Speakers line up for the EVS32
Bringing together a group of mobility and infrastructure is always a challenge – finding the balance between knowledge and debate is another reserved for symposia. Here you can read all about the most important speakers at this year’s EVS32 and why they will be there.
LG Chem, SOFC, American Football, Zinc-Air.
LG Chem invests into Polish plant: In order to expand its EV battery business, South Korean battery specialist LG Chem wants to invest further 387m dollars in its Polish factory in Wroclaw. The company opened this plant in 2016, while operating also plants in China, the U.S. and South Korea. Since its market entry in 2009, LG Chem has supplied batteries to global carmakers, such as Audi and Renault-Nissan. Recently, we reported that LG Chem as well as Samsung seem to follow Panasonic in a move to upgrade their batteries.
Researchers create SOFC stack design: Three years ago, the EU-funded NELLHI project has been launched in order to develop a new stack design of solid oxide fuel cells. Companies and research organisations from Estonia, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and the UK were involved. Their mission is now completed. The team produced a novel high-performance 1 kW SOFC stack along with the proof of concept of a 10 kWe SOFC stack.
Driverless ride to American Football games: Fans of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers can benefit of a gratis ride in driverless vehicles in order to reach the AT&T stadium in Arlington/Texas. An hour before and after the season’s games two shuttle services, dubbed Milo, take up to 12 passengers and transport them with a speed of 10 to 12 mph. The service is part of an one-year pilot project to test-drive the vehicles made by EasyMile.
How to recharge zinc-air batteries: Researchers of the University of Sydney and the Nanyang Technological University have managed to create an approach to facilitate the process of recharging zinc-air batteries with bimetallic oxide–graphene hybrid electrocatalyst. According to the scientists, their method could help to create bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts for building rechargeable zinc-air batteries from scratch.
Bavaria, Idaho National Laboratory, Winfried Hermann, DLR.
Bavaria to install fast-chargers fast: Bavaria’s interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, announced his plan to install fast chargers at all 68 motorway service areas of the German federal state by the end of 2015. To bridge longer distances between them, additional chargers could be erected at smaller rest areas.
pnp.de (in German)
Fast-charging is not as damaging as expected, a recent study of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) concluded. Four Nissan Leafs were charged in pairs with one being charged fast (DC) and the other at Level 2 chargers. The battery capacity was then measured at at 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 and 40,000 miles and only minimal differences could be found.
simanaitissays.com via green.autoblog.com, avt.inel.gov (presentation as pdf)
Public display of affection: The German state of Baden-Württemberg is the undisputed territory of Porsche, Mercedes and Audi. At least until the state’s transport minister Winfried Hermann publicly posed with a Tesla Model S. While the green-party minister is convinced that electric cars are the way to go, local patriots were not particularly amused.
bild.de (in German with photos)
Study with EV owners: DLR, the German aeronautics and space research centre, has asked 3,111 owners of electric cars about their usage patterns and satisfaction. 84% of private users would recommend an EV to others while half of the commercial users are planning to buy another one in the near future. Most EV owners were male and went through higher education. 50% had a household net income of between 2,000 and 4,000 euros a month which contradicts the assumption that EVs are mainly for the wealthy.
dlr.de (in German)
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