Visio.M, BMW, Infineon & Panasonic, XG Sciences.
Open to vision: The Visio.M that has been developed by researches of TU Munich features a two-tier IT system that reduces the complexity of the EVs information architecture. Now the ‘Automotive Service Bus’ has been put under an open-source license. Developers are invited to use it for their own research.
BMW i3 REx gets software update: When Consumer Reports tested the BMW i3 REx, it found a sudden loss of power (we reported). BMW promised to fix the problem and is now offering a software update addressing this very same issue.
German-Japanese cooperation: German Infineon and Japanese Panasonic have agreed to jointly develop gallium nitride devices. They will be based on Panasonic’s GaN on silicon transistor structure while being integrated into Infineon’s surface-mounted device (SMD) packages.
Quadrupled capacity? XG Sciences says its new silicon graphene anode materials for lithium-ion batteries show full battery cell cycle stability through more than 400 charge/discharge cycles with a charge storage capacity of 600 mAh/g, up to 4 times more than today’s typical anodes.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the “Lamborghini-inspired” all-electric Lishidedidong Urban Supercar from China.
Google, Honda, Visio.M, Salukis.
Google showed off its driverless vehicle to staff and visitors at its California campus this week. The electric cars have already driven themselves for more than 700,000 miles, but still have problems to cope in heavy rain or snow. Google hopes the cars will be roadworthy within the next five years.
Honda Fit is not so fit: For the fifth time this year, Honda had to recall its hybrid in Japan – a total of 426,000 vehicles there have to go back. 183 units overseas are concerned as well. The recall will cost about 53 million dollars. Honda CEO and two executives will take pay cuts to fund more quality control.
Technical details on the Visio.M: The lightweight (450 kg) EV features a 13.5 kWh Li-ion battery and a 15 kW motor that allows for a maximum speed of 120 kp. The two-seater is equipped with a 360 degree monitoring system that activates integrated passenger protection ahead of a crash.
digitaltrends.com; ecomento.com; carscoops.com; slashgear.com
E-bike for the desert: Three students from Dubai have developed the country’s first electric motorcycle fit for the dunes. The Salukis can be equipped with extra wide tyres for more stability, has a range of 80 km and a maximum speed of 93 kph.
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Most clicked Link on Thursday was Terra Motors preparing for its EU debut and presenting its electric scooter A4000i at the EICMA Show in Italy.
Visio.M, Revolvo, Riversimple, Tracked EVs, ABB.
Presenting the Visio.M: The Technical University Munich took off the wraps of its lightweight prototype yesterday. Designed as a second car, the EV seats two passengers. Featuring an electric engine producing 15 kW, top speed is set at 120 kph, while the 13.5 kWh battery allows the Visio.M to go up to 160 kilometres on one charge. The vehicle is said to cost about the same as petrol-driven car in the same category. But according to researchers, the way to serial productions is still a long one.
sueddeutsche.de, auto-motor-und-sport.de, tum.de, visiom-automobile.de (all Links in German)
Retrofit hybrid kit: At the IGEM 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Indian supplier KPIT presented its retrofit plug-in hybrid system. The Revolvo kit has already been tested by the Royal Malaysian Police, reducing fuel consumption by 23 percent. The force now considers fitting more vehicles with the technology.
Hydrogen vehicles from Wales: Start-up Riversimple has developed a fuel cell two-seater with a body made from composite materials. The vehicle is said to be able to go up to 300 miles on one fill. First tests are planned for late next year.
Roads without drivers: Welsh engineer Will Jones wants to introduce electrified roads for autonomously driving EVs in the U.S., inspired by racing track for toy cars. Because the track is electrified, electric vehicles could have unlimited range.
New ABB research centre: The technology group inaugurated the new facility in Dättwil, Switzerland. There, ABB wants to further develop power electronics used in i.e. fast chargers for electric vehicles.
aargauerzeitung.ch (in German)
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Most clicked link on Monday was the news that Local Motors is looking to begin selling the 3D printed Strati EV starting next year.
ORNL, Visio.M, Denny, Justus Liebig University Giessen.
Smaller yet stronger: Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a prototype inverter using 3-D printing and silicon carbide (SiC) wide band gap (WBG) semiconductors. It is said to have much higher power density, while being lighter and smaller than inverters currently on the market.
Torque vectoring transmission: Researchers of the Visio.M project at the TU Munich have come up with a lightweight torque vectoring system for electric vehicles. It distributes torque between the wheels as required, providing safer road handling and allowing for more energy to be recovered while braking.
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Ultimate urban commuter bike: E-bike ‘Denny,’ winner of the Bike Design Project, comes with a front hub motor and automatic shifting. Its real innovation, however, is the handlebar that transforms into a lock. Fuji Bicycles plans on bringing the pedelec on the market next year.
Li-air battery stabiliser: Researchers from German Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, say that the addition of the oxidation catalyst TEMPO leads to a distinct reduction of the charging potentials of Li-air batteries by 500 mV. Moreover, TEMPO doubled cycle life from 27 to 55.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the voyeur version of Mercedes’ new spot in which the S-Class Coupé and Actros Truck ‘make’ the Vito.
Visio.M, Tesla, Polysulfide Shuttle.
Light-weight yet safe: Researchers from the ‘Visio.M’ consortium presented a new safety concept for their compact electric vehicles. Their concept EV features new airbags and safety belts as well as new sensors monitoring surrounding traffic via radar and cameras.
Tesla remote unlocking: One of the latest features of Tesla’s new 6.0 firmware for the Model S, is the remote unlocking and starting of the car by using a Smartphone. To demonstrate this feature, Tesla is now cooperating with Huawei, which wants to promote their latest Glory 6 device (also known as Honor 6) this way.
teslamotors.com (firmware), androidheadlines.com (Huawei)
Better efficiency for Li-sulphur batteries: Researchers from the Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences think they found a way to suppress the so-called shuttle effect in Li-sulphur batteries by using a new anode protection with a nitride film.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was our top ten list of electric innovations currently on display at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover.
Visio.M, SWATH Electra Glide, Nomadic Power, Laser Power Systems.
Visionary Visio.M: The Technical University of Munich, as well as several carmakers and technology companies presented an updated version of its lightweight electric car. The prototype is to showcase a possible future for EVs and might be offered below 20,000 euros within this decade. To save weight, its battery only offers 100 kilometres of range.
Electric yacht: The SWATH Electra Glide comes in luxurious design and features solar panels as well as two electric motors. The boat holds up to twelve passengers. A diesel motor from Volvo serves as a range extender, which is said to reload the 50 kWh battery in less than an hour.
Up to 500 kilometres more range is what Nomadic Power promises with its battery trailer, formerly know as the eBuggy. The new battery has a capacity of 85 kWh and the carrier now is more aerodynamic.
technologicvehicles.com (with video)
Reasonable doubts: Laser Power Systems is working on an EV using radioactive thorium as primary energy source. The thorium is supposed to heat a laser to heat water to produce steam. The vapour then drives a mini turbine, which finally generates electricity to drive the vehicle. According to the company, the EV could thus be driven for a hundred years. Well, its remnants would surely be here to stay…
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Most clicked link on Monday was the news about the lightweight Carice Mk1 electric roadster.