VW aiming for 22 million electric cars by 2030
The Volkswagen Group has just announced that over the next ten years it will build 22 million electric vehicles on company-owned electric-platforms, which means some seven million more than previously planned. It will also increase the number of electric models.
Renault to move Twizy production to South Korea
Renault Samsung is following demand as they plan to produce the electric minicar Twizy currently being built in Valladolid, Spain, in Busan, South Korea starting next year. The background is that 60 percent of the cars are sold in Asia.
BMW, BASF & Samsung want sustainable cobalt mining
BMW, BASF, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a cooperative pilot project to support sustainable and fair cobalt mining initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The German development agency GIZ will coordinate the project.
Samsung’s robot charging unit EVAR (video)
Electric car enthusiast Bjørn Nyland has tracked down a robot that is a bit bizarre. The Electric Vehicle Automatic Recharging (EVAR) device serves at the Samsung C-lab in South Korea, and of course, there is a video.
Samsung, Honda, University of Arkansas, Formula E.
Samsung’s new battery solutions: With a German battery production missing, the IAA is a good place for Samsung to lay out its multifunctional offering. A modular system is to enable up to 700 kilometres of range and the novel ‘Low Height Cell’ was designed with light weight in mind. Cells with 21700 format for cylindrical batteries have been brought over from Korea as well.
Honda’s Power Manager: As Japan’s second biggest carmaker enters electric territory with its Urban EV, it started to think about managing currents as well. The Power Manager enables to integrate electric cars into smart grids and its V2G functionality works both ways. Honda will put the Power Manager to the test as part of a pilot scheme called SMILE (Smart Ideas to Link Energies) in France.
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Research on power electronics is to advance at the University of Arkansas now that the DoE granted it 3.2m dollars. Two teams look to develop new power converters designed to reduce weight and complexity of such systems. The aim is to help electrify heavy vehicles and reduce cost of electric cars.
More power for FE racer: 10 kW more in racing mode (up from 170 kW) is one of the changes awaiting Formula E drivers and spectators in season 4. The ten teams have been confirmed.
Volkswagen, Kuka, Continental, EasyMile, LG Chem, Samsung.
Robot handshake: Volkswagen and robotic specialist Kuka have formalised their cooperation and thus agreed to shape the future of autonomous and electric driving together. The first fruit was the V-Charge project and further development was recently demonstrated with automated charging called e-smart Connect. The cooperation expands on the latter but more concepts are in the pipeline too.
autonews.com, greencarcongress.com, volkswagen-media-services.com
Continental reaches out as well and has acquired some shares of EasyMile, the french maker of the autonomous EZ10. The electric mini bus may see upgrades in environmental sensors, braking systems and driving safety technologies through the cooperation.
2nd gen batteries? It looks like LG Chem and Samsung are to follow Panasonic in a move to upgrade their batteries. The next generation of small cylindrical secondary batteries (21700) could be released by the end of this year with a capacity between 4,700mA and 4,900mA, while Panasonic’s new batteries that Tesla incorporates in the Model 3 come with about about 4,500 mA.
AllCharge, Samsung, SK Innovation, Infineon.
Universal charging tech: At the Continental Tech Show in June and the IAA in September, the supplier will introduce its system AllCharge, which turns the electric powertrain into a charger able to draw from all types of charging standards. It is said to use the maximum output rate of up to 800V and perspectively up to 350 kW. As the system is bidirectional, it is not only a way in but also a way out for the energy stored inside the EV batteries.
Hungary has got its battery plant: Samsung completed construction of its battery plant as planned in Hungary, where the company wants to start large scale production. However, the lines won’t move before the second quarter of 2018. Only then the output shall accumulate to 50,000 EV batteries a year. The Goed facility close to Budapest is the European leg of what Samsung considers its global production tripod with Ulsan, South Korea and Xian, China closing the triangle.
10 x more batteries: More news from Korea hummed on the wire as SK Innovation intends to extend its li-ion battery production facilities tenfold, from 1.1 GWh in the past year to 10 GWh by 2020. Latest by then, energy density of SK cells will reportedly have been upgraded in order to enable EVs to reach 500 to 700 kilometres on a single charge.
eRamp project completed: Led by Infineon, 26 research partners from six countries have explored innovative electronics components for efficient energy use over 3 years. They looked at the entire power electronics value chain. Now eRamp reached its end and leaves the members convinced that the project has indeed “strengthened Germany and Europe as centres of expertise for power electronics.”
Samsung, Gree, LG, Even Electric, Daimler, Bosch, BladeGlider.
Samsung to try EVs again? After Samsung first embarked on the car market together with Renault but had to sell 70 percent of its stakes to the French, it is time for another attempt. The technology corporation is in talks to get into business with Fiat Chrysler subsidiary Magneti Marelli. It is likely that this time Samsung would try to venture into electric vehicles just as its arch rival Apple.
androidheadlines.com via cleantechnica.com
EV market take over in China: AirCon maker Gree acquired Zhuhai Yinlong New Energy for 13bn yuan (2bn dollars). Yinlong has been making EV batteries since 2009 and builds a line of seven electric cars and 18 electric buses. The moves comes in the wake of Beijing’s push for green technologies.
LG is gearing up for Bolt: The Korean supplier is readying its lines for the mass production of GM’s mass market EV already this month. LG is to deliver the battery pack, the electric motor, and the power electronics. Officially, GM will start the Bolt production, or assembly rather, this October.
Taking EV sales global and online is the mission of Canadian start-up Even Electric. Its showroom will be virtual and in a cloud formed by Microsoft, yet the firm also plans to set up ‘education centres’ for customers to learn about and try EVs from different brands. A pilot in Iceland has yielded data.
E-mobility expert move: Bosch has hired Daimler’s top electric motors development executive, Harald Kröger. For two years, he also served on Tesla’s board of directors. Bosch would not comment.
BladeGlider first drive: As if being in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics is not enough, Leon Poultney got to drive the Nissan BladeGlider prototype on a race track – in a non-competitive fashion. Obviously, the three-seaters top was open and gliding allowed. “Bonkers and brilliant” – we can imagine indeed.
Audi, Nissan, Samsung, EU, Solaris, Yangtse.
Upcoming from Audi: Audi CEO Rupert Stadler announced plans to bring three pure electric models to market by 2020, starting with the Q6 e-tron SUV in 2018. It will be followed by an electric compact car and later a mid-rage executive EV. Stadler also promised more plug-in hybrid models in the coming three to four years. The goal is that 25 to 30 percent of the carmaker’s vehicles sold could be electric by 2025.
techfieber.de (in German)
Extended Leaf range: The 2017 Nissan Leaf could already see the next battery upgrade and then come with 40 kWh. As with the last upgrade, the smaller (then 30 kWh) variant will still be available, while the 24 kWh version would be discontinued.
Samsung investment confirmed: The Korean supplier has invested 449m dollars in Chinese automotive company BYD. The reason for the investment according to Automotive News is that Samsung did not make it onto the China-approved supplier list. BYD will use the funds to expand battery production, as well as for research and development for new-energy vehicles.
New European strategy: The European Commission has published a strategy for low-emission mobility. The goal is “to make the most” of digital technologies and smart pricing, speed up the “fuelling” network for EVs and FCVs and therefore “remove obstacles” and push the acceleration of zero-emission transport.
Buses in India: Indian component maker JBM and Solaris Bus & Coach have formed a joint venture for the development and sales of hybrid and electric buses. The first Polish-Indian electric bus models could already become available next year.
Tangier EV factory: Chinese company Yangtse has announced plans to open an electric vehicle factory in Tangier, Morocco. Cars produced will be sold both locally and outside the country. Construction is to begin soon.
Samsung, BMW, Denmark, MAN, Mini, Tesla.
Samsung to invest in BYD? The Korean electronics giant has been “actively pushing talks” to buy a stake in the Chinese EV maker, Bloomberg reports. Samsung could acquire four percent of BYD for about 400m dollars allegedly, but the sum has not been disclosed and negotiations are on-going. The Koreans hope to bolster their semiconductor business for cars with the move.
BMW 7 PHEV launch: The German carmaker has released details on the electrified 7 series. The upcoming plug-in hybrids will be available in both short- and long-wheelbase variants. Prices for the 740e iPerformance start at 90,095 dollars in the USA, where the 7 series PHEV is to launch next month.
Import ban for ICE? Denmark’s young green party Alternativet has proposed to stop the import of diesel and petrol vehicles into the country by 2025. EV privileges like the exemption from the registration tax shall accompany the ban but so far it has been met with opposition from lobbyists.
MAN to enter electric bus business: Truck and bus builder MAN will start serial production of fully electric buses by 2019 with first pilot fleets launching a year earlier. The move is based on the assumption that 20 percent of public transport will run electrically by 2020.
busplaner.de (in German)
Hybrid Countryman spotted: Mini’s slightly roomier PHEV was photographed charging in the country in heavy camouflage. The plug-in hybrid Countryman is expected to hit civilisation by 2019 and it looks like it will become yet bigger and bolder.
Elon makes us wait: The Tesla CEO announced on Twitter that he would first focus on the SpaceX launch and “post [the] Tesla (master) product plan afterwards.” The Falcon is now on its way, so we remain at the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, German federal state Saxony is hoping to lure in Tesla to build a European Gigafactory in the town of Kamenz.
mdr.de (Saxony; in German)
Tesla, Samsung, RDM Group, OXIS Energy, Nano One Materials.
Tesla exclusive: Elon Musk confirms Panasonic as sole supplier for the cells in the Model S, X, and 3 power packs. Media reports had purported otherwise as the EV maker had ordered cells from Samsung. The latter are most likely destined for the stationery Tesla batteries instead.
twitter.com, insideevs.com, electrek.co
Autonomous electric shuttle: Coventry-based RDM Group presents its self-driving EV that carries up to 8 passengers at 15 mph. The firm claims it has had “massive interest” potentially worth 15m GBP for its pod that may eventually serve at airports or university campuses.
Li-S batteries for scooters: British OXIS Energy partners with Lithium Balance to bring its prototype Lithium-sulfur battery system for electric scooters to China. The current power pack holds 1.2 kWh and is to improve in terms of chemistry and costs in the second half of this year.
Li-ion battery pilot plant: Nano One Materials from Canada is on track to open a pilot factory at the beginning of next year, where it will simulate full scale production of various lithium-ion cathode materials.
Samsung, Daimler, Tesla, Gigafactory.
Tesla-Samsung alliance? Inside EVs has gotten a hold of leaked letters of conveyance, reporting that Tesla has received a large order of battery cells from the Korean supplier. The noted weight of 113 tonnes corresponds to 1.74 cells – way too many to just want to test them. It therefore seems that next to Panasonic, Samsung is Tesla’s new battery partner.
Daimler eyes storage market: With the launch of the Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, Daimler professionalises the development and sale of its own stationary energy storage devices, which will be built by battery subsidiary Accumotive. The carmaker has already acquired know-how in the field with its two mega-projects in Lünen and Herrenhausen in Germany.
Tesla wins “Engine of the Year” – again: This is the second time in a row that Elon Musk and the Tesla gang were handed the International Engine of the Year Award from Green Engine. The BMW i8’s 1.5 litre hybrid engine came in first in the category of “1.4-Litre to 1.8-Litre.”
Gigafactory has capacity to grow: Musk told shareholders that the battery factory’s production capacity could be increased to 150 GWh – three times the current global production capacity. Moreover, it will build a new, bigger 20700 cell format and due to the high demand, only 33 percent will be allocated to the storage market, instead to of the originally planned 50%.
Samsung, Kinetic Safar, fuel cell, Hyperloop.
Samsung focuses on batteries: 3bn won (2.5bn dollars) will be invested to expand Samsung’s electric car battery business over the next five years. The company secured the funds by selling its chemical unit. Three bases will be established, including in Xi’an, Ulsan, and Europe.
Electric trike: Together, Indian Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions present the Kinetic Safar. Uttar Pradesh ordered 27,000 units to improve public transport. The electric tricycle can carry up to 4 passengers with a speed of 25 kph over 115 miles on its batteries by Exide.
cardekho.com, economictimes.indiatimes.com, business-standard.com
Fuel cell advances: Researchers from universities in Germany, China, and USA have built a highly efficient catalyst for fuel cells that works without noble metals. The scientist used a layer of graphene oxide and then applied a so-called polyoxometalate (POM). This POM serves as catalyst and the group claims efficiency to be even higher than that of a standard platinum catalyst. Meanwhile, teams at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and at the TU Darmstadt have come up with another low-cost catalyst. It is made of iron-nitrogen complexes (FeN4 centres) in the carbon structures that ensure an catalytic effect approaching that of platinum.
jacobs-university.de (graphen oxide), idw-online.de (graphen centres, in German)
Hyperloop realisation: SpaceX asked Aecom to build a testing stretch over 1.6km to test Elon Musk’s highspeed tube rail in California. Construction will begin this spring. Contenders are lined up, as Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) asked to build testing grounds as well.
heise.de (in German), aecom.com
Hyundai-Kia, Hoverboard, Samsung, TU Cologne.
Fight over hybrid tech over: Hyundai-Kia agreed to pay Paice royalties to end a law suit over patent infringements regarding hybrid engines. The Koreans were previously ordered to pay 28.9m dollars due to the infringement (we reported). Both Toyota and Ford already license the same technology.
Hoverboard hazard: Amazon is questioning makers and sellers of self-balancing boards about safety standards, after series of fires caused by faulty batteries made headlines in the United States. Some listings were taken down, while a number of airlines refuse to take the hoverboards on board.
Android e-car? Samsung entertains automotive ambitions and says its focus is on autonomous driving components. The electronics company is already working with VW. If it will join Google and Apple in their electric car plans has yet to be confirmed but does not seem too far fetched.
Hybrid road paver: TU Cologne is working on making road finishers more sustainable. Its diesel-electric concept road paver is said to use 60 percent less fuel compared to a diesel-hydraulic machine. It is using a synchronous generator to transform the diesel engines energy.
idw-online.de (in German)
Samsung, BMW, FastStorage BW II, Lithium.
Samsung battery for Chinese SUV: The Korean will deliver the battery pack for the JAC Motors iEV6S, which was just unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Production start is scheduled for next year and Samsung will deliver 50 million Li-ion batteries in 2016. The SUV is said to have a 250 km range.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, carnewschina.com (iEV6S)
i3 gets software update: BMW has released a software update for its all-electric car in the U.S. and Canada. It will i.e. reduce the electric motor speed when the rear axle freewheeling, which could previously cause the left side motor mount to fail. The Low Cost Charging feature also gets an overhaul.
The best of two worlds: The project FastStorage BW II at the German KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) looks to develop hybrid energy storage systems that combine the positive attributes of batteries and capacitors. The goal is to start serial production of powercaps in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg, which funds the project with 25m euros.
New battery plant: Johnson Matthey Battery and Nemaska Lithium have signed an MOU for the collaboration on the latter’s Phase 1 Plant in Shawinigan, Québec. It will have a production capacity of about 500t/y of high purity lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate. The MOU also includes a provision for a long-term supplier contract for lithium salts.
Samsung, Lionano, GinVelo, Melexis.
Samsung leads pack: The company filed 510 car-related patents in the past ten years, most of them related to battery technology. IT and internet companies follow with 308 auto-related patents filed by Google, 222 by Microsoft and 83 by Apple. Many of those include navigation and entertainment systems.
Drop-in anode: Lionano and Cornell University’s Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) have signed a licensing agreement for the development and production of a new hollow structured metal oxide drop-in anode material, said to reduce the volumetric expansion of a conventional anode in Li-ion batteries.
GinzVelo: This Human Electric Hybrid (HEH) bicycle that looks a lot like a space capsule is said to change city traffic. It is technically a bike and the driver still needs to pedal, but is assisted by a 500 watt electric motor. GinzVelo can go as fast as 20 mph and has a range of up to 100 miles. A crowdfunding campaign is underway.
techeblog.com, kickstarter.com (crowdfunding campaign)
New Melexis seonsors: The microelectronics specialist added a new device to its line-up of Hall-effect current sensors, optimized for hybrid and electric vehicles. The devices can accurately measure current, thus making external ferromagnetic cores unnecessary.
Nissan, eVADER, Tesla, LG Chem, Panasonic, MIT, Samsung.
EVs to attract attention: Nissan has teamed up with ten other consortium members in the European Commission-led project eVADER to create an alert system for EVs, which produces audible cues to alert pedestrians and other road users to the presence of an electric vehicle, whilst having as little impact as possible on ambient noise levels. The research and results collated from this project could be utilised to shape future EU legislation on EV pedestrian alert sounds.
Tesla kicks off Autopilot testing: The carmaker has begun uploading the latest version of its Autopilot software to a select group of its Model S electric cars with the drivers acting as beta testers, according to a report from IEEE Spectrum. If all goes well, Tesla could roll out the technology later this year.
EV battery market: LG Chem could overtake EV battery leader Panasonic in 2020, if it can accelerate sales of plug-in hybrids with German manufacturers and win over Nissan, according to Lux Research. The analysts expect that the market will reach a volume of 30 billion dollars by the end of the decade.
EV battery research: Researchers at MIT and Samsung consider solid-state electrolytes to be the crucial element for significantly better EV batteries. The scientists say that solid electrolytes allow for higher power density, work well in cold weather and are not flammable.
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Samsung, CARB, GKN Automotive, Andretti Autosport
Two times higher density? Samsung researchers have developed a high crystalline graphene coating for silicon cathodes, said to have twice the energy density than regular lithium ion batteries. This is made possible since the protective graphene layer decreases the volume change through a sliding process between adjacent graphene layers. The technology is expected to be market ready within the next two or three years.
businesskorea.co.kr, nanotechnologyworld.org, nature.com
More funding for advanced vehicles: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a 373 million dollar funding plan for the coming fiscal year. The budget, which will benefit hybrid and electric vehicles of all kinds, is 150 million dollars higher than last year’s.
GKN opens HQ in USA: GKN Automotive has set up its base for the Americas region at Auburn Hills, Michigan. Here, it will test and develop all-wheel drives and manufacture hybrid electric vehicles with 350 employees. Overall, the company employs almost 27,000 people in 22 countries.
New Andretti firm for electric drives: Andretti Autosport has announced its new entity called Andretti Technologies. Working together with TE Connectivity, it will mainly be responsible for developing a new electric motor for the second season of the Formula E.
nbcsports.com, electriccarsreport.com, fiaformulae.com
General Motors, Tesla, Apple, A123 Systems, Samsung.
Volt battery gets 2nd life: General Motors is employing five used batteries from the Chevy Volt to store energy from solar and wind power to supply its ‘Enterprise Data Center’. The demonstration project is to be the start for a series of tests together with partners, not unlike what Nissan just started doing.
greencarcongress.com, freep.com, detroitnews.com
Tesla seeks expertise: To further decrease costs of its batteries, the Californian carmaker has employed Jeff Dahn as an advisor, media reports. He is recognised as one the leading developers of lithium batteries. In return for his services, Tesla is to sponsor his research activities.
marketwatch.com, wsj.com (after registration)
Expert poaching resolved: Apple and A123 Systems have settled a lawsuit that accused Apple of poaching talents from the battery maker thus violating non-compete clauses. The case had fuelled rumours about Apple working on an EV. For what terms the two parties settled in the end is confidential.
A total of 4,761 automotive-related patents from Apple, Google, Samsung, Tesla and Uber from 1990 to 2014 were counted by Forbes. Surprisingly, 3,094 are held by Samsung that added 632 in 2014 alone, including a very large interest in battery and fuel cell technologies for next-generation vehicles.
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Anticipatory driving 2.0.
Samsung has come up with what it calls a “Safety Truck” which is to be equipped with a camera in the front and a screen at the back where the image from the front is projected. Drivers stuck behind the truck can thus predict when it is most safe to overtake. How about screening a film when in a traffic jam?
High-tech dog house.
Samsung presents its fully automatic “Dream Doghouse,” including an automatic feeder, a hot tub, a treadmill and a tablet so man’s best friend does not get bored. And all that’s left for man to do is pay a mere 30,000 dollars for this doggy heaven-on-earth.
Apple, Samsung, Ricardo, BASF Toda Battery Materials, Graphene ESD.
Apple vs. Samsung: Not a day goes by without more news or rumours about the iCar-project. Now it seems that Apples was interested in taking over Magna’s battery division, before Samsung SDI got the green light. Moreover, Korea Times reports that Apple continues headhunting Samsung employees, including battery experts.
faz.net (in German), businessinsider.sg, koreatimes.co.kr
New electric motor: British company Ricardo has developed a rare earth element free prototype 85 kW synchronous reluctance motor designed primarily for electric vehicle traction applications. The development was part of the research and development project RapidSR (Rapid Design and Development of a Switched Reluctance Traction Motor).
greencarcongress.com, theengineer.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com
Japanese joint venture: BASF and Toda Kogyo officially established a joint venture, specializing in cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. The cooperation was originally announced back in October. BASF Japan owns 66 percent of the new company BASF Toda Battery Materials.
Supercap cooperation: Graphene ESD and the Research Foundation of Stony Brook University (SBU) will work together on the development of new supercapacitors designs. Target applications are grid-tied inverters, grid-stabilization systems, as well as automotive and locomotive drivetrains.
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Innvelo, NHTSA, Samsung & Università di Roma, Airwheel.
Meet the Innvelo: The first prototype of the three-wheeled electric vehicle by Form & Drang is ready to roll. The Innvelo features two electric motors with a combined output of 6.4 kW, offering a top speed of 100 kph and a range of up to 100 km. A commercial, work and race version of the car will be available.
technologicvehicles.com (with video)
Staying silent: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has pushed back a final ruling about electric cars emitting manufactured noise to protect especially blind pedestrians. The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act was first signed in 2008 and became law in 2011. Yet the NHTSA will not rule on the issue until the end of year, pushing back compliance until 2018.
Solid-state electrolyte: Samsung and the University of Rome “La Sapienza” have fabricated a Li-S battery with novel solid-state electrolyte. Most of the theoretical capacity of sulfur (1,600 mAhg) was attained in the initial discharge-charge cycles with a high coulombic efficiency approaching 99 percent.
Zipping along on two wheels: Airwheel presented a series of self-balancing all-electric scooters at the boat show Batmassan 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The S3, Q3 and X3 feature lithium-ion battery technology apparently also used by Tesla for its EVs.
nachrichten.yahoo.com (in German), airwheel.net
Samsung & Seeo, Electrovaya, Predator´s.
Samsung leads a 17 million dollars investment in the Californian start-up Seeo that claims to have developed a lithium-ion battery that’s less flammable and more efficient than traditional batteries as it uses a solid polymer as the electrolyte. Seeo batteries are currently said to reach an energy density of 350 Wh/kg and might be able to reach 400 Wh/kg next year.
Electric ferry running strong: Electrovaya said that its KF Hisarøy electric cable ferry has been sailing in Norway for over one year and completed more than 4,000 trips, with flawless operation. It serves on up to ten round-trips daily between the mainland and the Hisarøy Island, carrying up to 49 passengers and 6 cars. It runs on a 100 KWh battery system based on Electrovaya’s SuperPolymer 2.0 technology.
Crowdfunded e-racer: Predator´s has started a campaign on Indiegogo asking for money to build a street-legal racing car. The F1-style PC010 ST will come with either hybrid or electric drive and is supposed to have a price of 20,000 dollars – if you are ready to put it together yourself.
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Hino, DENSO, Ballard, Celgard, LG Chem, Samsung, Greenline Hybrid.
Hybrid refrigerator truck: Jointly developed by Hino Motors and Denso Corp., the ‘Hino Profia’ heavy duty truck uses energy from its hybrid system solely to power its refrigeration system. The power is generated while driving or regenerated from the hybrid unit. The refrigerator truck comes with a stand-by unit that can be plugged in to keep the fridge running when the motor is turned off.
Fuel cell range extender: Ballard Power Systems will supply its FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell module to Solaris Bus & Coach from Poland. The fuel cells will charge the batteries of Solaris’ electric buses to be deployed to Hamburg, Germany later this year.
Turbulences in the battery industry: Polypore’s subsidy Celgard filed a complaint against LG Chem, alleging a patent infringement of Celgard’s separators for high-energy li-ion batteries. At the same time, Celgard announced a long-term supply agreement with Samsung, which will use Celgard separators for the EV batteries. Samsung also recently invested in XG Sciences, a graphene manufacturer.
greencarcongress.com (Celgard vs LG Chem), greencarcongress.com (Celgard & Samsung), greencarcongress.com (Samsung & XG Sciences)
Diesel-hybrid boat: Slovenian company Greenline Hybrid just presented its latest addition to its ‘Greenline’ series of hybrid yachts. Greenline 48 is the largest in the range. Its electric motor offers 20 nautic miles of range at four knots (4.6 mph). The 46 kWh battery can be supplemented with solar panels on deck.
DoE, Samsung, EnergyBus, London, MEET.
50 million dollar fund: U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) will spend further 50 million dollar to help carmakers meet its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and emissions standards. The new funding includes automotive suppliers in the programme and also reaches out to lightweight solutions as well as EV and semi conductor companies.
cleantechnica.com, energy.gov, transportevolved.com
Stabilising electrolyte: Resarchers from Samsung’s Energy Lab in South Korea, found a new electrolyte system more suitable with lithium metal anodes. The study tested different electrolyte compositions by combining simulations, model-based experiments, and in-situ analyses. In addition, the Samsung SDI devision has signed an agreement to build an electric car battery factory in China by 2015.
greencarcongress.com, nature.com (Report), reuters.com (Battery factory)
E-Bike standard underway: The EnergyBus organisation has issued version 2.0 of the CiA 454 CANopen/EnergyBus protocol which strives to implement a standard for the communication between LEV components. The EnergyBus protocol serves as starting point for the work of the IEC and ISO, which could publish a pre-standard already this summer.
Low carb research in London: Imperial College London and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) have opened the new ‘UTM Centre of Low Carbon Transport.’ There, researchers from the UK and Malaysia will work on developing more fuel efficient engines and lighter cars as well as looking into electric and hybrid drivetrain technologies.
Battery 2nd-use scenarios: The MEET battery research institute of the University of Münster, Germany, has started the ‘EOL-IS’ (End-Of-Life Solutions for eCar batteries) project, which will receive more than 2 million euros (2.7m dollars) in funding until the end of 2016. Together with car makers, recycling providers and energy consultants, the researchers aim to develop software which will be able to determine the best re-utilisation for a battery.
uni-muenster.de (In German), emobilitaetonline.de (In German)