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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

Transportable, autonomous EV charging stations

Transportable, autonomous EV charging stations
There are many reasons for creating an electric vehicle charging station based on a large battery.
12th December 2011

Energy harvesting for vehicles

Energy harvesting for vehicles
Energy harvesting comes to the fore with electric vehicles because the price they pay for being environmental and exhibiting many performance advantages is that they have limited energy available. In and on these vehicles, the energy snatched from heat, light, movement and other sources may be milliwatts or less to drive wireless sensors and actuators, watts for self sufficient lighting clusters (still in development) or - the main focus - up to kilowatts to charge the traction battery or traction supercapacitor that provide motive energy to the electric traction motors.
12th December 2011

Elaphe seek partners for in-wheel motors

Elaphe is a startup in Slovenia that has just demonstrated axial flux, permanent magnet synchronous traction motors of unusually high power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio.
12th December 2011

Plug Power and Air Liquide subsidiary form JV to provide fuel cells

Plug Power and Air Liquide subsidiary form JV to provide fuel cells
Fuel cell manufacturer Plug Power plans to join forces with Axane, an Air Liquide subsidiary, to create a joint venture to meet growing demand for GenDrive fuel cell products across the European material handling market.
28th November 2011

New EV technology starting at the heavy end

Electric vehicles larger than cars include many boats, trucks, buses and other industrial and commercial vehicles, manned and unmanned aircraft and military vehicles for the field of combat and supply lines, even tugs for aircraft. Some electric vehicles are the size of a car but pack a much bigger punch. For example, forklifts and earthmovers can have much more powerful motors with many times the kW and Nm torque of car motors. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles AUVs incorporate batteries at up to 400kWh, the storage capacity of up to ten cars. All these vehicles account for over 60% of the money spent on electric vehicles today and it is there that much innovation is happening first, long before the car industry gets involved.
22nd November 2011

Lola-Drayson all electric Le Mans prototype

Lola Group and Drayson Racing Technologies (DRT) recently announced, further detail on the groundbreaking Lola-Drayson B12/69EV all-electric prototype.
22nd November 2011

Market drivers for industrial and commercial EVs

In understanding EV markets and trends it is absolutely vital to realise that their adoption is not usually for the popularly understood reasons such as saving the planet or getting a government subsidy. Most were successful without any government support and before saving the planet was an issue.
22nd November 2011

Advanced Energy Storage Technologies: Patent Trends and Company Positioning

This world-first report allows detailed access, in an easily digestible format, into the pattern of patenting activities in the advanced energy storage sector. The report delivers trends for patents registered by country, company, assignee and inventor over a seven year period; invaluable when planning a long-term business strategy for any organisation. Order Report Now
21st November 2011


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