Magna working on next gen electric motor
In the USA, Magna is now working with the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop an electric motor with a significantly higher power density and lower costs. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Nissan & LG Chem, RESOLVE, University of Wisconsin, Hankook.
Leaf with LG battery? According to the Wall Street Journal, Nissan considers switching to LG batteries for its electric cars. The article is based on comments by Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who said he wants the best available battery cells for Nissan, which he says are currently made by LG Chem. Nissan partner Renault already makes use of LG batteries.
Electric commuter: Piaggio and KTM have been asked to develop cost-effective ELVs (Electric L-category Vehicles) that will primarily attract ICE car drivers to switch to ELVs for daily urban commutes, as part of the EU-funded programme RESOLVE (Range of Electric Solutions for L-category Vehicles). Bosch, as well as a number of universities also take part in the project.
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Platinum alternative: Researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new molecular catalyst system for the fuel cell oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) that approaches the efficiency of platinum. The new catalyst is composed of a mixture of nitroxyls and nitrogen oxides.
Airless tyres: Hankook has successfully put its airless iFlex tire through a series of high speed tests. The EV used for testing hit 130 kph without a problem and the tyres matched the performance of a conventional pneumatic counterpart. Airless tyres might just be one step closer to production.
Tesla, Chevrolet, Manipal Univ. & Tata Power Solar, UW-Madison & BNL.
Stationary storage by Tesla: The official premiere was scheduled for next week, but Bloomberg says it already knows what the Californian EV maker will present: a battery pack for home energy storage as well as a bigger version for commercial applications. The report further states that Wal-Mart and Cargill could be among the first customers for the stationary Tesla batteries.
Find New Roads details: The unusual concept Chevrolet brought to Shanghai is slowly revealing its being. What Chevy calls dragonfly doors are just one feature of the autonomous and all-electric concept car that comes equipped with four magnetic hubless wheel motors and wireless charging.
Lightweight solar EV: Indian Manipal Institute of Technology and Tata Power Solar now presented their prototype of a two-seater EV. The SERVe (Solar Electric Road Vehicle) is powered by the sun and weighs only 590 kilos – solar panels included.
Battery imaging: Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory have visualised electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion batteries containing iron fluoride. To do so, they used a novel X-ray imaging technique.
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