Bosch eBike Systems announce R200 e-bike range test
Bosch eBike Systems has made progress on a standard for measuring the ranges of e-bikes with defined parameters. The R200 has been developed in cooperation with ZIV (Germany’s bicycle industry association) and major companies from the bicycle industry are getting behind it.
MTB: Brose and Shimano introduce new e-motors
Brose and Shimano have introduced new motors for e-mountain bikes; the Drive S Mag (Brose) and the E7000 (Shimano). While one is designed for the more athletic tours, the other is designed with an affordable price in mind.
Suzuki, Softcar, DoE, Shimano.
Suzuki hybridises, mildly: The Japanese showed two concepts in Geneva. The iK-2 is said to sit just above the Swift while the iM-4 is a mini SUV measuring less than four metres. Both feature a mild-hybrid system called SHVS. The iK-2 however, might soon be offered as a petrol-electric hybrid.
autoexpress.co.uk, indianautosblog.com (iK-2), indianautosblog.com (iM-4)
Recyclable electric racer: Swiss Softcar shows the Aventor at the Geneva Motor Show. The electric race car is made of fully recyclable materials. On top of it, it is extra light as the three-wheeler weighs only 280 kilos, the four-wheeled version adds another 70 kg (350 kg in total.)
35 million dollars for fuel cells: The US Department for Energy (DoE) has readied to grant another 35 million dollars for fuel cell and hydrogen projects. Eligible is anything from research and development schemes to demonstration and deployment projects for fuel cell technology and hydrogen infrastructure.
Shimano’s next STEP: The Japanese updated their pedelec system. The second generation of the Step e-bike group will feature full automatic shifting, faster charging on and off the bike, and now also comes in matte black. While not confirmed, new product pictures also show a battery claiming 500 Wh capacity instead of the previous 418 Wh.
bike-eu.com, elektrobike-online.com (battery in German)
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Samsung SDI, IHS Automotive, Shimano, Renault.
New battery factory: Samsung SDI has signed an agreement with Shannxi Province and Anqing Ring to build a car battery factory in Shaanxi, China. The joint venture will be set up by April with Samsung investing about 600 million dollars over the next five years. Production is set to start as early as next year.
EVs on the rise: According to IHS Automotive, worldwide production of plug-in electric vehicles will increase by 67% this year, mounting to 403,000 electric and hybrid vehicles. Driven by tighter emission standards in Europe, this will also lead to more choices for consumers and eventually result in 1.1 million charging stations worldwide by the end of 2014.
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Get closer to Steps: Shimano introduced its new e-bike system Steps in Bremen, Germany. While being exclusive to the German market in its first year, Dutch Jan Willem van Schaik gave the system a go. He finds it “working smoothly,” especially as all components – mechanical or electric – come from one supplier. First test pedelecs are expected at German dealerships next month.
Self-experiment: Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn himself tested the autonomous Zoe called Next Two. The busy manager particularly enjoyed the opportunity to relax and let someone else take care of the steering. The technology is expected to be fully developed in 2020 but the Next Two prototype can already “navigate” through stop-and-go traffic or motorways safely today.
youtube.com (Video) via thegreencarwebsite.co.uk