Tag: Zee.Aero

Apr 26, 2017 - 11:41 am

Zee.Aero, NECOBAUT, BASF, Umicore, Suzuki.

Google founder takes off: Start-up Zee.Aero announced its plans for the creation of an electric powered aircraft about a year ago. Backed by Google founder Larry Page and based in the Silicon Valley, the company now published footage of its prototype vertically taking off and cruising over a lake. The Kitty Hawk Flyer resembles a flying motorcycle that can carry one person without a pilot licence. It is equipped with eight electric motors and supposed to enter production still this year.
theverge.com, futurism.com, electrek.co

8 x higher capacity: Researchers of the EU project NECOBAUT (New concept of metal-air battery for automotive application based on advanced nanomaterials) developed a new way to enlarge the storage capacity of EV batteries. Based on a reaction of iron and air, the technology is said to store eight times more energy than conventional batteries and could thus provide a low cost alternative to Li-ion packs.

Patent disputes settled: BASF sued Umicore in the States for patent infringement two years ago (we reported). A resolution has now been reached, that sees BASF licensing Umicore to make, use, sell, distribute and import the disputed nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathodes for Li-ion batteries.

Hybrid AWD scooter by Suzuki: A new patent of the Japanese company shows an AWD scooter equipped with a petrol engine as well as a hub-mounted electric motor in the front. As it is with all patents, this is no prove, that this hybrid vehicle will really reach production.

Jun 10, 2016 - 08:11 am

Zee.Aero, Geely, Furrer+Frey, Tesla.

Larry in the sky with… Zee.Aero, a firm that is developing a flying car and sits right next to Google’s HQ in Silicon Valley. It turned out Alphabet CEO Larry Page is the start-up’s secret funder under the disguise of GUS (for: the guy upstairs). According to Bloomberg, the Google boss invested 100m dollars and also has stakes in another firm building vehicles for vertical take-off. Called Kitty Hawk, it is headed by Google’s former chief for the self-driving car programme, Sebastian Thrun. Telling, is it not?
bloomberg.com, zee.aero

Swatch battery deal: Geely is the first industrial partner to utilise the “super battery” reportedly developed by Swatch subsidiary Belenos and ETH Zurich. The Chinese firm will start testing the power packs in cars and motorbikes and may start production in China already by 2017. Previous reports spoke of interest from Germany and Korea also.

Tractor swapping: Long-haul trucking could soon become electric with this idea from Swiss Furrer+Frey. They propose to exchange the whole tractor including the battery so the trailer would just be towed by a new and fully charged machine, while the other stays put to be reenergised.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com

Durable Tesla batteries: Power packs of the Model S lose just about 5 percent of their capacity during their first 50,000 miles, reports Plug-in America, which has analysed data from 500 Tesla cars and 12m miles driven. Degradation slows over time as batteries still have 92% capacity after 100,000 miles.

Found on electrive.com
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