Plug Power and Linde to advance fuel cells in Europe
U.S. American Plug Power has teamed up with Linde Material Handling to advance the use of fuel cells in manufacturing operations in Europe. Linde already offers a range of vehicles, which Plug Power deems “fuel cell ready” and waiting to house their stacks.
Hyundai, Amazon, Plug Power, Ballard, VTOL.
Hyundai to develop solid-state batteries? The Korean car manufacturer readies battery tech based on solid rather than liquid electrolytes, Korea Herold reports referring to insider information. Hyundai apparently operates pilot production facilities already but does not intend to go serial before 2025. Also Samsung SDI und LG Chem are said to research solid-state batteries as well as Toyota and BMW.
Amazon tasks Plug Power: Plug Power gains a new order of no other than Amazon, who plans to deploy a fleet of H2 forklifts in 11 of its logistics centres. Delivering the corresponding tech, PlugPower estimates Amazon will spend 70m dollar on the deal in 2017 and likely twice that next year. Furthermore, Amazon is authorised to acquire 23% of the company if spending exceeds 600m dollars.
11m dollar deal for Ballard: Canadian Ballard Power Systems signed an 11m dollar order for 200 FCVeloCity systems to be delivered this year for the Chinese market. Buyer is Broad-Ocean, who intends to use them for demonstrations of H2 buses and industrial vehicles in China.
18 rotor drone production ready: German start-up e-volo has readied its 18 rotor electric VTOL and hopes it will be launched and authorised for commercial passenger transport soon. On top, the two-seated model shall serve the air sport market. A four-seater model is planned, too.
Leclanché, nuTonomy, Penn State University, Plug Power.
Leclanché forges alliance in China: Partnering with Narada Power, the battery maker wants to develop and produce new Li-ion technology for the automate sector. Leclanché will provide the necessary know-how about its fast-charging lithium titanate (LTO) and high energy density graphite nickel manganese cobalt (G-NMC) solutions, which Narada will manufacture in a new 25 GWh factory from 2017.
New frontiers: Following tests with self-driving shuttles in Singapore (we reported), start-up nuTonomy wants to conquer the streets of Boston. There, it will begin testing an autonomous Renault Zoe on public roads (but in an industrial park) before the end of the year.
Battery protection: The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded 1.1m dollars to Pennsylvania State University for the development of a new protective coating for Li-ion batteries used in i.e. electric cars. The so-called nanostructured hybrids are said to prevent the formation of dendrites by separating the anode from the electrolyte.
New deal: Plug Power has signed a declaration of intent with Zhangjiagang Furui Special Equipment and an unnamed Chinese carmaker (supposedly one of the top three in the country). The goal is to develop fuel cell and hydrogen solutions for the automotive sector in China.
Electric Pickup, Neodymium, Plug Power, Qualcomm, Preh.
Electric pickup in Morocco: Société nationale du transport et de la logistique (SNTL) presented the Aslan, an electric pickup at Cop22 in Marrakesh. It sits on a modular platform. The model shown at the UN Climate Conference features a 19 kWh battery pack that lasts for 180 km. It can carry up to 800 kilos. The prototype has been made in Morocco and is destined for the European market at a later date.
moroccoworldnews.com, osvehicle.com, lnt.ma (in French)
Rare earth market report: Neodymium will become even rarer as demand for neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets used in traction motors will grow rapidly, Roskill projects in its latest report. Overall, permanent magnet and catalyst sectors will remain the largest markets for rare earths until 2026.
roskill.com via greencarcongress.com
Looking for growth in China is fuel cell company Plug Power, who expect the Asian market to become the largest within this decade. According to CEO Andy Marsh, Plug Power is in talks with various business as well as public entities as it seeks partners for its eastward expansion.
Wireless agreement: Qualcomm and supplier Preh have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) license agreement. The firm that is part of the Joyson Electronics Group will include Qualcomm’s inductive charging system in its portfolio and concentrate on commercialising the technology for hybrid and electric cars, also with its own developments.
London, Hyderabad, Plug Power, Tesla.
London to ban buses: The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, confirmed his plans for ‘Low Emission Bus Zones’ that prioritise the greenest buses on the worst polluted routes. The first route will start in Putney in February, where then only hybrid or Euro 6 diesels will be permitted to run. A second route will be converted in October 2017. The zones will also incorporate changes to the road layout to ensure buses have priority over other traffic. All shall be implemented by 2020.
The world’s biggest bike sharing is to be installed in Indian Hyderabad. 300 stops for 10,000 bicycles and e-bikes will be located at metro and rail stations and around the city. The project will be co-funded by UN Habitat and climate protection agencies. A first station is scheduled to go up in September.
Fuel cell van: Plug Power is working on fuel cells to extend the range of electric delivery vans. The firm has been part of a trial with the U.S. DoE and FedEx, where fuel cell trucks returned to the depot to be refuelled, thus tripling their reach effectively. Plug Power hopes for a deal with FedEx.
Tesla disqualified: Neither the Model S nor the Model X are eligible for EV subsidies in South Korea because their batteries are too big essentially. Grants are given only to EVs which charging takes less than 10 hours with a 7 kWh charger. Yet, Tesla now offers a 60 kWH variant that might be a hit in Korea.
Huawai, fool's gold battery, Vanderbilt University, Plug Power + 3M.
Faster charger: Huawei presented a new Li-ion battery at the Battery Symposium in Japan, said to charge ten times faster than current variants, reaching 68% capacity in two minutes. According to Huawei, this is made possible by bonding heteroatoms to graphite anodes, saying the technology could revolutionize the EV market.
Fool’s gold battery: Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have developed a battery made from iron, sulfur, sodium and magnesium, a combination also referred to as “fool’s gold.” The elements are more abundant and cheaper than lithium and especially fit for stationary batteries. So far, however, they are not powerful enough for electric cars.
Ultrasmall nanoparticles: Unlike using bulk iron pyrite, researchers at Vanderbilt University found that using iron pyrite dots in sodium and lithium works, because the iron can move close to the surface. Moreover, the sodium and lithium reacts with the sulphur in the iron pyrite, changing its form to store energy.
Plug Power and 3M sign supply agreement: The latter will deliver membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for Plug Power’s proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks. These will be built in the facilities in Latham, NY and Spokane, WA, and will be ready for delivery before the end of the year.
San Diego, Milan, Jordan, Plug Power & Walmart, London, Wolfsburg.
SDG&E plans infrastructure extension: San Diego Gas & Electric announced a new project, working with automakers, labor representatives, environmentalists and service providers to install 10 chargers each at up to 550 business and multi-family locations throughout its service territory for a total of 5,500 separate chargers. The company will also offer special rates to encourage charging at times when electricity supply from renewable energy is plentiful and energy prices are low.
Milan adds e-bikes: The Italian city has introduced 1 000 electric bicycles to its BikeMi network, bringing the total number of public bikes in the city to 4,600. All e-bikes have a range of 55 to 65 kilometres on a single charge. Furthermore, another 70 docking stations will be set up across the city.
150 Renault Zoe for Jordan: The deal was signed during the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and is the biggest Zoe order since 2013. The cars will be delivered this year and will be completely powered by electricity from solar panels installed on royal property.
Plug Power and Walmart Canada expand partnership: Plug Power will deliver another 124 GenDrive fuel cell systems for forklift trucks to Walmart’s distribution center in Balzac, Alberta, bringing the GenDrive total to 230 units at the site. Walmart Canada will also receive a GenFuel infrastructure.
EV charger extension in London: Transport for London seeks potential partners and suppliers to further extend EV infrastructure by building more rapid-chargers for commercially used electric vehicles. This is all in the run up to the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2020.
Wolfsburg gets e-sharing: The hometown of Volkswagen got its first electric sharing scheme, featuring 15 e-bikes and five VW e-Up, and aims to include up to 50 electric bicycles. The scheme is supported by the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) and its partners. An “eMobility cube” is being built near the main station to provide a point of information.
innoz.de (in German)
Trefecta, Stanford, Ballard Power Systems & Plug Power.
S-Pedelec perfection: 250 Nm torque that can be activated via throttle or pedals and a 1,600-Wh battery make the Trefecta e-bike come very close to a motocross machine. The super-stylish speed pedelec with a frame developed by the former Fokker Aerospace engineering team can go up to 80 kph but weighing about 40 kilos. Price: 22,500 euros (28,550 dollars) before taxes.
trefectamobility.com (with video), elektroniknet.de (in German)
Stretching polymers: The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has awarded 10.5 million dollars to seven research projects. One team set out to develop self-healing polymers that can stretch to endure large volume changes in the battery during charge and discharge.
Profitable partnership: Ballard Power Systems has signed a long term supply agreement to provide fuel cell stacks for use in Plug Power’s GenDrive systems for forklift trucks. The agreement is a continuation of an existing partnership. Plug Power customers include Walmart, Sysco and Mercedes among others and the company expects to bill orders for about 150 million dollars this year.
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Nissan, Solaris, Efacec, Plug Power.
E-NV200 for SMEs: Nissan is to launch the ‘e4Business’ online platform for small companies and start-ups to pitch their business to the Japanese company. The best ideas will receive marketing support. In France and Germany, the website is already running and successful applicants get a Nissan e-NV200 electric van in their company’s branding including a wallbox.
Solaris e-buses: The Polish manufacturer unveiled its new Urbino 18 electric. Four of those electric buses will serve in the German city of Brunswick where they are charged inductively with technology by Bombardier. Also, the Hamburg Hochbahn acquired two Solaris, the Urbino 18,75 electric. They feature a fuel cell as range extender.
busportal.sk (in Polish)
Light and compact charger: Efacec will present a new DC charger at eCarTec in Munich. According to the company it will be the “lightest and smallest in the market” – although the QC24S still weighs 55 kilos. The new charger is aimed at both European and North American customers. A CHAdeMO model is to follow this year.
Fuel cell financing: Plug Power is to offer financing packages together with M&T Bank for customers looking to purchase fuel cells, hydrogen refuelling stations and service agreements. Plug Power hopes to thus facilitate buying decisions of the fuel cell forklifts and its ‘GenKey’ service and infrastructure deal.
Plug Power, Intelligent Energy, Leviton, Bundeswehr, Tesla.
Walmart to stock up on fuel cells: The company just extended its deal with Plug Power to receive additional 286 GenKey units on top of their initial order of 1,783 units (we reported). The GenDrive fuel cells are used in electric forklifts and Plug Power will also provide refuelling and servicing infrastructure to a total of now seven sites.
Multi-million fuel cell deal: Intelligent Energy says it signed a two-year “multi-million” pound contract with an unnamed Japanese automotive company. The British fuel cell maker already works with Suzuki and will use the money to further develop its products.
40-A charge connector: Leviton officially introduced their 40-amps charge connector assembly. This single-phase Type 1/J1772 connector will allow for charging rates of up to 9.7 kW and is used in Leviton’s Evr-Green 400 Charging Station. In the U.S., Levington is the preferred level-2 charging supplier for Toyota,
E-Up joins German army: The Bundeswehr has taken delivery of ten electric Volkswagen. The E-Ups are part of a newly set up carsharing project in Koblenz/Lahnstein where they will serve the ‘Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support’ (BAAINBw).
firmenauto.de, autoflotte.de (both in German)
A world with superchargers: The Verge has published three animated maps showing the planned growth of Tesla’s Supercharger network in North America, Europe and China. In the states the company plans to cover 98% of the population with its charging stations by 2015.
Bangalore, Plug Power, BMW Electronauts, Sichuan University.
First BYD e-bus in India: In Bangalore, the first electric bus of India has been unveiled. The Karnataka State and Metropolitan Transport Corporation based their decision on successful trials of BYD e-buses in cities around the world and expect the new bus to save Bangalore millions in fuel cost.
Walmart goes hydrogen: Plug Power Inc said, it has just received an order from various Walmart stores to roll out hydrogen fuel cell solutions across six of its distribution centres. The purchase includes 1,738 GenDrive units to power Walmart’s electric lift trucks, the infrastructure construction and supply of hydrogen and servicing over six years.
Reluctant ActivE hand-over: As BMW’s electric car trial scheme in the U.S. is nearing its end, participants are asked to hand in their electric 1-series prototypes. Keeping its testers on board by offering the i3 instead proves hard, as most Electronauts just do not see how they could pay for an i3 which lease is almost double of what they used to pay for their beloved ActivE.
Brave new charging order: A study by Sichuan University, China, is trying to give a solution for the management of millions of EVs at charging stations during peak times. Their prioritisation is based on an EV’s distance to destination and the urgency to get there, but would require drivers to actually state these infos correctly.
MyEnergi Lifestyle, Plug Power, Technical University Munich.
MyEnergi Lifestyle expands: The collaborative project by Ford, Infineon, SunPower and other partners has been designed to demonstrate how consumers can save energy by integrating home appliances in a smart way. The 2.0 version showing at CES, now also integrates home energy storage. The two families in the demonstration program successfully managed the combination of a Ford C-Max Energy PHEV, solar power and other intelligent devices and saved 1,200 dollars on fuel alone.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk
Fuel-cell range extender: Plug Power will develop hydrogen fuel-cell range extenders for delivery vans of FedEx. The project is funded by the US Department of Energy with three million dollars. The devices will be installed in 20 vehicles and thereby double the range of the electric delivery vans.
greencarcongress.com, plugpower.com (Press release)
Virtual EV study: The Technical University (TU) of Munich, Germany, has rolled out a program where drivers of non-electric cabs and commercial vehicles can simulate the use of an electric car. With help of a smartphone app the driver is able to collect real-life driving data, which then will be used to calculate how an electric vehicle would have performed under those driving conditions.