FutPrInt50 research project to look into hybrid aircraft
Within the framework of the FutPrInt50 research project coordinated by the University of Stuttgart, an international consortium aims to identify and drive forward technologies that will enable the commercial use of a hybrid-electric aircraft with up to 50 seats by 2035/40.
Toyota, University of Stuttgart, DLR, Tesla, ElectroGraph.
Toyota asks for exemption: The carmaker appealed to the American NHTSA, asking to circumvent a safety rule that requires the isolation of high-voltage parts in EVs in the event of a crash. The reason, Toyota says, is that it renders its FCV inoperable. Instead, the company proposes to uses metal barriers to isolate battery, motor and fuel-cell stack. The NHTSA has yet to respond.
Induction instead overhead lines: Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are testing the possibility of transmitting energy inductively for railroad vehicles. The state of Baden-Württemberg supports the ‘DLR@Uni-Stuttgart’ programme with 860,000 euros in funding.
Tesla says no to aluminum: Unlike the Model S, the car formerly known as Model E will use cheaper materials instead, to keep the vehicle more affordable. Which ones has yet to be confirmed. But since keeping costs low is a top priority, aluminum will most likely not be replaced by carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.
Super supercapacitors: Developed by the EU-project ‘ElectroGraph’ these store electrical energy as charged particles attached on the electrode material. Researcher therefore created electrodes with a larger surface, to increase energy storage capabilities. The project is headed by Fraunhofer IPA and includes ten partners from both research institutes and industries.
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