After it was announced last year that Indian Oil Corp (IOC) wants to start production of battery cells for electric cars in cooperation with a foreign company, the state-owned IOC is now officially giving details.
There is a new battery joint venture in the making in China. Yunnan Aluminium has turned to fellow Chinese Shanghai Zuoyong New Energy Technology and Israeli Phinergy. Together they want to make metal-air batteries under the name of Yunnan Phinergy Chuang Neng Metal Air Battery.
Just one day after Israel’s battery company Phinergy announced a cooperation with Indian’s state-owned oil company Indian Oil Corporation, Ashok Leyland states that it also teams up with the Isreali to progress in the field of metal-air batteries.
Formula E gets faster: FIA published the adjusted technical regulations for the upcoming season of the ePrix. Peak power output has been increased from 200 to 250 kW and maximal battery weight from 200 to 230 kg. The permitted race energy, however, remains the same, at 28 kWh. current-e.com
Cash injection for aluminium-air battery: Israeli battery start-up Phinergy received another 50m dollars for the development of its aluminium-air battery. Aluminium manufacturer Alcoa contributed 10m dollars. Phinergy has been able to raise a total of 288m dollars to date. geektime.com
Hybrids take flight: The NASA Glenn Research Center is working on hybridising passenger airplanes, hoping to decrease the use of kerosene by up to 30 percent. Considering that U.S. airlines alone annually use 8.9bn tons of fuel, adding electric motors could make a significant difference. popsci.com
On board Charger for PHEVs: Kongsberg Automotive received an order for On Board Chargers (OBC) for new plug-in hybrids form an anonymous Chinese manufacturer. The deal is worth 49m euros over seven years. Production is said to kick off in 2018. reuters.com
Video tip: Hyundai presents its Tucson Fuel Cell (aka ix35 Fuel Cell) in a short clip. The FCV is now being offered to carefully selected retail customers in the U.S. youtube.com
Reading tip: Markkus Rovito clearly evokes a sense of “history in the making” when looking at Phinergy, manufacturer of aluminium-air batteries. The Israeli start-up certainly made headlines and had U.S. president Obama’s undivided attention. chargedevs.com
Click tip: The EV Sales blog looks at the all-time Top 5 in selected EV markets, starting with the U.S. where the Chevy Volt has proven a classic among electric car owners. Almost 60,000 units have already been sold. ev-sales.blogspot.de
Video tip: Ever wondered how lithium-air batteries work or if they keep their promise? Phinergy and Alcoa have now released a video showcasing their “breath taking” technology. youtube.com via transportevolved.com
Engineering e-mobility: The German RWTH Aachen University has now founded the ‘Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components.’ There, students will learn to produce electric drive trains, batteries and other EV components. Professor Achim Kampker presides over the new course of study. He is also the CEO of StreetScooter, an electric delivery van company. For RWTH it is the second EV effort, complementing its recently opened Centre for EV production. automobil-industrie.vogel.de (In German)
High-energy aluminium-air batteries: Together, Israel-based Phinergy and Alcoa want to develop aluminum-air batteries. Phinergy says its batteries would have an increased lifespan and can power an electric car for up to 1,000 miles (1,600 km). greencarcongress.com, chargedevs.com
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Next Two details: ‘Greencarcongress’ has more details about Renault’s autonomous electric car of 2020. The Next Two prototype is based on the Zoe and is able to drive autonomously in congested traffic at speeds of up to 30 kph or at automated valet parking. The driver can then make use of the integrated video-conference service for example. greencarcongress.com
Unintentional winter testing: The latest arctic spells over the USA and Canada saw Toyota’s fuel cell cars being put to the test. According to reports from companies using the FCHV in their fleets, the cars worked just fine in sub-zero conditions. earthtechling.com