Utah State University, Scienlab, Start-stop systems.
Inductive charging testing: Utah State University (USU) broke the ground for its 4,800 sqm facility. The building and track will be home to the university’s test centre where inductive charging-while-driving technology among other things will be tried and developed (we reported).
upr.org, fox13now.com (video)
Battery chemistry testing: German Scienlab is to present a new testing system for battery cells at the ‘World of Energy Solutions,’ in Stuttgart. The system is designed to enable researchers and automotive companies to optimise energy density, safety, durability and costs of batteries.
scienlab.de (in German)
Will start-stop systems soon feature ultracapacitors? Wonders John Voelkcer as those are said to ease the draw on the advanced-glass mat (AGM) batteries, which could soon replace the common lead acid batteries in cars with start-stop function.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the walkable Loopfiets e-bike from the Netherlands.
Hella/Vahle, George Washington University, UQM/KDS, GreenTrans.
Wireless connection: Hella and Vahle officially announced their cooperation to develop inductive charging systems for EVs. The two companies will also address infrastructural and technological challenges like interferences which the wireless energy transfer could have on other on-board electronics.
Light-weight ultracapacitor: Researchers at the George Washington University combined graphene flakes and carbon nanotubes. Rolled in paper, the mix results in a new ultracapacitor which is said to be light-weight while delivering high-performance at low-costs.
Commercial vehicle electrification: UQM Technologies Inc. and Kinetics Drive Solutions Inc. are collaborating to offer manufacturers of commercial vehicles a complete system to electrify their vehicles. UQM will deliver its electric motors which will then be combined with KDS’ multi-speed transmissions.
Taiwanese e-bike system: GreenTrans further developed its central motor system which was presented at Taipei Cycle Show. The motor comes with the company’s own torque sensor as well as battery and can also be used in speed pedelecs.