Sono Motors developing V2X wall box in design survey
Sono Motors says it is working on a bidirectional AC wall box and is currently running a survey for customers to vote for their favourite design. The German company expects the home charger launch to coincide with Sono Motors’ Sion solar car coming to market in 2023.
Sono Motors hires new CTO
Markus Volmer will be the new Head of Complete Vehicle Development at Sono Motors. He succeeds Roberto Diesel, who left the Munich-based company back in April 2020. The new CTO is now responsible for the testing and validation of the Sion solar electric car on its way to series production.
Lightyear solar electric car headed for leasing market
The ‘electric car that charges itself’ thus was the slogan Lightyear entered the EV stage with in 2017. The spin-off from the TU Eindhoven’s solar team has been working on their solar EV ever since and has now found a partner in LeasePlan that will help bring the ‘Pioneer Edition’ to consumers by 2020.
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Smart Urban Vehicle: ZF TRW presents a compact electric car that combines technology of both recently merged companies. The Smart Urban Vehicle has a 6.5 metre turning circle and parks automatically even without a driver. Two electric motors (40 kW) sit on the rear axle and are powered by a traction battery. Top speed is 150 kph.
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Wind-to-hydrogen plant: The world’s biggest PEM installation now stands in German Mainz. The 6 MW electrolysis facility could power 2,000 fuel cell cars, storing excess energy from wind in hydrogen. The 17-million euro project was undertaken by Siemens, Stadtwerke Mainz, Linde, and the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences.
1,000-kilometre range is reached by the new solar car from Eindhoven University of Technology. The Stella Lux precedes the 2013 Stella and doubles previous range. Built by students, the EV seats four and generates more electricity than it uses.
New cathode material: Japanese researchers from i.e. the R&D Center at GS Yuasa are looking at trilithium niobate materials as electrode materials for lithium batteries. About 300 mAh⋅g−1 of high-reversible capacity at 50°C was observed, which partly comes from charge compensation by solid-state redox of oxide ions.