Charge, SHW Automotive, Tier 1 Engineering, PowerCell Sweden.
Self-drive delivery van: RoboRace presented the Charge at the ‘Wired Conference’ in London. The electric van shall be produced in Oxfordshire and the firm claims it can be assembled by one person in four hours. It will be self-drive ready and up to 10,000 units could roll off the production lines in 2017.
New Tesla supplier? German SHW Automotive received a 100 million dollar order from “the world’s leading manufacturer of all-electric vehicles” as a system supplier of electrical ax gear pumps. They did not reveal, who placed the order but it is likely to be Tesla as the firm also speaks of “mostly four-wheel drive electric vehicles.”
Electric heli takes off: Tier 1 Engineering delivered the world’s first manned electric helicopter flight in southern California. The small machine was airborne for about five minutes and reached an altitude of 120 metres at a peak speed of 80 knots.
fortune.com (with video)
Fuel cell stack for ships: PowerCell Sweden took the first marine order for two PowerCell S3 prototype stacks. They will be installed by Swiss Hydrogen in a solar boat. The system includes on-board production of H2 from solar, hydrogen storage and two fuel cells with 30 kW each.
Toyota, Navya, PowerCell Sweden, nanomaterials.
More 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.
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.
Hybrid Airship, ETH Zurich, Strem Chemicals, PowerCell Sweden.
Hybrid Airship: French firm Flying Whales plans to build a 60-tonne Large Capacity Airship, LCA60T, with the help of ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies. It will be equipped with a hybrid electric power propulsion system and is designed primarily to transport logging timber.
50% better charge: Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute and the ETH Zurich have developed a simple procedure for enhancing conventional Li-ion rechargeable batteries by optmising the graphite anode. They were able to enhance performance by up to 30 to 50 percent.
New solvents: Strem Chemicals will be manufacturing and distributing nine battery solvents and additives based on material licensed from Argonne National Laboratory. Future steps include the implementation in commercial batteries.
PowerCell Sweden delivers: A prototype of PowerCell Sweden AB’s 100 kW PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks for distribution trucks has been delivered to a European transport company.
Nissan & Eaton & Enel, PSA & SNAM, Hitachi, Powercell Sweden.
2nd life for Nissan batteries: To give EV batteries a second life, Nissan teams up with Eaton. The power electronics specialist will take care of energy management in stationary energy storage units built from Nissan EV batteries. Another initiative with utility Enel will see electric Nissans serving as mobile energy sources in smart grid applications.
automotiveworld.com (stationary), automotiveworld.com (mobile)
Battery recycling: Peugeot and Citroën batteries are not destined for a second life but for transformation as PSA has charged French SNAM to recycle electric and hybrid car batteries. SNAM is to collect the packs from European dealerships and garages to then single out materials for reuse.
Solid-state advance: Hitachi and the Tohoku University present technology that reduces the internal resistance of solid-state lithium ion batteries through the use of LiBH4-based complex hydrides as solid electrolytes. The research led to thermally durable solid-state Li-ion batteries.
Power-to-Hydrogen pilot: Volvo subsidiary Powercell Sweden looks into the development of a system to store surplus energy from renewable sources as hydrogen to be used for fuel cells to provide electricity. The feasibility study could result in a demonstration project in 2016 and is conducted together with Wallenstam AB, Midroc Automation AB and Hydrogen Sweden.
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