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New developments with electric aircraft

New developments with electric aircraft

Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 29, 2011
Remy Awarded Electric Motor Contract by ALTe

Remy Awarded Electric Motor Contract by ALTe

Remy announced it has been awarded a three-year contract for electric motors by ALTe Powertrain Technologies. Under the agreement, Remy HVH 250 electric motors will act as an onboard generator to recharge batteries and deliver electric drivetrain traction power for ALTe's hybrid vehicle powertrain conversions.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 28, 2011
Quantum/ Ford PHEV pickup success

Quantum/ Ford PHEV pickup success

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide exhibited its Ford F-150 Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV) pick-up at the 2011 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, starting on 19 June. The vehicle is powered by Quantum's F-Drive hybrid drive system which is a derivative of the original Quantum Q-Drive with enhanced technologies and subsystems.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 27, 2011
World's first serial hybrid electric aircraft to fly at Le Bourget

World's first serial hybrid electric aircraft to fly at Le Bourget

Siemens AG, Diamond Aircraft and EADS are set to present the world's first aircraft with a serial hybrid electric drive system at the Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2011.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 24, 2011
Welcome to EcoCAR 2: plugging in to the future

Welcome to EcoCAR 2: plugging in to the future

EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future, is a three-year collegiate engineering competition and the only program of its kind. The competition's mission is a vital one: offer an unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers. The competition challenges 16 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 23, 2011
EVO Electric Ltd partner with GKN Driveline

EVO Electric Ltd partner with GKN Driveline

EVO Electric Ltd., a pioneer in advanced electric drive solutions for the automotive sector, has formed a Joint Venture ('JV') with GKN Driveline, a division of GKN Plc (LSE:GKN), the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline systems and solutions. GKN will also acquire a 25.1% stake in EVO Electric.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 23, 2011
Mitsubishi Electric launches power module for hybrid and pure EVs

Mitsubishi Electric launches power module for hybrid and pure EVs

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced recently the launch of a new transfer moulded power module (T-PM) mainly designed for hybrid and electric vehicle applications. The company's J Series T-PM, whose lifespan is 30 times longer than that of industrial power modules and is completely lead-free, provides enhanced reliability by incorporating Mitsubishi Electric's proprietary technology that ensures power loss reduction.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 22, 2011
Electrovaya to provide lithium ion battery systems for Chrysler

Electrovaya to provide lithium ion battery systems for Chrysler

Electrovaya Inc announced that it has signed a contract to supply Chrysler with Lithium Ion SuperPolymer battery systems for 25 Town and Country minivans that will be part of a demonstration fleet of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles that Chrysler Group LLC has developed in partnership with the United States Department of Energy.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 20, 2011
Airliners become electric vehicles

Airliners become electric vehicles

Aircraft are becoming more electric even to the extent of having electric traction just like an electric car. Curiously this is starting at the light and heavy end, with medium sized feeder aircraft adopting electrification later.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 20, 2011
Mechanical energy harvesting in vehicles is better?

Mechanical energy harvesting in vehicles is better?

The use of flywheels has yet to be commercially successful in production vehicles. Decades ago they were tried as an energy source powered up before the vehicle went on its way. That proved expensive, heavy and sometimes dangerous but the technology has reappeared as mechanical storage of braking energy and therefore potentially useful in both pure electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 17, 2011
Horrific cost of cheap Chinese batteries

Horrific cost of cheap Chinese batteries

The rechargeable lead batteries concerned are used in scooters, cars and some mobile phones.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 17, 2011
BYD will introduce all electric buses in Frankfurt

BYD will introduce all electric buses in Frankfurt

BYD a leading-edge provider of green energy technologies based in Shenzhen China has signed a Letter of Intent with the city of Frankfurt, Germany to introduce BYD's all-electric, long-range, eBUS.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 16, 2011
Much Bigger e-mobility picture revealed

Much Bigger e-mobility picture revealed

Electric vehicle parts are not evolving: they are changing completely. Sometimes, the traction battery will be replaced by a supercapacitor or supercabattery and the dumb skin of the vehicle by smart skin. Energy harvesting and range extenders are new key enabling technologies and AC motors are often replacing DC motors. This is an industry in ferment.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 15, 2011
Penetrating the fog surrounding lithium-ion traction batteries

Penetrating the fog surrounding lithium-ion traction batteries

To penetrate the fog surrounding lithium-ion traction batteries we should use the term generically for all rechargeable batteries involving lithium ions. For example, it is false to talk of lithium polymer as an alternative to lithium-ion because the term lithium polymer simply refers to a form of electrolyte involving solid polymer electrolyte usually with gel.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 15, 2011
Electric bicycles and ebikes - the next ten years

Electric bicycles and ebikes - the next ten years

IDTechEx has issued another report in its series on the various types of electric vehicle - hybrid and pure electric - and their future entitled Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) Industry Worldwide 2011-2021 (www.IDTecHEx.com/LEV). Electric vehicles by land, water and air will be a market of over $210 billion in ten years from now. The segments of this market are very different in certain respects yet they increasingly share some technical challenges and vehicle and component suppliers. This report concerns electric bicycles, ebikes and other Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs) that constitute an important part of the overall EV business. Other reports in the series cover aircraft, marine, buses/taxis, military/police/security and cars.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 14, 2011
EnSol AS develops a 4th generation PV cell

EnSol AS develops a 4th generation PV cell

EnSol AS (a small R&D company based in Bergen, Norway), has developed a unique, 4th generation, metal based photovoltaic (PV) cell. The cell benefits from a simple construction, with production technology based on current industrial coating practises, and a limiting theoretical efficiency three times that of conventional semiconductor based cells.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 14, 2011
Nissan and JAF to test roadside service vehicle With EV charger

Nissan and JAF to test roadside service vehicle With EV charger

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) today announced a joint trial operation of a roadside service vehicle equipped with a charger to assist electric vehicles (EVs) which run out of battery power. The trial service commences on June 7, 2011.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 13, 2011
New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt

New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt

Significant advance in battery architecture could be breakthrough for electric vehicles and grid storage
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 13, 2011
Research into batteries to give electric cars the same range as petrol

Research into batteries to give electric cars the same range as petrol

Research is being conducted at Risø DTU into the development and manufacture of new battery materials, e.g. improved electrode and electrolyte materials for the next generation of Li-ion and Li-air batteries. This requires insight and 'nano-scale engineering' as well as detailed understanding of the underlying processes.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 13, 2011
Electric vehicle infrastructure surprises

Electric vehicle infrastructure surprises

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure will see a frenzy of change over the next ten years. That will involve how it is made and installed, how it operates and even whether it is needed at all. For example, the 1.3 million electric vehicles for the disabled, obese and elderly being sold this year will rise to over three million in 2021 and none of them will have a charging station - you simply plug them into a regular socket. Registering that the most convenient and affordable charging station is none at all, the e-bike manufacturers have at last started to move in the same direction. Adoption of the new lithium-ion batteries releases a huge amount of weight and space and a charger can now be fitted into the e-bike. That will become more affordable as the years go by. Here are some more of the surprises revealed during the research for the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 2011-2021".
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 29, 2011
Remy Awarded Electric Motor Contract by ALTe

Remy Awarded Electric Motor Contract by ALTe

Remy announced it has been awarded a three-year contract for electric motors by ALTe Powertrain Technologies. Under the agreement, Remy HVH 250 electric motors will act as an onboard generator to recharge batteries and deliver electric drivetrain traction power for ALTe's hybrid vehicle powertrain conversions.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 27, 2011
World's first serial hybrid electric aircraft to fly at Le Bourget

World's first serial hybrid electric aircraft to fly at Le Bourget

Siemens AG, Diamond Aircraft and EADS are set to present the world's first aircraft with a serial hybrid electric drive system at the Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2011.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 23, 2011
EVO Electric Ltd partner with GKN Driveline

EVO Electric Ltd partner with GKN Driveline

EVO Electric Ltd., a pioneer in advanced electric drive solutions for the automotive sector, has formed a Joint Venture ('JV') with GKN Driveline, a division of GKN Plc (LSE:GKN), the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline systems and solutions. GKN will also acquire a 25.1% stake in EVO Electric.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 22, 2011
Electrovaya to provide lithium ion battery systems for Chrysler

Electrovaya to provide lithium ion battery systems for Chrysler

Electrovaya Inc announced that it has signed a contract to supply Chrysler with Lithium Ion SuperPolymer battery systems for 25 Town and Country minivans that will be part of a demonstration fleet of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles that Chrysler Group LLC has developed in partnership with the United States Department of Energy.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 20, 2011
Mechanical energy harvesting in vehicles is better?

Mechanical energy harvesting in vehicles is better?

The use of flywheels has yet to be commercially successful in production vehicles. Decades ago they were tried as an energy source powered up before the vehicle went on its way. That proved expensive, heavy and sometimes dangerous but the technology has reappeared as mechanical storage of braking energy and therefore potentially useful in both pure electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 17, 2011
BYD will introduce all electric buses in Frankfurt

BYD will introduce all electric buses in Frankfurt

BYD a leading-edge provider of green energy technologies based in Shenzhen China has signed a Letter of Intent with the city of Frankfurt, Germany to introduce BYD's all-electric, long-range, eBUS.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 15, 2011
Penetrating the fog surrounding lithium-ion traction batteries

Penetrating the fog surrounding lithium-ion traction batteries

To penetrate the fog surrounding lithium-ion traction batteries we should use the term generically for all rechargeable batteries involving lithium ions. For example, it is false to talk of lithium polymer as an alternative to lithium-ion because the term lithium polymer simply refers to a form of electrolyte involving solid polymer electrolyte usually with gel.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 14, 2011
EnSol AS develops a 4th generation PV cell

EnSol AS develops a 4th generation PV cell

EnSol AS (a small R&D company based in Bergen, Norway), has developed a unique, 4th generation, metal based photovoltaic (PV) cell. The cell benefits from a simple construction, with production technology based on current industrial coating practises, and a limiting theoretical efficiency three times that of conventional semiconductor based cells.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 13, 2011
New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt

New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt

Significant advance in battery architecture could be breakthrough for electric vehicles and grid storage
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 13, 2011
Electric vehicle infrastructure surprises

Electric vehicle infrastructure surprises

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure will see a frenzy of change over the next ten years. That will involve how it is made and installed, how it operates and even whether it is needed at all. For example, the 1.3 million electric vehicles for the disabled, obese and elderly being sold this year will rise to over three million in 2021 and none of them will have a charging station - you simply plug them into a regular socket. Registering that the most convenient and affordable charging station is none at all, the e-bike manufacturers have at last started to move in the same direction. Adoption of the new lithium-ion batteries releases a huge amount of weight and space and a charger can now be fitted into the e-bike. That will become more affordable as the years go by. Here are some more of the surprises revealed during the research for the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 2011-2021".
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 28, 2011
Quantum/ Ford PHEV pickup success

Quantum/ Ford PHEV pickup success

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide exhibited its Ford F-150 Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV) pick-up at the 2011 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, starting on 19 June. The vehicle is powered by Quantum's F-Drive hybrid drive system which is a derivative of the original Quantum Q-Drive with enhanced technologies and subsystems.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 24, 2011
Welcome to EcoCAR 2: plugging in to the future

Welcome to EcoCAR 2: plugging in to the future

EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future, is a three-year collegiate engineering competition and the only program of its kind. The competition's mission is a vital one: offer an unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers. The competition challenges 16 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 23, 2011
Mitsubishi Electric launches power module for hybrid and pure EVs

Mitsubishi Electric launches power module for hybrid and pure EVs

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced recently the launch of a new transfer moulded power module (T-PM) mainly designed for hybrid and electric vehicle applications. The company's J Series T-PM, whose lifespan is 30 times longer than that of industrial power modules and is completely lead-free, provides enhanced reliability by incorporating Mitsubishi Electric's proprietary technology that ensures power loss reduction.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 20, 2011
Airliners become electric vehicles

Airliners become electric vehicles

Aircraft are becoming more electric even to the extent of having electric traction just like an electric car. Curiously this is starting at the light and heavy end, with medium sized feeder aircraft adopting electrification later.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 17, 2011
Horrific cost of cheap Chinese batteries

Horrific cost of cheap Chinese batteries

The rechargeable lead batteries concerned are used in scooters, cars and some mobile phones.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 16, 2011
Much Bigger e-mobility picture revealed

Much Bigger e-mobility picture revealed

Electric vehicle parts are not evolving: they are changing completely. Sometimes, the traction battery will be replaced by a supercapacitor or supercabattery and the dumb skin of the vehicle by smart skin. Energy harvesting and range extenders are new key enabling technologies and AC motors are often replacing DC motors. This is an industry in ferment.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 15, 2011
Electric bicycles and ebikes - the next ten years

Electric bicycles and ebikes - the next ten years

IDTechEx has issued another report in its series on the various types of electric vehicle - hybrid and pure electric - and their future entitled Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) Industry Worldwide 2011-2021 (www.IDTecHEx.com/LEV). Electric vehicles by land, water and air will be a market of over $210 billion in ten years from now. The segments of this market are very different in certain respects yet they increasingly share some technical challenges and vehicle and component suppliers. This report concerns electric bicycles, ebikes and other Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs) that constitute an important part of the overall EV business. Other reports in the series cover aircraft, marine, buses/taxis, military/police/security and cars.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 14, 2011
Nissan and JAF to test roadside service vehicle With EV charger

Nissan and JAF to test roadside service vehicle With EV charger

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) today announced a joint trial operation of a roadside service vehicle equipped with a charger to assist electric vehicles (EVs) which run out of battery power. The trial service commences on June 7, 2011.
Electric Vehicles Research
Jun 13, 2011
Research into batteries to give electric cars the same range as petrol

Research into batteries to give electric cars the same range as petrol

Research is being conducted at Risø DTU into the development and manufacture of new battery materials, e.g. improved electrode and electrolyte materials for the next generation of Li-ion and Li-air batteries. This requires insight and 'nano-scale engineering' as well as detailed understanding of the underlying processes.
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