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Mercedes‑Benz delivered the first series production model of an urban bus with a fully-electric drive system to the public transport company Hochbahn AG in Hamburg. It is part of an order for 20 eCitaro buses.
A small lab-grown diamond measuring a few millimeters per side could one day enable civilian drones to be recharged in mid-flight through a laser. Thanks to the diamond, the laser beam can remain strong enough over a long distance to recharge photovoltaic cells on the drones' surface.
Epiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, launches its second generation of battery-operated machines that will lower mining customers' costs and promote a healthier work environment.
 
The EV Drive Coalition is working to urge Congress to reform the federal electric vehicle tax credit so automakers can continue producing, workers can continue building, and consumers can continue buying vehicles that produce zero emissions.
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess says VW have sourced the batteries for 50 million electric cars.
Researchers are aiming to improve the efficiency of light electric vehicles by developing next-generation 'passive' cooling solutions for the vehicles' battery chargers.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a technology for efficiently managing photovoltaic and other power-generation systems and also the charging/discharging of electric vehicles parked on company campuses.
Heading towards zero emission airports Press Release | 14 Nov | Finland
The Finnish airport operator Finavia has decided to adopt Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittilä airports. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced from waste and residues. The switch to renewable fuel is part of Finavia's goal to make its airports carbon dioxide neutral by 2020.
By 2021, the BMW Group will have five all-electric models: the BMW i3, the MINI Electric, the BMW iX3, the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT. By 2025, that number is set to grow to at least twelve models. Including plug-in hybrids - whose electrically powered range will increase significantly in the coming year - the BMW Group's electrified product portfolio will then comprise at least 25 models.
Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can't get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it's been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS signals used to guide the aircraft can be unreliable or nonexistent in forest environments.
Highlights from PlugBoat 2018 08 Nov | Italy, Worldwide
IDTechEx attended and presented at PlugBoat 2018, which is a conference dedicated to electric and hybrid boats and ships. It was held in Venice on October 18 - 19, playing host to roughly 50 delegates representing a mixture of startups, policymakers and conventional engine manufacturers for ships.
In response to widespread interest from European customers, Nikola Motor Company has created a hydrogen-electric truck for European markets.
ABB and SINTEF Ocean are undertaking groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion.
The Volkswagen Group, Mobileye, an Intel Company, and Champion Motors announced plans to deploy Israel's first self-driving ride hailing service - or Mobility-as-a-Service - starting next year.
The City of London Corporation has announced plans for a pilot scheme limiting access to the south section of Moor Lane, near Moorgate, to ultra-low emission vehicles.
Volvo Cars has reached an agreement with Baidu to jointly develop electric and fully autonomous drive-compatible cars with the aim of mass producing them for China, the largest car market in the world.
The world's first commercial rollout of autonomous package delivery on the ground, with hundreds of robots from Starship Technologies delivering packages straight to consumers' front doors.
Atlis Motor Vehicles has completed and successfully tested their first large-scale prototype battery pack. The goal of the test was a full charge in 15 minutes, and Atlis achieved the full charge in 12 minutes, 35 seconds. This charge time of a vehicle battery in under 13 minutes is a first in the electric vehicle industry.
IDTechEx is one of the few market and technical research companies following marine electrification as part of its wider electric vehicle research -- and it is a segment quietly undergoing a transformation. The marine industry makes significant contributions to global pollution (particularly ocean-going vessels), often out of the spotlight. But in the past decade, regulations that have first focused on restricting particulates emissions, and more recently carbon emissions, are driving change.
Pizza Hut's pizza making truck 02 Nov | United States
Pizza Hut has joined forces with Toyota to develop the one-of-a-kind, zero-emission Tundra PIE Pro, a mobile pizza factory with the ability to deliver oven-hot pizza wherever it goes.
Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor have announced plans to introduce 'solar roof' charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles with additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range.
The goal of the collaboration is to test possible applications and develop suitable ones to market maturity. A first demonstrator shows how access rights, e.g. for car sharing, can be granted decentrally with a smartphone app.
Porsche will create 300 additional jobs at its headquarters in Zuffenhausen for production of the vehicle.
McLaren Automotive has revealed the McLaren Speedtail. The Speedtail can achieve the highest maximum speed of any McLaren to date, reaching 403 km/h (250mph). Just 106 will be created and all are already reserved, at a price of from £1.75million plus taxes.
An Australian-Israeli startup has found a way to use water in order to power electric vehicles.
Volvo Cars has acquired a stake in electric car charging company FreeWire Technologies via the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, deepening the company's commitment to a fully electric future.
Dr Peter Harrop discusses supercapacitors with Poznan University at the IDTechEx Show! Europe 2018
The BMW Group, Northvolt and Umicore have formed a joint technology consortium in order to work closely together on the continued development of a complete and sustainable value chain for battery cells for electrified vehicles in Europe.
 
Olympian Sportsman, KONE, Jabil and BYD feature as Cornerstones of the IDTechEx Show!
Electric vehicle cybersecurity grant 24 Oct | United States
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Virginia Tech a $3 million grant for research on electric vehicle charging infrastructure cybersecurity as part of a larger $80 million investment by the department on advanced technologies research.
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a novel electric vehicle battery technology that is more energy-efficient than gasoline-powered engines. The new technology enables drivers to simply have their battery packs replaced instead of charging them. It also provides lightweight, high-energy density power sources with little risk of catching fire or explosion.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has signed a deal with Southern Power for Southern Power's 200-megawatt Reading Wind Facility. This initiative, which will offset up to 12 percent of Royal Caribbean's emissions beginning in 2020, is one of many programs the cruise line has to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Volocopter will perform a next set of inner urban flight tests in Singapore. The series of tests are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019.
Australian start-up, Chargefox Pty Ltd has successfully raised $15 million to enable it to commence building Australia's largest open, ultra-rapid network of charging stations for electric vehicles.
Electrify America has reached network interoperability agreements that will increase the range confidence of EV drivers, and will feature an interconnected network of approximately 12,500 chargers, located at shopping centers, gas stations, convenience stores, workplaces, and multi-family dwellings, as of June 30, 2019.
An ambitious project to get 600 fuel cell city buses on the roads in selected regions in Europe has been selected by the Connecting Europe Facility programme for nearly €40m of funding.
This coming November 14-15 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, leading players in the battery and energy storage industry will compete to capture the audience's attention over what technology is set to dominate in the coming decade.
IDTechEx attended Aluminium 2018 at the Düsseldorf Messe, Germany. This event reaches nearly 30,000 attendees and covers the complete aluminium supply chain.
Kitty Hawk's Zephyr Airworks, the operator of Cora in New Zealand, is entering into an agreement with Air New Zealand -- a partnership to one day bring the first ever air taxi service to the sky.
Many consider drones as flying sensors. Indeed, nearly all applications of drones reply on some type of sensors, be it a simple camera to a complex hyperspectral or LIDAR sensor. In addition, drones are becoming more navigational autonomous.
With global electric vehicle sales hitting 4 million this summer, increasing attention has been paid to the end-of-life issues of EV batteries. Recycling the batteries to recover the raw materials seems to be the default solution. However, after their first life as powertrain for electric cars, the batteries could still hold 70-80% of their initial capacity which can be further utilised in second-life applications such as stationary energy storage before being recycled.
A Range Rover Sport has completed the first ever self-driving lap of one of the UK's most challenging road layouts. A prototype self-driving Range Rover Sport handled the complex Coventry Ring Road, successfully changing lanes, merging with traffic and exiting junctions at the speed limit of 40mph.
The uptake of STEM subjects by women and other minorities is crucial for myriad reasons, for instance boosting economic activity and closing the pay gender gap, to name but two.
IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad, the New Technologies Initiative will showcase innovations from 10 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Santa Clara, USA on November 14-15, 2018 (www.IDTechEx.com/USA). All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
This coming November 14-15 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, leading players in the battery and energy storage industry will compete to capture the audience's attention over what technology is set to dominate in the coming decade.
Leading players in autonomous vehicle technology gather at Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing 2018. The Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing 2018 conference, part of IDTechEx Show! USA 2018 will take place on the 14th and 15th of November in Santa Clara, California. This conference will explore the synergies between Electric Vehicles and broader automotive trends such as the rise of Autonomous Vehicles.
IDTechEx Chairman, Dr Peter Harrop, interviews Zero Motorcycles, a fully electric motorbike manufacturer. They discuss the companies history success and future targets.
Graphene for vehicle parts 11 Oct | United States
Graphene is a material used in coating, cell phones and even some sporting goods - and soon, will be used under the hood in Ford vehicles, a first in automotive. Ford, along with Eagle Industries and XG Sciences, has found a way to use a very small amount of graphene while achieving major property improvements - more lightweight, better heat conductivity and noise reduction.
Cruise and General Motors Co have joined forces with Honda to pursue the shared goal of transforming mobility through the large-scale deployment of autonomous vehicle technology.
UK's first 60kW rapid charge point 09 Oct | United Kingdom
For the first time ever, all UK EV drivers can enjoy the fastest rapid public charging options, powered by renewable energy, with the installation of a 60kW agnostic charger. The charging point is ready for use and the first of its type to be compatible with all models of electric vehicle.
Denmark has announced that it will ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines by 2030 and hopes to have one million electric and hybrid cars on the roads by then.
Tritium Pty Ltd, the Australian DC electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions specialists, has announced that Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a Fortive Corporation business, has taken a minority investment in the company.
Ever since the economic crisis, the motorcycle market in the U.S. has stagnated at roughly 400,000 bikes per year, and the industry has struggled to attract younger, more safety-conscious riders. In fact, its rider base has been ageing for decades (the case is similar in Europe, although the market is larger at over 900,000 motorcycle sales per year). Electrification is the jump-start the industry needs to appeal to new audiences, and is why the likes of Harley Davidson, U.S. motorcycling icon and survivor of the great depression, is looking to re-invent itself by going electric.
We have previously argued that everything in the world of robotics is changing. Indeed, we have shown that robots are increasingly becoming collaborative, mobile and intelligent, leaving their confines in factories to enter more aspects of industry and daily life. This trend will have profound long-term economical and societal consequences. Indeed, our report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players forecasts that the market for robots and drones will grow from $66 billion in 2018 to more than 210 billion in 2028.
3D printing of composites is perceived as a crucial future iteration for many forms of 3D printing. With this in mind, the annual IDTechEx Show, taking place on 14-15 Nov in Santa Clara, CA, will host a dedicated session for this class of materials.
Mazda Motor Corporation announced electrification and connectivity strategies. The strategies are based on Mazda's long-term vision for technology development.
Peugeot has announced the launch of its new Plug-in Hybrid petrol engine range. The new engines are available for the Peugeot 3008 SUV, and all-new Peugeot 508 and 508 SW.
IDTechEx Show! USA Awards 02 Oct | Worldwide
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Toyota has taken another important step towards a broader hydrogen society by announcing that it will provide its hydrogen fuel cell technology to Caetanobus SA in Portugal.
Porsche drops diesel 01 Oct | Germany
Porsche has always matched its product range to its customers' requirements and the pursuit of technological excellence. That is why the sports car manufacturer is intensifying its activities in the areas of hybrid technology and electromobility and will, in future, no longer offer vehicles with diesel propulsion.
Semcon automates production of eco-friendly fuel cells Press Release | 05 Oct | United States
Semcon expands the partnership with fuel cell company Powercell with a view to upscale the company's production of fuel cells with automation and robots. Fuel cells powered by hydrogen produce electricity and heat with no emissions other than water.
Britain's biggest electricity distributor has become the first of London's utility networks to put Electric Vehicles on the capital's roads, as part of its operational fleet.
The global electric vehicle population reached 3 million units at the end of 2017, which represents approximately 0.23% of the global vehicle population. Electric vehicle producers have responded to consumer's range anxiety by increasing the available range per charge in their vehicles to more than 200 miles. However ultimately the deployment of electric vehicles will depend on the deployment of ubiquitous chargers.
2018 is regarded as the beginning year for battery recycling as the first batch of batteries are gradually coming out of electric vehicles. Umicore has recently announced their investment plan in ramping up battery recycling capacity in preparation for the boom of spent EV batteries. By 2018, we will already have around 33,000 retired electric vehicle battery packs (including electric passenger cars and buses) which amounts to around 1GWh storage capacity.
The end game of aircraft is energy independent electric aircraft as detailed in our reports on energy independent electric vehicles and unmanned pure electric aircraft.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China has recently announced the pilot program of recycling and second use of retired electric vehicle batteries in 17 major regions and cities. China Tower, the world's biggest operator of telecommunication towers, is included as the only company in the pilot program to develop key technologies, explore business models and help establish standards related to second-life batteries.
Beginning in 2019 and over a five year period Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy will provide 1,000 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks and an adequate supply chain for renewable hydrogen.
Hyundai Motor Group has recently announced a commercial partnership with energy company Wärtsilä to utilize second-life electric vehicle batteries for stationary energy storage at both commercial and utility scales. This is not the first piece of news that automotive companies are trying to give a second life to their retired EV batteries as major EV manufactures including Nissan, Renault, BMW, Daimler, BYD etc. have announced various battery second use projects around the world.
Development of supercapacitors with high energy density and long cycle life using sustainable materials for next-generation applications is of paramount importance. The ongoing challenge is to elevate the energy density of supercapacitors on par with batteries, while upholding the power and cyclability.
IKEA Group commits to zero emissions targets for home delivery 25 Sep | United States, France, China, Netherlands
IKEA Group takes the next step towards reaching 100% zero emissions home deliveries by announcing an accelerated timeline for transitioning to EV in five major inner cities - Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Shanghai - by 2020.
The end-of-life issue of electric vehicle batteries is a key topic in the sustainability of EVs. By 2029, there will be 3 million used battery packs coming out of EVs per year which amounts to around 108GWh available storage capacity (see the IDTechEx's latest report on Second-life Electric Vehicle Batteries). What will happen to this huge amount of retired car batteries?
The Coradia iLint, built by Alstom in Salzgitter, Germany, is equipped with fuel cells which convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thus eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. From 17 September onwards, two such trains will enter commercial service according to a fixed timetable in Lower Saxony.
Maxxis has announced that it is joining forces with German electric carmaker e.GO. The strategic partnership will see Maxxis create tyres for the manufacturer's future models, using its considerable expertise and resources to deliver products that can ensure a smooth and safe ride for drivers of the innovative vehicles.
Virta - a Finnish electric vehicle charging service provider - has been awarded at the global CHARGE Energy Branding Awards for the Best Energy Product Brand. The forerunner company offers a digital platform for connecting energy and mobility services.
The new report from IDTechEx Research, Drones 2018-2038: Components, Technologies, Roadmaps, Market Forecasts, provides a comprehensive analysis of the drone market, considering components, technologies, application roadmaps and markets.
It is a technological megatrend providing billion dollar business opportunities. The unique new IDTechEx Research report "Smart Materials as Structural Electronics and Electrics 2019-2029" explains how structural materials can be electronically, electrically, mechanically, magnetically and optically smart nowadays.
The agreement, which will see udelv supply supermarkets like Uptown Grocery, Buy For Less, Buy For Less Super Mercado and Smart Saver with an initial 10 customized cargo vans to service online deliveries in the OKC metro area, is the largest ADV deal in the world to date.
This article concerns TactoTek in Oulu Finland and how its technologies can scale up and create billion dollar businesses.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks is starting practical trials for its all-electric heavy-duty eActros truck. The retail and logistics service provider Hermes is the first of 20 customers in different sectors who will integrate the electric truck into their fleets. Each customer will use a near-series 18 or 25-tonner in their normal operations for one year to test it for day-to-day suitability.
Key areas discussed and displayed at the LCV event include the battery, powertrain, lightweighting, autonomous driving and electric vehicle charging, from not only the technology but also business model and policy perspectives.
Audi strives to take electric mobility to the next level and plans to offer more than 20 electrified models by 2025 - some will be plug-in-hybrids - more than half will be fully-electric.
One of the biggest drawbacks of electric vehicles - that they require hours and hours to charge - could be obliterated by a new type of liquid battery that is roughly ten times more energy-dense than existing models.
NEXT announces the introduction of its fully automated multiservice 'online-to-offline' platform, including a modular vehicle solution and the supporting operating system required to bring an ecosystem of logistics services to market at scale.
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 2 October titled Fuel Cell Vehicles
Daimler and Bosch have announced the successful premiere of their joint Automated Valet Parking pilot in Beijing. The technology symbolizes a pioneering effort in infrastructure-supported driverless parking and marks the first pilot of its kind in China.
A key trend across many sectors is the multifunctionality of structural parts. This has extended to fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite material and the added functionality ranges to: enhanced electrical & thermal conductivity, embedded sensors & actuators, energy storage & harvesting, data transmission, self-healing, and adaptive response (morphing) mechanisms.
Like the car equivalents, 48V mild hybrid trucks do not start as electric vehicles (driving the wheels electrically some or all of the time) but they are headed that way.
Electric vehicles are rapidly scaling up in production, but under the surface of this explosive growth there are significant competitions taking place across the supply chain.
After surfacing its Vespa Elettrica concept at EICMA last year, a large motorcycle trade show known for these sort of announcements from manufacturers, Piaggio finally announced that it will go to production this September, and that it will take preorders in October with the first deliveries later that month.
Research helps make buses smarter 14 Sep | Switzerland
A rather unusual trolleybus has been navigating the streets of Zurich in recent months. With its large windscreen and covered wheels, it could easily be mistaken for a tram. It features a hybrid electric drive system that allows it to draw power from an on-board traction battery as well as overhead wires. But this bus is also "smart", boasting specially designed software that automatically gathers information on the route.
This is a technological megatrend. Dumb load-bearing metal structures move to plastic and composite and incorporate energy harvesting and storage material - massless energy. Indeed you could call some of it negative mass energy. Goodbye components-in-a-box.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May will announce �106 million for R&D in green vehicles, new batteries and low carbon technology.
Walmart Canada announced plans to power its fleet using 100 per cent alternative power by 2028. To meet that goal, the company has announced plans to acquire an additional 30 Tesla 18-wheeler semi-trucks, building on its original order of 10 trucks in November 2017.
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 25 September titled Electric two-wheelers: the EV underdog?
Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2016-2018 model year Toyota Prius vehicles. The subject vehicles have an engine wire harness which is connected to the hybrid vehicle Power Control Unit. A portion of the wire harness could contact the cover at this connection and wear over time, causing an electrical short circuit, which can generate heat. If sufficient heat is generated, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.
Volvo Cars reveals its new Volvo 360c concept, a holistic view of a future of travel that is autonomous, electric, connected and safe. It could open up new growth markets for Volvo Cars, for example in the multi-billion dollar domestic air travel industry.
In April 2018, IDTechEx gave a presentation at the world copper conference in Santiago Chile. This was part of work carried out for the International Copper Association to benchmark the commercial status of emerging conductive material. The presentation delivered can be seen below.
Tritium is receiving a portion of $3.2 million in federal funding awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute for developing an extreme fast charging system that can connect to the grid.
This week Mercedes-Benz celebrated the world premiere of the new, fully-electric EQC. As a purely battery-electrically powered vehicle, the EQC stands for an impressive combination of comfort, quality and day-to-day suitability.
The founder of Flexegraph shares information on their nano enhanced fluids and how they function to benefit closed loop cooling systems.
IDTechEx Research has just published a new report 'Fuel Cell Vehicles 2019-2029'. Fuel cells are commercially successful in stationary applications but commercially unsuccessful in vehicles, beyond a few thousand purchased for material handling vehicles, notably forklifts.
With just 4 days left to apply, time is running out to explore the IDTechEx Launchpad Initiative...
Segway-Ninebot's product line-up contains more than thirteen products, bringing solutions for various kind of personal short-distance transportation that solve mobility issues and add a lot of fun and convenience to people's daily lives.
AWE should be seen as part of a bigger picture. The next generation of zero emission electricity producing technologies has no huge steel and concrete infrastructure, so it can have much less cost and installation time and making it redeployable.
The drone market has boomed in recent years. This is essentially because easy-to-use, reliable and small-sized flying machines have become available at highly accessible prices- well in the range of consumer electronic products. This has created its own demand amongst customers and professional.
Autonomous grocery delivery trial 03 Sep | United States
AutoX is launching a grocery delivery and mobile store pilot in San Jose allowing users to order and receive fresh produce and other goods, which will be delivered by AutoX's self-driving cars.
The Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission, the first Nissan electric car made for China, has begun rolling off the production line.
Toyota and Uber have agreed to expand their collaboration with the aim of advancing and bringing to market autonomous ride-sharing as a mobility service at scale.
Ambev, owner of brands such as Skol, Brahma, Antarctica and Guarane, announced that by 2023, it will use 1,600 electric trucks made by Volkswagen Caminh�es e �nibus to transport beverages.
Pilot for grocery deliveries 29 Aug | United States
The Kroger Co and Nuro today announced Scottsdale, Arizona as the city for their self-driving grocery delivery pilot. Through the new self-driving delivery vehicles, customers will receive their groceries at their curb - safely and quickly.
More and more companies are exploring how to extract value by repurposing a second-life for those retired but still capable car batteries in less-demanding applications such as stationary energy storage.
Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway - such as helicopters and quadcopters - are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.
Consumer batteries such as those used in power tools, mobile phones and laptops are normally recycled/disposed after their service life - that's what we normally refer to as the 'end-of-life' of the batteries. However, retired car batteries that are no longer suitable for electric cars could still hold sufficient capacity for second life applications. The 'end-of-life' of an electric car battery needs to be redefined as they could be further used, for example, for another 10 years or even longer in various post-vehicle applications before they are finally recycled/disposed.
New Flyer Canada ULC announced that the Societe de transport de Montreal and the Societe de transport de Laval have awarded New Flyer a contract for 40 forty-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses.
IDTechEx expects growth of electric two-wheelers to accelerate internationally beyond Europe, the U.S. and China in the following years.
Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for 'the most beautiful electric car in the world', Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sports car's successful debut in concept in September 2017.
Support for robotic deliveries 24 Aug | United States
Need some lunch, a package or important papers brought to your home or office? Companies may send an autonomous robot to make that delivery to your door one day soon thanks to the innovation and forward thinking of the City of Arlington.
The Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) is a global series of conferences for companies and academics to present their latest research on Li-ion batteries for the auto industry. Every year it is held in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
Magically, next generation electricity production continuous (base) electricity production can avoid the massive concrete and steel structures currently used for nuclear power stations with their 1000 year fuel rod problem.
Bye Aerospace announced the successful completion of the first flight of the solar electric technology demonstrator prototype for its "StratoAirNet" and "Solesa" families of medium-altitude aircraft systems.
IDTechEx's will bring together the leaders of the emerging electric vehicle sectors of the future. Whilst electric cars are an important area for electrification, passenger vehicles are not the only segment that is becoming electrified.
BYD announced its successful delivery of 101 pure electric e6 cars to Bangkok, with another 1000 more to come. The agreement with Thailand to export an additional fleet of cars catapults BYD to the number one position in the country'smarket for pure electric vehicles.
Intel is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and other industry participants to foster innovation and to shape the global standards and practices for unmanned aircraft systems, with safety being the first priority.
There has been a resurgence in interest and activity surrounding fuel cell technologies for stationary storage applications in 2018. In this premium article, IDTechEx looks at the most suitable technologies for off-grid power and explores the chemistry behind the use of ammonia as an off-grid fuel source in more detail.
Just a few weeks after the conclusion of a test drive tour around Europe lasting several months, Sono Motors has announced another series of test drives of the Sion electric car encompassing a total of 18 cities in the Netherlands and Germany.
The marine industry is at a turning point: vessel owners and operators are increasingly attracted to the value proposition of installing a battery system. Electrification is gaining momentum. Here's why.
The term smart city originally meant little beyond using much more information technology IT. However, new IDTechEx report, "Smart City Opportunities: Infrastructure, Systems, Materials 2019-2029" reveals that much more dramatic changes are both required and possible and humans will be in the driving seat.
Solar-powered aircraft breaks record 17 Aug | United States
Airbus Defence and Space announced the successful landing of its first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, the new Zephyr S HAPS. Zephyr S logged a maiden flight of over 25 days, the longest duration flight ever made.
Researchers have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.
The Centre for Process Innovation is set to help develop the next generation of batteries capable of extending electric vehicles' mileage range.
Last week a US court held Monsanto's glyphosate responsible for causing cancer in a ground keeper, awarding $289M of damages. You might wonder what the link between this verdict and agricultural robotics is? The answer is everything.
Dongfeng Motor Company Limited announced that it will accelerate the "Green 2022 Plan" rollout with a focus on green products, production and materials reuse.
It's been some time in the making but now undoubtedly printed electronics is being pursued as a differentiator and enabler by many industry verticals. Organizations from several verticals are coming together to present their progress adopting printed electronics at the world's largest event on the topic - the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA conference and exhibition, hosted in Santa Clara on November 14-15.
A new type of energy storage system could revolutionise energy storage and drop the charging time of electric cars from hours to seconds.
The first ever full electric mobility service in East Africa. The launch signals the first time electric rides are available in East Africa for commercial use.
A team based in Hungary, says it has created the world's first electrojet designed for series production, which, thanks to its electric drive, is environmentally friendly and represents a sustainable future.
IDTechEx Analyst, Dr Richard Collins gives a brief overview on the aerospace materials industry, covering composites, light weighting, metal alloys, nano-carbons and additive manufacturing.
The recuperation concept: from freewheeling to a one-pedal feeling The recuperation system contributes to up to 30 percent of the electric SUV's range.
This technology will pave the way for bulk hydrogen to be transported in the form of ammonia, using existing infrastructure, and then reconverted back to hydrogen at the point of use. It has the potential to fill the gap in the technology chain to supply fuel cell vehicles around the world with low-emissions hydrogen sourced from Australia.
Ample, a technology company focused on solving the energy delivery challenge for electric cars, announced that it has closed a $31 million Series A round of financing. Shell Ventures led the investment round with participation from Moore Strategic Ventures, Repsol Energy Ventures, Hemi Ventures, and TRIREC.
The Volkswagen group confirmed that it might have to recall as many as 124,000 electric and hybrid cars from its VW, Audi and Porsche brands due to poisonous cadmium.
Graphene skinned plane unveiled 08 Aug | United Kingdom
The University of Central Lancashire has unveiled the world's first graphene skinned plane at an internationally renowned air show.
The common goals are clear: certifiable standards, safe origins and transparency in the procurement of high-risk raw materials and a tangible improvement in the working and living conditions of people locally. By joining, Daimler AG is expanding its broad commitment to initiatives and is actively promoting greater transparency in global raw material supply chains.
The IDTechEx Launchpad initiative is open to early-stage start-ups, universities, newly spun-out companies, research labs and government labs who can demonstrate a working prototype or product that highlights new advances in any of the related event topics of: 3d printing, electric vehicles, energy storage, graphene, internet of things, printed electronics, sensors, or wearable technology.
New electric super yacht 06 Aug | Finland
Q-Yachts has unveiled its new fully electric zero emission superyacht Q30. Totally silent and efficient for up to 8 passengers.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Envision Group for the sale of Nissan's electric battery operations and production facilities to Envision.
Tritium presents its new High Power Charging solution Press Release | 07 Aug | Netherlands
Tritium will showcase its unique HPC system, a scalable, flexible system for commercial operators, capable of charging an electric vehicle up to 475kW.
Harley-Davidson plans to lead the electric motorcycle market by launching Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle, LiveWire™, in 2019 -- the first in a broad, no-clutch "twist and go" portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of the sport.
The future is airborne. Drones may soon become the key to relieving the burden of traffic on our streets, optimizing deliveries, and improving the safety and efficiency of firefighting. But there are still a few hurdles to cross before the technology reaches the maturity required for large-scale commercial roll-out.
Cleantech Hub reports that a mere 13% of lead acid batteries are recycled in Nigeria. Yet there is a mini-grid revolution about to take off in Nigeria, such as the World Bank and the Rural Electrification Agency $350 million project as well as other investments into the sector, driving more batteries.
Automotive and aerospace manufacturers are increasingly turning to fiber lasers to resolve their manufacturing challenges.
Hanergy Holding Group subsidiary, Donghan New Energy Automotive Technology inked a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Bluecar, a subsidiary of France's Bollore Group to mark the beginning of new era in the field of solar electric vehicles.
Microlino has passed the last tests for the EU homologation. Range testing outperformed calculations.
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science have broken new ground while trialling aerial and underwater robots at sea, which would allow greater monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef.
BYD announced that the first electric refuse trucks to operate in the city of Seattle - as well as the entire Pacific Northwest region - are ordered and will soon be helping to deliver on a cleaner environment.
IDTechEx analysts report on their findings at LASYS: Industrial Laser Exhibition.
The Japanese government has aims to have all new cars sold in Japan be electric or hybrid vehicles by 2050.
Ford Motor Company has created Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, a new organization charged with accelerating its AV business to capitalize on market opportunities.
A new era is starting at Audi Hungaria. On Tuesday, series production of electric motors officially started in Győr.
In a UK airport first, passengers, staff and local residents can now reserve and pick up a 100% electric car at Gatwick - and return it to any of 300 compatible pick up/ drop off points across London or back at Gatwick.
The new autonomous driving "Robot Tractors" are designed to greatly enhance farm management efficiency, while realizing significant labor-savings.
Henkel is actively investing in new technologies and products for efficient large-scale manufacturing of safe and reliable electric drive systems.
AUDI AG and Hyundai Motor Group are driving the development of fuel cell technology. The two companies plan to cross-license patents and grant access to non-competitive components.
This premium article will give some of the key conversations with the most technically innovative companies that IDTechEx analysts spoke while at the show.
A Medium-altitude, Long-endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force (Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK and became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a trans-Atlantic flight.
Volta Energy Technologies is investing in Conamix, a technology startup based in Ithaca, New York. Conamix has developed a breakthrough material and process for creating low-cost, high-energy, and cobalt-free electrode materials for lithium-based batteries.
OPENER has revealed BlackFly; the world's first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing extreme short/vertical take-off and landing aircraft. BlackFly is a single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle with simple controls requiring no special skills to master and operate safely.
A new two-part webinar from IDTechEx is available on Additive Manufacturing and Lightweight Materials for Aerospace and Defense.
McLaren Automotive has announced its ambitious, wide-ranging business plan that will take the company to its fifteenth anniversary. McLaren is committed to ensuring that its sportscar and supercar range will be hybrid within seven years.
Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine has been awarded a USD 3 to build the first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in the United States. The zero-emission vessel will be the first of its kind in the US, and will highlight the advantages of hydrogen fuel cells for the commercial maritime sector.
 
Drones survey African wildlife 16 Jul | Worldwide
A new technique enables fast and accurate counting of gnu, oryx and other large mammals living in wildlife reserves. Drones are used to remotely photograph wilderness areas, and the images are then analysed using object recognition software and verified by humans.
With just over four months to go, the annual IDTechEx event - Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing - looks set to be another great event.
The Volkswagen Group is expanding its successful business relationships in the People's Republic of China. The agreements cover the areas of e-mobility, connectivity, mobility services and autonomous driving.
Behind the 'smoke and mirror' marketing, LPWAN connections see 46% CAGR to 2025
Hyundai is investing in Ionic Materials to advance the development of battery technology and improve EV performance with solid-state battery innovation.
The world's first apple orchard pollination by drone.
Honda announced that the latest addition to the PCX series popular for its stylish design and environmentally friendly engines, the PCX HYBRID, the world's first mass-produced motorized scooter (125cc or less) equipped with a motorcycle hybrid system, will go on sale in Japan in September.
The aerospace sector was one of the earliest and most significant adopters of CFRP material. However, this dominance is under threat with emerging metal alloys and additive manufacturing some of the key contenders.
The UK government has confirmed its ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 as part of plans to make the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.
PostNL is replacing 20 daily car rides with diesel-powered delivery vans in Utrecht with a more sustainable way of delivering using electric carrier bikes and small electric vehicles.
London EV Company has launched the world's most advanced electric taxi, the TX, in Berlin -and has announced its intention to partner with Volvo Germany to sell and distribute the vehicle.
Using multiple autonomous vehicles simultaneously, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers returns to the United States after exploring the North Pacific Subtropical front - a sharp boundary where cold fresh waters from the north meet warm salty waters from the south.
The WE customer platform is to begin rolling out various vehicle-on-demand services, in particular car sharing, in Germany in 2019. These services are to be extended to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia as early as 2020.
Californians do not purchase electric vehicles because they are cool, they buy EVs because they live in a warm climate. Conventional lithium-ion batteries cannot be rapidly charged at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but now a team of engineers has created a battery that can self-heat, allowing rapid charging regardless of the outside chill.
Diesel doesn't float this boat 04 Jul | United States
Marine research could soon be possible without the risk of polluting either the air or the ocean. It's thanks to a new ship design and feasibility study.
Plans to 3D print cars 03 Jul | China
WE Solutions Ltd in Hong Kong has announced plans to 3D print electric vehicles in Shanghai for taxi and ride-hailing services in China.
Uber urges drivers to go electric 02 Jul | United States
Studies have found that when shared and electric mobility are properly combined, along with automation, we can shrink the number of vehicles on the road and reduce transportation's climate footprint. That's why Uber has launched the EV Champions Initiative, a pilot program for driver-partners to deliver at least 5 million EV rides over the next year.
The future of grocery shopping 02 Jul | United States
A new partnership to redefine the grocery customer experience for Americans by piloting an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience.
Autonomous haul trucks in mining are here to stay with companies ramping up the roll out of retrofit fleets around the world, but what does this mean in the wider context of next generation mining equipment, with many projects from digital twin IoT solutions to predictive maintenance of equipment showing promise in the adoption of emerging technology. Separating the hype from reality is key in mining, an industry often risk averse to standalone investments and where standards and interoperability challenges typically need be addressed ahead of technology adoption.
As society and equipment become more mobile and remote from grids, diesel and gas gensets will be bought in larger numbers for a few years yet - possibly peaking at around $30 billion global market size when over 600GW will be deployed. The Zero Genset market will rise to at least $100 billion if it replaces significant grid power.
Hyundai Motor Group has selected W�rtsil� for a technology and commercial partnership designed to utilize second-life electric vehicle batteries for the growing energy storage market.
The Leading Edge Academic Poster Display: Present your work to over 3,500 innovation leaders at the world's biggest event on Emerging Technologies. The IDTechEx Show! USA 2018 is the largest gathering of industry executives involved in R&D, business development and product management, in addition to those seeking to use the technology. Held on November 14 & 15, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA, the event features limited poster space for leading academic research to be displayed to all attendees.
A self-driving vehicle has to detect objects, track them over time, and predict where they will be in the future in order to plan a safe manoeuvre. These tasks are typically trained independently from one another, which could result in disasters should any one task fail.
In IDTechEx Research's latest report Additive Manufacturing and Lightweight Materials for Aerospace and Defense 2018-2028, the focus is on advanced lightweight materials and the rise of additive manufacturing.
Fiber lasers: A versatile technology for lightweighting, battery manufacturing and LiDAR in the automotive industry. Recent advances in fiber laser welding are highly advantageous for lightweighting and battery manufacturing. Fiber lasers are reliable, compact and energy efficient systems that offer the best beam quality for applications where precision is important.
Borden is set to be Canada's first all-electric underground gold mine, which will be safer for employees and have a smaller environmental footprint.
In any emerging technology, the pace of innovation is rapid, sometimes dauntingly so. Patent Analytics is a service that IDTechEx provides utilising our long-standing expertise in a range of emerging technologies to provide clients of our services the answers they need.
Through the completion of the Foshan Plant Phase II, the Foshan production site's capacity will double from 300,000 to 600,000 cars annually. As the first SUV-model of the Volkswagen brand built by FAW-Volkswagen, the T-Roc successfully rolled off the line in April this year. Together with the Audi Q2L, which will also start production this year, it is a vital building block in the fast growing SUV segment.
The transportation industry is renewing itself from within finds new IDTechEx Research report "Electric Trucks and Delivery Vans 2018-2028".
Tightening emissions regulations make diesel cars more expensive to make, so it is only a few years before pure electric cars will be cheaper to make. This was predicted ten years ago by IDTechEx to be around 2022 for small cars and that date is now confirmed by several car manufacturers.
Hyundai Motor Group and AUDI AG have entered into a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement, covering a broad range of fuel cell electric vehicle components and technologies. Under the new partnership, the world's fifth-largest auto-making group and the German premium car maker will make joint efforts in developing FCEVs, to lead the automotive industry to a more sustainable future.
Magna announced its intention to form two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co Ltd for complete vehicle manufacturing as well as engineering of electric vehicles.
Audi is taking the idea of electric mobility beyond the automobile in offering its customers a tailormade system offering. To that end, the brand is teaming up with two new partners to connect its electric model Audi e-tron with the user's home infrastructure.
The VTT robot car Marilyn is currently undergoing tests on fully autonomous parking in the area furthest from its driver, at a distance of up to a hundred metres. The Internet of Things assists the car in finding and driving into a free space.
The Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) has submitted a subsidy policy for environmentally friendly trucks, which has been published in the Federal Gazette at the beginning of June.
Jaguar Vector Racing have broken the outright world and national electric speed records in a battery-powered boat. The unique Jaguar Vector V20E recorded an average speed of 88.61mph across the two legs of the famous 1km course on Coniston Water, England.
Researchers are developing technology for unmanned aerial vehicles that has given them the ability to fly for more than 12 hours by harvesting energy from the atmosphere and the sun.
In this article IDTechEx gives a short overview of the topic of wide bandgap semiconductors covering the fundamental material science, the key players, the market potential. The impact on a range of applications will also be discussed, with a focus on renewable energy systems and microgrids.
The Chicago Transit Board awarded a $32 million contract for the purchase of 20 new, all-electric buses - the latest investment by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the CTA to completely modernize the agency's bus fleet.
Imperial College London is partnering with companies like Aston Martin and Williams to improve the batteries in electric vehicles. The projects, BAFTA, WIZer Batteries and Mat2Bat, are three of the 12 new innovation projects funded under the Faraday Battery Challenge.
In the recently published IDTechEx market report titled Fiber Lasers 2018-2028: Technologies, Opportunities, Markets & Forecasts, Dr Nilushi Wijeyasinghe explores how recent fiber laser technology developments affect the growth of key market segments.
The UEone is an app-operated, pop-up EV charge point for residential streets that retracts underground when not in use, minimzing the impact on the urban environment to leave roads free of street clutter.
IDTechEx Analyst Dr Na Jiao attended The China International Battery Fair (CIBF), the first legal international battery fair in the Chinese battery industry, which is held every two years.
IDTechEx attended the event last week to meet with key stakeholders including industrial OEMs, power module manufacturers, established semiconductor companies and innovative GaN (gallium nitride and SiC (silicon carbide) developers to report back on the current and future trends.
The inhalation of exhaust gases from diesel vehicles is a significant health risk for mine workers. Often lung and respiratory diseases are the result of many years of underground activity. Emission-free electromobility can reduce the risks. The first electric and hybrid vehicles from the cooperation will be delivered to customers shortly.
Marking a world first, researchers have drawn inspiration from birds to design an aerial robot capable of altering its profile during flight. To reduce its wingspan and navigate through tight spaces, it can reorient its arms, which are equipped with propellers that let it fly like a helicopter.
Series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin next year. In preparation, the vehicle has now been given its official name: The "Mission E" concept study, the name currently used to describe Porsche's complete electric offering, will be known as the Taycan.
Campus delivery robots12 Jun | United States
A UC Berkeley startup called Kiwi thinks they've cracked a way to efficiently use robots to deliver food to your door. The company plans to expand outside of Berkeley later this year.
RFBs have the potential to become a mainstream technology that will compete directly with lithium-ion and sodium-sulphur, currently the two leading chemistries in the stationary storage market.
General Motors Co and Honda announced an agreement for new advanced chemistry battery components, including the cell and module, to accelerate both companies' plans for all-electric vehicles.
Nissan has unveiled an autonomous robot, which can draw football pitches wherever there is space.
Daimler Trucks is establishing a global organization for e-mobility, including a new leadership function and has also presented two new, fully-electric trucks from Freightliner, its leading U.S. truck brand.
At the IDTechEx Show! Europe, Silent Sensors introduced a new supercapacitor that is very flexible and able to withstand high temperatures, which is necessary for tire manufacture and production.
By 2022, FCA will offer 12 electrified propulsion systems (BEV, PHEV, full-hybrid and two mild-hybrid) in global architectures spanning the full range of vehicle segments; 30 nameplates will feature one or more of these systems.
Every fall, pods of enormous humpback whales make their way towards Hawaii, where they can ride out the winter in warm waters of NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. For centuries humans have watched this noble migration with awe and wonder. But today, an ever-growing number of these amazing animals are finding themselves in grave danger, entrapped in fishing gear and other marine debris.
General Motors announced that the SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise Holdings LLC, further strengthening the company's plans to commercialize AV technology at large scale. GM will also invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise upon closing of the transaction.
The previous article looked at material opportunities for thermal management and this article looks at the additional componentry.
Nissan is celebrating the 100,000th delivery of the LEAF car this month in Europe, in a move hailed as a victory for electric mobility. Globally, over 320,000 Nissan LEAF have been sold, making it the most sold EV in the world.
This two-part series will look at some of the materials opportunities emerging in electric vehicle for both batteries and other componentry. This information will be taking highlights from two recent trade shows: Foam Expo (Novi, USA) and The Battery Show co-located with Electric and hybrid vehicle technology expo.
The British milkman is going electric 04 Jun | United Kingdom
What do the British milkman and the German mail carrier have in common? Answer: Both are an institution in their respective countries, and both travel by StreetScooter. The U.K. home delivery business Milk & More has now placed an initial order for 200 of these electric vehicles, which are produced by the Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter and will be put to use in the UK immediately.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Waymo announced they will expand their partnership with an agreement to add up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo's self-driving fleet.
In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are difficult to assemble and too complex to analyze on the fly; or they're so simple that they can lead to impractically conservative decisions, such as never changing lanes at all.
Research led by scientists has shown the potential of liquid crystal shells as enabling material for a vast array of future applications, ranging from autonomous driving to anti-counterfeiting technology and a new class of sensors.
London car sharing goes electric 31 May | United Kingdom
Zipcar has announced it will be introducing over 300 Volkswagen e-Golfs to London this year, in what is expected to be the largest number of publicly available shared electric cars in the country.
Geely has unveiled its strategy in the new era of new energy vehicles. "Geely Intelligent Power" is Geely's diversified new energy strategy that follows four main technological pathways.
From September 2018, 86 Mercedes-Benz city buses will be arriving to reinforce the fleet of the Krakow public transport authority. Poland's second-largest public transport authority has placed an order for 56 Mercedes-Benz Citaro and 30 Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid vehicles.
The BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT's Self-Assembly Laboratory have successfully developed printed inflatable material technologies that self-transform, adapt and morph from one state to another.
The BMW Group is to invest more than €300 million in its Leipzig plant. Comprehensive construction work to extend and update the body and paint shops, assembly and logistics is already under way, laying the foundation for continued growth and the production of future models in Leipzig.
Just three weeks after the unveiling of Volvo Trucks' first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric, the company is expanding its product range with yet another electric truck. The Volvo FE Electric is designed for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 27 tonnes.
Uber's recent self-driving car fatality underscores the fact that the technology is still not ready for widespread adoption. One reason is that there aren't many places where self-driving cars can actually drive.
From 2025 onwards, all new models will be available exclusively in electrified versions, either hybrid or electric.
Electric hydrofoil bike09 May | New Zealand
To replicate the cycling experience on water Manta5 have created the world's most advanced hydrofoil bike that allows you to plane across the water's surface like never before.
Here the IDTechEx analysts in attendance present a commentary on the show's highlights in their respective fields of research
In this article, we will describe the upcoming transformation in the world of robotics. This analysis is drawn from our report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players
The battery life of electric vehicles still presents a financial challenge for the electrification of the transport sector. That is why the Fraunhofer institute for Transportation and Infrastructure IVI, expert in the field of Lithium-ion batteries, and real-time electric vehicle data specialist ViriCiti, have started a unique collaboration.
This technology is critical for tomorrow's unmanned aerial vehicles, solar cars and other electric vehicles. It can be used to generate substantial power over small surfaces with minimal impact to vehicle design criteria.
This article provides an overview of the development of electric vehicles over the next twenty years.
The Norwegian Parliament has announced it will make its world heritage fjords zero emission zones by 2026.
ZEFER (Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out) will deploy large fleets of 60 hydrogen fueled vehicles in each of three European capitals (Paris, London and Brussels).
As mines age and operations continue to extract lower ore grades at deeper levels, a focal shift to increased productivity, efficiency and improved safety continues
Ford Smart Mobility LLC and Zotye Auto have signed an MOU to establish a new 50:50 joint venture that will focus on providing smart, customized all-electric vehicle solutions to fleet operators and drivers in China's fast-growing ride-hailing market.
Summary of an International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) White Paper
Volkswagen is to launch an electric version of its globally best-selling vehicle - the Volkswagen Golf, offering a sustainable, efficient and powerful alternative.
The design and construction of a clean, hydrogen-powered UPS delivery van is near completion. Promising greater commercial viability, performance that is equal to traditional gasoline-fueled engines and, most importantly, producing no harmful emissions.
A fleet of five zero emission bikes will be setting off across South London from the Streatham Common store, delivering up to 100 orders a day to local customers who've shopped through the retailer's groceries online website.
Ford announced plans late Wednesday to eliminate some of the company's most well-known cars in North America, phasing out its passenger cars as it focuses on trucks and electric vehicles.
Smart glass is a family of electrically-active glass technologies capable of darkening at the press of a button to block light and heat entering your building or car (see table below).
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 10 May titled Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Vehicles in Mining 2018-2028.
A team of researchers has created a water-based zinc battery that is simultaneously powerful, rechargeable, and intrinsically safe.
Volvo Cars aims for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its sales by 2025, the company announced.
The scenarios being tested this week are a shoreline search for a casualty, an offshore search for multiple casualties in the sea, a mud rescue and a communications blackspot where a drone is required to relay information between rescue teams and a casualty on a cliff.
Single crystal silicon photovoltaics will now be very affordable, obsoleting polycrystalline Si PV by having efficiency much higher. Laminating it onto supercapacitor sheeting will form a load bearing material that both makes and stores electricity, delivering it exceptionally fast when needed.
Nissan plans to launch three new electric vehicles and five e-POWER models in Japan by the end of fiscal 2022, the company announced.
Norwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce for a major environmental upgrade programme to hybrid power. The main engines on up to nine cruise ships will switch from diesel to gas power and the upgrade will also include installation of a hybrid battery system.
ZapGo wins IDTechEx award24 Apr | Worldwide
ZapGo Ltd, in recognition of its Carbon-Ion™ cell technology, was selected as the winner of the IDTechEx award for Best Technical Development Within Energy Storage at the 2018 IDTechEx Show! in Berlin, Germany. This award is given to the most significant technical development within energy storage over the last 24 months as judged by an independent panel of judges.
Ola, one of the world's largest ride-hailing companies, has announced "Mission: Electric", with a commitment to place 10,000 E-rickshaws and Electric auto-rickshaws in its service in the next 12 months.
Agriculture is facing major long-term challenges. Some forecasts suggest that world population is set to grow by 2.3 billion by 2050. This, together with rising global income levels that typically increase food demand per capital, would require raising food production in 2050 by 70% compared to 2005 levels.
IDTechEx is hosting a free webinar on Thursday 26 April titled Last Mile Electric Vehicles 2018-2028.
Lithium-based batteries use more than 50 percent of all cobalt produced in the world. These batteries are in your cell phone, laptop and maybe even your car. But now, a research team has opened the door to using other metals in lithium-based batteries, and have built cathodes with 50 percent more lithium-storage capacity than conventional materials.
The future is electric and Auckland Transport is driving into the future with its first electric buses.The two buses are a trial funded by the Government's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Auckland Transport.
Quantum Technology Supersensors were the first recipients of the new IDTechEx award for a 'Toxicant Replacement Hero' in Berlin.
Volvo Trucks now introduces its first all-electric truck for commercial use - the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications.
Inductive charging of vehicles in motion has limitations due to safety and power particularly for large vehicles so Sweden is trying a contacted rail. The world's first road that allows electric vehicles to recharge in this way as they drive has been installed in Sweden.
The Volkswagen brand is starting a diesel campaign for its customers in Germany the month. The new Germany Guarantee gives the buyers of new and year-old vehicles with diesel engines purchased from a Volkswagen dealership additional security and will keep them on the road in the event of a driving ban.
Bentley Motors announces that construction has started on the UK's largest ever solar-powered car port at Bentley's factory headquarters in Crewe, UK.
The creation of the Low Emission Vehicles Business Unit is a step towards the Group's aim of developing an electric offering covering its entire range by 2025, with implementation starting in 2019
 
Following the overwhelmingly positive customer reaction to the unveiling of both Blue Bird's Type C and Type D electric-powered buses last year, Blue Bird has been busy bringing the buses to the market in record time.
JCB has unveiled its first ever electric excavator - the quietest digger in its range and one delivering zero emissions.
smart is the first car brand with its sights set on a clean-cut switchover from combustion engines to electric drive: from 2020 the company plans to exclusively sell smart models with battery-electric drive in Europe and the USA. The rest of the world is expected to follow soon afterwards.
Corvus Energy has been selected by Stena Line and Callenberg Technology Group to supply the lithium ion-based Energy Storage System for the battery-power retrofit of M/V Stena Jutlandica.
This is part 3 in a three part series where IDTechEx analysts explore their findings from AABC 2018.
A Roomba-like ocean trash collector modelled on a whale shark and a microplastic filter made from jellyfish slime could prevent litter from entering our oceans and help tackle a growing problem that poses threats to wildlife, deters tourists and impacts on coastal economies.
Diesel vehicles land, water and air, are on the way out because they emit poisons. However, the new electronics and electrics in and on vehicles appearing over the next ten years will contain most those poisons and add more.
Fastest delivery drone in the world06 Apr | United States, Tanzania, Rwanda
Zipline's mission is to bring life-saving medicine to the most difficult to reach places on the planet. The company operates the world's first and only national scale drone delivery system, making thousands of deliveries per year. Zipline's newest generation of autonomous aircraft flies farther, faster and with more cargo than was ever before possible— even in high altitude, heavy wind, or rain.
EXOMO is a collaboration between Aeronature, the first electric paramotor school, and Aero Composites Saintonge, the aeronautics specialist of electric propulsion and maker of the E-Fan demonstrator for the Airbus Group.
MAN is now selling a fully electric van, another step forwards in the direction of zero-emission metropolitan areas. Providing a range of up to 160 kilometres and a payload of 950 to 1,700 kilo-grams, the electric MAN TGE is ideally equipped depending on the type approval (3.5 or 4.25 tonnes).
When it comes to the special sauce of batteries, researchers have discovered it's all about the salt concentration. By getting the right amount of salt, right where they want it, they've demonstrated a small lithium-metal battery can re-charge about seven times more than batteries with conventional electrolytes.
The classic Mini Electric combines the historic look of the world's favorite small car with groundbreaking drive technology for tomorrow's urban mobility.
This is part 2 in a three part series where IDTechEx analysts explore their findings from AABC 2018.
A new approach to analyzing and designing new ion conductors — a key component of rechargeable batteries — could accelerate the development of high-energy lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices such as fuel cells, researchers say.
The programme will see researchers recreate flying environments for drones as digital models, taking into account a wide range of factors like air traffic, buildings and electricity lines, and then testing them in the real world at Waterford Airport and other selected locations around Ireland.
The electric vehicle charging infrastructure conundrum will be discussed at Electric Vehicles Everything is Changing, part of the IDTechEx Show!, in Berlin on 11-12 April.
The IDTechEx Show! presents a new masterclass on the existing and emerging applications of fiber laser technologies on Friday 13th April, at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin.
New Zealand's first electric bus hit the road in Auckland, serving the university's North-City Campus and South-City Campus bus routes.
The IDTechEx Show! in Berlin, Germany, on April 11-12 is the key meeting place for those involved in technology scouting and product innovation, bringing together emerging technologies with global brands.
Alternatives to toxicants are an opportunity for tens of billions of dollars of business over the coming decade.
The electric vehicle industry is on fire. Leading players of the emerging electric vehicle industry to speak at Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing in Berlin on 11-12 April.
 
Rolls-Royce has signed a collaboration agreement with UK-based technology start-up Superdielectrics Ltd to explore the potential of using polymers with recently discovered remarkable properties to create next generation high energy storage technology.
Electric cars are seen as the sustainable future of transport. But they are only truly sustainable if the electricity used to charge them comes from sustainable sources and not from fossil fuels.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Thursday 29 March titled The Increasingly Significant Role of Lightweight Metals 2018-2028.
This is part 1 in a three part series where IDTechEx analysts explore their findings from AABC 2018.
Connecting Emerging Technologies With Global Brands 11 - 12 April 2018 | Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany
In a world first, a team of researchers have successfully powered an unmanned aircraft flight with a triple hybrid propulsion system featuring one of the cleanest energies on Earth - hydrogen.
Cora is an air taxi designed and built by Kitty Hawk. It combines electric power, self-piloting software and vertical take-off to pioneer an entirely new way to fly.
A report from Batterieforum 201822 Mar | Europe, Worldwide
From the 24th to the 26th January 2018, about 300 experts and opinion leaders in energy storage gathered in Berlin for the 2018 edition of the Batterieforum, an event aimed at the German-speaking community in the battery industry. IDTechEx analyst Dr Lorenzo Grande was there to report on policy changes and new business partnerships happening in Germany.
Gatwick to be first airport in the world to trial autonomous vehicles to shuttle staff across the airfield. A trial of electric-powered autonomous vehicles will soon see workers shuttled between popular locations on the airfield when it starts later this summer as reported in Electric Vehicles Research.
UK Power Networks Services has implemented smart new electric vehicle charging systems to power UPS's central London delivery fleet for what is believed to be the first time in the world on this scale.
It was one year ago today that Artisan put the mining industry on notice that times are changing with the launch of the first ever battery powered loader built from the ground up around lithium battery technology (the 153). Today, one year later, Artisan showed the world that battery power is not just a promising experiment, but a powerhouse technology that promises to change the mining industry forever.
Traditional robotic arms are caged, operating in robot-only zones. This is changing with the emergence of collaborative robotic arms.
IDTechEx Launchpad will showcase innovations from 21 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Berlin, Germany on 11-12 April 2018. All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
The Volkswagen Group is driving forward with the transformation to e-mobility. 16 locations around the globe are to produce battery powered vehicles by the end of 2022.
Our research, published in Agricultural Robots and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Markets and Players, describes how robotics is transforming the world of agriculture. Indeed, our previous articles have described agricultural robotics and drones could become a $28Bn and $35B industry by 2028 and 2038, respectively. In this article, we seek to demonstrate the diversity of functions, forms and fortunes that exists, and will continue to exist, in agricultural robotics.
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable "proton battery" that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices.
For the first time, scientists will deploy a small fleet of long-range autonomous underwater vehicles that have the ability to collect and archive seawater samples automatically. These new robots will allow researchers to track and study ocean microbes in unprecedented detail.
Panasonic Corporation has begun mass production of prismatic-type automotive lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Dalian, China, and held a ceremony to mark the first shipment.
NATS, the UK's leading air traffic services provider, and fast-growing UK-based drone traffic management solutions company Altitude Angel, have entered a strategic partnership that lays the foundation for a future whereby drones and manned aircraft could safely co-exist in the UK's busy skies.
The world's first production electric snowmobile can outperform the best combustion snowmobiles while being vastly more efficient.
LGM is a subsidiary of Leo Motors, the first company in Korea to develop electric vehicles. LGM specialises in electric boats, and has developed a system to prevent electric shock that allows them to build e-boats with more than 40 hp. 90% of their market is in China, where they plan to retrofit millions of fishing boats to meet local emissions regulations
New all-electric ford transit09 Mar | United States
Lightning Systems is on schedule for March deliveries of its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit and that it has developed a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the product.
Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx Chairman interviews George Bye, CEO of Sun Flyer at the IDTechEx Show! USA 2017.
There is a flood of new electronic and electrical devices reintroducing toxins very similar to those in tobacco smoke, diesel fumes, asbestos and other killers. There has been no tracking of what is arriving, assessing toxicity and likely prevalence. Uniquely, the new IDTechEx report, "Toxic Materials and Alternatives in Electronics/ Electrics 2018-2028" now does just that.
Havyard Group will be delivering the design for seven battery-powered ferries to Fjord1, five of which will be built at the company's own shipyard. Havyard and Fjord1 will thereby continue their partnership to achieve a green revolution on the Norwegian fjords.
Loomo is a smart machine that toggles between a mini personal transporter and mobile robot sidekick.
Lithium-ion batteries could be under threat after the development of polymer materials that could challenge the dominance of these traditional batteries.
Toyota will establish a new company in Tokyo in the latter part of this month named "Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development" that will accelerate its efforts in advanced development for automated driving.
Using drones to feed billions06 Mar | United States
As our population continues its rapid growth, food is becoming increasingly scarce. By the year 2050, we will need to double our current food production to feed the estimated 9.6 million mouths that will inhabit Earth.
This event continues to grow with 400 registering at the entrance and 48 table top exhibitors including a busy IDTechEx stan
Siemens and Ballard Power Systems plan the joint development of a fuel cell drive for the Siemens Mireo train platform. Working together, the two companies intend to develop a new generation of fuel cells with an especially long lifecycle and high power density as well as improved efficiency.
Everything in the world of robotics is changing: robots are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent and dexterous, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks.
Honda Motor Europe has announced it will supply its state-of-the-art Power Manager units as part of the EV-elocity consortium project in the UK. The project aims to demonstrate the business case for Vehicle-to-Grid technologies across a variety of UK locations.
Nissan and DeNA will begin a field test of Easy Ride, the robo-vehicle mobility service being developed by both companies, on March 5.
As the demand for lightweight materials increases in the automotive and aerospace industries, so does the demand for suitable processing methods. Can we minimize material use? Can we obtain high-strength welds without damaging temperature sensitive composites?
In order to combat air pollution, a German court has issued a decision with wide-ranging and costly implications that marks a turning point for diesel vehicles in Germany.
The two companies have come together to provide the most advanced sensing technology for the in-car environment that will detect distraction and drowsiness and take action through the car's safety systems.
Metal Matrix Composites (MMC): finally reaching the top of wish lists27 Feb | North America (USA + Canada), Worldwide
Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) have been known and explored for a very long time, but new innovations and an increased demand for high-performance lightweight materials means that they are finally ready to make it beyond their previous false starts.
UPS announced it plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies - an industry first that is breaking a key barrier to large scale fleet adoption, as reported in Electric Vehicles Research.
Solisco has been announced a winner of a Global Energy Award at the Clean Energy Awards 2018 for 'Most Innovative Electric Vehicle Power Tech - UK 2018.'
Developed by U.K. start-up Samad Aerospace and unveiled at this week's Singapore Airshow, the three-engine craft seats up to 10 people. It is fully electric during landing and takeoff while relying on diesel turbofan engine propulsion during high-altitude cruising.
Companies have big ideas for drones that can deliver packages right to your door. But even putting aside the policy issues, programming drones to fly through cluttered spaces like cities is difficult. Being able to avoid obstacles while traveling at high speeds is computationally complex, especially for small drones that are limited in how much they can carry onboard for real-time processing.
Tanzania announced that it is launching the world's largest drone delivery service to provide emergency on-demand access to critical and life-saving medicines.
Cummins Inc announced the acquisition of Johnson Matthey's UK automotive battery systems business, a subsidiary of Johnson Matthey that specializes in high-voltage automotive grade battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Electric Vehicles research reports on the KALK, an electric motocross bike with a top speed of 50 mph and a range of 50 miles.
Everything in the world of robotics is changing: robots are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent and dexterous, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks.
The goal of the cooperation, which will create a pioneering architecture called the Premium Platform Electric, is to shape the mobility of tomorrow together and to put future electric vehicles on the market more quickly.
The largest 100 per cent electric car-sharing scheme in the Southern Hemisphere has been launched in New Zealand.
Terrafugia's mission is to create practical flying cars that enable a new dimension of personal freedom. Terrafugia (ter-ra-FOO-jee-ah) is derived from the Latin for "Escape the Earth".
Dubai trials autonomous pods15 Feb | United Arab Emirates
The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) has completed initial tests of the world's first autonomous pods. The autonomous electric vehicles are fitted with a battery that supports 3 hours of operation.
EHANG has unveiled footage of the latest test flights of their self-flying passenger aircraft.
Sodium-ion batteries might soon provide a less expensive, viable alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The new technology also would help solve material sustainability issues by alleviating the mining of lithium - a diminishing resource.
A team of researchers has created a new fuel cell offering both exceptional power densities and long-term stability at optimal temperatures, a discovery that heightens the viability of incorporating fuel cells into a sustainable energy future.
1,218 I drones made history for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony with the Winter Olympics' first-ever drone light show that also set a Guinness World Records title for the "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously."
 

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