SINGER, Mercedes, FCTO, Skoda Transportation.
SINGER project: As part of the “Sino-German Electromobility Research” (SINGER) project by universities in Hamburg and Shenzhen, researchers will examine new materials for the use in electric car batteries. Furthermore, they will study the general influence of EVs on the city development of seaports. The project received 925,000 euros (1.29m dollars) in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and will run for three years.
uni-hamburg.de (in German)
Coasting assistance: The new electric B-Class will be able to automatically determine whether it has to coast or recuperate when travelling in traffic on the motorway. The optional radar-based feature will come together with the recuperation pedals at the steering wheel, which will also allow for manual switching.
newsticker.sueddeutsche.de (in German), greencarcongress.com
Funding on demand: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is asking the fuel-cell research community for feedback on what development topics the next potential round of funding should focus on. The FCTO has identified six categories where your input could be helpful!
greencarcongress.com, eere-exchange.energy.gov (Request of Information)
Battery tram: Skoda Transportation will deliver twelve catenary-free trams to the Turkish city of Konya in 2015. Thanks to nano-lithium-titanium batteries mounted to containers on the roof, the ForCity tram will be able to travel 3 km on powerless routes, such as historic city centres without catenaries.