Jul 19, 2016 - 08:17 am

Tesla, TUfast Eco Team, USABC, Kyburz.

Autopilot improvements: Tesla is working to adapt existing self-driving technology to improve functionality. According to Musk, engineers work on adapting the radar to make a map like lidar (visible light detection and ranging). According to Bosch, the update for the radar sensors could be send over the air. New Tesla models already come with a casing that will eventually hold a second camera.
autoblog.com (lidar), lasvegassun.com (software), electrek.co (camera housing)

World’s most efficient racer: Student of the TUfast Eco Teams from TU Munich, set a new efficiency record. Their ultra-thin, electric race trike used 81.16 KJ energy over 100 kilometres – that converts to 11,000 km on one litre of petrol.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)

Ford & GM foster battery development: USABC, a partnership of FCA, Ford and GM, is funding SiNode Systems with 4m dollars. The aim is to develop silicon-graphene anode materials for automotive lithium-ion battery cells over 30 months.
chicagotribune.com, insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com

Fun racer from Switzerland: Kyburz delivers details on its electric cart eRod. With Race specc, it has 150 kW of power and a weight of 650 kg, making it a powerful little thing. Stuffed with components from Swiss Brusa, it can travel over 135 miles with its 39 kWh battery. A price has yet to named.

Feb 19, 2016 - 08:54 am

Honda, USABC, Battery LabFactory Braunschweig, UQM Technologies.

Honda-Sport-Hybrid-i-MMDOptimised hybrid: Honda presented the Sport Hybrid i-MMD drive designed for large vehicles. It is already utilised in the Odyssey, a mini-van that just launched in Japan. The initial hybrid system is found in the Accord Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid, but the new version is more compact and lighter.
autonews.com, allwebsolutions.net

1m dollars in funding for battery recycling comes from the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to support the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in its quest to recover cathode materials used in Li-ion batteries of hybrid and electric vehicles. The recycled material is then used to make cells for PHEVs.

German battery lab: Three new projects started at the Battery LabFactory Braunschweig (BLB), aimed at developing energy and cost efficient battery cells for EV and stationery storage applications. Named DaLion, SigGI, and BenchBatt the R&D projects receive 4.8m euros funding from the German state.
idw-online.de (in German)

Marine hybrid and electric drives: UQM Technologies partnered with New Eagle to supply hybrid and electric drive control technologies for electric marine propulsion applications like UQM’s PowerPhase Pro 135 and other vehicles. The goal is to offer customers a turn-key solution.

Found on electrive.com
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