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Fraunhofer ISE inaugurates solar hydrogen filling station

Fraunhofer ISE inaugurates solar hydrogen filling station
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have inaugurated a solar hydrogen filling station. Sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment Baden-Wuerttemberg, the publically accessible filling station serves not only as a demonstration platform but also represents a milestone in the progressive network of hydrogen filling stations being set up in the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
19th March 2012

Plugless Power Apollo Launch Programme

Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) announced recently that it will participate in the 2012 Apollo Launch Program hosted by Evatran, the developer of Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle recharging systems. The Apollo Program aims to encourage electric vehicle adoption across the United States through the launch of a convenient recharging alternative to the repetitive plug-in, unplug process.
5th March 2012

Making hydrogen powered travel a reality in the UK

A ground breaking project to ensure the UK is well positioned for the commercial roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles has been launched in the UK.
5th March 2012


Lowering the cost of EV batteries - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Lowering the cost of EV batteries - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu
According to the recent Reuters article below, the US government is undeterred by lower than expected sales of plug-in hybrids and are focusing on lowering the cost of batteries.
5th March 2012

Intelligent Energy & Suzuki Motor Corporation establish joint venture

Intelligent Energy & Suzuki Motor Corporation establish joint venture
Intelligent Energy and the Suzuki Motor Corporation, have announced the creation of a joint venture company called SMILE FC System Corporation, to develop and manufacture air-cooled fuel cell systems for a range of industry sectors. The joint venture also includes a non-exclusive license agreement that gives Suzuki access to Intelligent Energy's class-leading fuel cell technology for its next generation of environmentally friendly fuel cell vehicles.
5th March 2012

Electric vehicles forecasts, trends and opportunities - Free webinar

Only Dr Peter Harrop and his team at IDTechEx have tracked the whole electric vehicle market for twelve years, from cars to bikes, boats and aircraft. All are of interest to component manufacturers and those many organisations expanding their vehicle businesses. After all, beyond cars is a bigger market and it is more profitable.
5th March 2012

The Dilemma of Fast Charging of Electric Vehicles

People like to see a lifebelt by the local river even though they may never use it. They certainly do not want to pay for one though. It is like that with the fast charging of cars. We all want to charge our electric car in the blink of an eye. Indeed, we may be happy to pay through the nose for that electricity when we are far away if the only alternative is to walk home or at least be late for an appointment. Many companies now offer fast chargers for on-road vehicles though very few have been installed. For instance, Japan has only installed 80 across the whole country.
5th March 2012

Slaying the myths at Electric Vehicles Land Sea Air

Slaying the myths at Electric Vehicles Land Sea Air
Opening speaker at Electric Vehicles Land Sea Air USA 2012 in San Jose California March 27-28, Raghu Das of leading analysts IDTechEx says, Unlike other events, we delight in slaying the myth that most of the market value is in cars. Only our events and publications reflect the market split over the next ten years where cars will be important but well under 50% of the market value and the part where most participants go to the wall and there is most reliance on fragile government support. Other myths will also be put in their place at this future-oriented event, free of commercials.
27th February 2012

Why Toyota has Pulled Ahead in E-Mobility

Why Toyota has Pulled Ahead in E-Mobility
By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx In this article, we share some of the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, Electric Vehicle Industry Profitability 2012 - Where, Why, What Next - vehicles & components, hybrid & pure electric, land, water, air, winning strategies, forecasts. (www.IDTechEx.com/EVprofit)
21st February 2012

BAE Systems and Caterpillar sign HybriDrive agreement

BAE Systems and Caterpillar sign HybriDrive agreement
BAE Systems and Caterpillar Inc. have signed a long-term supply agreement to collaborate on an energy efficient parallel hybrid propulsion system for heavy-duty trucks. Under the 20-year agreement, BAE Systems will integrate the Cat CX family of transmissions into its HybriDrive parallel propulsion system, and will establish an aftermarket field services model leveraging Caterpillar's vast global service network to support the growing installed base.
20th February 2012

First electric vehicle wireless charging trial for London

First electric vehicle wireless charging trial for London
The pre-commercial trial for the first Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) trial for London is expected to start in early 2012 and will involve as many as 50 electric vehicles (EVs). It is a UK and industry-leading initiative. Qualcomm is collaborating with the UK Government, as well as the Mayor of London's office and Transport for London (TfL) to deliver the trial. The trial will use Qualcomm wireless inductive power transfer technology that enables high-efficiency power transfer across a large air gap. It is very easy to use: the driver simply parks the vehicle in the usual way and the system automatically aligns for power transfer, making parking easier and charging hassle free.
20th February 2012

Wireless power could revolutionize highway transportation

The converter to change AC to the necessary DC to charge an electric vehicle typically wastes 5-10% of power, whether it is located in the vehicle or in the charging station. It is not exactly green to add inductive charging which wastes a further 5-20% but very attractive operationally because the driver stays safe and clean in the vehicle. This inductive charging brings principle of the electric toothbrush to the car and about 30 companies are putting serious investment into it, including the giants making acquisitions as with Qualcomm recently buying Halo IPT to form Qualcomm Halo. IDTechEx reports appraise all this in detail. SAE is looking at possible standards but virtually all the work on charging standards so far has been concentrated on plug-in standards with the backing of giants such as European leader Schneider Electric and the US leader ECOtality which offer complete systems.
20th February 2012

Predicting Success in Electric Vehicles

This article shares some of the research carried out for the latest in the series of 18 IDTechEx reports on electric vehicles and their components. The report is Electric Vehicle Industry Profitability 2012 - Where, Why, What Next.
8th February 2012

Giants buy into Printed Electronics

Giants buy into Printed Electronics
More and more giant corporations are buying into printed electrics by acquiring companies partly or wholly in the field. The world's second largest chemical company Dow bought Rohm & Haas (materials), 3M bought into Printechnologics (printed patterns read by mobile phones) and DuPont bought Innovalight (nanosilicon layers to increase photovoltaic efficiency). Now there is interest in traction batteries for electric vehicles, where the third generation technology, that with the highest energy density and little if any dependence on rare metals, increasingly involves solid state assemblies made by printing reel to reel Oxis Energy in the UK is developing polymer lithium sulphur technology for example as an independent startup. However, Sion Power in the USA has other forms of lithium sulphur battery actually driving Unmanned Aerial vehicles AUVs and military land vehicles. The press release says that Sion Power Corporation, the global leader in the development of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, based in Tucson, Arizona, recently announced that BASF invested $50 million to acquire an equity ownership position in the company.
6th February 2012

EIB lends €180 million to Renault Group

The European Investment Bank (EIB) recently granted a EUR 180 million loan to the Renault Group to contribute to R&D for a new generation of batteries and motors for electric vehicles. This is a large-scale project in technological and environmental terms, to which the Bank adds value through its technical and financial expertise. EIB Vice-President Philippe de Fontaine Vive and Dominique Thormann, Financial Director of the Renault Group, today signed the financial partnership agreement at the Renault Group's headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt (France).
6th February 2012

PowerGenix & China City Construction Corp to develop NiZn batteries

PowerGenix, a developer and manufacturer of Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries is entering a joint venture with China City Construction Corporation (CCCC), one of the largest infrastructure investment and development companies in China. In the near term, the JV will develop, manufacture and sell advanced batteries for the automotive market and other markets, including markets supporting grid-scale applications.
6th February 2012

Meet the WattStation from GE Electric vehicle charging for cities and businesses

With the launch of the WattStation, GE continues a century of innovation in the design and manufacturing of electrical distribution systems. GE's WattStation enables fast Level 2 charging at home and on the road. The modular design by renowned industrial designer Yves Behar is upgradable as more communication options become available. This allows customers to stay current with the latest technology in a rapidly changing space, while providing the ability for commercial property owners to qualify for LEED points.
6th February 2012

India buys more of the UK Electric Vehicle industry

India buys more of the UK Electric Vehicle industry
They have a saying in India that the British Empire is coming back - only the headquarters will be in New Delhi this time. Tata Group of India bought Corus - formerly British Steel. Tata Steel Europe is now developing a revolutionary technology to use solar electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for fuel cells. Subsidiary Tata Motors, the largest motor company in India, bought Jaguar Land Rover for a mere one billion dollars from Ford which was making a distress sale in the last recession to avoid entering Chapter 11 like GM and Chrysler, companies that imploded due to spectacular mis-management and short termism.
9th January 2012

DOE awards over $7 million to advance hydrogen storage technologies

DOE awards over $7 million to advance hydrogen storage technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy have granted more than $7 million to fund four projects in California, Washington and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel cell electric vehicles.
4th January 2012

Electric car unplugged - Daimler to test inductive charging

Charging electric cars without an electric cable - how does that work? Daimler AG is about to test inductive charging for the first time on a vehicle in everyday use in the form of a technically modified Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL. With the inductive charging principle, an electric car fitted with a special charging coil merely has to be positioned over a charging coil in the ground to start the charging process fully automatically, with no need for cable contact.
4th January 2012


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