electrification of the countries logistics sector, which was announced last week.
Mahindra, BMW, Panasonic, Tesla, Suzuki, BYD.
Mahindra electrifies across the board: The Indian carmaker pledged to offer an electric variant for all its models, but falied to give a timeline. Mahindra is also working on a dedicated luxury EV on Tesla level for Italian Pininfarina, Managing Director Pawan Goenka revealed.
BMW 530e iPerformance specs: BMW will present the new PHEV variant of the 5-series in Detroit this January. Prior to the debut, the company revealed that the eDrive system has an output of 70 kW and enables a top speed of 146 mph. Range is given at 404 miles.
Panasonic and Tesla are getting ever closer, as the deal to supply solar panels is about to be sealed officially this month. It will see the Japanese supply the Californians and tap into SolarCity’s sales network, as previously reported.
Swedish design for Tesla: To improve the interior of its electric cars, Tesla hired Anders Bell, Volvo’s former Head of Interior Engineering, who had worked for the Swedish brand since 1998.
Leaked: The next Suzuki Swift will be offered as a hybrid in Japan from next year, a leaked brochure reveals. There will be six variants in total, including two hybrids.
Hollywood actor for BYD: Leonardo DiCaprio is the new face of the Chinese carmaker’s electric offering. The actor has thus gone from UN ambassador for climate change to brand ambassador in China. Question is, in which role he will have a greater impact.
IKEA, Vienna, Hamburg, ITM Power, Panasonic.
IKEA charges Norway: The furniture company announced that it will equip all of its stores in Norway with fast-chargers, starting with its location in Slependen. IKEA has already launched similar initiatives in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.
Vienna plans 1,000 chargers: The installation of the first 500 will start mid-2017 in the 2nd and 16th district of the Austrian capital. Over the following two years, the network will then grow step by step to reach 1,000 units. How much it will cost to plug in is still being discussed. But EVs will not have to pay a parking fee while charging.
wien.orf.at, vienna.at (articles in German)
Last mile innovations: With project SMILE (Smart Last Mile Logistics), Hamburg is looking to become a European model region for sustainable and clean package deliveries. Businesses and the city of Hamburg presented a number of intelligent last mile delivery systems, including the use of electric vehicles. The proposals will now be implemented step by step.
verkehrsrundschau.de, hamburg.de (articles in German)
New kind of pump: ITM Power is installing the UK’s first hydrogen fuelling pump at an existing petrol station. The Shell station is located along the M40 in Beaconsfield and will go into service early 2017.
Green fleet: Panasonic says it was able to cut its fleet’s emissions by 37.5 percent in the UK since 2008. The company employs 19 plug-in and ten pure hybrids in the country, which together make up about 20 percent of the fleet. Another three PHEVs have already been ordered.
Renault, Portugal, Panasonic, Supercharger, Green Commuters.
Renault pro combo: The French carmaker will offer CCS Combo charging with 22 kW AC and 100 kW DC on all its models in Europe. This leaves Nissan, Mitsubishi and Kia as sole CHAdeMO supporters on the continent. Despite the partnership, Renault’s EV programme director Eric Feunteun made clear that “the Combo 2 standard, which was imposed in Europe, will be our standard.”
insideevs.com, automobile-propre.com (in French)
60m state aid: Portugal’s plan to fund green buses with 60m euros has found approval with the EU commission. The country plans to replace old buses with low emission models, incl. hybrid, electric, CNG, and H2, and to supply respective infrastructure. The EU cohesion fund will bear 85 percent of cost.
Merger aftermath: Tesla and Panasonic will work ever closer together should Tesla merge with SolarCity. If approved, the battery partnership would include residential storage batteries for which it would make photovoltaic cells and modules in Buffalo, New York.
asia.nikkei.com, forbes.com, tesla.com
Supercharger pit stop: The state of New York saw Superchargers going up at gas stations. Tesla works with QuickChek in Kingston and the cooperation might be expanded to further locations in the area.
EV share funding: Green Commuter receives a 250,000 dollar state tax credit in California to advance its EV sharing with Model X. Also the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) in Tennessee granted the firm 750,000 dollars as it reportedly set up 20 Nissan Leaf to hire.
financial.de (California), chargedevs.com (Tennessee)
Jaguar, Panasonic, University of Waterloo, A123 Systems, SoelCat 12.
Panasonic and Jaguar hit the track: The British carmaker officially presented its team and electric racer. The I-Type 1 will debut at the Formula E race in Hong Kong, sporting a black-turquoise colour scheme. Panasonic is official sponsor and partner.
Smart vehicle test lab: The University of Waterloo has opened its “cutting edge” GAIA Research Facility for the development and testing of electric vehicle technologies. By integrating batteries and drivetrains and simulating real-world driving, researchers hope to extend the life of batteries, work on bidirectional charging and advanced driver assistance programmes – also to optimise energy consumption.
Safer vehicle batteries are the focus of a cooperation between battery maker A123 Systems and the Argonne National Laboratory. The goal is to develop better cathodes for Li-ion batteries without losing energy density or affecting the lifetime. The project is schedule to last three years.
Sailing with solar power: The SoelCat 12 is the newest development of a Dutch company with the same name and especially aimed at eco-tourism. A solar roof powers the catamaran’s electric drivetrain and supplies battery with energy, so that the vessel can also operate during bad weather and at night. But the fun comes at a hefty price of 562,000 dollars.
Tesla, Audi, VW, Oslo, Panasonic, Mahindra.
Masterplan, Part 2 revealed: Elon Musk says the EV maker will also focus on creating solar roofs with integrated storage and that it is working on a Tesla Semi and “high passenger density urban transport,” both of which should be unveiled next year. The carmaker will also further develop its fully autonomous technology. Once in place, drivers can add their EV to a Tesla shared fleet that can be summoned by the touch of a button.
Audi focuses on H2: CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed that Audi will take over the lead in developing fuel cell technology within the VW Group. When Audi will release its first serial FCV remains unclear. The H-tron quattro concept had been previewed in January. Moreover, Rupert reemphasized the company’s goal that EVs should make up 25 percent of sales in ten years’ time.
t-online.de (in German)
New Golf previewed: The eight generation will hit the road 2019 and also be available as a PHEV and electric variant. Two designs are still in the running, one with a more stretched silhouette, the other with a steeper tailgate. It will also serve as basis for the VW NUVe, also scheduled for 2019.
autobild.de (in German)
Car-free step by step: Oslo has started redesigning the city centre, swapping car parks for food courts and theatres. The goal is to be almost entirely car-free by 2019. That also means that incentives for car owners are being scrapped and public transport improved.
tnp.no via carscoops.com
Panasonic job fair: The company is looking to hire a second wave of people for cell manufacturing at the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. Panasonic currently lists 42 job openings on its site. The job fair will take place on August 10th in Reno and will be Panasonic’s second hiring event in two months.
Mahindra Scorpio becomes hybrid: So far, the Indian offroader was a mild hybrid at most, but will now be fitted with Intelli-Hybrid technology. Features such as recuperation and an electric motor that provides an extra boost are said to lower fuel consumption by 7 percent.
Panasonic, Local Motors, UCI, Evatran Group.
High battery sale expectations: Panasonic expects sales of their electric vehicle batters to double in the next three years. The increased demand will be generated mostly by the opening of the Tesla Gigafactory and the rising demand for the EV maker’s Model 3 – in both cases, Panasonic will be the exclusive supplier of battery cells.
Olli bus in Berlin: Olli, the autonomous all-electric bus from Local Motors, equipped with IBM’s Watson technology, will be also produced in Berlin once a suitable manufacturing facility has been found. It should hit the streets of the German capital early 2017.
wiwo.de (in German), meetolli.auto
Rechargeable nanowire: Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have developed a nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times. They a gold nanowire in a manganese dioxide shell placed in an electrolyte made of a Plexiglass-like gel. This could mean that EV batteries would never have to be replaced.
Charging station investments: Richmond-based wireless charging station maker Evatran Group has received another 2.3m dollar investment from Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology. Evatran will shift to working with auto manufacturers to sell their charging system under the brand name Plugless.
ZEV credits, South Korea, Panasonic, Facebook, Hoverboards, Geely.
California to go new ways? Due to an excess supply of the so-called ZEV credits, the Golden State is thinking about changing the rules. It could i.e. introduce a cap on the number of credits a carmaker is allowed to sell, especially since many have seen the programme a subsidy for Tesla that only sells EVs. Needless to say, the latter is “not amused.”
EV update from Korea: The South Korean government wants to increase exports of electric vehicles, shipping off 200,000 units per year by 2020. The number of fuel cell exports is to reach 14,000 units per year. Meanwhile, Korea wants to have 250,000 EVs on its roads by then.
Japan dominates U.S. battery market: South Korea’s Samsung SDI and LG Chem are losing ground in the U.S. Their market share dropped from 35 to 23 percent in May, while the number of battery cells from Japan rose. Especially Panasonic, supplier for Tesla, Nissan and Ford, is reporting good business.
Tesla exec heads to Facebook: Rich Heley, Tesla’s former vice president of product technology, has left the EV maker for the social media platform where he will help with the development of Building 8 – a new research lab for innovative hardware developments.
Massive recall for Hoverboards: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling over half a million hoverboards after reports of exploding batteries due to overheating. More than half of the boards concerned come from the company Segway.
Testing the Chinese Volvo: Auto Express took the Geely Emgrand EV for a spin. The verdict: there is a clear potential and the electric car from China could even “shape up to be a worthy Nissan Leaf competitor.” Test drivers only criticised the claimed range of around 250 km, managing to drive only about 200 km. But range is always subject to driving style.
PSA, Dongfeng, Lilium, Panasonic, Siemens, Local Motors.
Shared EV platform: PSA and Dongfeng officially agreed to jointly build a platform for electric cars. The e-CMP, based on the common modular platform, will be the base for compact and subcompact electric cars for the Peugeot, Citroen, DS, and Dongfeng brands.
Electric VTOL: ESA is backing Lilium, a Munich-based start-up intending to launch an electric jet by 2018. The two-seater shall start and land vertically, while flying at speeds of up to 400 kph. In cruising mode, range is given at 500 km and batteries are said to charge via a household socket.
siliconrepublic.com, inverse.com, esa.int
Panasonic increased its investment in the Tesla Gigafactory by 35 percent this last quarter. With 64m dollars, the Japanese paid more in Q1 2016, than they have since the start of the project. It is a good indicator that production of battery cells is about to start very soon.
3D car printing: Siemens partners with Local Motors to advance large scale 3D printing of cars. Siemens’ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, which creates digital twins, will be combined with Local Motors’ experience in a process called Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM).
CrowdCell, China Hybrid Systems, Chrysler, Panasonic.
Better calls with electric mobility: BMW, Peiker and Nash Technologies presented their research project ‘Vehicular CrowdCell’ at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mobile femtocells improve reception inside the car and can also be used to improve local networks. BMW says the technology could be used in electric carsharing vehicles.
Chinese hybrid alliance: China Hybrid System (CHS), a joint venture by Chang’an Automobile, Geely, Corun and Yunnei Power, is working on a scalable platform for future hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. Geely’s Emgrand EC7 will be the first to sport a CHS hybrid powertrain, followed by the Chang’an Eado and CS75 as plug-in hybrids.
LG to power Chrysler: According to the Reuters news agency, the battery and battery management system for the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV will come from LG. More details about the multi-million-dollar agreement have not been announced.
Last-mile solution chooses Panasonic: The manufacturer will deliver its 18650 cylindrical lithium-ion batteries to the Workhorse Group, who will use them in its all-electric medium duty utility trucks. The battery can be built in packs sized to meet the customers’ demands i.e. in terms of range.
Vanda Electrics, OmniSteer, Google, Panasonic.
Supercar from Singapore: Vanda Electrics teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop an electric supercar. Dubbed Dendrobium, the racer is set to launch in Geneva next year. Equipped with a light battery pack, the EV aims to go from 0 – 100 km in under three seconds. The first model alone has a budget of 10m dollars and Vanda Electrics plans to also include an electric truck and e-bike in its line-up.
Autonomy unlimited: The newly launched OmniSteer aims to increase manoeuvrability of electric cars with in-wheel motors. KIT, Schaeffler, Paravan and Hella will jointly look into concepts and prototypes until 2018. The project is funded with 3.4m euros from Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research.
Complete autonomy: Google is testing wireless charging systems for its driverless cars, documents from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal. Inductive charging technology comes from Hevo Power and Momentum Dynamics. Also, the company will include Kirkland, Washington, in its extended test run of its autonomous electric pods.
spectrum.ieee.org (wireless), automotive-business-review.com (Kirkland)
Panasonic production in China: The Japanese firm has entered in a JV with Dalian Levear Electric, as it is looking to set up production of automotive batteries in China. Assemblage will begin by 2017, with power packs are destined for “eco-friendly” vehicles, meaning electric and hybrid cars.
Panasonic, Apple, BMW, Zar.
More money for the Gigafactory: Panasonic announced that it will invest between 1.5 to 1.6bn dollars in Tesla’s Gigafactory. The Japanese had previously promised to give as much as one billion dollars.
teslamag.de, marketwatch.com, valuewalk.com
Apple car domain: Apple has registered the domains apple.car, apple.cars, and apple.auto, fueling rumours that we will at one point see an iCar. Another plausible reason could be that the sunrise period for these domains started early December and the company wanted to protect its brand.
mactechnews.de, insideevs.com, autoblog.com, mashable.com (Sunrise period)
EV unmasks bumper: BMW premiered another useful feature at the CES. The “Bumper Detect” systems activates a camera when a (parked) car gets hit, filming those responsible and sending the images to the car owner’s smartphone.
Electric scooter for the carry-on: The supposedly smallest and lightest electric scooter worldwide is called Zar and is looking for cash via crowdfunding. The Zar is foldable, weighs four kilos and can go 20 km on one charge. The scooter is now available for 300 dollars and will later sell for 500 dollars.
Ford, Panasonic, unicycle, solid electrolyte.
Batteries by Ford: The manufacturer is looking to develop its own cell chemistry together with the University of Michigan, Navigant Research points out. Ford says it will still use suppliers to assemble the packs. Cells in existing EVs are powered by LG Chem and Panasonic batteries. Ford pushes electrification further, as the Ford Engineering Laboratory from 1923 has been refurbished to host electric drivetrain development.
navigantresearch.com via greencarreports.com
Panasonic batteries from China: 50 billion yen (412m dollars) will be poured into a facility in Chinese Dalian. There, Panasonic plans to annually produce batteries for about 200,000 electric vehicles together with partner(s) from China. Production start is set for 2017.
From car to unicycle: Ford filed a patent for an electric unicycle made from a car’s back wheel. Drivers would use a jack to disengage the wheel, assemble handlebars and an electric drive and balance off on the last mile – if the idea ever makes it to the street.
New solid electrolyte: U.S. and Korean researchers have created a highly conductive electrolyte to be used in solid-state Li-ion batteries. It comes with an improved contact for electrodes, while conductivity was increased by adding iodised lithium.
University of Texas, Audi, Porsche, Panasonic, Xkuty One.
Recycled energy: Researchers from Texas are working on piezoelectric sensors that can be used to harvest energy created by moving cars on roadways. The energy can be used to power traffic lights and even EV charging stations. The project is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation with 1.32m dollars.
Le Mans scale down: In the interest of reducing cost, Audi and Porsche announced that they will enter only two instead of three cars at the Le Mans 24 race in 2016. This comes as the VW continues to cut spending across the board in the wake of the emission scandal.
Panasonic launches e-bike in Japan: The Bibi ELE-432 features a 16 Ah Li-ion battery, allowing for a total driving range of up to 88 km. If the rider switches to power mode, range is estimated at 54 km. The e-bike is not a light weight, however, ranging from 28 to 32 kg.
Optimised e-scooter: The revamped Xkuty One can go 97 km on one charge. A first version of the Spanish-built electric scooter was first introduced in 2013. The company is now looking for funds for the two-wheeler and the solar-powered charger Spark.
gizmag.com, indiegogo.com (crowdfunding campaign)
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BMW, Tesla, Borgward, Panasonic, Toyota.
BMW plugs in: The Bavarian wants show a whole series of PHEVs in Frankfurt. The new BMW 3-series variant BMW 330e boasting 185 kW will be on display, as will be the BMW Active Tourer 225xe. There will also be a new plug-in variant from the BMW 7-series (740e). All three are scheduled to arrive at dealerships in spring 2016.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, bmwblog.com
Model X countdown: Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the first all-electric SUVs will be delivered in Fremont, CA, on September 29th. Moreover, the Model 3 will be unveiled in March, at which point it can be pre-ordered. Production will start in “about two years” and pricing is said to start at 35,000 dollars.
insideevs.com, forbes.com, twitter.com
Borgward preview: Company CEO Ulrich Walker told German Auto Bild that the SUV which Borgward will unveil at the IAA, will be a plug-in hybrid with “competitive range.” The vehicle will first become available in China, followed by India and Brazil. Even Germany could “soon” see the SUV arrive at dealerships.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
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BMW invest in on-demand valet: BMW i Ventures announced a strategic investment in the U.S. start-up Zirx, which provides on-demand valet and parking services in major cities. BMW i Ventures now invests in a total of 13 mobility start-ups, including Chargepoint, Chargemaster and Zendrive.
Panasonic takes on Tesla: Not just carmakers are building ‘Tesla-fighters.’ Panasonic wants to start selling home batteries, aiming to take a piece of Tesla’s home storage market share. Following a successful rollout in Japan, the storage system will be introduced in Australia and Germany, followed by France, the UK and other EU markets.
Test driving the Mirai: As the Toyota fuel cell car arrives in North America and Europe, Stephen Noctor from Transport Evolved got behind the wheel. He was disappointed to find that it “lacked the instant torque” he knows from electric cars, saying it accelerated slower than the 2015 Corolla. Noctor was also not a fan of the noise, as the fuel cell car was louder than any EV.
Bosch, Panasonic, Formula E, Mobility House.
Bosch buys battery startup: German industrial giant Bosch will acquire Silicon Valley battery firm Seeo, including all of its intellectual property and research staff. Seeo is known for its advancements in creating high-energy lithium-ion batteries based on a nano-structured polymer electrolyte, using solid state technology that avoids the use of a flammable liquid electrolyte.
electric-vehiclenews.com, qz.com, ibtimes.co.uk
Panasonic to focus on EV batteries: The Japanese battery maker will stop making lithium-ion batteries for mobile phones and digital cameras at its factory in Beijing this month. It instead plans to focus on higher-margin products such as electric car batteries in the future.
Formula E to increase power limit: The next ePrix season will see an increase of maximum power output from 150 kW to 170 kW for race mode. The all-electric championship is due to publish the draft regulations for its second season later this week.
Vehicle2Coffee: The Mobility House has integrated an electric car into the grid. At its headquarters in Munich, the office and coffee machine are now powered by a Nissan Leaf via a bi-directional DC charging system from Endesa and Nissan.
insideevs.com; mobilityhouse.com (in German)
Nissan, eVADER, Tesla, LG Chem, Panasonic, MIT, Samsung.
EVs to attract attention: Nissan has teamed up with ten other consortium members in the European Commission-led project eVADER to create an alert system for EVs, which produces audible cues to alert pedestrians and other road users to the presence of an electric vehicle, whilst having as little impact as possible on ambient noise levels. The research and results collated from this project could be utilised to shape future EU legislation on EV pedestrian alert sounds.
Tesla kicks off Autopilot testing: The carmaker has begun uploading the latest version of its Autopilot software to a select group of its Model S electric cars with the drivers acting as beta testers, according to a report from IEEE Spectrum. If all goes well, Tesla could roll out the technology later this year.
EV battery market: LG Chem could overtake EV battery leader Panasonic in 2020, if it can accelerate sales of plug-in hybrids with German manufacturers and win over Nissan, according to Lux Research. The analysts expect that the market will reach a volume of 30 billion dollars by the end of the decade.
EV battery research: Researchers at MIT and Samsung consider solid-state electrolytes to be the crucial element for significantly better EV batteries. The scientists say that solid electrolytes allow for higher power density, work well in cold weather and are not flammable.
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Most clicked Link on Tuesday was our short circuit about a baby stroller that brakes and keeps distance automatically.
Tesla, Panasonic, JCV, Audi, Volkswagen, Toyota.
Tesla figures: Tesla sold 11,532 EVs in the second quarter of this year; more than ever before. The company’s earnings rose nearly 25 percent to 955 million dollars, while losses nearly tripled due to Tesla’s increased investments. Moreover, the EV maker adjusted its sales target from 55,000 to “50,000 to 55,000” units, since there could be a shortage and production delay once the Model X hits the shelves.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com, teslamotors.com (shareholder letter)
Panasonic takes the crown: According to SNE Research, Panasonic produced the most Li-ion cells worldwide in the first half of 2015. With a total of 576.2 million cells sold, the Japanese hold 20.5 percent of the market share. Some 285 cells were delivered to Tesla alone.
pv-magazine.com (in German)
Tesla takes the lead: According to the China Automotive Technology and Research Center, Tesla holds 80 percent of the country’s “new energy” vehicle market. 2,147 of the 2,645 green vehicles imported to and sold in China in the first half of 2015 were from California.
New China JV: South Korean manufacturer Leo Motors has entered into a joint venture with Fushun Jinyuan Technology Machinery Manufacturing (JTY) in the Chinese city of Fushun. The new company called JCV is said to develop, build and sell electric cars – they will also be available outside of China.
Audi and VW priced: The Audi A3 e-tron will start from 37,900 dollars when it becomes available in the United States in at the end of the year. Meanwhile, the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf will start at 29,815 dollars, including destination charges. That makes it 55 dollars cheaper than the current Nissan Leaf.
carscoops.com, autospies.com (Audi), reuters.com (e-Golf)
Big discounts: In the San Francisco area, dealerships are selling the Toyota Prius V 4,000 dollars below sticker price. The whole model range has been benefiting from rebates across the country, as the line-up is ageing but remains attractive due to high gas prices.
Tesla, Panasonic, Drive eO, Chevrolet, Moto Pogo.
Different outlooks on battery sales: While Tesla predicts a 50% annual sales growth over the next four years, its battery supplier Panasonic has publicized a more cautious outlook of just 16.5% for its automotive battery business in the same period. Despite the promised introduction of the Tesla Model X this year, Panasonic only forecasts an 11% growth in the next 12 months.
Sneak peak at the PP03: Drive eO’s 1020 kW electric race car will take a shot at first place at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb next weekend, challenging the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One. The Drive eO PP03 features 2160 Nm of peak torque and a top speed of 260 km/h.
Chevy slims down: The 2016 model of the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid will weigh 136 kilos less than its predecessor. About 54 kilos were saved using a stronger body structure and lighter components on both the in- and outside. The new 1.5-litre turbo engine also shed about 39 kilos.
New electric one-wheeler: Even though the all-electric scooter Moto Pogo only has one wheel, the driver can take a seat and move forward by pushing the handlebars, as they would with a Segway. The 500 watt motor allows for a top speed of 25 kph, while the scooter has a range of up to 30 km. Entrepreneur Carl Dagenais is currently collecting funds for production on Kickstarter.
Panasonic, FMC, Albemarle, Ballard, XL Hybrids.
The Gigafactory will be set in motion by “hundreds” of Panasonic employees from Japan this autumn. They are there to help to start the production of lithium-ion batteries at what is to become the biggest battery plant to date. In the wake of the expected boom in lithium demand, Albemarle and FMC are considering to set up dedicated factories for lithium production for the Gigafactory.
reuters.com (Panasonic), detroitnews.com (FMC, Albemarle)
Ballard Systems closed deals over 10 million dollars with Chinese Nantong Zehe New Energy Technology and Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology. Ballard is to deliver its fuel cell technology for 33 buses which will be deployed in Rugao and Yunfu by 2016.
XL Hybrids expands: The company now introduced the GM Cutaway/Cab Chassis into the product lineup and is thus able to retrofit the Ford E350and the new Ford Transit passenger van among others with its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. The XL3 can be installed as a retrofit or a new upfit.
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Most clicked link on Monday was Zero Motorcycles announcing that more than 50 police departments across the States are now using the company’s electric motorcycles for patrols.
Solarwatt, Panasonic, Fraunhofer, Toyota, TRINA.
Battery boom: Solarwatt will presents its home energy storage system “MyReserve” at the Intersolar Europe next week. It is said to be the Tesla fighter among batteries and will be available starting at 5,499 euros (4,4 kWh). Panasonic, too, has its own stationary battery and has just signed delivery deals with three Australian utilities. Just a few days ago, Daimler had announced it was also entering the market for stationary energy storage.
presseportal.de (Solarwatt, in German); reneweconomy.com.au (Panasonic)
Quick charge to go: Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute and partners have developed a technical solutions for electric buses to charge while in service, using contact systems mounted to the roof of the bus. They system has already been tested in Dresden since November and recent tests along a new 20 km route were also successful.
New Prius even more efficient: The next generation Prius is said to be even more fuel efficient as the petrol engine will reach a thermal efficiency of 40 percent. That is 1.5 percent more than the current model and allegedly the world’s highest for a mass-produced gasoline engine.
Electrolyte for magnesium batteries: Researchers at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) say they have made significant progress in the field of magnesium batteries. They developed an electrolyte which possesses high anodic stability and is non-corrosive.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was our “Short Circuit” showing the Bike Balls – the world’s most overconfident bicycle light.
Volkswagen, Route 66, Seattle, Winnipeg, 360 Eco-Loop, Panasonic.
The Charge & Fuel card is a new initiative by Volkswagen. Together with an app, customers of VW and Audi will be able to charge their hybrids or EVs at more than 1,200 German charging stations by RWE, EnBW, and Ladenetz.de and to refuel them at around 10,800 stations in the network of UTA. Payments are taken at the end of the month while charging will be free in the first six months.
Route 66 to be electrified: Charging stations will be installed along parts of the Mother Road. Eight cities in Illinois, namely Plainfield, Dwight, Pontiac, Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Edwardsville will install at least one fast charger each. Time for Harley’s LiveWire to hit the road…
Seattle is to follow California’s lead on promoting the use of EVs, as Governor Jay Inslee voices his ideas to explore tax breaks and the use of car pool lanes. Furthermore, Seattle is to get more EV charging stations and developers will be encouraged to include EV fast charge points in their planning.
First e-bus in Winnipeg: The Canadian town has started its regular electric bus service on a 40-km route. A total of four New Flyer Xcelsior electric buses will be operated by Winnipeg Transit for a four year test period and charged via a roof mounted pantograph at the Winnipeg Richardson Airport.
Philippine electric shuttles: Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprise (EVEEI) and Filinvest Land launched the ‘360 Eco-Loop’ in Filinvest City, a commercial business district in southern Metro Manila. Ten EVs stop at 26 pick-up points every ten minutes. By the end of next year, the shuttle service is to expand to include 40 so-called e-Jeepneys.
gmanetwork.com, mb.com.ph, manilastandardtoday.com
Panasonic opens Smart City: The ‘Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town’ at the outskirts of Tokyo is designed to generate its own energy, also used to power various EVs and e-bikes. Due for completion by 2018, the city will include the ‘Car Life Lab’ where EVs can be test driven as early as this month.
Neutrino, Advanced Propulsion Centre, Celgard & Panasonic, GKN.
Future or faux? Neutrino Inc. announces that it has developed a battery, allowing an EV to go as far as 2,ooo km on one charge. Moreover, it is said to recharge itself (no plug needed), due to a combination of Neutrino and nano technology. More details are being kept under lock and key due to patent issues, but will be revealed in the coming weeks. The battery itself could become available in 2016 or 2017.
focus.de (in German), neutrino-inc.com
New research centre in the UK: The Advanced Propulsion Centre at the University of Warwick has opened for business. It was financed by British government, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, BMW, Ford and Nissan (we reported), and will also serve as a production site for electric motors.
Celgard – Panasonic agreement: The two companies have signed a letter of intent to work together in developing the next generation of Li-ion battery Celgard seperators. If the project is successful, the companies could sign a long-term agreement.
GKN ramps up Gyrodrive production: GKN Land Systems has announced that it is increasing production of its Gyrodrive flywheel hybrid system.The reason, the company says, is that recent trials in i.e. London have proven that the technology is the first “to make economic sense” for bus operators.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the new Piaggio electric bike project that was recently revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy.
Panasonic, BMW, PCT & NEI, Ziehl-Abegg.
Gigafactory update: Tesla’s primary partner for its Gigafactory, Panasonic has created a new company called Panasonic Energy Corp. of North America. It will be based at the soon to be built Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada and entirely focus on Tesla battery production.
Sudden loss of power: Consumer Reports said it has discovered an acceleration problem with the BMW i3 REx. As one of its drivers attempted to pass a vehicle after almost depleting the main battery, the i3 with range extender suddenly began to lose power without warning. BMW is reportedly working on a fix for the issue, that will be available next spring.
New Li-ion collaboration: PneumatiCoat Technologies (PCT) and NEI Corporation (NEI) have initiated a collaboration. The partnership intends to jointly develop, produce, and market new coated battery materials – cathodes, anodes, and solid electrolytes.
New ZAwheel revealed: German electric motor manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg has shown the second generation of its in-wheel hub motor ZAwheel. The gearless electric drive for city buses now offers more power up from 99 to 113 kW per wheel, while torque has increased from 2,100 to 2,700 Nm.