Momentum Dynamics, Formula Student, Cambridge Electronics, University of Vermont.
Momentum Dynamics lives up to its name, saying it feels a push from established carmakers towards wireless charging. The technology of the Philadelphia start-up is already at 91% efficiency with prototype projects in multiple industries. Momentum Dynamics’ prototype home system has up to 10 kW, but the company aims at 25 kW in current trials.
Formula Student Electric winners: Dutch TU Delft has been named the overall winner of the design- and race competition in the electric car class. AMZ Racing Team from ETH Zurich came in second, followed by Uni Stuttgart’s GreenTeam. About 700 teams compete in the Formula Student each year.
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Better than silicon: MIT Spinoff Cambridge Electronics is developing gallium nitride transistors and power electronic circuits. The GaN devices are believed to potentially decrease energy consumption of data centres and electric vehicles by 10 – 20% by 2025.
Hybrids above sticker value: Researchers from the University of Vermont found that under real-life conditions, hybrid vehicles prove to be more fuel efficient than EPA ratings suggest. Fuel savings on highways are up to 18% higher, and in cities, real fuel consumption undercut that in the lab by 33%.