Renault, ZF, EMS, XL Hybrids.
Renault envisions a future F1 where racers would run all-electrically in pits and during safety car periods. But the hybrid RS 2027 concept may only become a reality in 10 years time and would then be autonomous and connected to a level that gamers could “race” in real-time, just like the fan boost of the Formula E has foreseen.
ZF in China: The German supplier expanded its R&D centre in Shanghai, where it wants to employ 600 additional engineers by 2022 to work on electric mobility products for the Asia-Pacific markets. The total investment is about 50m euros.
A ton of hydrogen at a pressure of 500 bar is the target of EMS latest hydrogen storage system currently under development. The system contains high-strength lightweight composite (CFRP) pressure vessels, which will be embedded in standard containers to be stored at H2 fuelling stations.
Certified retrofit: CARB has approved XL Hybrids hybrid conversions for Ford Transit vans and wagons. Furthermore, the company has become part of CARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), meaning those willing to convert receive 2,500 dollars.
Sumitomo, Berkeley Lab, XL Hybrids, Showa Denko.
Fuel cell CV partnership: Japanese Sumitomo plans to sell hydrogen commercial vehicles together with US Hybrid from California, Nikkei reports. The fuel cells will be delievered by the Americans, while Sumitomo mainly aims to supply Japanese manufacturers of vans and trucks.
Ant-nest-like Li-S structures: A team at the Berkeley National Laboratory developed a novel Li-S electrode with a structure based on ant nests. Its increased sulfur loading and sulfur/inactive-materials ratio is said to improve life and capacity of Li-S batteries.
EPA testing of vans fitted with XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems showed a 26 percent mpg improvement. The retro-fitted hybrid Ford Transit also had a more than 50% reduction in NOx emissions.
Demand driven: Showa Denko announced that it will expand the production capacity of carbon nanofibre (VGCF) from 200 to 300 tons next year. It is added to cathodes and anodes of lithium ion batteries to improve conductivity. The expansion is due to an increase in demand driven by PEVs.
Honda, Yamaha, Solar Impulse, XL Hybrids.
Rare-earth free motors: Honda and Daido Steel have developed a neodymium magnet for the motor of its hybrid vehicles, for which it will not need heavy rare-earth minerals. The Honda Freed will be the first to feature the new technology when it hits the road this autumn.
bloomberg.com, greencarcongress.com, honda.com
Self-driving electric boat: Yamaha has developed an autonomous electric vessel called BREEZE10. The 0.5 kW electric motor is powered by a 20 AH Li-ion battery that also supports the 1.6 kW onboard generator. That way, the ship can set out on its own for up to six hours.
Almost there: The Solar Impulse 2 is set to land in Cairo today after a 50-hour flight from Seville. It is the solar-powered plane’s second to last leg before finishing its circumvention of the globe.
XL Hybrids qualifies for HVIP: In California, fleets that use GE vans equipped with a XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System now qualify for 2,500 dollar voucher under the Heavy Duty Voucher Incentive Project (HIVP). XL Hybrids offers conversions of the General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans.
H2 Logic, XL Hybrids, Cape Town, Dubai, Car2Go, Belarus.
More efficient H2-station: H2 Logic has presented its new hydrogen fuelling station, the CAR-200, available from the second half of 2016. Compared to current stations, it is said to have triple the capacity, while using only a third of the space.
Cloud-based analysis: XL Hybrids has introduced a new cloud-based analytics tool that measures i.e. CO2 reduction and fuel-efficiency of hybrid fleet vehicles equipped with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems. Moreover, the company says its system does not hinder other telematics devices or services.
Electric tuk-tuks for Cape Town: The South African government wants to improve public transport and issued a tender for the three-wheeled taxis. Electric variants will be favoured, authorities say. Some 80 tuk-tuks could hit the road as early as September.
Charging Dubai: The city now has seven new EV charging stations, which were installed at exiting petrol stations. Another two will follow. Dubai’s very first EV charger went online just one year ago.
Car2Go without electric drive: The carsharing scheme kicked off in the Chinese city of Chongqing – the operator’s first on the continent. Some 400 Smart are already in service, and another 200 will follow. Only all cars have a conventional drivetrain, even though China is pushing hard to get more EVs on the road.
E-bus with supercaps: The Belarussian capital Minsk will test two locally build electric buses from December. The vehicles from Belkoounmasch are fitted with supercaps. Another 18 buses will follow in the first quarter of 2017.
Panasonic, FMC, Albemarle, Ballard, XL Hybrids.
The Gigafactory will be set in motion by “hundreds” of Panasonic employees from Japan this autumn. They are there to help to start the production of lithium-ion batteries at what is to become the biggest battery plant to date. In the wake of the expected boom in lithium demand, Albemarle and FMC are considering to set up dedicated factories for lithium production for the Gigafactory.
reuters.com (Panasonic), detroitnews.com (FMC, Albemarle)
Ballard Systems closed deals over 10 million dollars with Chinese Nantong Zehe New Energy Technology and Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology. Ballard is to deliver its fuel cell technology for 33 buses which will be deployed in Rugao and Yunfu by 2016.
XL Hybrids expands: The company now introduced the GM Cutaway/Cab Chassis into the product lineup and is thus able to retrofit the Ford E350and the new Ford Transit passenger van among others with its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. The XL3 can be installed as a retrofit or a new upfit.
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Most clicked link on Monday was Zero Motorcycles announcing that more than 50 police departments across the States are now using the company’s electric motorcycles for patrols.
Bentley, Hyundai, South Korea, Fisker, FDG, XL Hybrids.
Bentley plans three plug-ins: New details on the brand’s electrification course have emerged, as Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer announced plans to triple the hybrid offering. After the introduction of the Bentayga PHEV in 2016, plug-in hybrid versions of the Continental and Mulsanne will follow.
focus.de (in German)
Hyundai iX35 on-sale on the Isles: The Korean FCV is now available in the UK. Pricing starts at 67,995 pounds, not taking into account the 15,000 GBP in subsidies granted by the European HyFive programme. The final price for the iX35 thus comes down to 53,105 GBP (about 72,000 dollars).
South Korea charged up: Competitors are entering the Asian country, as Renault-Samsung says it would start offering the Twizy soon – details will follow in the next few weeks. Chevrolet too, has plans for Korea. GM wants to begin selling the new generation Volt from 2016.
koreaherald.com (Twizy), koreatimes.co.kr (Volt)
Fisker advances: There is movement on the new Fisker website, which had so far only featured graphic allusions of the upcoming Elux. Now, the new owners seem to remember the brand’s roots and offer advice and support to existing Karma owners online.
thenewfisker.com via transportevolved.com
FDG in the U.S.: FDG Electric Vehicles, a blend of American Smith Electric Vehicles and Chinese Sinopoly Battery, is taking another step into U.S. territory and will become the majority shareholder in a new joint venture with Smith that will further develop and market Smith’s electric trucks.
Hybrid Ford Transit: XL Hybrids has adapted its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System to retrofit the Ford Transit van. The XL3 Hybrid System is compatible with all Transit variants, while it adds only around 180 kg to the vehicle. It can be installed in about six hours.
Siemens, Birmingham, Kyiv, PlugSurfing, XL Hybrids.
Cloud-based home charger: Siemens is currently at the SAE World Congress in Detroit where it presents the VersiCharge Smartgrid. The home charging station is wi-fi enabled and allows users to control EV charging via mobile or web app. Charging can be set for when the rates are at the lowest.
Power-assisted bike-sharing: In Birmingham, Alabama, a bike-sharing will start this fall. At 40 docking stations, 400 bikes by Bewegen (German for to move) await the pedal-willing public. 100 of them are electrically assisted, thus making it the first e-bike sharing in the States, the Canadian company claims.
Electric couriers: Ukrainian Kyiv now has Delfast, a courier service with electric bicycles. The company already employs 30 electric bike messengers that manage about a 100 orders a day with 33 delivery bikes. A super competitive flat rate is at 2 dollars per delivery anywhere within the city’s limit.
Petrol card with app for hybrids: Berlin-based start-up PlugSurfing developed a new app for German fuel card provider DKV. The software points drivers of hybrid vehicles the way to the next charging station and enables them to charge at about 2,000 stations across Germany.
XL Hybrids strikes again, this time in Montgomery County, Maryland, where it retrofitted ten Ford cargo vans with its XL3 hybrid system. The hybrid vans will be used at the County Maintenance Department for plumbers and electricians. Only recently, XL Hybrids made a similar deal in Ohio (we reported).
Ballard Power Systems, XL Hybrids, Memphis, Worcestershire.
Fuel cell buses for China: Canadian Ballard Power Systems has been asked by a Chinese manufacturer to equip eight buses with its FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell power modules. The buses will serve in a number of Chinese cities.
Revamped fleet: XL Hybrids will convert four General Motors vans for Watkins Heating & Cooling in Springboro, Ohio with its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive system. Watkins plans to retrofit its entire fleet of 15 vehicles within the next few years.
CarCharging in Memphis: The EV charging operator says it finalised an agreement with the Downtown Memphis Commission for 12 Blink Level 2 EV chargers in the commission’s garages. The stations will be owned, operated and serviced by CarCharging.
Worcestershire EV ready: The British county now has three new EV charge points. They are the first in a row of 12 planned for the county. The EV charging initiative is supported by 600,000 pounds from both the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Chargemaster (150,000 GBP).
Rinspeed, Gigafactory, Dubai, XL Hybrids & Lancer Automotive.
i3-based autonomous concept: Rinspeed announced its plans to present the Budii at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the i3, the Swiss study will drive all-electrically and autonomously, too. It features numerous screens, desktops and an information system which is said to turn the Budii into a “learning and proactive companion” for the driver, or better, the passenger.
Tesla´s Gigafactory will take up production already in 2016, one year earlier than initially announced. This was stated in the latest ‘Shareholder Letter’ and has since been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Californian electric carmaker, quoted by Japanese Nikkei.
nikkei.com, files.shareholder.com (Shareholder Letter as pdf, p. 3)
Driverless in Dubai: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has commissioned a study on ‘autonomous cars’ which entails talks with various carmakers. If found technologically feasible, self-driving electric vehicles could become a mean of transport for the Expo 2020 in the desert state.
More hybrids to come: Lancer Automotive Group entered into a non-exclusive installation and distribution agreement with XL Hybrids. The former is to include XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System line into its roster of alternative drivetrain technologies which also includes CNG, LPG and EVs.
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Most clicked link on Monday was Apple’s secret iCar project which is now all over the news.
ZTE & Enel, Pod Point, XL Hybrids, Hyundai, Tesla.
New electric mobility alliance: Chinese communications provider ZTE will cooperate with Enel, Italy’s largest utility. The companies want to work together across different areas such as innovative solutions for recharging electric vehicles, smart grids and renewable energies.
Crowd-funded charging points: As we reported, the English provider of charging technology Pod Point had launched a crowdfunding campaign to expand its EV charging network across the UK – and they succeeded! The 1.2 million pound mark has been reached within just a few days.
XL Hybrids retrofits Boston vans: A total of four city-owned vans have been retrofitted with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. The U.S. city aims to replace ten percent of its fleet with alternative fuel cars every year, in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
Hyundai installs hydrogen station in Australia: It will be the country’s first hydrogen refuelling point. In other words, fuel cell technology won’t arrive on the country’s shores too soon. In order to further develop infrastructure, Hyundai says, the Australian government needs to step up to the task.
Supercharger update: Put together, Europe and Asia now count more Tesla-chargers than the U.S. So far, 109 Superchargers have been installed in Europe, 42 in Asia and 140 across the United States.
South Korea, Multi-Contact, Coca-Cola & XL Hybrids, Chicago.
EVs are a must: South Korea’s government yesterday announced that starting next year, all government agencies and national universities must choose from electric cars for over 25 percent of their new purchases and rentals. The goal is not only to protect the environment, but also to create new jobs.
Charging on route: Swiss Multi-Contact has developed an automatic charging system for electric buses. While at a stop, a flexible plug clicks into the bus’s charging socket, allowing for charging current of up to 900 ampere. According to Multi-Contact, the stops of existing bus lines can easily be retrofitted.
Coke hybridises: Coca-Cola is adding 140 additional gasoline-electric hybrid Chevrolet Express 3500 vans converted by XL Hybrids by early 2015 to go with the 103 it already has in the fleet. 70 of the new vans are currently being delivered, a further 70 will follow.
Chicago gets two electric buses: The New Flyer Industries buses are said to go between 80 and 120 miles on one charge and save 25,000 dollars in fuel cost per year. The electric buses cost one million dollars each and were funded by a 2.2 million dollar grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Moreover, 300 of Chicago’s 1,800 buses are hybrid.
LaFerrari running in electric mode, XL3 hybrid drive system.
Video tip: Even Ferrari drivers could need to get used to silence. Even though the manufacturer stated that its LaFerrari could not be driven in an all-electric mode, this video proves otherwise (at least on the first few metres).
Click tip: The four million mile mark has been met. That is the combined distance driven by XL Hybrid customers using the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. The technology enables fleets to retrofit existing vehicles and reap the benefits immediately.
IEEM, Green Automotive, XL Hybrids, Dukosi, BYD.
Range optimisation: The Institute for Energy Efficient Mobility (IEEM) and the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany, is researching to find an ideal connection between energy management and route navigation in electric vehicles. For that, they employ a series of new algorithms.
hs-karlsruhe.de (in German)
GAC expands: The U.S. company Green Automotive Co. announced that it entered into a purchase agreement with UK remanufacturing business Transhock and that it will venture into the remanufacturing business of batteries and EV parts.
New commercial hybrid presented: XL Hybrids debuts its new electric powertrain technology XL3 for commercial vehicles. The company claims that the new system can save up to 25 percent of fuel, compared to its predecessor. The technology will be integrated into FedEx and Coca-Cola delivery trucks.
Dukosi wants to go the distance: The Edinburgh-based company is allotted 320,000 pounds (535,000 dollars) from Par Equity and the Scottish Investment Bank to further develop its “Electric Vehicle Optimisation Integrated Circuit (EVoIC)” system, which can supposedly increase the range of EVs by up to 15%. The company wants to achieve this by monitoring every battery cell individually to “squeeze the maximum energy from the batteries.”
BYD full of ideas: The Chinese carmaker registered some 2,099 patents in China 2013. To date, BYD has registered a total of 8,000 international and 12,000 domestic patents, including various for electric drivetrains, recuperation systems and fire-safe iron-phosphate chemistries.