Miles Consultancy, Bollinger Motors.
Reading tip: According to a new report of the Miles Consultancy (TMC), PHEVs are among the highest-polluting company cars when comparing greenhouse gas emissions. The data was collected by observing real-world use of corporate fleets.
Video tip: Bollinger Motors has published three video clips showing its new electric SUV Bollinger B1 through a test run as well as in a technical animation.
Qualcomm, ELSA, UC Riverside, HydroGEN.
Qualcomm update: Qualcomm and Lumen Australia finalised a license agreement for wireless EV charging. Lumen will include Qualcomm technology in its portfolio and commercialise it. Furthermore, Qualcomm announced its takeover of Dutch competitor NXP Semiconductors.
greencarcongress.com (license), qualcomm.com (acquisition)
2nd phase of 2nd life project: EU project “Energy Local Storage Advanced system” (ELSA) that reutilises batteries from Nissan and Renault presented its mid-term insights in Paris. ELSA systems can be found at six European locations and the three-year project focuses on increasing local production of renewable energy and to accelerate the transition to smart grid.
automotive-business-review.com, elsa-h2020.eu (project website)
Anodes from algae: Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have developed a method to create silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries from the fossilised remains of algae called diatoms. This may lead to producing ultra-high capacity batteries for electric vehicles.
Hydrogen funding: The DOE will support the launch of the HydroGEN Consortium with 10m dollars. The consortium is tasked with combining the capabilities of national laboratories to speed up commercially viable hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.
UC Riverside, Kepco, South Africa, Ballard Power Systems.
Real energy management: A real-time energy management system developed at the University of California increases efficiency of plug-in hybrid vehicles by up to 12 percent. The system itself becomes more efficient over time as it is learns to make optimal decisions based on past driving cycles.
greencarcongress.com, phys.org, ucrtoday.ucr.edu
South Korea renews: Korea Energy Power Corp. (Kepco) and SK Telecom Co. (SKT) signed a MOU to jointly invest 500 billion won (413.9m dollars) in renewable energy and linked fields, such as micro grids until 2020. This includes the development of self-driving electric vehicles and charging infrastructure as well as business models.
South Africa strives: The platinum producing country plans to set up a fuel cell component factory by 2018. The aim is to increase demand while decreasing cost, as the precious metal would be sourced locally. A feasibility study is underway and partly funded by the trade and industry ministry.
FCV supplier: Ballard Power System names TM4 as supplier of electric motors and inverters for new compressor units for Ballard’s FCvelocity-HD7 power module used in fuel cell vehicles.
DoE, UC Riverside, Efficient Drivetrains & Ford, Sandia National Lab.
20m dollars for fuel cell research will be spent by the DoE on ten projects in the States concerning fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. Furthermore, the energy department has published its latest “Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report 2014″ online.
greencarcongress.com, energy.gov (download report as pdf)
Mushroom battery: Scientists at University of California Riverside found a natural graphite substitute for battery anodes: Portabello mushroom skin. It is porous and also contain high amounts of potassium salt. The research might eventually lead to cheaper and more efficient batteries.
Hybrid deal: Efficient Drivetrains (EDI) and Ford entered into a license agreement for hybrid vehicle patents. Some of the patents are owned by the University of California-Davis and include the work of Dr. Andrew A. Frank, who is also a founder of EDI.
H2 production: A team from Sandia National Lab boosts hydrogen production activity four-fold by replacing platin in catalysts with molybdenum disulfide, Molly in short. The process decreases the cost of hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) as Molly is a low-cost catalyst in solar-driven water splitting.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the show race in Japan serving Tesla to present a rather rough side of the Model S – slide on the wild side.
Italdesign Giugiaro, ED Design, UC Riverside, Ford.
Electric, autonomous, and Italian: Italdesign Giugiaro once more unveils an electric concept vehicle in Geneva. The Gea can drive autonomously and features four electric motors which account for 570 kW. The huge luxury limousine is most versatile as it can be transformed into a gym, office, or lounge.
autoexpress.co.uk, caranddriver.com, youtube.com (video)
Electric, autonomous, and Italian, too: ED Design’s concept Torq does not need a driver and has no windows either, not even a windshield. The sports car weighs only 1,000 kilos and has four electric in-wheel motors delivering 1,800 Nm of torque – hence the name. Power comes from a 88-kWh battery.
cnet.com, caranddriver.com, youtube.com (video)
Polysulfide shuttle prevention: Researchers from the University of California, Riverside, have come up with a solution to prevent the so-called polysulfide shuttle in Li-S batteries. They used SiO2-coated sulfur particles for the cathode material and added mildly reduced graphene oxide.
EV app by Ford: The carmaker showed the My Ford Mobile app at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It will first be utilised in the Focus Electric and Ford’s hybrid range as it i.e. shows the remaining range and state-of-charge.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the Audi R8 e-tron unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
springerprofessional.de (in German)
Siemens, Ricardo, UC Riverside, UC Davis & CATARC, Virginia Tech.
Living safer for longer: Researchers from Siemens say they made Li-ion batteries safer and more durable through new chemistry. The joint research project Intrinsically Safe Battery (EiSiBatt) found that anodes made of lithium titanate and cathodes from lithium iron phosphate resulted in up to 20,000 charge-discharge cycles, four times that of regular Li-ion cells.
Mild-hybrid Ford: Ricardo will present its converted Ford Focus with a diesel engine that incorporates an 48-Volt architecture at today’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event in Millbrook, UK. The prototype has been developed as part of the Advanced Diesel Electric Powertrain (ADEPT) research project.
Eco-routing: Researchers at Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering (UCAL) have developed a navigation tool that can cut energy use of an EV by 51%, the researchers say. The system takes into account real-time traffic information and road conditions but only works on routes around Riverside for now.
Shared knowledge: University of California, Davis and the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) have agreed on the establishment of the so-called ZEV Policy Lab. Together, they want to quicken the commercialisation and uptake of battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.
Running on sugar: A Virginia Tech research team has developed a biodegradable battery that takes its energy from sugar. The new cells are said to possess an energy density ten times higher than that of conventional Li-ion batteries while being cheaper and fire-resistant.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the Short Circuit about the world’s fastest mobility scooter with a top speed of 107 mph.