Dana Incorporated, Schaeffler, Hyperloop One.
Dana introduces e-axles: Expanding its portfolio of power technologies and drive axles for electric and hybrid vehicles, Dana Incorporated has now introduced the company’s ‘Spicer Electrified’ portfolio of fully integrated motor, control, and e-drive technologies. Currently in production, the Spicer EV Drive for vans manages speed and torque from the e-motor to the wheels. Planned for launch in 2018, Dana’s new e-axles for electric transit buses and city delivery vehicles feature a fully integrated motor and gear box.
Schaeffler to rely on electrification: The German automotive supplier plans to invest another 500 million euros in electric mobility by 2020 to strengthen its R&D as well as production. If EVs should take off faster than expected, the sum would have to be rethought, according to CEO Klaus Rosenfeld.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Hyperloop system unveiled: Hyperloop One, the main company developing the hyperloop system envisioned by Elon Musk, has unveiled the concept for its entire system. The company also outlined its plans to bring a hyperloop network between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and other Emirates.
Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid, Bulletproof Tesla Model S.
Reading tip I: The Schaeffler Bio-hybrid (we reported) gets a test drive from Damian Carrington. The vehicle is still a concept, but managed to confound passers-by.
Reading tip II: International Armoring has engineered a bulletproof Tesla Model S while still maintaining the car’s sleek design. The car also comes with the Tesla “bio-weapon defense mode” air filtration system.
Jaguar, China, Schaeffler, Heuliez Bus.
Will Jaguar build its own batteries? Together with Land Rover, the Brits are considering setting up a battery factory for their own emobility strategy, says The Times. Hundreds of pounds could be invested in the project. Whether the facility would be set up in the UK or a more cost effective region is still not clear.
Korean batteries excluded: The Chinese government is apparently going through with its plan (we reported), and will not subsidise EVs with battery packs from LG Chem or Samsung SDI. A list of companies subject to financial perks has been published – and does not include the Korean manufactures. Even though the latter have invested heavily in Chinese market in recent years.
Variable transmission for hybrids: Schaeffler has developed a CVT (continuously variable transmission) for plug-in hybrids. It features a parallel arrangement of the variator and the direct gear stage for the electric drive, is compact and has a low energy loss, allowing for more all-electric range and lower fuel consumption.
French battery alliance: Manufacturer Heuliez Bus is working with battery specialist Forsee Power in developing and producing a new battery system. It will be used for the all-electric Heuliez GX 337, which will be tested in Paris from July.
Hyundai, Nissan, Pininfarina, Schaeffler, BMW, Renault.
250 mile EV by Hyundai: The Koreans are about to raise the stakes in the EV range game. A 250 mile EV is planned for 2020 and is preceded by a 200 mile model due by 2018, Autoblog learns from Byung Ki Ahn, Hyundai’s director of the eco-vehicle performance development group. Together with the Ioniq EV that is expected with 110 miles of range later this year, Hyundai-Kia is clearly gearing up for its plan to launch 26 (partially) electric models by 2020.
Trade-off: Nissan may sell its 41 percent stake in automotive supplier Calsonic Kansei to use the proceeds to foster EV and AI development. More than 100 billion yen (913m dollars) could be raised and a first round of bits will be solicited in June. Calsonic Kansei products focus on conventional cars.
When India meets Italy: Formula E racing technology may be transferred to the road as Pininfarina is to design an electric sports car with Mahindra. The Indian carmaker had acquired the Italian design house last year and hopes to utilise it to offer what it calls an “art to part service” to other manufacturers.
Schaeffler shifts to e-mobility: The firm will double its global capacities in the electric mobility sector as during the next five years the total number of employees is to grow to 2,400. Schaeffler also restructured the Hybrid Drives unit, which Andreas Englisch oversees since April.
Customisable i8: BMW offers a range of fancy colours to choose from for buyers of their sporty hybrid in the UK. Prices start at 5,495 GBP and the palette for the i8 includes Speed Yellow, Solar Orange, or Twilight Purple Pearl among others. Extra sparkle will be added on request.
Scenic mild-hybrid: Renault presents the overhauled Grand Scénic, which is to arrive as Energy dCi 110 Hybrid Assist with a 48 V mild-hybrid system at the end of this year.
Schaeffler, inductive charging, Mission Electric, Corvus Energy.
Hybridisation of manual transmissions: Schaeffler presented its E-Clutch transmission system. It enables fuel saving while “sailing” or driving electrically and can thus be integrated into vehicles with manual transmissions. The system works on three levels of automation that go from the help of an actuator to purely Electronic Clutch Management (ECM).
Inductive cooperation: Korean utility firm Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) and wireless carrier SK Telecom Co. join forces to push wireless EV charging technology. The same goes for “Vehicle to Infrastructure” (V2I) systems that connect cars with the road and conditions around them.
New Mission: Electric motorcycle brand Mission Electric has been taken over by Vayon and will keep its focus on electric drivetrain and EV component development. Vayon will also provide further testing capabilities for the Mission Motor Company, including for high voltage batteries and climate chambers.
LG Chem goes maritime: Corvus Energy announced a multi-year agreement with LG Chem to supply Li-ion cells for its hybrid and electric maritime ESS. They will power passenger and commercial vessels, both hybridised or fully electric.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was our article predicting the beginning of the end of the CHAdeMO standard in Germany and the rest of Europe.
Roboracer, Schaeffler, LiRichFCC, Sparky Automotive.
Roboracer unveiled: The first iteration of the announced Roborace race car is here. Ten teams will vie to create the best racing AI for the driverless car, competing alongside the FIA Formula E Championship. As futuristic as the design may be, the self-driving racers will hit the track at speeds of up to 300 kph already next season.
Bio-hybrid pedelec: Schaeffler has introduced an electric pedelec, a four-wheeled vehicle that will supply energy only when the rider is pedalling. The self-named “bio-hybrid” includes a roof, is suitable for bicycle paths, and can be linked with a number of apps. The all-electric alternative was unveiled at the Auto Motor Und Sport Conference this year.
EU seeks new materials: As part of the Research Framework Programme “Horizon 2020,” the EU selected to fund LiRichFCC, which set out find new cathode materials for Li-ion batteries to allow for higher energy density and more capacity.
nanomat.de, umweltdienstleister.de (in German)
Riderless bike: UK based start-up Sparky Automotive wants to build a riderless electric bike that could be used for deliveries in congested areas. The bikes use gyroscope technology to stay upright, while control is also provided via cameras mounted on the handlebars, and a “virtual rider” operating the servos. According to the company, the system is much better suited for making deliveries than drones.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the news that the Netherlands plan to sell only electric cars from 2025.
General Motors, Apple, TÜV Süd, Schaeffler.
Battery costs go down: For the first time GM has mentioned concrete cost figures for their batteries at a recent conference. According to the car company, the costs for the LG batteries of the all-electric Bolt, which will go into production next year, will contribute only 145 dollars/kWh. GM believes that the barrier of 100 dollars/kWh will be breached by 2022.
Apple expansion for EVs? While Apple is already building the mighty Campus2 project in Cupertino, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that the IT giant has signed a lease for a huge new site in Sunnyvale. The development of Apple’s electric vehicle could possibly be located at this new site, but no official confirmation was made.
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TÜV to test EV batteries in Japan: Together with ESPEC Corporation, TÜV Süd has inaugurated a testing center for the safety of EV batteries north of Tokyo. It is the first testing facility of its kind, and will offer battery manufacturers comprehensive testing facilities for safety and conformity with the more stringent UN-ECE regulation 100.
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Automatic Clutch: With their e-clutch Schaeffler wants to pave the way for the manual transmission into hybridisation. The automated clutch will make fuel-saving driving strategies, such as coasting or electric assisted driving possible for cars with manual transmissions.
Google, Ricardo, Schaeffler, Toshiba.
Google car: Google presented its driverless EV to the press, allowing them to take the backseat. Reviews range from contextual (USA Today), to rather uneventful (Washington Post) and “Disneyland ride” (The Detroit News). All, however, felt that the vehicle is pretty real and rather safe.
usatoday.com, washingtonpost.com, detroitnews.com
Boost to produce: JAC and Ricardo are jointly developing a production version of Ricardo’s HyBoost concept. The 48-volt hybrid is hoped to boost fuel economy by 30 percent without performance losses.
Audi TT with 48-V: Schaeffler is using an Audi TT to further demonstrate the performance capabilities of 48 volt hybridisation system. The “Schaeffler System 48 V” sits at the rear axle and allows for electric “sailing” at low speeds. Precise data will be issued once testing is completed.
Electric go-carts: Toshiba received an order for lithium-ion batteries that will be installed in all 70 electric go-carts running in the “Circuit Challenger” attraction at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan. The carts belong to Mobilityland, a subsidiary of Honda.
GKN Automotive, Schaeffler, Daimler, NextEV.
Torque vectoring eAxle: GKN Automotive has revealed a new torque-vectoring axle technology for next-generation hybrid vehicles. GKN says the technology will help hybrids compete successfully against conventional powertrains on performance, not just efficiency.
Schaeffler unveils hybrid module: Schaeffler has introduced a new P2 high-voltage hybrid module at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Due to a significantly higher electrical output of 80 kW, it can be used in plug-in hybrid vehicles and will go into serial production for the first time in China in 2017.
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German effort on battery cells? The joint purchase of Nokia’s mapping division Here might not be the last cooperation of German carmakers Audi, BMW and Daimler. Speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche considered the possibility of a joint production of next-gen battery cells.
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Update on NextEV: Chinese electric-vehicle startup and Tesla rival NextEV has chosen north San Jose, California, as the location for a major R&D center, says Silicon Valley Business Journal. The 85,000-square-foot building will serve as a hub focused on energy technologies and connected car research.
AVTR, Schaeffler, Bulls, Andretti.
Small EV: The European AVTR project (Optimal Electrical Powertrain via Adaptable Voltage and Transmission Ratio) focuses on developing a small electric car that fulfills the Japanese Kei Car specifications and combines modularity, low cost, producibility, and design. Fraunhofer IISB , Dräxlmaier , Panasonic and IFEVS were responsible for the battery system.
ABT heart: For the second ePrix season, ABT’s exclusive technology partner Schaeffler developed the drivetrain for the ABT Schaeffler FE01 race car. The heart is the electric motor called ABT Schaeffler MGU 01, said to combine the best possible efficiency, high reliability and optimal thermal management thanks to a modified cooling system.
Connected e-bike: At the Eurobike, manufacturer Bulls will present its connected pedelec ‘Bulls Sturmvogel E Evo,’ developed together with Deutsche Telekom and Brose. The e-bike can analyse wears and tears, warn against (its) possible robbery and even call for help during an accident.
telekom.com (in German)
More drivetrain troubles: The Andretti Autosport Formula E team has issues with its new drivetrain, developed for the second season. It therefore announced that it will stick with the Spark SRT_01E from season one. Earlier, team Trulli had reported a similar problem.
Daimler & Qualcomm, Wireless in-wheel motor, Schaeffler, ORNL.
Inductive charging collaboration: Until now it seemed that Daimler and BMW were working together with Brusa to develop inductive charging technology. But now Daimler announced that it will team up with Qualcomm to develop wireless charging solutions based on the latter’s Halo WEVC technology.
Wireless in-wheel motor: Japanese researchers say they have successfully developed the world’s first in-wheel motor system for electric cars that transfers electricity from the battery to the in-wheel motor wirelessly. It features a transmitting and a receiving coil located ten centimeters apart.
Schaeffler joins Formula E: As the exclusive technology partner of Team ABT Sportsline, Schaeffler is already developing an electric motor of its own for the second Formula E season and will be shaping the entire powertrain system of the motor and transmission for the race car. The first components will already be tested in the next few weeks.
New solid-state electrolyte: Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory say they have developed a promising new solid-state electrolyte for rechargeable batteries with lithium-metal anodes. The material (Li7P2S8I) stands out due to its high ionic conductivity and chemical stability.
Renault, Hyperloop, Schaeffler, Chevy Volt.
Twizy truck: On Twitter, Renault posted a picture of its Twizy featuring a one square metre large cargo area. The six-wheeled Twizy delivery concept was conceived as part of the VELUD (Electric Vehicle for Sustainable Urban Logistics) project and will first be tested in Paris. If it ever makes serial production, remains to be seen.
twitter.com (photo) via autoblog.com
Hyperlooping Texas? Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced he wants to build a test track for the Hyperloop train – most likely in Texas. There, students and companies will be able to test their prototypes that run up to 4,000 mph. Musk is even considering an annual pod racer competition. The deal with Texas is also part of Tesla’s move to the U.S. state to allow Tesla stores.
Schaeffler showed its line-up of engine technologies in Detroit, allowing carmakers to meet 2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) requirements. It also presented a close-to-production vehicle based on a Ford Kuga that already meets the standards due to its mild 48V hybridization.
automotiveworld.com, automobil-industrie.vogel.de (in German)
Prius fighter? The new Volt’s drivetrain has two motor-generators with its total drive power of 111 kW (149 hp). While one motor acts as a 45-kW generator, it can be used as a second motor to provide extra torque. Green Car Reports believes it could be GM’s technological answer to the upcoming new Prius.
Schaeffler, Kulan, University of Maryland, University of Texas, TNO.
Mild-hybrid SUV: Schaeffler will show the second phase of its concept car based on an all-wheel-drive, midsize SUV at the North American International Auto Show in January. Including a 48-volt system and other innovations, the vehicle already meets 2025 CAFE requirements.
Electric donkey: Shown at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover earlier this year, the Kulan electric utility concept was created by a German consortium of 14 companies and research organisations and is designed for transporting loads around farms. With just about 4 kW from two electric motors – one in each rear-wheel hub – it is able to carry one tonne of cargo.
Li-ion research: Researchers at the University of Maryland say they have improved the cycle life of silicon-carbon composite electrodes by 300 percent. This was achieved solely by the chemical tailoring of the interface between the silicon and the carbon with atomic oxygen.
Lithium-sulfur research: Researchers at the University of Texas have found that using phosphorus pentasulfide (P2S5) as an electrolyte additive enables the direct use of commercially available bulk Li2S particles as high-capacity cathode materials for Li−S batteries. According to the researchers, this could significantly decrease the manufacturing cost of Li−S batteries.
Intelligent e-bike: The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has developed an electric bike that is able to detect oncoming dangers and warn its rider by vibrating either the handlebars (danger from the front) or the saddle (danger from the back). The radar and camera-assisted safety bike could be available to customers within the next two years.
Proton Motors, Schaeffler, Carbon fibres, ZeroTruck.
Fuel cell range-extender: The 25 kW fuel cell system HyRange 25 FC can power buses, as well as light and heavy duty vehicles. But Proton Motors hopes to mainly use it as a range extender for EVs. The modular system is based on Proton Motor’s PM400 fuel cell stack and can be combined to 50 and 75 kW configurations.
Automatic pedelec gear shift: Schaeffler will present its Fag-Velomatic for (e-) bikes at the Eurobike show. The transmission comes with the Velodaptic app that gathers GPS and performance data. The FAG-Velomatic measures cadence, force, speed and gradient for shifting, while cyclists can also adapt their profile via the app.
Talking carbon: According to Reuters, South Korea’s GS Caltex wants to meet with Tesla, which has entertained the idea of using carbon fibres for some time now. Meanwhile, a study by the German army (Bundeswehr) reports that fumes emitted by burning carbon fibres (i.e. when in a crash) could cause cancer.
reuters.com (Tesla), ndr.de (Bundeswehr)
Electric truck conversion: ZeroTruck is converting medium-duty trucks. The company’s Electric Drive Integration System (EDIS) is funded by the California Energy Commission but has been in operation since 2010. The system has a top speed of 70 mph and a range of up to 80 miles.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the 200-dollar electric bicycle made from scrap in Mumbai.
Schaeffler, Prodrive, RocketSkates, BMW.
Gears for efficiency: Schaeffler presented its latest concept vehicle STEP2 at the Silvretta electric car rally. Their converted electric Golf’s new two-speed transmission is said to use six percent less energy, than similar vehicles with a single-gear drivetrain.
Silicon carbide converter: A consortium of British companies led by Prodrive developed a high-frequency DC-DC converter with a efficiency of 98.7%. The converter, which is currently fitted to a Tata Vista test vehicle, acts like a hub connecting high voltage battery, motor, a super-capacitor bank and 12-volts auxiliary system.
Wearable mobility is what Acton classifies their RocketSkates as. These skates are not propelled by rockets but by small electric hub motors, allowing for a speed of up to 12 mph. Within just 24 hours, their Kickstarter campaign raised more than enough money to fund the project.
Time-saving repairs: The BMW i3 is a revolutionary car, also in terms of fixing it after an accident. Instead of just pounding out damaged parts, the CFRP panels need to be replaced completely. Because this takes less time, the i3 is not any more expensive to repair than a BMW 1 Series car.
Schaeffler/Continental, PEM fuel cells, Nigeria.
48-volt concept: At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Schaeffler and Continental presented a mild hybrid in what they dubbed the ‘Gasoline Technology Car’ (GTC). Based on the Ford Focus the GTC is said to use 17% less gasoline than a conventional compact car.
Less platinum, longer life: Researchers at the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai found that new platinum-iridium alloy catalysts for PEM fuel cells led to a “drastic” improvement in durability and stability while using 50% less platinum.
Even less platinum: A new electrospinning/electrospraying (E/E) technique for fuel cell electrodes results in high power densities with ultra-low platinum loadings. The method which produces a nanoparticle cathode catalyst layer has been developed by researchers at Drexel University, USA.
Nigeria’s first electric car has been built by student Segun Oyeyiola. His conversion of a VW Bug features a solar roof and is said to come with enough range for the family’s daily errands.