Schaeffler announces chainless e-bike drive
Schaeffler will present the new ‘Free Drive’ chainless electric drive system for bicycles at Eurobike 2021 in Friedrichshafen. The ‘Bike-by-Wire’ system is a joint development with the two-wheel electric drive specialist Heinzmann and does without a mechanical connection between generator and motor.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler to drop 800-volt performance electronics at the IAA
The supplier Schaeffler plans to present a range of eMobility solutions at the IAA Mobility. Schaeffler has now announced 800-volt power electronics for e-axle systems and a highly integrated thermal management system as a new product.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler kickstarts e-axle production in China
Schaeffler has started series production of its so-called 2in1 E-axle in Taicang, China. The first Chinese car equipped with this product will be launched shortly. After the market launch in China, the axle will also be used by a European OEM, according to Schaeffler.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler signs fuel cell cooperation with Refire
At Auto Shanghai, Schaeffler signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Refire, a Chinese supplier of fuel cell technology. The duo aims to push the development of FC components such as bipolar plates or thermal management systems.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler scores contracts for commercial EV motors
Schaeffler has announced new series orders for electric motors and hybrid modules for use in trucks. One series order relates to the supply of electric motors from 2023 for an unnamed commercial vehicle supplier. Schaeffler can book another major order in the field of hybrid modules.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler to open new lab in Bavaria
Automotive supplier Schaeffler has announced plans to invest around 80 million euros in a new central laboratory in Herzogenaurach, Germany, which is scheduled for completion by 2023. Schaeffler intends to bundle “core competencies and key technologies” at the site.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler to start e-drive series production in 2021
Schaeffler will start producing electric motors for hybrid modules, hybrid transmissions and purely electric axle drives in 2021. In addition to the passenger car sector, the supplier also has its sights set on trucks.Weiterlesen
Zero emission racing series DTM Electric to start in 2023
DTM promoter ITR presented the vision of a purely electric racing series for the supporting programme of the touring car series one year ago. Now they plan DTM Electric to kick-off in 2023.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid GmbH gets a new owner
Schaeffler has sold all shares in its subsidiary Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid GmbH to Micromobility Services and Solutions GmbH, based in Berlin. Series production of the four-wheeled pedelec Bio-Hybrid is scheduled to start in mid-2021 under the new owner.Weiterlesen
Hyraze League to establish racing on green hydrogen
A consortium of German partners will establish the Hyraze League as the world’s first automobile racing series to use hydrogen from sustainable sources. The concept now presented envisions 588 hydrogen-powered cars competing using eco-tech both in the real world and online.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid pedal-assist light electric vehicle
Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid GmbH has completed the first application trials with its Bio-Hybrid pedelec. The four-wheeled electric vehicle is scheduled to go into series production at the end of 2020. This LEV is set to make a name for itself in many disguises.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler to offer utility vehicle electric drives
The automotive supplier Schaeffler has announced its entry into the electrification of commercial vehicles. To this end, the company has developed a modular system called E-Drive, which is intended to offer customers cost-effective, tailor-made solutions.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler quad LEV near production
Supplier Schaeffler increasingly feels at home as an e-mobility developer and announces that it will present three concept vehicles at the CES in Las Vegas in January 2019 – including a near-production version of a LEV by their so-called Bio-Hybrid unit.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler buys electric motor machinery specialist
Schaeffler continues on the path towards supplying the EV industry as they acquire Elmotec Statomat. The company is a leading manufacturer of machinery made for volume production of electric motors so you see where this is going.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler transfers racing tech into series electric drive
Schaeffler has transferred technology developed for the Formula E into a close-to-series electric car. Their 4ePerformance concept based on the Audi RS3 chassis includes 4 drives with 220 kWh each that previously powered Abt’s FE winning racer.Weiterlesen
Schaeffler presents autonomous e-mobility platform Mover
Schaeffler has presented a new urban mobility concept called Mover. The autonomous system could be used as a basis in future for urban mobility concepts such as robot taxis and the next generation of personal and goods transportation.Weiterlesen
Cummins, Schaeffler, NCTE, Aston Martin, Tesla.
E-truck by diesel engine builder: Cummins, commonly known for its diesel motors, apparently got a sense for Zeitgeist and now presents its own electric truck. The AEOS is an 8 ton cab able to tow a 22 ton trailer. Its 140 kWh battery is said to last for 160 kilometres of heavy duty but Cummins offers an optional diesel range extender that expands the operation to 500 km. Still, Cummins seems serious and plans to begin production by 2019. Once the AEOS will hit the road a year later, the manufacturer targets a charge time of 20 minutes, Tesla style.
electrek.co, carscoops.com, forbes.com
E-bike sensors: Schaeffler has teamed up with NCTE to get a foot into the torque sensor market for electric bicycles. The cooperation shall lead to a joint portfolio that Schaeffler wants to market exclusively worldwide. The sensors measure the cadence or, the cadence frequency combined with torque.
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Big in Japan: Aston Martin wants to open a new 500m pound Meta Technology site in Japan to strengthen its position in Asia. The office will be responsible for connecting with local firms specialised in electric powertrain and connected technologies, as well as growing Aston Martin’s dealer network.
Battery price changes: Tesla has decreased costs for its top trim 100 kWh battery pack for both the Model S and X. They are now up to 5,000 dollars cheaper or rather cost the same as they did before the last price increase. Tesla claims it is passing cost efficiency improvements trough to customers.
Geely, Schaeffler, Hyundai-Kia, BMW, Nissan, Fisker.
Geely, Volvo and Lynk&Co are about to establish a standalone EV technology JV in order to mutually benefit from synergies and economies of scale. In a MoU, all three agreed to share vehicle architecture and engines via cross licensing arrangements of technologies managed by the joint venture. Its headquarter will be in China with a subsidiary set in Swedish Gothenburg. Also, Volvo is about to take a significant minority stake in Lynk & Co given that they will share technology anyway.
Schaeffler restructures its business as well to accommodate for what it calls “key opportunities for the future.” Electric mobility is to play a crucial role and will form its own division within automotive. Apart from concentrating all hybrid and electric vehicle activities in one unit beginning by 2018, Schaeffler also plans to set up a competence centre for all things electric in China. Meanwhile, the supplier has received eight series contracts for electric axles and hybrid modules from different clients worldwide. Automotive CEO Matthias Zink believes, “the sales potential of these contracts amounts to over one billion euros.”
Hyundai-Kia to double EV production: Once the all-electric variants of both the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro will go on sale early next year, the Korean alliance hopes to double its EV sales. In numbers that means 13,000 E-Kona and 12,000 E-Niro a year.
Battery upgrade for BMW i3? 120 Ah has been named as the next threshold by the BMW blog just a year after the carmaker introduced its i3 with a 94 Ah power pack. The new cells with 120 Ah could enter the electric line-up from 2018 and are said to increase the range by another 60 percent. It is currently about 200 km in real life.
One pedal for all: Nissan continues the tease for the next-gen Leaf with yet another feature that takes electric driving most seriously. The e-Pedal essentially does away with the clutch and brake as it enables full control over stop and go and fast and slow. Nissan claims that its release would bring the Leaf to a halt even on steep hills and that it will be enough to tap the lever again to reengage the electric drive. Those however that prefer to trust their long trained two-pedal instinct have the option to switch the e-Pedal off entirely, meaning there is a brake installed still.
youtube.com, autoblog.com, electrek.co
Fisker battery details: The luxury brand disappointed when it cancelled the expected graphen-based battery for now. Instead, Fisker opted for Li-ion batteries and claims a range of 640 km. The cylindrical cells stem from LG Chem (21700) and work with NCM chemistry. Tesla’s Model 3 uses the same format.
Tesla, Audi, Schaeffler, France, BMW, Ford.
Tesla increases credit line: 800m have been added to Tesla’s creditline as the EV maker’s need for cash increases closer to the Model 3 launch. Deutsche Bank is the administrative agent of the credit agreement, which is now worth up to 2.0bn dollars depending on the option. On a similar note, Tesla wants to stock up its stores in Germany with six new locations planned for this year. German store no. 17 will open its doors in Porsche’s hometown Stuttgart next month.
electrek.co, automobilwoche.de (Stores Germany)
New Formula E motors: Audi and Schaeffler will deliver the next drive for the FE electric racers over the coming three seasons. Their cooperation will include joint work on the electric motor, suspension and power electronics. Schaeffler has been the drive behind the Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport since season 2015/16 but with Audi joining the Formula E officially, work that had been done behind the scenes is to intensify and it looks like this is a real commitment, at least until 2020.
France plans price parity: La Grande Nation is about to raise taxes on diesel to match those on gasoline, said Nicolas Hulot, France’s minister for the environment. Furthermore, France plans to quit exploring oil and gas as no new such permissions will be granted.
bfmtv.com (Diesel, in French), bfmtv.com (Oil and gas, in French)
BMW presents next X3: This latest SUV by the Bavarians is build in Spartanburg and the 2018 X3 offers different engine options with the exception of diesel. Both an electric and plug-in hybrid variant are due by 2019.
Nothing escapes a spy shooter and this time it captured a Ford Escape Energi mule sporting a plug-in port. The 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is scheduled for early 2019.
Maximise me: BMW i3 drivers in the States may soon upgrade their battery to 94Ah just like clients in Europe. The assumption is based on a pilot programme that saw 10 electric BMWs in the U.S. getting a bigger pack but it is unclear, when the option will become available to all.
Austria, Route Monkey, NTU, Schaeffler, Gyeonggi.
Hub building in Austria: The Alpine country will join up its EV charge points using the Hubject platform Intercharge. From April, 11, eleven utilities will combine their charging stations thus forming one network of 1,300 public points throughout Austria, which will make it much easier for PEV drivers to charge and pay. The republic hopes to inspire EV use further although it is 3 x higher than the EU average already. The move to network is matched by a 4,000 euro rebate available since this month.
Route Monkey has kept on track and is now ready to present its planned EV navigation tool at the GreenFleet Evolution show in Edinburgh on May, 5. The MyRouteMonkey app will be available for free.
Joint lab for personal mobility: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Schaeffler have agreed to jointly find solutions for personal urban mobility and intelligent transportation systems for future metropolises. An electric skateboard with navigation is one of the less likely (or rather viral) projects but the partnership will build on the NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Test Bed with smart vehicles such as pedelecs communicating with their environment. The lab is funded with 5m dollars over 3 years so far.
Real-world vehicle emissions revealed: Ricardo Energy & Environment and technology partner OPUS Inspection have launched a real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service. The measurement of the emissions of passing vehicles is linked to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to ultimately identify the worst polluters. Cities seeking to introduce Clean Air Zones – delight.
EV-friendly province: Korea’s Gyeonggi Province plans its own local EV incentives. Starting from mid-June, EV subsidies will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. A requirement for construction in the region to feature parking lots that have EV charging stations is in the cards as well.
Opel, Kia, Schaeffler, Electric GT, Ineos, Toyota.
EV-only Opel to go through? GM’s European brand may indeed go all-electric as planned even if sold to PSA, Manager Magazin reports. GM would licence its electric car tech to the French group, at least for the Ampera-e. So it is possible PSA will put the idea Opel had been working on into practice.
autonews.com, manager-magazin.de (original source)
Kia Niro fully electric by 2018: Like Hyundai with the Ioniq, Kia is to electrify the Niro successively. Already this year, the hybrid crossover will get a plug and by 2018, there will be a Niro EV, COO Michael Cole announced. The E-Niro will utilise the Ioniq Electric’s motor.
autorai.nl via carscoops.com, greencarreports.com
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Electric GT to kick off in England: The world’s first electric GT racing series, which uses remodelled Tesla Model S P100D, will launch at the UK Silverstone Circuit on August, 12. More races will take place in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal Spain and France until November.
Land Rover Defender inspired: Chemical company Ineos plans to build a hybrid and/or entirely electric 4×4 that takes inspiration from the Defender, Autocar reports. 2020 is set as production start and the firm plans to produce up to 15,000 units annually.
Toyota pushes hybrids in India,where it just launched the Camry Hybrid as well as the new Prius. The Japanese see India as a “crucial” market for green technology. Also, Indian carmaker Mahindra Electric wants to scale up production at its Karnataka facility from 2,000 to 5,000 units by next year.
businessinsider.in (Toyota), business-standard.com (Mahindra)
DS, Schaeffler, ZTE, Transfar Zhilian, Audi, Toyota.
DS 1 to DS 7: Expect seven new models from PSA’s performance arm within this decade. The DS1 may be the most surprising of the lot as insider Georg Kacher tells of a racy but compact and electric city car, designed to fight the Smart Fortwo and Forfour.
Schaeffler strengthens e-mobility biz: Compact Dynamics is now owned by Schaeffler, which acquired 51 percent of the electric motor maker. The shares were sold by Semikron International and the deal entails close cooperation with the German supplier in the field of power electronics. The new alliances shall serve to expands Schaeffler’s competence in electric drive systems.
On target to electrify transit in China is ZTE: Initially a smartphone maker, it has reportedly invested 560m dollars in inductive charging for transport and now ventures into vehicles. ZTE bought 70% of Granton Automobile and plans to set up facilities to produce up to 10,000 new energy buses.
More electric transport: Chinese logistics firm Transfar Zhilian is to hook up with JAC, Dongfeng and Foton to develop new energy logistics vehicles. Overarching Transfar Logistics Group will invest 13m dollars to set up the Zhejiang Transfar Eco-Friendly Logistics subsidiary.
Right-hand drive issue with Q7 e-tron: Delayed deliveries of Audi’s plug-in hybrid cause complain among British buyers, who were told months ago that their cars were on the way. Audi blames problems at suppliers for modified components that are specific to right-hand drive Q7 e-trons.
Toyota C-HR as proper hybrid? Toyota’s C-HR hybrid may soon come with a plug. The crossover’s PHEV variant would use the next-generation Prius drive, Autocar alleges.
Google, Schaeffler, London, Renault.
Google car project is now called Waymo: Google is spinning off its self-driving car unit into its own Alphabet company called Waymo. Jon Krafcik, who currently heads the undertaking, will remain in charge. However, as reported, Google’s own vehicles development will give way to more cooperation with traditional carmakers.
Bio-hybrid pedelec: Schaeffler will present its futuristic concept (we reported), a four-wheeled vehicle fitted with a pedelec drivetrain that will supply energy only when the rider is pedalling, at the CES in Las Vegas. The self-named “bio-hybrid” includes a roof, is suitable for bicycle paths, and can be linked with a number of apps.
Charging on the fly: Researchers at London’s Imperial College have been able to translate the concept of wireless charging to drones. Once the latter gets close enough to a charging station, energy will be transferred to the battery.
Hybrid truck: With the Urban Lab 2, Renault presented its newest truck concept based on the 19-tonner D WIDE. Thanks to its mild hybrid technology including an automatic start-stop function and 48-Volt starter generator, as well as to a special aerodynamic design, the vehicle is said to use 13 percent less diesel.