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Massive improvements make 48V the future hybrid

Massive improvements make 48V the future hybrid
The 48V mild-hybrid powertrains from 25 car brands will extend factory and platform life. They rise to a flood in 2020. Most use belt-driven alternator replacements for starter, torque-assist for downsized engine, and primitive regenerative braking. The reduction in carbon dioxide emission keeps things legal as emissions laws tighten. It is quieter and uses less fuel.  By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman at IDTechEx
12th September 2019

Post-vehicle value of retired electric vehicle batteries

Post-vehicle value of retired electric vehicle batteries
The rapid penetration of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to questions on its most expensive component, the battery. What happens to the batteries after eight to ten years of service when they retire from EVs due to capacity fade? Volkswagen announced their ambitious target to build a million EVs by 2025 and has already got a plan for their used EV batteries.
10th September 2019

Here come 48V full hybrid electric vehicles

Here come 48V full hybrid electric vehicles
The new Hyundai Tucson switches off the engine when coasting or braking at under 30kph. This is a bridge to the 48V full hybrids that IDTechEx foresaw some time ago. IDTechEx correctly predicted that they would come sooner rather than later and not just as cars - thus the title of the new IDTechEx report embracing it all, ‘48V Mild Hybrid and 48V Full Hybrid Vehicles 2020-2030’.
23rd August 2019


In-wheel motors for electric vehicles evolving fast

In-wheel motors for electric vehicles evolving fast
Electric motor drive is key to all electric vehicles (EV) and it is taking new forms. In-wheel motors are successful in two-wheel EVs but they have rarely been seen in larger vehicles due to safety and cost concerns and a fear that unsprung weight gives a rougher ride. Near-wheel motors are a compromise.
15th August 2019

Giving the battery second life

Giving the battery second life
The first batch of electric vehicle batteries are reaching their retirement age and the next ten years will see a huge increase in the volume of retired batteries. What will happen to the huge amount of used EV batteries? IDTechEx has recently released the latest report: “Second-life Electric Vehicle Batteries 2020-2030”.
9th August 2019

Death of internal combustion with EV range

Death of internal combustion with EV range
Electric aircraft have got there. Cars next. With no road resistance, the best electric aircraft, the Bye Aerospace eFlyer, achieves 1000km with its solar wing option. This range will be the final nail in the coffin of internal combustion cars. It is longer than some of them offer. With gasoline stations shutting down, guess who then gets range anxiety!  By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman at IDTechEx
7th August 2019

Electric car tipping point: delight or destroy?

Electric car tipping point: delight or destroy?
It is nonsense to forecast pure electric cars costing the same as traditional ones, then life continuing much as usual. The up-front price of pure electric PE cars will be dropping below that of internal combustion engine ICE ones around 2025. The fundamentals are now clear. By Dr Peter Harrop, industry expert and Chairman at IDTechEx.
29th July 2019

Electric bus demand surging outside China

Electric bus demand surging outside China
In electric vehicles, China is not what it used to be. Electric bike demand collapsed five years ago, and electric bus demand followed two years ago. With electric buses, the reason was entirely a precipitous drop in government financial support of demand and production, the peak being accentuated by pulling forward to grab subsidies while there were available. In 2020 they will be zero but despite this, in 2027 China plans that full electrification of its bus fleet will be complete. 
24th July 2019

Electric vehicle energy storage: are there big changes ahead?

Electric vehicle energy storage: are there big changes ahead?
Is it all about cars and extrapolation? Not anymore. The new IDTechEx report, 'Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles 2020-2030' avoids mindless extrapolation. It uses fundamentals to predict huge changes in the EV business and the way these vehicles store electricity. For example, rejection of poisons and the fact that herbicides becoming ineffective anyway heralds a huge new market for robot weeders. By Dr Peter Harrop, Industry Expert and Chariman at IDTechEx.
12th July 2019

Automotive industry to be a big growth opportunity for conductive ink

Automotive industry to be a big growth opportunity for conductive ink
The automotive industry has emerged as a significant market opportunity for suppliers of conductive pastes and similar materials. It has the potential to one day rival in significance the irreplaceable photovoltaic market. Almost every major paste supplier with a global profile is re-organising its team and its product portfolio to capture this rising trend.
16th April 2019

Piezoelectrics key to IoT and power from roads?

Piezoelectrics key to IoT and power from roads?
California and Europe are pumping millions into development of electricity-generating roads using piezoelectrics. Piezos will also be useful in self-powered IoT nodes because no one will change or even charge millions of batteries for those nodes let alone the envisaged billions. Without self-powered nodes, the IoT will be nothing more than a footnote in history.
4th December 2018

The future of EVs on show in Silicon Valley

The future of EVs on show in Silicon Valley
Many new electric vehicles were on display at the IDTechEx Show on 14th-15th November in Santa Clara, California. However, that was the tip of the iceberg. The event had a hidden message - the future enabling technologies for electric vehicles (EVs), from buses to cars to mining vehicles.
21st November 2018

Are EVs poisonous and do they need to be?

Are EVs poisonous and do they need to be?
Diesel vehicles land, water and air, are on the way out because they emit poisons - antimony, arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, cyanide, dioxin, lead, nickel, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and sulfur compounds and carcinogenic submicron particulates, organics and more. The brew has a lot in common with the poisons inhaled from smoking tobacco. However, the new electronics and electrics in and on vehicles appearing over the next ten years will contain most those poisons and add more.
6th April 2018

EVs for agricultural use estimated to be worth $87bn by 2028

EVs for agricultural use estimated to be worth $87bn by 2028
  Electric vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $87bn market in 2028. Komatsu, John Deere, Caterpillar, and others manufacture the big vehicles - mainly hybrid - while other manufacturers offer smaller, pure-electric versions.
15th January 2018

The good, the bad and the ugly: EVs and off grid forecasting

The good, the bad and the ugly: EVs and off grid forecasting
When the Mayor of London plans a ban on parking in all new apartment blocks, it is best not to assume, that car sales will go on up forever. Factor in trials of autonomous taxi-buses from Switzerland to New Zealand and the rise in internet shopping using electric delivery vans. They are all going to hit car sales, including taxis. Bill Gates’ Belmont new city in Arizona is being based on more space-efficient, safer, less expensive alternatives to cars. Cleaner too - even electric cars emit particulates from their tires.
18th December 2017

Electrically smart roads supercharge safety and speed

Electrically smart roads supercharge safety and speed
An independent, technical and market appraisal of electrically smart roads and their allied infrastructure such as electrical road furniture and parking areas has been released by IDTechEx, entitled Electrically Smart Roads 2018-2028. It embraces such things as solar roads driving integral lighting today and the research to add harvesting of heat and movement by roads and electricity from roadside wind turbines, sensing, and structural health monitoring.
13th December 2017

The future aspirations for long distance EVs

The future aspirations for long distance EVs
Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman at IDTechEx discusses the three aspirations for long distance EVs. All the publicity currently goes to the race to make regular and premium cars have longer range. This is because most people want only one car so it must be capable of the long distance trip however rare. That must be achieved despite the inadequacy of charging points in number, speed and compatibilty of interface and payment means.
22nd September 2017

Renewables and EVs: Japan and New Zealand compared

Renewables and EVs: Japan and New Zealand compared
  According to IDTechEx's latest renewables and EVs: Japan and New Zealand compared report, Japan has very dirty power generation with renewables stuck at around 10% for two decades then rising last year to approach 15%. New Zealand has now powered up from 80-85% renewables feeding its grid - around the figures of Iceland and Norway.
21st September 2017

Looking beyond autonomy to energy independent vehicles

Looking beyond autonomy to energy independent vehicles
  The Bye Aerospace pure electric plane currently on sale is not yet energy independent but it does generate electricity from the propeller being driven backwards by wind when descending and when parked. It has structural solar wings and it saves the $100,000 in aviation fuel used by a regular small aircraft when training a pilot.
19th September 2017

Are EIVs a reality or a wild-eyed dream?

Are EIVs a reality or a wild-eyed dream?
  The industry may have to rethink the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure warns IDTechEx, as multiple energy harvesting leads to Energy Independent electric Vehicles (EIV) range being thousands of kilometres.
8th September 2017


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