Pure Watercraft, Delphi, UQM Technologies, ABB.
Boating start-up: Seattle start-up Pure Watercraft is looking to build Tesla-styled EV motors for boats. The parts are IP67, meaning they can be submerged in 1 m of water for at least 30 minutes. A single charge can keep a battery running for up 40 hours pushing a lightweight 27 foot boat at 3 mph, though it comes with a hefty price tag around 12,000 dollars.
Mild hybrid: Delphi Automotive has unveiled a new 48V mild hybrid system, and confirmed working with two global automakers, hoping to begin production in the next 18 months. The solution minimizes demand on the engine, improving performance and lowering CO2 emissions. They predict one out of every ten cars sold in 2025 will be a 48V mild hybrid.
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Airline tugs: Following successful testing with major airlines, demand for the TBL-50 towbarless electric airplane tug, which uses UQM’s electric drive, is growing. As a result, Swedish Kalmar Motor AB issued a follow-on order to UQM for more electric motor/controller system.
Bidding in Norway: ABB has won a contract to electrify a Norwegian hybrid car ferry. The ferry will operate a popular passenger route, and the vessel can be adapted to run as a full electric with charging system on shore.