Mellor presents series of BEV buses
The English bus manufacturer Mellor has presented a new battery-electric bus family. The Sigma range comprises six models with lengths from seven to twelve metres and a total of over 20 variants. The components for the new Sigma buses come from CATL, Webasto, ZF, Dana and Ventura, among others.
Bosch offers battery factory starter set
Bosch has announced that it will now offer its customers factory equipment for battery production from a single source – from individual components to software solutions to complete assembly lines. The first customer has already been found.
Webasto builds new battery centre in China
The German supplier Webasto has opened a new battery centre in Jiaxing. The Chinese plant also produces roof systems. Jiaxing is the eleventh Webasto site in China – and not the first on the subject of electromobility.
Webasto reveals battery solutions for North America
In the Ford booth at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas just passed, Webasto exhibited the Mustang Lithium a battery-electric prototype showcasing the 800-volt battery from their new modular battery system. The German company has also released new thermal management and charging solutions.
Webasto begins battery production in Germany
The automotive supplier Webasto has started the production of batteries for electric vehicles in Germany. The production of battery packs for a European bus manufacturer has begun at the Schierling site in the Regensburg district – albeit with purchased cells.
Webasto increases e-mobility engagement in Korea
Webasto acquired the entire South Korean joint venture Webasto Donghee for 100 million euros, making it the largest acquisition in its history. With this deal, the supplier is expanding its core businesses in Asia and gets closer to Hyundai-Kia.
Webasto & A123 building batteries for large EVs
Supplier Webasto has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Wanxiang A123 of China to set up a dedicated battery system facility for electric trucks and buses in China. The partners build on tried and tested NCM cells of A123.
A brave new world of DC home charging
There are a number of new charging solutions on show at the eMove360° in Munich. Wallbox of Spain and ABB of Switzerland have developed DC chargers for home owners. Also German Webasto is sporting their latest smart charging features at the fair.
Webasto buying AeroVironment EV unit for $35M
Webasto is acquiring the electric car charging and testing business of AeroVironment, grouped under the Efficient Energy Systems (EES) division. The acquisition will cost the German supplier 35 million dollars and is still subject to approval.
Webasto to focus on electric mobility solutions
Supplier Webasto has announced its strategy for the next few years and electric transport solutions, namely batteries and charging equipment are to play a prominent role. The company wants to invest 600,000 million euros over the next three years.
Apple, Fraunhofer ISC, Hydro-Québec, Audi, Webasto.
Novel battery tech for iCar: Apple is working with an anonymous Korean battery maker on cells of a new kind to power the Apple EV, ETNews reports. Designed as hollow cylinders, the batteries are said to enable new cooling possibilities for Project Titan. Capacity could be further increased through parallel connections. The Koreans have signed a NDA with Apple. The latter will likely push for exclusivity.
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Fraunhofer ISC partners with Hydro-Québec: Together the two companies want to research and develop next-generation lithium-ion and lithium-air battery materials to be used in electric transport. The focus is on inorganic solid electrolytes, glass-ceramic electrolytes in particular.
Recuperation from suspension: Audi is working on an electromechanical rotary dampening system. eROT replaces hydraulic dampers with electromechanical rotary dampers that have the potential for energy recuperation from the suspension.
HVH for CVs: Webasto will present a prototype of its electric High-Voltage Heater (HVH) for light-duty commercial vehicles and trucks at the IAA. It features a heating capacity of 10 kW, allowing for more effective heating, esp. in PHEV and electric vans. The HVH contains no rare earths.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Webasto, Daymak.
3D-printed home with hybrid: The Oak Ridge National Laboratory presented a 3D-printed building complete with solar panels and a hybrid vehicle, also fresh from the press. The vehicle is charged wirelessly with solar power and doubles as a battery and energy source for the house during the darker seasons.
Scaling up: Webasto will present its electric High-Voltage Heater (HVV) for hybrid and electric vehicles at the Busworld in Belgium next month. Originally developed for passenger cars, the company successfully adapted it for buses and commercial vehicles as well.
The Chameleon by Daymak is true to its name, as the e-bike is a scooter and a bicycle. The pedals are more decorative, as the bike reaches 32 kph rather effortlessly. Via a Bluetooth app, drivers can customise their ride from turbo to off-road and eco mode. It is now available on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform from 599 dollars.
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