Jaguar, Panasonic, University of Waterloo, A123 Systems, SoelCat 12.
Panasonic and Jaguar hit the track: The British carmaker officially presented its team and electric racer. The I-Type 1 will debut at the Formula E race in Hong Kong, sporting a black-turquoise colour scheme. Panasonic is official sponsor and partner.
Smart vehicle test lab: The University of Waterloo has opened its “cutting edge” GAIA Research Facility for the development and testing of electric vehicle technologies. By integrating batteries and drivetrains and simulating real-world driving, researchers hope to extend the life of batteries, work on bidirectional charging and advanced driver assistance programmes – also to optimise energy consumption.
Safer vehicle batteries are the focus of a cooperation between battery maker A123 Systems and the Argonne National Laboratory. The goal is to develop better cathodes for Li-ion batteries without losing energy density or affecting the lifetime. The project is schedule to last three years.
Sailing with solar power: The SoelCat 12 is the newest development of a Dutch company with the same name and especially aimed at eco-tourism. A solar roof powers the catamaran’s electric drivetrain and supplies battery with energy, so that the vessel can also operate during bad weather and at night. But the fun comes at a hefty price of 562,000 dollars.
LG Chem, University of Waterloo, UQM Technologies, Leo Motors.
LG Chem starts to build batteries in China as it completed construction of its facility in Nanjing. Here, battery units for as much as 50,000 electric vehicles and 180,000 plug-in hybrids can be produced annually. LG Chem has already signed deals to supply EV batteries to an array of Chinese automakers, including Great Wall, Dongfeng, and Changan.
Much better batteries: A new silicon-based anode promises lighter, long lasting and more powerful batteries. Researchers from the University of Waterloo and GM say the technology enables 40 to 60 percent increase in energy density and could come to market as early as next year.
Electric drive deal: UQM Technologies has agreed to supply Chinese ITL Efficiency Corporation with electric propulsion systems for shuttle buses, light- to medium-duty delivery trucks, and transit buses over the next ten years. The deal could generate more than 400m dollars in revenue.
The Extreme Power Pack can withstand temperatures under -45° C (-49 degrees F) without any capacity or power loss, says its maker Leo Motors. The South Korean company has already filed a patent application for its EV battery cells with Nano Carbon Technology (CNT).
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Most clicked link on Tuesday were renderings of the upcoming electric Jaguar. The E-Pace is believed to be very aerodynamic and pretty sleek overall.
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Chinese inductive charging: Kandi has entered a strategic alliance with Chinese ZTE Corporation and Zhejiang ZuoZhongYou Electric Vehicle Service (ZZY), a leasing firm. The JV was set up to research and develop inductive charging technologies while also renting out electric cars.
LG Chem in Tesla range: Bigger battery packs providing a range of up to 300 miles are currently offered to LG Chem partners, the company said. Capacities between 80 and 120 kWh are well within reach and Chevy has already signed up to use the new battery technology for its upcoming Bolt EV.
Sodium-air battery decoded: Chemists at the University of Waterloo have described a key reaction responsible for sodium-oxygen batteries’ efficiency. The key lies in the so-called proton phase transfer catalyst. The discovery might pave the way to develop more powerful Li-air batteries.
Hitachi EV battery: After Chevrolet chose the Japanese power pack for its Malibu Hybrid, Nissan now jumped on the bandwagon as it puts the pack with prismatic cells into its just released X-Trail Hybrid.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the 2016 Nissan Leaf, which might be upgraded with a 30-kWh battery pack.
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New Samsung SDI batteries: The Koreans show new batteries in Detroit. The 120Ah High Capacity Battery Cell is said to enable EVs to drive over 300 kilometers, while the height of the Compact Design Cell designed for HEVs has been reduced by over 20 mm while maintaining the same level of capacity.
3-D printed EV: Local Motors is printing an updated version of its Strati live at the NAIAS showcasing its micro-factory. Two of them will be built in Knoxville, Tennessee as well as in the area of Washington DC. There, the company hopes to start production of the first fleet of 3D-printed cars his fall.
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Li-S research: A team from Waterloo University is working on an EV battery that is said to have the potential to power electric cars three times further than current lithium-ion batteries for the same weight and at much lower cost. At the heart of the lithium-sulfur invention is an ultra-thin nanomaterial.
eHighway monitoring: Siemens is developing an automatic monitoring system for pantographs. The system, made for electric and hybrid trucks on the company’s eHighways, uses cameras and sensors to check the condition of pantographs in order to prevent damage to the contact wire.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the Chevy Bolt EV unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.