UQM, 3D printing, QinetiQ, Teheran.
Popular electric drivetrain: This autumn, UQM will release its new drivetrain system PowerPhaseDT for electric utility vehicles (we reported). The industry is already showing interest, with Hybrid Kinetic Group, Wuzhoulong Motors and ITL from China, as well as ADOMANI from the U.S.all ready to place their orders.
3-D printed batteries: Researchers from Taiwan have successfully printed a magnesium battery in just minutes. Using a synthetic magnesium powder as anode material, they were even able to increase capacity to more than 600mAh/g. The same method could be used to increase the capacity of lithium batteries to 200 mAh/g.
Electric hub-drives for the military? The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is investing 2.7m dollars in British developer QinetiQ and its hub-drive technology. There is apparently much potential for the system when it comes to military vehicles. The money will be used to go from the concept to the test and prototype stage.
South Korea and Iran join forces: Representatives from both countries have opened a joint centre for the exchange of technical know-how in Teheran. The goal is to cooperate on a number of projects in the future, including in the field of electric mobility.
Teheran, Lidl, Envision Solar, Rotterdam, Orange EV, Macau.
Teheran clears the air: To fight air pollution, the Iranian capital will implement a low emission zone from September. In the beginning, all cars with a valid plaque can enter, but regulations are said to tighten in 2017. The LEZ replaces the alternating driving bans for vehicles with even or odd license plate numbers.
Lidl plugs in: The supermarket chain has set up 20 EV charging stations at its locations in Germany. While it operates internationally, the company says it has no central plan to push EV infrastructure, but that every country can decide itself which measures to take.
electrive.net (in German)
Let the sun shine: California has renewed its one-year contract with Envision Solar for another 12 months. It now plans the delivery and installation of solar-powered EV chargers at local government agencies and organisations.
Water taxi electrified: The world’s first hybrid water taxi has gone into service in Rotterdam. Powered by a Torqueedo system, it can reach a top speed of 25 kph and has room for 12 passengers.
Voucher-approved truck: Orange EV announced that its battery-electric terminal truck has qualified for subsidies in California. Companies and organisations can therefore save between 95,000 to 120,000 dollars.
Electric test route: The Chinese Transport Bureau will set up a specialty line on the Macau peninsula for a month, to test two electric buses – one each from TCM and New Era. During the trial period, the buses can be ridden for free.
PREMIUM, Geneva, ABB & Alpiq, Teheran, ITM Power & Ove Arup.
BMW i3 is most test driven EV: According the German state-funded research project PREMIUM, some 13 percent of German drivers have already had first encounters with electric mobility. Most chose to test the BMW i3. Many would love to drive electric to protect the environment, but say that range and vehicle cost are still too big of an issue.
uni-passau.de (in German)
Geneva votes for e-buses: The city will introduce eleven all-electric buses on its line 23 from 2017, replacing the current diesel-powered fleet. The deal worth tenth of millions of euros will most likely be signed very soon. The electric buses were already been tested during the Tosa pilot project.
bzbasel.ch (in German)
ABB and Alpiq cooperate: Alpiq E-Mobility now carries all ABB rapid-charging solutions and will take charge of the conception and planning phases, as well as the installation and service of the EV chargers. ABB will continue to focus on the development and production of charging solutions.
abb.ch (in German)
Teheran bets on hybrids: The Iranian capital wants introduce at least 10,000 hybrid taxis within three years. 200 are already on the road and will be used at “airports, hotels and luxurious places.” The vehicles will of course be imported.
H2 alliance: Companies ITM Power and Ove Arup & Partners will work together to identify sites for new hydrogen refueling and energy storage systems using technology.