Siemens supporting Northvolt with Swedish “Gigafactory”
The battery firm Northvolt, run by former Tesla manager Peter Carlsson, will be received assistance for their planned major serial battery production plant for lithium-ion cells from Siemens.Weiterlesen
Uniti films working prototype of low cost electric car
Swedish startup Uniti that is backed by the likes of Siemens, Kuka or BorgWarner presents a working prototype of their Uniti One for the first time. A video sees them cruising the shop floor and the details of their compact electric car look neat to say the least.Weiterlesen
Tighten EU emission regulation, please
It is not every day the EU hears someone asking them to give them stricter regulations and this time, it is neither citizens nor environmental organisations but industrial heavy weights. Those dealing in deliveries brought by trucks want tougher rules so that they can come clean.Weiterlesen
Siemens HPC chargers for electric buses in Denmark
Siemens has signed an agreement with Denmark’s largest public transportation operator, Movia, for the delivery of fast-charging stations with pantograph for electric buses. 45 communities stand to benefit from the contract and is one of Siemens biggest eBus orders ever.Weiterlesen
Carris to order 15 e-buses for Lisbon public transport
The public transport company Carris from the Portuguese capital Lisbon has put out an open order for 15 electric buses and their charging infrastructure. Up to 11.7 million euro are being offered, and bids are being accepted until the 16th of May.Weiterlesen
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Hackrod and Siemens present 3D printed E-sportscar
The Californian firm Hackrod is cooperating with Siemens to produce an electric sports car from a 3D printer. The design, which was produced in-house, has now been presented as an electric concept car called La Bandita.Weiterlesen
Germany funds fuel cell train development with €12 millions
Siemens, Ballard Power Systems, and RWTH Aachen University will receive 12 million euros in funding through the German government. The partners are to develop efficient fuel cells for Siemens Mireo trains and want to put them in service by 2021.Weiterlesen
Battery producer Saft to cooperate with Siemens, Solvay and Manz
French battery producer Saft has announced a cooperation with Siemens, Solvay and Manz to research, develop and industrialise solid-state batteries. The venture is designated to last for seven years, and naturally includes electric transport applications.Weiterlesen
Siemens may start producing batteries in Goerlitz
As the turbine factory in Goerlitz, Germany, is winding down, Siemens has had to face much criticism. The prospective loss of jobs and unavoidable layoffs have been difficult for both political relations as well as the concerned employees. A new battery factory in Oberlausitz may offer relief.Weiterlesen
Siemens to make batteries for electric boats in Norway
Siemens has decided to move its battery production for electric marine vessels to Norway this Spring. The new location in Trondheim offers cheap energy from renewable sources and favourable policies for electric transport applications.Weiterlesen
Kick-start of construction of first eHighway in Germany
Building works have started on Germany’s first electric highway that will see electric trucks run along overhead wires, thus charging dynamically. The technology comes from Siemens.Weiterlesen
Deal closed: OMV holds 40 percent shares in Smatrics
The Austrian energy and petrol station group has completed its transaction to join Smatrics with an interest of 40 percent, as planned. Also authorities approved the acquisition.Weiterlesen
BMW-led consortium explores 450 kW charging
Within a three-year research project called FastCharge, BMW (consortium leader), Porsche, Allego, Phoenix Contact and Siemens seek to explore “technical and physical limits of all components and systems involved in charging, both in the vehicle and the infrastructure.”Weiterlesen
California sees first eHighway
Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) inaugurated a 1.6 km test track with an overhead catenary system made by Siemens. The eHighway stretches out in the Californian city of Carson, close to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.Weiterlesen
Dekra, FKFS, Bosch, Siemens, Cummins.
Faster evaluation of used EV batteries: German auditing company Dekra and the research centre FKFS in Stuttgart have found a way to check the status of used batteries much faster than it is possible today. The accelerated procedure could replace currently applied time-intensive measurements and shall be tested in some of Dekra’s branches from 2018 on.
Bosch shows battery for hybrids: The German supplier presents a new 48-volt battery for HEVs with standardized set-up for an easy integration in all sorts of hybrid vehicles. Production kick-off is scheduled to start in late 2018. Bosch estimates that by 2025 not less than 15m HEVs could benefit from its 48-volt battery.
Siemens’ hybrid drive concepts for mine trucks: The company’s aim is to replace diesel-mechanical drive systems in mine trucks through hybrid solutions. After first trials in Australia, Siemens is convinced that its new concepts enhance efficiency as well as performance. In detail, the Germans registered 15 percent lower vehicle maintenance and servicing costs, less noise and emissions as well as a more efficient mine yield as a result of shorter cycle times.
U.S. tech for electric-powered buses: In Atlanta, U.S. engine manufacturer Cummins has introduced a new drivetrain for electric buses, available also with an additional range extender. Furthermore, the company has announced to team up with bus manufacturer Gillig: Both partners signed a technical collaboration agreement as they seek to integrate Cummins battery tech components into Gillig’s electric buses.
Northvolt, ABB, Siemens, Valeo, Volocopter, British Airways.
Northvolt partners with ABB: Swedish company Northvolt and Swiss tech specialist ABB will work together to realise Northvolt’s project to build Europe’s largest lithium ion battery factory in Sweden. Their agreement involves a supply and technology partnership as well as R&D collaboration. ABB intends to supply robotics, automation and electrification solutions and to contribute to innovations in battery technology in areas such as production platform, cell and module design and battery performance. As reported, battery production in the new gigafactory could start in 2020 and ramp up to 32 GWh in 2023.
Does Siemens consider selling JV shares? When Siemens formed a 50:50 joint venture with Valeo in December 2016, it allegedly insisted on an exit clause, the Handelsblatt has learnt. Thus, Siemens has a put option from December 2021 and Valeo simultaneously a call option on Siemens’ shares. Their JV is focussing on high-voltage powertrains for all forms of electrified cars, including hybrids.
handelsblatt.com (in German, with paywall)
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Maiden flight of electric air taxi in Dubai: The autonomous air taxi concept by German manufacturer Volocopter has successfully completed its first unmanned test flight at a location close to Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Park. Currently, the prototype manages to stay in the air for approximately 30 minutes. As reported, also Daimler is among the investors of the aviation company.
zdnet.com, newatlas.com, mediaoffice.ae
British Airways to replace diesel tugs: The airline has inaugurated five new remote-controlled EVs capable to push back aircrafts from gates at London-Heathrow. The so-called “Mototoks” replace diesel tugs and are in operation at Terminal 5 where they allegedly manage to park up to 40 percent more airlines in the same amount of parking space.
Innogy, ADS-TEC, Siemens, SPIE, California, Karnataka.
Record funding: RWE subsidiary Innogy’s plan to erect 1,245 charging stations with two charge points each has been granted approval and funding by the Ministry of Transport. It is the biggest Yes to date, worth 3.1m euros and will stretch across four federal states. As part of the RWE utility, Innogy SE is one of Germany’s leading infrastructure providers with 4,600 charge points in 635 cities and municipalities.
handelsblatt.com (in German)
350 kW charging: ADS-TEC together with Porsche is working on the extra fast-charging system High Power Charger (HPC) for the limited-power distribution grid. The system is due to come onto the market by 2018 and shall provide 350 kW charging even in decentralised structures. At the EVS30 in Stuttgart this October, the system will be on display.
Siemens is getting ahead in fast-charging too and has found a new partner in charge in SPIE, a service provider. Together they want to offer complete packages that include consultation, installation and operation of DC chargers. Siemens launched a 50 kW Compact Power Charger in Frankfurt.
16m for seven H2 stations: The California Energy Commission awarded a grant of 16m dollars to Shell subsidiary Equilon Enterprises for the introduction of seven hydrogen refueling stations in Northern California. They shall be built in collaboration with Honda and Toyota.
EV manufacturing zones: Indian state Karnataka approved the ‘Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy 2017’, looking to set up new EV manufacturing zones. It also includes charging stations at airports, railway stations, metro stations and encourages start-ups to develop business models.
Siemens, ChargePoint, Hubject, StreetScooter, UPS, Mitsubishi.
Siemens is ChargePoint’s new old big buddy as the German corporation joined the latest round of funding led by Daimler. The infrastructure provider thus managed to gather another 43m dollars, closing the total Series G round at 125m dollars. Siemens has got its very own stake in ChargePoint as it supplies DC charging technology and has been invested since 2010.
Hubject in Croatia: Hrvatski Telekom agreed to cooperate with Hubject, meaning all intercharge users may access charging opportunities in Croatia. Hubject now includes more than 55,000 charge points.
StreetScooter goes Berlin: 40 electric delivery vans and 160 charge points at 4 logistic bases are only the beginning for Deutsche Post DHL’s electrification in the German capital. 30 of the 40 homemade StreetScooters are the new large version Work L, which can hold twice the volume of the usual van. On top, the fleet is to gradually get more electric, “wherever it can as Berlin is not any odd location,” DHL board member Juergen Gerdes promised. Estimates say the Berlin mail may come fully electric by 2025, at least an exact 156 charge points with 11 kW stand at the ready by now. In total, DHL operates 3,000 StreetScooters in Germany to date and is currently gearing up to electrify 70 percent of its deliveries on the first and last mile by 2025.
electrive.net (in German)
UPS is a little less ambitious than its competitor above as it set a target to have 25 percent of its new vehicle purchases be driven by alternative fuel by 2020. Five years later, UPS wants 40 percent of its fleet to be gas and diesel free.
Leading by example: The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) took charge of five Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs and five i-MiEV along with four quick charger units. They are part of a study and Mitsu hopes to reach more government agencies as well.
Energica, Siemens, Share & Charge, Alphabet, Chargemaster.
Quick charging along biking routes: Energica has put its first quick charging station in Selva di Val Gardena (South Tyrol) into operation. The specialist for electric motorcycles announced some months ago its intention to initiate a charging network along popular biking routes in Italy and California. The company counts on CCS tech and just recently joined the CharIN network.
Siemens’ new 920 volts station: Siemens has added a new 150 kW high power charging station to its product line. The system works with up to 920 volts, enabling “a charging time of just ten minutes to travel over 100 km”, said the firm. The multi-standard station is able to service three EVs simultaneously.
Airbnb for charging stations: Share&Charge is the name of a new community platform for owners of EVs and charging stations that has just gone live in both Google and the Apple App Store. The tool works with blockchain tech and enables people to make their charging point accessible and billable. As the project was born through innogy’s Innovation Hub, innogy is also the first cooperation partner to register 1,000 charge points.
Alphabet and Chargemaster announced their cooperation in Great Britain. While the first has a fleet of 8,000 EVs and HEVs, the latter erected more than 30,000 home charging units in 2016. The partners state, that clients would benefit “in a multitude of ways.”
Electrified Bayernwerk fleet: The German E.ON subsidiary wants to replace its 1,300 cars gradually with EVs, mainly from 2020 on. At the latest in 2025, the utility wants to take its last conventionally powered car out of service. The first 28 EVs joined Bayernwerk’s fleet already at the end of 2016.
bayernwerk.de (in German)
Siemens, Pininfarina, SAIC, Hydrogen Storage
Silent gliding in Venice: Electric tourist boats can now be hired in Venice. The Italian city teamed up with a tourist boat operator and shipyard to design the “Scossa,” an electric boat that carries around 40 passengers. Its electric propulsion comes from Siemens and more vessels are planned.
Pininfarina to develop an EV: The Mahindra group-owned automotive design firm Pininfarina has closed a deal worth 65m euros with Hong-Kong listed Hybrid Kinetic Group for developing an electric car. Pininfarina will support the project from design to physical validation for series production.
SAIC research in Israel: Chinese SAIC wants to set-up an R&D centre for future technologies like electric mobility, car sharing and automation in Israel and plans to employ 50 people there.
Effective H2 storage: Researchers from the USA and Thailand used confined nanoparticles to improve hydrogen storage in a solid-state system with high-capacity lithium nitride. If put into practice, it may enable faster fuelling of fuel cell vehicles in the future.
Honda, Toyota, Siemens, Tesla.
Neverending range: Honda is working on an electric car with unlimited vehicle range. The idea is a dynamic charging system that uses high power (180 kW) to energise an EV travelling at 155 kph. This perpetuum mobile exists, at least Honda has had running test and their R&D will present a paper at the SAE World Congress in early April.
Toyota delivered the first fuel cell bus that uses hydrogen technology from the Mirai. The bus will go into service in Tokyo in March together with another fuel cell bus. But they are just the first two of a fleet of 100 planned for the Olympics 2020 in Japan.
Electric fish farming boat: Norwegian Salmon farmer Salmar Farming AS took charge of an electric boat with propulsion by Siemens. The ‘Elfrieda’ measures 14 x 8 metres and sails 12 km off the coast daily with the BlueDrive PlusC propulsion system that has been developed for offshore ships. Siemens and its Trondheim office supply other ship companies as well.
Autopilot enhanced: Tesla released new features for its self-driving system. It allows Autosteer on (some) local roads now rather than on motorways only. Furthermore, a Tesla can Autopark with a parallel parking option. The Summon feature is probably just around the corner.
electrek.co (Autosteer), electrek.co (Autopark)
Colorado, GT racing series, BorgWarner, Siemens.
Inductive charging on the go: The Colorado Department of Transportation and private Partners want to fit highway segments and the trucks with a coil transmission and reception system, essentially allowing for wireless charging while driving. Construction could begin as early as 2018.
Model S on the tracks: The world’s first electric GT racing series announced that its electric racer called V2.0 Car will in fact be a Tesla Model S P100D. It gives the series quite a power upgrade, as previous developments were based on the Model S P85 with rear-wheel drive.
BorgWarner will supply its turbocharging technology for hybrid cars from BYD, namely the 1.5 and 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engines in the Qin, Yuan, Tang and Song. The water-cooled technology is said to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Electric world climb record: Siemens’ plane Extra 330LE set a new record for time to climb, reaching a 3,000 metre altitude in just four minutes and 22 seconds. The plane’s electric drivetrain weighs just 50 kilos and has an output of 260 kW. Siemens expects first electrically powered passenger airplanes with a range of up to 1,000 km to take over the sky from 2030.
Siemens, Valeo, Diesel, NextEV, Maven, Tesla, Chrysler.
Siemens and Valeo form alliance: The recently announced Valeo Siemens eAutomotive GmbH, a 50:50 joint venture, has begun operations. The company will focus on high-voltage powertrains for all forms of electrified cars, including hybrids. Jointly developed electric motors, on-board chargers, inverters and power converters are said to give the companies a more favourable position in the market.
Good-bye diesel cars: The mayors of Athens, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris pledged they would ban diesel cars from their streets by 2025. Athens even wants to go one step further and get rid of all cars in in city centre. Meanwhile, from February 15th, 2017, Beijing will prohibit all cars that don’t meet emission standards from entering the city during smog alarm. The move could affect all cars that are ten years or older – or roughly 8 percent of vehicles.
theguardian.com, c40.org (diesel), channelnewsasia.com (Beijing)
Tesla-fighter from China: NextEV, who just unveiled its 1 MW hypercar, is reportedly also working on a Model X competitor. The electric SUV will be built in China together with JAC and is said to hit the road late 2018 or early 2019. Thanks to a 70 kWh battery pack, range is estimated at 330 miles (530 km), but more importantly, NextEV says it will be “cheaper” than the Tesla.
Maven comes to Germany: Opel will introduce GM’s mobility service Maven to Germany next year. Called “Maven home,” it will also employ the Ampera-e. The EV will first be available for selected hotels, apartment complexes and student housing, and will later also be used in a more conventional e-carsharing scheme.
automobilwoche.de, autogazette.de (articles in German)
Tesla goes on sale in Spain: The Model S and Model X can now be ordered in Spain, with first deliveries scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. The EV pioneer is also stepping up its game in terms of chargers there, installing more Superchargers and Destination Chargers at hotels, etc.
The first Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid rolled off production lines at the Windsor plant in Ontario on December 1st. The first electrified minivan will be available from just under 42,000 dollars in the U.S., where it also qualifies for the 7,500 dollar tax credit. Electric range is rated at 30 miles.
SK Innovation, Siemens, Toshiba, Canadian Electric Boat Company.
Regulatory uncertainty is keeping SK Innovation from building a new battery facility in China as Beijing moves on with new rules it suggested before. The draft raised the minimum annual production capacity to 8 gigawatt hours to be eligible for subsidies. Both SK Innovation and Samsung do not meet the targets – effectively only China’s BYD Co and Amperex Technology do.
eHighway in California: Siemens plans its next electric highway as it will fit its overhead contact system for hybrid electric trucks above a motorway in California by January next year. The first such eHighway has reportedly been set up in Sweden, where it charges trucks from Scania.
eurotransport.de (in German)
Hydrogen Application Centre: Toshiba started construction of a new Hydrogen Application Center in Tokyo. The facility will be built around a H2One hydrogen power system that will use renewable energy to produce hydrogen and supply it to H2 forklifts operating in Fuchu Complex from April 2017.
Fast electric boat: The Canadian Electric Boat Company took inspiration and battery cells from Tesla to build a really fast electric boat. The Bruce 22E has a 100 kW motor and is equipped with a 48.66 kW battery and hits 41 knots. Deliveries are to begin early next year with a piece starting at 100,000 euros.
Toyota, fuel cell, Siemens, hydrogen.
Toyota extends development in China: The carmaker will invest in its research facility in China, setting up i.e. a new lab and battery test field before the end of 2018, as well as extending its testing track. Moreover, Toyota will introduce a PHEV version of the Corolla Levin and is gearing up for the market introduction of its fuel cell car.
Toyota tests Fuel Cell Trucks: For a feasibility study, the manufacturer will fit large trucks with fuel cell technology from its Mirai. Details about the undertaking are still rare, with more to follow next month. But preparations seem to already be underway.
forbes.com, greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com
Siemens to test overhead charging: Siemens wants to test the use of hybrid trucks for long-haul transports that are charged via an overhead wire. Tests on public roads will begin 2019, one manager revealed. The needed infrastructure will be set up by the end of 2018 and will be funded by the German government in form of a tender.
handelsblatt.com (in German)
Putting money in H2 technology: The U.S. Department of Energy has earmarked another 30m dollars to fund fuel cell and hydrogen technology. The focus will be on platin-free catalysts and electrodes to be used in PEM fuel cells for the automotive sector, new means of splitting water and new H2-storage technologies.
LG Chem, Qualcomm, Siemens, Ricardo.
LG Chem continues to grow: The Korean battery maker has bought the cathode material business from GS Energy – including all patents and production sites. According to LG Chem, the deal is part of its plan to become the leading supplier of EV batteries. The supplier already counts GM and Renault to its clients, and was now able to win the business of Faraday Future.
pulsenews.co.kr (GS EM), fortune.com (FF)
Qualcomm to acquire NXP: The world of semiconductors could see its next big takeover, as chip manufacturer Qualcomm has an eye on Dutch competitor NXP Semiconductors. The deal would be worth more than 30bn dollars. Talks, however, are still in the early stages.
Electrifying Norwegian ferries: Siemens will supply the drivetrains for two new battery-electric vessels that will commute on a 2.4 km long route along Norway’s west coast from January 2018. It will be able to transport 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers. Siemens will therefore claim the title of leading drivetrain supplier for electric ships.
New partners: Ricardo and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) have signed a MoU in the field of powertrain electrification. The two are also said to jointly develop motors, batteries and power electronics for the automotive industry.
Siemens, Smart City Challenge.
Reading tip: Columbus, Ohio, has won the Smart City Challenge along with 50m dollars to promote and develop a better, more electric, transportation system. With a further 90m dollars from local businesses, Columbus has laid out a plan to transform their city including getting local top 50 CEOs to purchase electric vehicles.
Siemens Aircraft Motor, Nissan Sunderland, Advanced Propulsion Centre.
Electric maiden flight: Siemens’s record-setting electric aircraft motor, which reportedly boasts a continuous output of about 260 kW but weighs only 50 kg, has successfully completed its first public flight. This success will allow for the creation of an hybrid-electric aircraft with four or more seats. As the drive is scalable, it will also be at the base of the joint project of Airbus and Siemens for the development of hybrid regional airliners (we reported).
No Brexit for Nissan: The Japanese carmaker is investing 26.5m pounds to continue to produce EV batteries at its manufacturing base in Sunderland, ensuring that some 300 jobs will remain at the lithium-ion battery plant.
Supply chain competition: The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK is launching a 1m pound competition, wherein vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and organisations will compete to develop a greener automotive supply chain. The Centre hopes to fund up to four projects.