Boeing, Zunum Aero, Airbus, Purdue University.
Boeing bets on flying cabs: The U.S. planemaker has acquired Aurora Flight Sciences that has last been on the news with its VTOL sponsored by the Pentagon and also for working with Uber Elevate. The firm has been advancing autonomous flying capabilities since 1989. The acquisition has yet to be approved by the U.S. Defense Department as it includes the transfer of Aurora’s novel technologies.
And Boeing backs another high flyer in Zunum Aero, a company working on a small hybrid airplane due by 2022. Using two electric motors and an engine, Zunum says its commuter aircraft can carry up to 12 passengers at speeds of 550 kph on trips of under 1,600 km. Once battery technology advances by the end of the decade though, Zunum Aero wants to offer planes for up to 50 people flying ever further.
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Across the pond, Airbus has been busy to move into electric airspace for some time already and says its all-electric CityAirbus is ready to start real world tests before the end of 2018. Testing the electric propulsion system has been concluded successfully and so soon, the 4-person plane may zigzag the sky at 120 kph and can also start and land vertically.
Smarter converters: Researchers from Purdue University researchers have come up with a smaller, more efficient drive system for hybrid and electric vehicles. They designed an improved power inverter that can be used to convert direct current electricity into alternating current to power a motor.
Tesla, Purdue University, Boreas Project, Jungheinrich.
Gigafactories worldwide: In the long term, Tesla could operate between 10 and 20 Gigafactories all over the world, CEO Elon Musk suggested at the Annual Shareholder Meeting. Besides the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada und the solar facility in Buffalo called Gigafactory 2, Tesla is looking for three more sites at the moment and wants to come to a decision before the year’s end. Musk also mentioned that the Fremont facility would soon reach its capacity limit and so the Model Y will need an extra site, too.
Charge as you fuel? Researchers from Purdue University say they found an “instantly rechargeable” battery. If battery’s core technology is a membraneless battery, which can be charged with fluid electrolytes in the same time it takes to refill an ICE. It is pretty much the same approach that NanoFlowCell promotes, so we remain sceptical for the time being.
express.co.uk, futurism.com, purdue.edu
Spanish hybrid hyper car: The Boreas Project has the next plug-in hybrid with more than 1,000 hp. It is going to be at Le Mans this June, before moving on to Goodwood in Great Britain. No more than twelve cars will be made.
Jungheinrich extends warranty: The German manufacturer provides a free 5-year warranty on its Li-ion batteries. If capacity falls below 65% of its nominal capacity in this period, Jungheinrich will replce or repair the pack for free.
Audi, Purdue University, ABAT & Jiangsu Duke, Jaguar Land Rover.
Meet the new Audi R18 e-tron: The German diesel-hybrid racecar for Le Mans is to compete in the 4-megajoule class this WEC season and will feature a stronger electric drive, now delivering an output of more than 200 kW. Audi has increased the capacity of the energy storage system as well.
Packing peanuts as anodes? Researchers from Purdue University say they have developed a process to make carbon-nanoparticle and microsheet anodes for Li-ion batteries from polystyrene and starch-based packing peanuts. The up-cycled material is said to be even better than graphite.
Sino-American electric racer: U.S.-based Advanced Battery Technologies announced its strategic partnership with Chinese Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile. The latter intends to produce 20,000 electric sports car this year for which ABAT will supply its batteries.
Jaguar Land Rover now laid the foundation stone for the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) located at Warwick University. Electrification will be one of the research area at the 150-million pound centre in Coventry that will open in 2017.
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