Toyota, Tesla, Yale University, Imperial College London.
Toyota to sell H2 bus: Toyota will start selling its hydrogen bus by early next year in Japan. The FC buses will first be introduced in Tokyo. Based on Mirai technology, another 100 units are to be delivered in 2018 ahead of the 2020 Olympics. The FC bus can also be utilised as external power supply.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, hybridcars.com
Tesla Supercomputer: The EV maker is tuning all its models for the future of autonomous driving as they are being equipped with a “supercomputer.” The hardware is based on the Drive PX 2 AI platform by NDivia and said to deliver 40 times more processing power. Here, the neural net for vision, sonar, and radar data runs together.
greencarcongress.com, forbes.com, electrek.co
Blood molecule for batteries: Yale researchers found that the heme molecule, which transports oxygen in blood could work as a better catalyst in Li-O2 batteries. Heme improved the Li-O2 cell function by lowering the amount of energy required to boost the battery’s charge/discharge cycle times.
In-flight charging: Scientists at Imperial College London have demonstrated wireless power transfer (WPT) technology on drones. The flying objects could thus stay airborne and charge by simply hovering over a ground support vehicle. The team hopes to have a product ready to sell within a year.
Solaris, Crossvolt, Yale University, SINANO, Ballard, Azure Hydrogen.
Polish XXL electric bus: Solaris together with the Technical Universities of Poznan and Warsaw plan to develop a 24-meter electric bus based on the Urbino. The batteries will be charged externally while an on-board fuel cell is planned as well. The project is part of the Inno-Tech program of the Polish government and receives 1.5 million euros funding.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)
Chevy Volt AWD? General Motors now renewed the Crossvolt trademark from 2011. The move has led to speculations what kind of vehicle might bear that name in the future – could Chevrolet bring us a Volt with an all-wheel drive or is that too much wishful thinking? Fingers crossed!
greencarreports.com, insideevs.com, autoblog.com
Li-air: A team at Yale University has introduced a new Li-O2 cell architecture that uses a mesoporous catalytic polymer-based membrane between the oxygen electrode and the separator to achieve high reversibility and efficiency, rather than placing the catalyst particles on the oxygen electrode itself.
Size matters: A team at Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO) has demonstrated that the electrochemical performance of sulfur nanoparticles in the cathode of a Lithium-sulfur battery is critically dependent on the sulfur particle size.
Broken fuel cell agreements: Ballard Power Systems is to terminate two fuel-cell licensing agreements with Azure Hydrogen in China. The reasons are material breaches of these agreements by Azure Hydrogen. One license agreement concerns the assembly of Ballard’s FCvelocity-HD7 Bus fuel-cell power modules which were destined for the Chinese market.
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