University of Texas, Audi, Porsche, Panasonic, Xkuty One.
Recycled energy: Researchers from Texas are working on piezoelectric sensors that can be used to harvest energy created by moving cars on roadways. The energy can be used to power traffic lights and even EV charging stations. The project is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation with 1.32m dollars.
Le Mans scale down: In the interest of reducing cost, Audi and Porsche announced that they will enter only two instead of three cars at the Le Mans 24 race in 2016. This comes as the VW continues to cut spending across the board in the wake of the emission scandal.
Panasonic launches e-bike in Japan: The Bibi ELE-432 features a 16 Ah Li-ion battery, allowing for a total driving range of up to 88 km. If the rider switches to power mode, range is estimated at 54 km. The e-bike is not a light weight, however, ranging from 28 to 32 kg.
Optimised e-scooter: The revamped Xkuty One can go 97 km on one charge. A first version of the Spanish-built electric scooter was first introduced in 2013. The company is now looking for funds for the two-wheeler and the solar-powered charger Spark.
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Tesla expands in China: Tesla announced that it will establish seven supercharging networks in major cities and popular travel destinations in the second half of this year. The new superchargers will be installed in the Yangtze River Delta, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and at Mount Huangshan.
Oslo Airport gets H2-station: The filling station will be used by airport vehicles and is accessible to any outside person who wants to fuel their FCV. Local authorities say that “electric cars have been a success for us, but we also have to facilitate use of other zero-emission technologies.”
Ohio University gets charging: A total of 10 charging stations will be installed on campus before the end of summer. Two of them will be earmarked for a car-sharing program provided by the university, while the other eight will be available for charging EVs of students and employees.
Electric school bus: TransPower is retrofitting six Californian diesel-powered school buses with electric motors that will go into service this autumn in the Torrance Unified School District in Southern and Napa Valley District in Northern California. The buses will also be able to feed energy back into the grid.
University of Texas also plugs in: Telefonix has installed six of its Level 2 PowerPost chargers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre. The installation is also a symbol since according to the centre, improving air quality through the use of zero-emission cars could help prevent cancer.
Schaeffler, Kulan, University of Maryland, University of Texas, TNO.
Mild-hybrid SUV: Schaeffler will show the second phase of its concept car based on an all-wheel-drive, midsize SUV at the North American International Auto Show in January. Including a 48-volt system and other innovations, the vehicle already meets 2025 CAFE requirements.
Electric donkey: Shown at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover earlier this year, the Kulan electric utility concept was created by a German consortium of 14 companies and research organisations and is designed for transporting loads around farms. With just about 4 kW from two electric motors – one in each rear-wheel hub – it is able to carry one tonne of cargo.
Li-ion research: Researchers at the University of Maryland say they have improved the cycle life of silicon-carbon composite electrodes by 300 percent. This was achieved solely by the chemical tailoring of the interface between the silicon and the carbon with atomic oxygen.
Lithium-sulfur research: Researchers at the University of Texas have found that using phosphorus pentasulfide (P2S5) as an electrolyte additive enables the direct use of commercially available bulk Li2S particles as high-capacity cathode materials for Li−S batteries. According to the researchers, this could significantly decrease the manufacturing cost of Li−S batteries.
Intelligent e-bike: The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has developed an electric bike that is able to detect oncoming dangers and warn its rider by vibrating either the handlebars (danger from the front) or the saddle (danger from the back). The radar and camera-assisted safety bike could be available to customers within the next two years.