TU/ecomotive making “most circular car” a reality
A fully recyclable and light-weight electric car made from flax and sugar – what had been no more than a concept a few months ago, has now grown into a prototype. Awaiting certification, the makers from the TU Eindhoven will then take it on tour in Europe.
TU Eindhoven with recyclable and circular EV concept
The ecomotive team at the TU Eindhoven has been looking into sustainable design for years now. Their latest electric car concept takes its clues from the circular economy. It is made from recyclable materials and uses renewable resources in the production process.
Dyson, Benteler Engineering, AVL, TU Eindhoven.
Dyson acquires battery maker: Shortly after the maker of vacuum cleaners loudly thought about building its own EV, Dyson now bought solid-state battery start-up Sakti3 for 90m dollars. Previously, Dyson had invested 15m dollars. Things are poised to get even more serious as Dyson plans to build a grand battery factory for an estimated 1 billion dollars. It sure will deliver power packs for vacuum cleaners, if for electric cars too, will remain to be seen.
usatoday.com via greencarcongress.com, electric-vehiclenews.com
Electric-Retrofit is a system set up by Benteler Engineering to convert diesel into electric buses. The axle drive module is by Ziehl-Abegg and recuperates. The system is said to fit in 10.5 to 18-metre vehicles and is currently presented at the Busworld show in Belgium.
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New emission test site: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded AVL to set up an emissions measurement system at the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL). Here, EPA wants to test electric and hybrid vehicles next to conventional vehicles.
Student racer for Garage 56? An electric racer built by Eindhoven University of Technology is preparing to take part in Le Mans. As of now, only a prototype exists but it already reaches 285 kph. The Le Mans version will have four instead of two electric drives and a small conventional motor. The students are looking for sponsors.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the motor of a BMW i3 filmed in action. While it sounds like an oversized dentist drill, more curiously it moves – slightly.
Toyota & Hino Motors, TU Eindhoven, Nissan, Infineon.
Fuel cell bus hits the street: Starting tomorrow, Toyota and Hino Motors will carry out field tests with their jointly developed fuel cell bus on public routes in Tokyo. The bus is equipped with the Toyota fuel cell system developed for the Mirai. The test will also evaluate the efficacy of its external power supply system during widespread power outages caused by natural disasters.
Solar fuel for hydrogen cars? Researchers at the TU Eindhoven have developed a solar cell that not only produces power from sunlight, but can also split water into its hydrogen and oxygen components. The secret to this new solar cell are gallium phosphide nanowires. The hydrogen could be used as clean fuel for FCVs.
Will Nissan pull the plug? According to Sportscar365, Nissan will review its LMP1 programme, following a dismal finish with the GT-R LM Nismo at the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans. A decision about what the future will hold could fall before the end of this week.
New Infineon MOSFETs: Infineon has launched a new family of StrongIRFET MOSFETs for DC powered circuits including battery powered circuits, brushed and BDLC motor drives. The new MOSFET could be used for light EVs and e-bikes.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the new twist in the story of French EV maker Mia Electric.
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Leclanché & Visedo, Wrightspeed, TU Eindhoven, Lithium-sulphur.
Swiss-Finnish electric bus bonding: Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché and Finnish Visedo Oy have agreed to develop and distribute electric drive systems for electric buses together. An undisclosed European city is said to have pre-ordered 30 to 50 electric drives and batteries to be delivered from 2016.
Range extender for commercial EVs: Wrightspeed introduced a new range extender for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The Fulcrum turbine generator delivers 80 kWh and is said to be 30% more efficient. It is used to recharge the battery pack and Wrightspeed’s geared traction drive.
Formic acid to hydrogen: For his PhD thesis, a student from the TU Eindhoven developed a catalyst in which hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) can form formic acid quicker than usual and reverse it to hydrogen just as fast. The discovery could make hydrogen tanks for FCVs much safer. However, researchers have to increase energy density first.
New Li-S cathode material: Researchers from Berkeley report to have found a high-rate, long-life lithium-sulphur battery. The cathode consists of lithium sulfide and graphene oxide, which is then covered in a shell of carbon layer.
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Most clicked link on Monday was the news that Aston Martin’s electric concept DBX is scheduled for 2019.
TU Eindhoven, Fraunhofer ILT, SipaBoards.
Electric touring motorcycle: Students at the TU Eindhoven are developing an electric motorcycle that features 28 removable battery modules. Together, they form a pack with 28.5 kW capacity, said to last for almost 400 kilometres. At the Hanover Fair a first dummy of the Storm Eindhoven has been presented and the bike is to compete in an 80-day race around the world – if partners and sponsors can be found.
Battery joining: The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has developed a new laser welding technology for battery cells that is now ready for series production. The method is called oscillation laser welding and the researchers are now working with others to put together a complete battery pack.
Electric paddleboard: On Kickstarter, SipaBoards is looking for backers for its self-inflating and self-propelling electric standup paddleboard. It is said to be ready within a few minutes and helps you paddling upstream even. The battery lasts for about three hours.
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Most clicked link on Monday was the text advert by Siemens promoting its powertrain solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles.