Wrightbus presents their first battery-electric bus
The Northern Irish bus manufacturer Wrightbus presents its first battery-electric vehicle in its portfolio: a double-decker bus called StreetDeck Electroliner. Until now, the Northern Irish manufacturer has been known primarily for its hydrogen-powered buses.
Wrightbus files for bankruptcy
The Northern Irish bus manufacturer Wrightbus has had to file for bankruptcy and has been put under receivership. The company was unable to find a buyer to continue the business in its current form.
H2Bus consortium is born
A consortium of hydrogen and bus companies, including Everfuel, Wrightbus, Ballard Power Systems, Hexagon Composites, Nel Hydrogen and Ryse Hydrogen have united to create H2Bus. Together, they intend to popularise the technology across the European continent.
Wrightbus presents double decker fuel cell bus
Wrightbus present what they claim to be the world’s first double-decker fuel cell bus at the Euro Bus Expo. The StreetDeck model uses a fuel cell from Ballard to power a Siemens drivetrain. And, Wrightbus has got an exclusive client at hand.
Nissan, Eaton, Wrightbus, Audi, TU Munich.
Nissan and Eaton got closer as they broaden their energy portfolio. The xStorage Home residential energy storage solutions, which can use second-life EV batteries, now come in six configurations and pre-orders have started in the UK, Norway and Germany with other European markets to follow. Nissan and Eaton also announced a 10-year deal with Amsterdam ArenA to provide back-up power to the Ajax stadium from second-life Leaf batteries.
greencarcongress.com, newsroom.nissan (xStorage), youtube.com (video, Ajax Amsterdam)
Hydrogen double decker: British Wrights Group presented a hydrogen fuel cell bus driveline in London built into a double deck bus. The new system shall be ready for production by 2017 and can serve in both single-deck and double-deck buses.
The Audi lunar quattro is ready to go to the moon. The engineers have finished their work, reportedly supported by Audi, and have signed an agreement to take-off in 2017 already. The moon rover may be shot to earth’s natural satellite with the Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX.
electrek.co, audi-mediacenter.com, youtube.com (video)
Electric stair-climber: A wheelchair that can clim stairs and stabilises itself has been developed by TU Munich. The bionic system works with two “legs” that electrically push the chair up the stairs. The wheelchair is part of a wider mobility concept.
tum.de, youtube.com (in action)
BAIC BJEV, Milan, Wrightbus, San Fernando Valley, Camden Yards.
Battery swap in Beijing: BAIC BJEV has installed ten battery swapping stations for electric cabs in the Chinese capital. Their number shall grow to 50 within this year with 200 planned by the end of 2017. They would serve a fleet of 50,000 electric taxis that shall shuttle audience and athletes that are expected for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Shop & Go Sharing: Charge and share an electric car at a Carrefour outlet in Milan. The “Shop’n Go‘ carsharing and charging station has been installed in cooperation with Share’NGo, an elecric carsharing provider from Italy. Seven more such stations shall follow at Carrefour markets before the year’s end.
Bulk bus order: Scottish Lothian Buses has ordered a total of 316 electric, hybrid and diesel buses from Wrightbus otherwise known as Routemaster bus for London Transport. It has not been disclosed how many buses of each variant will be delivered over four years.
Electric bus line: Five electric buses will serve on the Orange Line in San Fernando Valley, California and charge overhead. A 4.3m federal grant has helped financing the initiative along with another 5.8m match from the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority. By 2020, the entire line shall be electrified.
Nine EV charging stations have been erected at Camden Yards stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Baseball fans can thus charge their electric cars on Level 2 or Level 3 and pay by the month or by trip.
Land Rover, Intelligent Energy, Wrightbus, Li-ion battery.
Electric trio: Jaguar Land Rover graced the Low Carbon Vehicle Event with three electrified concept cars. The Concept_e MHEV is a mild hybrid based on the Range Rover Evoque, while the Concept_e PHEV leans on the Range Rover Sport. The presented all-electric Concept_e BEV features two electric drives. All three use the in-house developed electric drive module (eDM).
Fuel cell trio: Intelligent Energy showcased its fuel cell technology at Millbrook. The ZERE van utilises a fuel cell as range extender, while the London Taxi on display runs solely on hydrogen, as does the ENV (Emissions Neutral Vehicle) motorcycle and Burgman scooter developed together with Suzuki.
Electric bus range: British Wrightbus is working on a series of electric buses said to be ready for testing early 2016. The company is building the vehicles to a modular concept so that it can offer single- and double-deck buses on the same platform. Inductive charging is an option as well.
Li-ion research: Researchers from MIT, Argonne National Laboratory and UC Berkeley developed a new class of high capacity cation-disordered oxides for Li-ion battery cathodes. The disordered material is said to facilitate diffusion.