Zapinamo power boosts rapid home charging
There is a new player on the scene for rapid-charging boosted by stationary energy storage. Zapinamo is a Coventry-based start-up that patented a home (!) charging station with a “power boost” from an extra battery and thus enables an output of up to 350 kW.
TUM Create, A123, DLR, Zapinamo.
Mail delivery by electric scooters: The team of TUM Create, the joint research project of the technical universities of Munich and Nanyang, developed a three-wheel electric vehicle for mail delivery. It is about to prove its suitability for everyday use as the Singapore Post Ltd. will start a road trial this week. The prototype comes with modular batteries in order to suit various routes. So far, Singapore’s mail service operates a fleet of 674 petrol-driven scooters.
postandparcel.info, tum-create.edu.sg, youtube.com
A123 opens plant in Czech Republic: Besides its facilities in the States and China, Wanxiang subsidiary A123 Systems has established a new site in Czech Ostrava. The battery manufacturer seeks to produce more than 600,000 units of its 12V starter battery and next-gen 48V system a year here.
German-Japanese research: The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology are expanding their scientific cooperation. Both state-funded organisations carry out application-orientated energy research. The first common topics to deal with will be efficient thermoelectric energy converters and battery research.
Charger trial at the Airport: EV charging start-up Zapinamo secured 3.1m pounds by Innovate UK to deploy a mobile charger as part of a pilot project with Heathrow Airport. The prototype is said to charge several electric vehicles simultaneously at speeds of up to 400kW.
Zapinamo, Volvo, Solaris, China, Green Energy.
UK funds fast-charging tests: UK start-up Zapinamo received 2.2m pounds in government funding, in order to work with Warwick University, Iveco, and Farmdrop to test fast-charging with up to 400 kW for electric utility vehicles.
Delivery contract: Volvo received an order for four hybrid buses form the city of Värmamo in southern Sweden. Adding the four Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid to the fleet will electrify the city’s entire public transport system.
Solaris conquers North: Finish city Tampere commissioned four all-electric buses from Solaris. The latter has now sold more than 100 electric buses in i.e. Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden – now adding Finland to its list.
Ultimate charging offensive: Tianjin will soon be a mecca for electric mobility. The Chinese city wants to increase the number of charge points from now around 2,000 to 90,000 by 2020. Surely, there will then always be place to plug in.
Time of day tariff: Green Energy is now the first utility in the UK that offers residential customers a time of day tariff for EV charging. Using smart meter technology, the company encourages EV drivers to plug in when demand and prices are lower.