Trefecta, Stanford, Ballard Power Systems & Plug Power.
S-Pedelec perfection: 250 Nm torque that can be activated via throttle or pedals and a 1,600-Wh battery make the Trefecta e-bike come very close to a motocross machine. The super-stylish speed pedelec with a frame developed by the former Fokker Aerospace engineering team can go up to 80 kph but weighing about 40 kilos. Price: 22,500 euros (28,550 dollars) before taxes.
trefectamobility.com (with video), elektroniknet.de (in German)
Stretching polymers: The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has awarded 10.5 million dollars to seven research projects. One team set out to develop self-healing polymers that can stretch to endure large volume changes in the battery during charge and discharge.
Profitable partnership: Ballard Power Systems has signed a long term supply agreement to provide fuel cell stacks for use in Plug Power’s GenDrive systems for forklift trucks. The agreement is a continuation of an existing partnership. Plug Power customers include Walmart, Sysco and Mercedes among others and the company expects to bill orders for about 150 million dollars this year.
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