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Researchers have developed a smart chip which can tell you how healthy is your battery and if it is safe for use.
Researchers are developing a new-generation, long-life fuel cell system offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. The project will result in new, energy-efficient and commercially viable applications.
The demonstration and technology platform "move" enables Empa researchers to develop new vehicle drive concepts with significantly lower CO2 emissions and test them in practice.
Elon Musk recently announced the use of silicon by Tesla in its automotive batteries: "This is just sort of a baby step in the direction of using silicon in the anode, but we will be increasing the use". This unusual side comment has nonetheless triggered renewed interested in the topic.
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries.
A key issue with lithium ion batteries is aging. It significantly reduces their potential storage capacity. To date, very little is known about the causes of the aging effects.
Karma Automotive has announced that BMW has agreed to be a supplier in ensuring their vehicles are built with the highest quality automotive parts.
Using next generation technology, these new batteries have achieved a charging speed 10 times faster than that of normal batteries, reaching about 50% capacity in mere minutes.
Commercialization of solid-state battery indicates a new era for the US $135bn addressable battery market in a decade. IDTechEx Research forecasts that the market for solid-state batteries will exceed $4bn in 2026.
High-performance lithium ion batteries face a major problem: Lithium will eventually start to run out as batteries are deployed in electric cars and stationary storage units.
Researchers have developed a new technology that promises to extend the life of a lithium-ion battery by 40 to 60 per cent.
Scientists have developed a new way of making fuel cell membranes using nanoscale fasteners, paving the way for lower-cost, higher-efficiency and more easily manufactured fuel cells.
Scientists have found that lithium ion batteries operate longer and faster when their electrodes are treated with hydrogen.
This article is the second of our series on advanced and post lithium-ion technologies. This article will focus on the silicon anode batteries technologies and markets
True to its name, the IDTechEx report, Autonomous Vehicles Land, Water, Air 2015-2035 gives the full picture. Here we share some of the latest entries as it is continuously updated to reflect the rapid progress in this sector.
Stratasys Ltd has announced that it has teamed with Aurora Flight Sciences to deliver, what is believed to be, the largest, fastest, and most complex 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle ever produced.
The world's largest 2nd-use battery storage unit will soon go into operation in the Westphalian town of Lünen.
It is a no brainer. The ultimate vehicle by land water and air is independent in performance of task and in provision of its motive power.
Hybrid electric vehicles, cell phones, digital cameras, and the Mars Curiosity rover are just a few of the many devices that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Now a team of researchers has a simple mathematical formula to predict what factors most influence lithium-ion battery aging.
Autonomous delivery robots 10 Nov | United Kingdom
Former Skype co-founders have announced the launch of a new company, Starship Technologies, which aims to fundamentally improve local delivery of goods and groceries, making it almost free.
Rapid progress in electrification of vehicles 09 Nov | Worldwide, United States
The market for electric vehicles is growing rapidly while existing electric parts are multiplying.
This article is the second of our series on advanced and post lithium-ion technologies. This article will focus on the silicon anode batteries technologies and markets
The 200+ stand, eight conference IDTechEx Show! in Santa Clara, California, November 18-19 will this year include a dedicated session on electric vehicles. It has been several years since IDTechEx last hosted this topic in CA and we are thrilled to be back.
Energy independent electric vehicles exist today and there is a multi-billion dollar opportunity for their new technology as it cascades down into all vehicles, land, water and air. The new report from analysts IDTechEx is a world first in revealing this exciting future for component and system suppliers, product integrators and system integrators.
Video interview with Grafoid at Graphene & 2D Materials Europe.
Electric cars' limited range, especially in the winter months, has provoked a lot of discussion. Having the heating on can mean that the range of a lot of electric cars shrinks considerably.
The application by Controlled Power Technologies of a switched-reluctance motor-generator deep into the driveline, as well as being applied directly to a petrol or diesel engine, will enable the technology developer to deliver to carmakers and tier 1 driveline system developers an almost full-hybrid functional capability.
Researchers have successfully demonstrated how several of the problems impeding the practical development of the so-called 'ultimate' battery could be overcome.
KleenSpeed believes that the electric vehicle is an "appliance" like a notebook computer or a cell phone to be charged, used and charged again.
Biomimetics - usefully copying nature - is alive and well.
The forthcoming IDTechEx conference, Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing in Santa Clara California November 18-19 is part of the 3000 delegate 250 exhibitor "IDTechEx Show!" which grows every year.
The first Veefil fast charger for electric vehicles to be installed in New Zealand, designed and manufactured by Australian company Tritium, will be operational for public use from 30 October.
Scania has now begun a comprehensive launch of a full range of products with alternative fuels and powertrains.
General Motors set aside traditional vehicle development in selecting LG Electronics as its partner in developing the next generation Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, which can travel more than 200 miles on a single electric charge.
When Tesla announced Autopilot, it's new feature that allows its cars to drive themselves with no input from the driver, ex-Microsoft developer and geek-famous YouTube reviewer Barnacules Nerdgasm (AKA Jerry) decided to put the new tech to the test.
At IDTechEx's forthcoming event, Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing, taking place in Santa Clara on Nov 18-19, there will be many presentations on the next wave of battery technology for electric vehicles.
John Kopera, Vice President Corporate Operations of Sion Power says Sion has long been known for Li-S technology but we are more than that. We are the protected lithium metal battery company; the Licerion rechargeable battery company.
Queen's University Belfast will unveil its electric DeLorean, on the exact date that Marty McFly went Back To The Future in the iconic Belfast-built car - 21 October 2015.
ITM Power is pleased to announce that it has officially received the first Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle to be delivered in the UK.
Energy storage has long been the most critical challenge for electric vehicles or hybrid electric vehicles. There is a new trend of using supercapacitors to complement or even replace batteries as energy storage devices to improve the vehicles' performance.
The first wirelessly charged, fully electric buses in Belgium started operation in Bruges on Saturday October 17.
Volvo Cars develop an entirely new range of electrified smaller cars and build a fully electric car for sale by 2019.
This invitation only meeting ably introduced and summarised by Zeinab Badawi was mercifully free of PR speak.
High power energy harvesting (HPEH) is the clean part of off-grid renewable energy and its main potential lies at kilowatts to megawatts. Few things are genuinely new in this world but newly important aspects of energy harvesting really matter.
Toyota is set to deliver 12 brand new Mirai hydrogen powered vehicles to London.
Thought leaders IDTechEx were among the first to identify three new megatrends in the world of technology: Structural Electronics (SE); 3D Printed Electronics (3DPE); Energy Independent Electric Vehicles (EIVs).
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 27 October 2015.
A new addition to the remarkable lineup at the forthcoming IDTechEx conference Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing is Kleenspeed presenting on the now intimate linkage between electric vehicles, solar and storage.
What to expect at the Future Battery Technology Session at IDTechEx's Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing Show!
In 2016 61 million electric vehicles will be sold - from electric cars to planes to industrial vehicles, creating a total market of $123 Billion. That will rise to $182 billion in 2020, based on the latest survey of the industry conducted by IDTechEx Research in the report Electric vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2016-2026.
Controlled Power Technologies and Eminox have reached agreement to collaborate on the development of electric supercharging solutions to reduce fuel consumption.
Wireless power transfer has many promising applications, such as contactless powering, electric vehicles, and energy harvesting.
Terra Motors, a start-up founded by 42 years old Toru Tokushige, prioritises doing good and rejuvenating Japan's industrial base over making profit and it seeks to do this by offering EVs into developing countries.
Formula One racing gave us the disk brake and more recently led to 60,000 rpm energy harvesting flywheels on London Buses. No one planned to make a London bus look like a Formula One racing car but the bus people saw their future in racing technology.
The open-access lab will provide space to build and test battery concepts while fully protecting the intellectual property of its users.
The Sunswift eVe, currently the worlds fastest solar electric car over 500km, will soon officially be registered to be Australia's first road legal solar car, making it one of the only road legal cars in the world.
Bosch is debuting a new battery technology for electric cars that could be production-ready in as little as five years.
The most dramatic new advances and visions have no name initially. So it is with electric vehicles that need no external charging or refuelling - no, not even wireless charging.
The Liberty Trike for anyone that wants to get around actively or effortlessly on 3 wheels.
Hoverboard Technologies have created a single wheeled electric skateboard simply called "Hoverboard"
As part of its lineup of production and concept-model automobiles and motorcycles for its exhibit at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will be unveiling the Neowing, a concept model for a three-wheeled sport hybrid model.
Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid.
Forget the obsession with driverless autonomous cars; energy independent vehicles are the megatrend. Electric land vehicles, boats, underwater craft and aircraft already exist that never plug in or refuel.
Following materials testing researchers have identified unique properties in Zenyatta Ventures Ltd Albany Graphite deposit that show positive attributes for use in multiple graphene applications.
An international team of scientists led by the inventor of the lithium ion battery has put forward a new cathode material for its potential successor, the sodium ion battery.
Video interview with Neotech AMT at 3D Printing Europe.
Navitas Systems LLC has announced that it is the first battery company to have developed a family of qualified heavy-duty lithium-ion batteries for Class I and Class II forklifts.
Electric buses are deeply significant, being a key to the control of urban pollution and often first to adopt innovative parts.
The Artega Scalo with a purely electric drive is the direct successor of the Artega GT, which inspired car fans around the world.
A unique, multipurpose unmanned ground vehicle will be the first vehicle of its kind to use ultracapacitor technology.
Being the automotive sector a trillion dollar market and given the existence of multiple low carbon powertrain technologies and sunk investments in specific powertrains technologies, the possibility of "betting on the wrong horse" makes the transition to low carbon vehicles a very risky process for incumbent automotive companies (global automotive manufacturers and their tier one suppliers). Through these technology developments these incumbent companies are primarily trying to maintain or increase their captured added value of the automotive value chain and their global sales market share. For new entrants with no existing interests, the risks are lower given they are not compelled to capture most of the value of the powertrain technology, giving them the possibility of sharing it with other parts of the value chain (suppliers, technology developers etc.)
Small manned electric vehicles - e-bikes to car-like micro EVs - often sell in the largest numbers. Although they are usually lower in cost than regular cars, they will reach over $33 billion in 2026 according to IDTechEx analysis.
The Trinity wind turbine is light and portable, for powering mobile devices and cars.
The Porsche Mission E concept car combines the unmistakable emotional design of a Porsche with excellent performance and the forward-thinking practicality of the first 800-volt drive system.
Drivers of Hyundai's ix35 Fuel Cell, the only fuel cell car on sale in the UK, can now fill up with hydrogen at one of the world's greenest filling stations, located just off the M1 motorway near Sheffield.
ITM Power has signed a strategic siting partnership with Shell for the delivery of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations on three Shell retail forecourts in the UK.
New longer range Leaf 21 Sep | Switzerland
Nissan is once again transforming the performance, practicality and perception of EVs with the introduction of the LEAF 30 kWh - an updated Nissan LEAF that gives drivers 155 miles of motoring range.
The September 2015 meeting of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) in Holland, Michigan and our subsequent interviews gave a clear indication of the main trends.
A revolutionary Electric Supercar that will be powered by a Graphene Energy Storage device.
Another major focus was 48V systems some in EVs but mainly for microhybrid (stop-start) and mild hybrid (torque assist) for managing the now huge amounts of energy in and out with new forms of harvesting and tougher duty cycles and also more power-hungry accessories. That has resulted in a large number of redesigned and new accessories in anticipation of new standards.
High Power Energy Harvesting (HPEH) is a term beginning to be used for creation of electricity where it is needed using ambient "free" energy. That zero-pollution, high-energy conversion typically captures light (photovoltaics), heat difference (thermoelectrics and heat pumps) and movement (electrodynamics).
The Riversimple two seat fuel cell hybrid car was on show in powertrain form at CENEX recently and in addition to the Hydrogenics fuel cell as fuel tank and the lithium-ion capacitor as engine it had four in-wheel motors.
CENEX LCV Event: Micro EVs & Buses 15 Sep | Worldwide, United Kingdom
Supporting IDTechEx strong forecasts for car-like vehicles not homologated as cars or even crash tested, we saw a lot at this event.
CENEX LCV Event: Range Extenders 14 Sep | United Kingdom, Worldwide
The latest CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event took place at Millbrook UK mid September with over 50% growth on last year there being over 3000 delegates and over 200 exhibitors, mostly parts suppliers and charging station manufacturers but with several prestige stands from major motor manufacturers.
Off-grid electricity production on land has lessons for energy independent electric vehicles (EIVs) that come later. These generate all their own electricity from wind, waves, sun and other forms of ambient energy - free and clean.
Energy Independent Vehicles 2016-2026, the brand new report from IDTechEx Research, argues that electric energy independent vehicles will be one of the most important megatrends this century because buying and delivering fuel becomes a thing of the past and a major source of global and local pollution is eliminated.
Researchers have developed a highly energy-efficient heating system for electric cars that produces a broad, radiant heat.
Scientists have developed a new fuel cell catalyst using earthly abundant materials with performance that is comparable to platinum in laboratory tests.
BMW is showcasing new solutions for the "connected car". One of the company's focal points are a pair of apps designed for operating functions inside connected houses.
In the future, a wireless charging system will allow electric cars not only to charge their batteries, but also to feed energy back into the power grid, helping to stabilize it.
The scientists' goal is to produce new materials for a host of uses, ranging from high-efficiency batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel cells and hydrogen storage devices to lightweight thermal coatings for hypersonic jets, multifunctional materials for aerospace, and more.
There are many myths about the move to higher voltage with conventional internal combustion engine on-road vehicles. Here we dispel some of them.
Local Motors and Arizona State University have formed a new partnership to advance materials research into 3D-printed automotive parts, which will be used on the world's first 3D-printed car, scheduled to be on-road in early 2016.
Researchers are working on a new, low-altitude traffic management system to keep fast-moving flyers safer as they cruise through increasingly crowded skies.
Development, manufacture, and sale of enterprise solutions using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles for image capture combined with cloud-based data processing.
Chemists who developed a unique form of graphene have found a way to embed metallic nanoparticles that turn the material into a useful catalyst for fuel cells and other applications.
MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH has formed a close development partnership with Darmstadt-based AKASOL GmbH.
Researchers have wired four perovskite solar cells in series to enhance the voltage and directly photo-charged lithium batteries with 7.8 percent efficiency--the most efficient reported to date, the researchers believe.
A wireless power transfer system is being integrated and tested using fleet of Kia Soul EVs.
An ultrathin, flexible, stretchable and lightweight 'solar foil' has been produced from perovskite solar cells by researchers in Austria, who demonstrate the material's utility using solar powered miniature aircraft and blimps.
The end-game with electric vehicles by land, water and air is for them to be self-powered. They will create all their electricity from ambient energy such as light, wind, waves and tide where necessary storing it until needed.
IDTechEx Research's brand new report analyses and forecasts the wireless charging market for electric vehicles and small electronics.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration has announced that it is providing $500,000 to support a feasibility study for the design, construction, and operation of a high-speed passenger ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology and a hydrogen refueling station.
Researchers have designed a solar fuel generating device that has established a new record in energy efficiency for the production of solar fuels.
A research team has been awarded $1 million in NASA funding for its all solid-state battery, a game-changing technology that could potentially power future space missions.
We have created a new form of economy called the "Digital Economy". So, what's the point?
WalkCar is the size of a laptop and is similar to a skateboard.
A trillion dollar opportunity to 2035, electric buses are being completely reinvented because they are the electric vehicle sector already attracting billion dollar orders and they can prevent millions of deaths and injuries from air pollution.
South Korean high tech companies LG Chem and Samsung SDI to invest in European battery cell production for Audi Battery electric SUV with a range of more than 500 kilometres.
In an innovative move to assist pedestrian recognition of electric vehicles, Nissan has taken a leading role in the European Commission-led project, eVADER, to create a pioneering audible pedestrian alert system.
Plenty of kilowatts from no fuel. This dream ticket is a reality today from the rapid adoption of high power energy harvesting. Energy harvesting converts ambient energy into electricity where it is needed, off-grid.
Another major milestone for the Sunseeker Duo has been set. Eric and Irena Raymond repeated the 2009 adventure of the Sunseeker II, crossing of the Alps in both directions this time with the Sunseeker Duo.
Engineers oat Vokswagen are working on an automated direct-current charging system, a so-called automated e-filling station "e-smartConnect".
Off road trials of the technology needed to power electric and hybrid vehicles on England's major roads are due to take place later this year.
The term 'energy harvesting' is most typically applied to powering small electronic devices using say sunshine, vibration or temperature.
Video interview with Agfa at Printed Electronics Europe.
Two weeks after having demonstrated AtlantikSolar's first 24-hour flight, the fixed-wing team of ETH Zurich's Autonomous Systems Lab reached another milestone.
Analysts IDTechEx almost completely rewrote their report Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles 2015-2025 this year and frequent updates take place, such is the pace of change.
The UFCEV (Ultrafast Charging of Electric Vehicles) station, developed by Empa, ETh Zurich, EPF Lausanne and Bern University of Applied Sciences, is said to charge an electric vehicle in just 5 minutes.
In response to a NASA challenge to design an all-electric propulsion general aviation airplane, five ideas out of the 20 submitted by U.S. universities wowed the judges.
Wireless charging: insights from Oregon event 05 Aug | Worldwide, North America (USA + Canada)
A question and answer session "Wireless Charging: Emerging Business Models" took place at EV Roadmap8, Portland, Oregon USA on 30 July 2015. The panel consisted of Jeremy McCool of Hevo Power, which retrofits wireless charging, Jeff Muhs of WiTricity with key patents and Wesley Smith of WAVE installing large vehicle solutions. They also talked to IDTechEx afterwards.
After more than one million kilometres in two years - from May 2013 to June 2015 - the real-world trial of electric cars known as eMERGE has been completed.
Research shows that passing wireless power transfer through a magnetic resonance field enhancer can boost the transfer efficiency by at least 100 percent as compared to transferring through air alone. MRFE use could potentially boost transfer efficiency by as much as 5,000 percent in some systems, experts say.
Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density.
There was a question and answer session "Wireless Charging: Emerging Business Models" at EV Roadmap8 Portland Oregon USA 30 July 2015.The panel consisted of Jeremy McCool of Hevo Power, which retrofits wireless charging, Jeff Muhs of WiTricity with key patents and Wesley Smith of WAVE installing large vehicle solutions. They also talked to IDTechEx afterwards.
This event of a few hundred people and twenty or so exhibitors had a good range of coverage from many choices of EV test drive to sitting in on focus groups of people minded to buy an EV
Report on EV Roadmap 8 Portland Oregon 28-29 July Day One 31 Jul | Worldwide, North America (USA + Canada)
Summary of the first day of the EV Roadmap 8 event taking place in Portland, Oregon
Rapid Progress with pure electric buses 31 Jul | Worldwide, China, United Kingdom
China is where most of the hybrid and pure electric buses will be made and sold over the coming decade.
A new fabrication technique that produces platinum hollow nanocages with ultra-thin walls could dramatically reduce the amount of the costly metal needed to provide catalytic activity in such applications as fuel cells.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 18 August 2015.
Terra Motors, Japan's leading manufacturer of electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers has signed a joint venture with Runner motorbike manufactures in Bangladesh.
Video interview with Canatu at Printed Electronics Europe.
Researchers have developed a new process to develop few-layer graphene for use in energy storage and other material applications that is faster, potentially scalable and surmounts some of the current graphene production limitations.
Buses are now a crucible of change, often adopting new technology before cars.
High Power Energy Harvesting: Off-Grid 10W-100kW 2016-2026 is the title of a new IDTechEx report examining a newly significant off-grid energy market.
The new IDTechEx Research report, "High Power Energy Harvesting 2015-2025" (www.IDTechEx.com/high) appraises the many new ways in which the vehicle will internally harvest energy that is currently wasted as tyre and brake heat etc. so it needs much less externally supplied energy to get along. That alone will get us to a range of up to 1000 miles. In this article, let us look at how the increasingly infrequent charging can be done automatically without involving the driver and how it can grab externally-supplied electricity created from free ambient energy.
Totally different. Everything that constitutes a hybrid or pure electric vehicle will change beyond recognition, advises analyst group IDTechEx.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 4 August 2015.
he University of Michigan has opened Mcity, the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars.
Saft has signed a contract worth over one million euros from Airbus Defence and Space Ltd to develop, qualify and test a specific lithium-ion battery system to power the ExoMars Rover vehicle.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation are pleased to announce the launch of a joint demonstration project for utilizing used lithium-ion batteries from electric-powered vehicles.
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. and Mojo Mobility, Inc have been awarded a funding grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies program to research and develop a system capable of fast charging an electric vehicle wirelessly.
48V Vehicle Systems 14 Jul | Worldwide
48V systems are close to adoption in some new cars across the world partly to cope with the greater amount of electricity being stored and distributed. They are also becoming attractive for some of the more basic electric vehicles.
IDTechEx will be back in Tokyo, Japan for their highly regarded series of Business Insight Forums.
Many land, water and airborne electric vehicles harvest all the energy they need. They never plug in. It is the way of the future.
Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment's notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality.
On July 13, BorgWarner paid a premium of 44% to buy Remy International.
A fleet of autonomous "SmartCarts"—high-tech, 3D-printed, low-speed electric vehicles—could one day zip around the University of Michigan's North Campus, taking students, professors and staff to class, labs and offices while also serving as one of the first test beds for on-demand autonomous transit.
Following the record breaking oceanic flight of 5 days and 5 nights in a solar powered airplane, Solar Impulse will undergo maintenance repairs on the batteries due to damages brought about by over heating.
IDTechEx is the only market analyst tracking the development of 45 electric vehicle categories and not just electric cars.
IDTechEx was guest of Qualcomm at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane London 26 June and at the Formula E pure electric car racing in Battersea Park London the day after. This article focuses on the presentation by Steve Pazol VP & GM Wireless Charging.
Saft, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, has won a contract to supply state-of-the-art Li-ion battery systems to Imtech Marine, a leading maritime technology supplier.
BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University have launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 that runs on electricity and petrol.
The world's largest green hydrogen plant was opened in Mainz, Germany last week, a result of a joint collaboration between Stadtwerke Mainz, The Linde Group, Siemens and RheinMain University.
Endeavoring to reach Hawaii from Japan to encourage the use of clean technologies, the solar powered aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg achieved the longest exploration leg of the Solar Impulse's Round-The-World mission.
A team of researchers has begun to investigate the use of solar power on the fuel cell bus fleet as a way to reduce operating costs without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Sumitomo Electric has developed a power transistor of an original structure consisting of silicon carbide which is seen as a next-generation power semiconductor.
There are three important technological megatrends for vehicles that are now coming increasingly important. They are shaping what is designed and the market positioning of new vehicles from type of customer targeted to the location where the vehicles will be used.
Researchers have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction.
In the study the new battery technology employs use of graphene on the silicon surface and that confers volume expansion leading to extended battery life.
The industrial and commercial electric vehicle business will be 42% of the EV market in 2025 on IDTechEx analysis with well over 50% of the profits because so much of it is specialist and niche and the vehicles are not bought on up-front price.
Scientists have invented a low-cost water splitter that uses a single catalyst to produce both hydrogen and oxygen gas 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Andretti Autosport has announced its new entity called Andretti Technologies. Working together with TE Connectivity, it will mainly be responsible for developing a new electric motor for the second season of the Formula E.
IDTechEx was guest of Qualcomm at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane London 26 June and at the Formula E pure electric car racing in Battersea Park London the day after.
Formula E promotes EVs 29 Jun | United Kingdom
The UK Formula E races took place 28-29 June.
BioSolar, Inc has announced that it has jointly filed a patent application with the University of California, Santa Barbara.
One focus of the second day of this event has been energy harvesting.
Propulsion systems of tomorrow must provide optimum performance over the whole mission range, concerning efficiency, reliability, redundancy and low noise.
Here is our report on the first day of the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam 23 June.
Empa, ETH Zürich and the road sweeper manufacturer Bucher Municipal have jointly developed a pioneering hybrid-electric powertrain for road sweepers.
In a new study, researchers explain why one particular cathode material works well at high voltages, while most other cathodes do not.
Researchers have discovered the structure and transport properties of the "intermediate state" in lithium-ion batteries - key to understanding the mechanisms of charge and discharge in rechargeable batteries.
In May 2015, Californian Company, Wrightspeed announced the Fulcrum, a gas turbine on-board range extender for charging the batteries of electric vehicles.
The world's first electrical car and passenger ferry powered by batteries has entered service in Norway. 
The power electronics business as applied to electric vehicles is becoming so huge that very divergent approaches become viable.
A123 Systems LLC has announced its plan to double global manufacturing capacity to 1.5 GWh within the next 3 years.
Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents - a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles.
Siemens will install a catenary system for hybrid trucks in Sweden.
Power electronics is at the heart of the disruptive change of all electric vehicle parts.
A team of scientists has synthesized a powerful new magnetic material that could reduce the dependence of the United States and other nations on rare earth elements produced by China.
IDTechEx interviews in Japan have established that supercapacitors across lithium-ion batteries in cars can increase range by 10% by permitting deep discharge, provided suitable batteries are used that can tolerate such a regime.
Jean-Yves Sánchez researches the development of calcium batteries that can compete with lithium batteries.
When Google started designing the world's first fully self-driving vehicle, their goal was a vehicle that could shoulder the entire burden of driving.
Skeleton Technologies plans to use the funds for ramping up production of their graphene-based ultracapacitors to meet the strong demand for electrical engineering applications.
A new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting, has been discovered by researchers.
Autonomous vehicles use a portfolio of sensors that is highly dependent on Lidar technology, given the high price of these sensors, researchers are looking how to reduce the reliance on this technology through enhancing the capabilities of cheaper sensor technologies.
This article shares some of the findings of the new IDTechEx Research report, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 2015-2030: Land, Water, Air and some of what will be discussed in the forthcoming IDTechEx webinar on 9th June.
The California Air Resource Board is initiating a pilot project in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley to help low-income individuals and families get rid of old polluting vehicles and purchase much cleaner and more fuel-efficient cars.
Chemists have discovered the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries that could pave the way for development of the so-called holy grail of electrochemical energy storage.
Scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies.
MIRA Ltd has announced a collaborative agreement with Fundacao Parque Tecnologico Itaipu to develop a new centre of excellence for energy storage in Brazil.
A method for making elastic high-capacity batteries from wood pulp was unveiled by researchers in Sweden and the US.
Motiv Power Systems has received $8.1 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission to continue the commercialization of its award-winning All-Electric Powertrain, including a new manufacturing facility in Hayward, California.
The e-Tuk Vendo is 100% electric vending van intended for mobile catering.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 9 June 2015.
DHL Express began trialling electric vehicles in Russia last week.
A strategic collaboration focused on pioneering innovation in the connected car.
Korean researchers have developed a new type of lithium-sulfur battery that uses vitamin C with a 20% improvement in performance over current batteries.
The IDTechEx report Industrial and Commercial Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles 2015-2025 now finds that Industrial and Commercial Electric Vehicles operating on land will constitute a huge 42% of the value market for electric vehicles, land, water and airborne in 2025.
A breakthrough in the real-time observation of fuel cell catalyst degradation could lead to a new generation of more efficient and durable fuel cell stacks.
Developed by British battery start-up firm Faradion in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and Oxford University, a sodium-ion powered vehicle was demonstrated in an e-bike application as a proof-of-concept to showcase the capabilities of this new type of battery chemistry.
Exclusive joint venture 19 May | United States
Smith Electric Vehicles has announced that it has executed an agreement to form a joint venture with strategic partner and investor FDG Electric Vehicles Limited.
Transportation Power Inc has announced results of independent laboratory testing at the University of California, Riverside.
IDTechEx's Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing, conference was successfully held during the 28th and 29th of April 2015 in Berlin.
Samsung SDI entered into an agreement to acquire the battery pack business of Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier.
Proton-exchange membrane fuel cells are lightweight fuel cells being developed for applications in vehicles and portable electronics.
Future electric motorcycles 12 May | Denmark, Worldwide
"Future Electric is unlikely to be the final name of our company," said CEO Jasper Vind in our interview at EVS28 in Korea last week.
The EVS series of events travels around the world and this year it was the turn of South Korea. Over 2000 people, 60% from overseas, attended the event spanning two half days and two full days with about 180 lectures and about 180 poster sessions.
What ducks and batteries have in common? The answer is Tesla's new home energy storage system. I will explain why.
Airbus Group has agreed with the Aquitaine region to build the Final Assembly Line for the E-Fan 2.0 all-electric aircraft in Pau, southwest France.
KTM is pleased to announce the launch of its first electrically powered motorcycle designed for super-fun asphalt use, the FREERIDE E-SM
SkyWeb Express is an innovative personal rapid transit system that automatically takes you to the destination station of your choice non-stop at 30 mph
Engineers have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it.
A new collaboration agreement between MIRA and Samsung Techwin is set to bring forward the development of bespoke battery and powertrain systems for automotive and off-highway hybrid and electric vehicle applications.
What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time using sophisticated 3D imaging.
In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride.
Scientists have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets.
A new type of graphene aerogel will make for better energy storage, sensors, nanoelectronics, catalysis and separations.
There is divided opinion on future of traction fuel cells in electric vehicles, though few argue any more that they will power the majority of electric vehicles.
At analysts IDTechEx we are often questioned about our forecasts of prices of certain electric vehicles not going down over future years. The answer is twofold.
Goodbye, range anxiety?22 Apr | United States
In the first study of its kind, scientists quantitatively show that electric vehicles will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed.
Researchers have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology.
Companies with over One Trillion Euros in combined sales will present at IDTechEx's Event on Emerging Technologies. Tesco, Qualcomm, Ericsson, United Technologies, Jaguar Land Rover, Shell provide insights, products and use cases on printed electronics, energy harvesting, wearable technologies, IoT and more.
The MRV: next-gen automobile?21 Apr | United States
The Modular Robotic Vehicle, or MRV, was developed at NASA's Johnson Space Center in order to advance technologies that have applications for future vehicles both in space and on Earth.
A new breakthrough battery—one that has significantly higher energy, lasts longer, and is cheaper and safer—will likely be impossible without a new material discovery.
Fujitsu Limited and Global Mobility Service, Inc. have announced that they will commence field testing to expand services in the Republic of the Philippines so as to increase the prevalence of electric tricycles that use ICT.
This final article in the autonomous vehicles series discusses existing and future technologies and markets. Tables and figures show market sizes, numbers, values and autonomous potential for 40 electric vehicle categories.
Why BASF sues Umicore, Toyota launches fuel cell cars, VW buys a solid state battery company and all car companies are rushing behind Google for automation? The bigger picture of the high stakes of the future automotive industry.
With Prince Albert II of Monaco at the wheel for the last session, the electric vehicle Venturi Antarctica has just completed its first test campaign.
Drive eO announces the arrival of eO PP03, world's first one megawatt all-electric race car.
Today's megatrends are easy to identify. They are changes that will endure for a long time and profoundly impact most of us on earth.
Researchers discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes to produce the zero-emissions fuel. This method uses abundantly available corn stover - the stalks, cobs, and husks - to produce the hydrogen.
A team of researchers has developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions. The material could make batteries more powerful, change how gaseous fuel is turned into liquid fuel and help power plants burn coal and natural gas more efficiently.
Researchers have made what they believe is the first metal-free bifunctional electrocatalyst that performs as well or better than most metal and metal oxide electrodes in zinc-air batteries.
In the third installment of the autonomous vehicles series, we look at the reasons behind making a vehicle that is fully or partly autonomous and plot a hype curve for the various types of autonomous vehicles. The final article will discuss autonomous vehicle technologies and markets.
Newcastle University in the UK was chosen by Boeing to develop an ultra-lightweight electric motor for an upper atmosphere electric aircraft. These spidery fixed-wing aircraft can have the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a small car.
Energy harvesting is the creation of electricity from ambient energy. IDTechEx Show! covers it all in one place.
To properly evaluate the prospects for commercially competitive battery electric vehicles one must have accurate information on current and predicted cost of battery packs.
Researchers at the University of Houston have reported developing an efficient conductive electron-transporting polymer, a long-missing puzzle piece that will allow ultrafast battery applications.
Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today.
Tyndall National Institute has partnered with US and Northern Irish research institutes to secure €1 million in funding to develop new ways of harnessing converted electricity. The Nano-GaN Power Electronic Devices project has the potential to have a global impact across the entire power electronics industry.
In the third installment of the autonomous vehicles series, we look at the reasons behind making a vehicle that is fully or partly autonomous and plot a hype curve for the various types of autonomous vehicles. The final article will discuss autonomous vehicle technologies and markets.
The new IDTechEx report, "Electric Motorcycles and Three Wheel Electric Vehicles 2015-2025" reveals gaps in the market as e-motorcycles and their three wheel derivatives become a multi-billion dollar market. One gap is the crossover between bikes and motorcycles created as a premium-priced product.
At the major event IDTechEx Show! in Berlin April 28-29 there is a conference, Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing. It will reveal radical new advances such as structural electronics replacing components-in-a box, 3D printing of electric cars by Local Motors of the USA and 3D printing of small jet engines as range extenders for electric vehicles, land, water and air, by Microturbo Safran of France. IDTechEx has the world's largest selection of reports on electric vehicles and their components and systems.
Millbrook, one of Europe's leading independent test and technology centres for vehicles and vehicle systems, will join a UK industry consortium to develop a new class of zero-emission, light commercial vehicle.
The event SMMT Connected covered the connected and ultimately autonomous car with some nod in the direction of other autonomous vehicles doing "dull, dirty, dangerous" rather than freeing up time and reducing accidents, which is what autonomous cars target.
ABB has introduced a new addition, Azipod D, to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offering.
GreenPower Motor Company Inc announces that production is well underway on the 2015 model of the EV350 all electric transport bus.
In the third installment of the autonomous vehicles series, we look at the reasons behind making a vehicle that is fully or partly autonomous and plot a hype curve for the various types of autonomous vehicles. The final article will discuss autonomous vehicle technologies and markets.
XALT Energy has signed a global exclusive agreement with Hybrid Kinetic Group of China for the supply of its Lithium Titanate batteries from its manufacturing facilities in Midland for all-electric buses in China.
A team of researchers has studied one member of a class of materials, called transition metal fluorides, that are potential cathodes for future lithium ion batteries.
Siemens researchers have developed a new type of electric motor that, with a weight of just 50 kilograms, delivers a continuous output of about 260 kilowatts - five times more than comparable drive systems.
Researchers have discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few tiny holes in it, you have a proton-selective membrane that could lead to improved fuel cells.
Electric vehicles emit significantly less heat. That difference could mitigate the urban heat island effect, the phenomenon that helps turn big cities like Beijing into pressure cookers in warm months.
Five years and more than 35,000 European sales since the launch of its all-electric LEAF, proprietary data released by Nissan for the first time shows that 99.99 percent of its battery units remain entirely fit for purpose.
A new electrolyte for lithium batteries eliminates dendrites while also enabling batteries to be highly efficient and carry a large amount of electric current.
In part 2 of the autonomous vehicles article series we are looking at the types and degrees of autonomy available and the associated benefits and difficulties. In parts 3 and 4 we will discuss the reasons for going autonomous, the technologies and the markets.
The IDTechEx conference Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing tears up the rule book on the electric vehicles market, which will be worth $500 million by 2025 (IDTechEx Research figures 2015).
Longest automated drive in North America 20 Mar | United Kingdom, United States
Delphi Automotive PLC will demonstrate the full capabilities of its active safety technologies with the longest automated drive ever attempted in North America.
he arrival of a unique experimental demonstrator at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center may herald a future in which many aircraft are powered by electric motors.
Researchers have discovered a high performance cathode material with great promise for use in next generation lithium-sulfur batteries that would last far longer than what is used today.
Autonomous vehicles are already successful but you are unlikely to meet one because the successes are in the upper atmosphere, open cast mines, nuclear power stations, underwater and in other relatively inaccessible places.
Renault Trucks and the French Post Office are introducing, on an experimental basis and as a first in Europe, an electric truck equipped with a hydrogen-powered range extender.
The journey from being interested in electric cars to being converted to electric car drivers is now complete for many of the participants in My Electric Avenue's trials.
A pioneering 3D encapsulated touch sensor for the automotive industry.
Researchers have developed a novel supercapacitor electrode based on a hybrid nanostructure made from a hybrid nickel oxide-iron oxide exterior shell and a conductive iron-nickel core.
3D printed jet engine 16 Mar | Australia
A 3D printed jet engine, produced by Monash researchers, has been unveiled.
In the first of this four part series, IDTechEx introduces the types, markets, trends and timelines for autonomous vehicles. Subsequent articles will discuss benefits, reasoning, technologies and markets.
Hybrid vehicles are already big business from hybrid cars, buses and trucks to outdoor forklifts, even hybrid tugboats.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 17 March 2015 on autonomous vehicles.
Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, Electric Buses 2015-2025 attracted many questions.
The Solar Impulse team in Abu Dhabi along with the Mission Control Center in Monaco, witnessed Solar Impulse take-off on the 9th March morning to reach Muscat (Oman), before crossing the Arabian Sea to Ahmedabad (India).
San Diego Gas & Electric has announced that it is actively bidding a group of energy storage systems and electric vehicle fleets as one resource directly into the California Independent System Operator's energy markets.
Visionary tire technologies 09 Mar | Switzerland
Two groundbreaking concept tires unveiled by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company this week could radically change the role of car tires in the future.
Electric vehicle events concentrate too much on three Cs - commercials, cars, copying each other. Cars will be only 34% of the electric vehicle value market in 2025. We must understand the totally different future, including for cars.
According to the IDTechEx report Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles Land, Water & Air 2015-2025 over eight million hybrid cars will be made in 2025, with a range extender, the additional power source that distinguishes them from pure-electric.
Lithium-ion and lead-acid battery separator firm Polypore International has been sold for around $3.2billion in two separate deals. The US company sold its Energy Storage business to Japanese firm Asahi Kasei Corporation for around $2.2billion and its Separations Media segment to US based 3M Co for around $1billion.
To benchmark new technology for electric vehicles it is vital to look at all of the off-road, on-road, water and airborne e-vehicles.
New prototype 85kW synchronous reluctance drive designed primarily for electric vehicle traction applications. Avoids the use of expensive rare earth elements, provides uncompromised performance at significantly reduced cost.
3D printed cars 05 Mar | Worldwide
At the start, there was no generic name. The simple glass of the car windshield started to incorporate printed antennas and heaters. It was what we now know as "structural electronics" - one structure performing mechanical, electrical and other functions.
Researchers have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored.
Murata Electronics is a worldwide leader in research, design, manufacture and sale of ceramic based passive electronic components, power supply and wireless module solutions. Learn more in this interview made at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA show.
Most drones are and will remain electric as detailed in the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 2015-2025."
How can a humpback whale and a device that works on the same principle as the clicker that starts your gas grill help an unmanned aerial vehicle fly longer and with more stability?
Kanslab's Electronic Carnot Engine (ECE) is a solid-state thermal engine with no moving parts. Through thermal cycles of free-electrons in metal or semiconductor, ECE converts thermal energy into electricity in high efficiency.
Lithium-sulfur batteries have been a hot topic in battery research because of their ability to produce up to 10 times more energy than conventional batteries.
Bosch has entered a joint venture to make lithium-ion batteries up to two times more powerful.
This low cost event attracted about 360 delegates and about 21 exhibitors and the speakers were global and of high calibre.
It started with the bicycle dynamo and now no self-respecting vehicle designer ignores the possibility of many forms of energy harvesting in his design of a land vehicle.
From Hamburg to Paris, city authorities are forcing bus operators to go pollution-free at point of use by a set date and that will almost always mean pure-electric battery buses.
A research group has developed a highly efficient transistor used to reduce energy consumption in electric automobiles and trains.
A challenge that comes with the increased use of renewable energy is how to store electric energy.
Environmental award winner Controlled Power Technologies witnessed more interest in 48V mild hybrid vehicles when it recently showcased its switched-reluctance (SR) motor-generator technology in Los Angeles.
Researchers have developed a novel paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries. It has the potential to boost by several times the specific energy, or amount of energy that can be delivered per unit weight of the battery.
Launches of fuel cell cars are reportedly planned by up to six carmakers from 2015 including Tata Motors of India, owners of Jaguar Land Rover.
The most popular word for them is now drones, giving a military connotation to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs.
IDTechEx analyst Franco Gonzalez discusses some of the industry dynamics and latest trends of supercapacitors.
The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has announced the start of a study of using Autonomous cars in Dubai.
FAA proposes new drone rules 17 Feb | United States
New drone safety rules are being considered to allow businesses to use small unmanned aerial vehicles in the USA.
UK Business Secretary Vince Cable and Transport Minister Claire Perry officially launched a regulatory review of driverless cars and the Government's 'Introducing Driverless Cars' competition.
Scientists have worked for many years trying to find a way to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries.
In 2011, an important national priority was declared: Put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
Dendrites-deposits that form on electrode surfaces during the charging process-cause the batteries to short circuit, leading to serious safety hazards.
Bochum University of Applied Sciences and ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe are collaborating on a major research project into solar vehicle construction.
Electric Vehicle company Zap and Jonway Auto signed an OEM contract for 5000 units of ZAP Jonway's EV Minivans that will be sold under the brand of Dong Feng Motor Corporation.
The motor market is doubling in value even over the underlying fast growth of the electric vehicle business, whether hybrid or pure electric.
It is not much of an achievement to make a fuel cell powered vehicle any more. They have been made for over 25 years and they work well.
Pure electric vehicles are inevitably small and feeble or premium-priced, niche products like the Teslas? Not true.
Students have built Singapore's first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts
Savannah, the first superyacht to feature an eco-friendly blend of single diesel engine, three gensets, batteries, propeller, azimuting thruster and a streamlined hull shape.
BYD Motors Inc has officially unveiled the world's first long range, 100% Battery Electric Over the Road Coach Bus.
Bulletproof battery 30 Jan | United States
New battery technology from the University of Michigan should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013.
In the new report, "Electric Buses 2015-2025" analysts IDTechEx examine how Chinese hybrid buses are in some respects more advanced as the Government only supports plug-in versions with long pure electric range.
A Virginia Commonwealth University professor has received a five-year, $505,000 award from the National Science Foundation to make lithium-ion batteries -- which power electric vehicles and portable electronic devices -- far more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Polaris Industries Inc has acquired the electric motorcycle business of Brammo Inc. In addition, Polaris is acting as a leading investor in a recapitalization of Brammo that enables the company to focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric vehicle power trains.
A Fuel cell range extender will be used in light commercial vehicles to double the daily range of battery powered vehicles, a significant improvement that makes hydrogen-powered electric vehicles more competitive in the automotive markets.
Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that it will increase production of the "Mirai" fuel cell sedan.
A patent for electric and hybrid EV motor design using non-rare earth magnets, will limit exposure to price fluctuations of rare earth magnets which are used in the majority of hybrid and pure electric vehicles produced today.
IDTechEx analyst Franco Gonzalez discusses some of the trends with Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage.
The oil price may stay low for many years due to oversupply. This will not affect the sales of electric road vehicles because their sales numbers decoupled from the oil price many years ago thanks to superior performance, subsidies and privileges such as no congestion charge.
Chevrolet has made a significant statement on its commitment to electrification with the introduction of the Bolt EV concept - a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle.
An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles.
Sun Solar Technologies Inc has received the green light on government funding for an exciting new R&D collaboration with The University of Windsor aimed at optimizing Unconquered Sun's already popular Solar Fueled Electric Vehicle Powertrain technology.
Researchers have developed a new type of aluminium-air battery rechargeable by refilling salty or normal water and having a modified structure which ensures longer battery lifetime.
Chemists and materials scientists have developed a type of glass that can be used as an electrode material in lithium-ion batteries - likely making a vast improvement in these batteries' capacity and energy density.
Toyota is opening the door to the hydrogen future, making available thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company and automaker BMW are teaming up to test the ability of electric vehicle batteries to provide valuable services to the electric grid.
A revolution is slicing through the car industry.
China has abolished export quotas for rare earth metals as the government complied with a World Trade Organization ruling in March last year.
Solaris with Warsaw and Poznan Universities of Technology developed a bi-articulated, 24-metre electric bus based on the new version of the Urbino family that had its world premiere at IAA exhibition in September 2014.
Electrovaya is pleased to announce that the KF Hisarøy electric cable ferry has now been sailing between Mjånes and Hisarøy in Norway daily for over one year, with flawless operation.
An aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine - the first ever to be able to recharge its batteries in flight - has been successfully tested in the UK.
Researchers are the first to measure the optical and electrical transport properties of the individual nanoflakes that make up a battery's electrode while it is being charged.
Zero Motorcycles has announced that it has entered full production of its 2015 model line.
Malaysia's first indigenous Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle was launched by Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh at The National University of Malaysia.
Terra Motors forays into the electric three wheelers market in Asia 31 Dec | Japan
Terra Motors, the No.1 manufacturer of electric two and three wheelers in Japan has unveiled the 'R6' Japanese electric three wheelers which will be on sale early next year.
Teijin Limited has announced that it will open the second production line for LIELSORT®, an innovative separator for lithium ion secondary batteries.
Under the direction of Infineon, 30 partners from 9 European countries commenced the MotorBrain project, funded by the European Union, three years ago.
Thermoelectric harvesting will be on production hybrid electric on-road vehicles from 2018. It will be commonplace on hybrids in 2020 and almost entirely to charge the battery, or increasingly supercapacitor or supercabattery used for power.
Researchers looking for a better understanding of liquid electrolyte may have found a pathway forward.
A new electrode design for lithium-ion batteries has been shown to potentially reduce the charging time from hours to minutes by replacing the conventional graphite electrode with a network of tin-oxide nanoparticles.
A recent pilot project in New York City looked for an intelligent way to charge large numbers of electric delivery trucks at the lowest cost without straining the local grid and infrastructure.
Battery swap pilot program 23 Dec | United States
At an event in Los Angeles last year, Tesla showcased battery swap technology to demonstrate that it's possible to replace a Model S battery in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank.
Researchers are working to create an electric car battery that is smaller, cheaper and allows drivers to go farther on a charge.
Simple things are being applied to reduce purchase price, increase resale price and extend range of electric car
GS Yuasa International Ltd has completed initial development of a new advanced lithium secondary battery which has a "Sulfur - Porous Carbon Composite" positive electrode with 8 times higher capacity than that of conventional lithium ion battery, positive electrodes and a silicon based negative electrode with high capacity.
Seeo, a leading developer of advanced lithium polymer batteries, has announced the closing of its largest funding round to date, and the addition of Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation as an investor.
Daimler AG is expanding the production capacities for lithium-ion batteries with investments of around 100 million Euros in the Deutsche ACCUmotive subsidiary in coming years
GaN Systems Inc, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Japanese company Daito Electron to distribute its gallium nitride high power switching transistors in Japan and Korea.
Load bearing structures that are also electronic or electrical are called structural electronics. This two-for-the-price-of-one approach can be more reliable, attractive and long-lived and it always saves space.
A local Indian company has built an electric sports car, Super Nova Electric Vehicle, that can cover 1,000 kilometres with a single charge of its batteries and at the speed of some 150 kms per hour.
Structural electronics is one of the most important developments this century yet most people have never heard of it.
An efficient method to harvest low-grade waste heat as electricity may be possible using reversible ammonia batteries.
In conjunction with Fjellstrand, a Norwegian shipyard, Siemens has developed the technology for the world's first electrically-powered car ferry. The fact that the electric ship, which will enter service in 2015, causes no carbon dioxide emissions is in part due to the electricity mix in Norway.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Monday 15 December discussing electric vehicles trends and opportunities.
A new electrode design for lithium-ion batteries has been shown to potentially reduce the charging time from hours to minutes by replacing the conventional graphite electrode with a network of tin-oxide nanoparticles.
EEVC Brussels second day 05 Dec | Belgium, Worldwide
The second day of this excellent event had a huge number of short presentations in brief slots, a format that worked well.
This two yearly event again had about 400 delegates. Once again it provided a forum for the huge number of European and global EV related organisations with overlapping agendas. Of the hundreds of millions of dollars they spend each year, too much goes on soft topics such as consumer attitudes to car models that will not be with us for long or how cars may form a meaningful part of a smart grid over ten years from now.
In the race to find materials of ever increasing thinness, surface area and conductivity to make better performing battery electrodes, a lump of clay might have just taken the lead.
The A7 Sportback h tron quattro uses a powerful electric drive with a fuel cell as its energy source, in combination with a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear.
The White House and U.S. Department of Energy announced private sector commitments to cut carbon pollution and reduce their dependence on foreign oil.
Watching a nearly silent aircraft fly past your bedroom window at night, fuelled by used vegetable oil and batteries is one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to the new UK aviation company, Faradair Aerospace Limited
Attendance was 40% up at the recent IDTechEx event in Santa Clara California with its 200+ exhibitors and nine parallel conferences. Supercapacitors conference and associated Masterclass had a larger attendance and sturdy debate.
New electric trucks 28 Nov | Worldwide
The new IDTechEx report, Industrial and Commercial Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles 2015-2025 forecasts in eleven categories because so much is now happening.
MIT startup, SolidEnergy has achieved 1337 Wh/L in energy density twice that of Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and Tesla batteries which the company claim will disrupt more than 20 years of domination of the consumer electronics and electric vehicle industries by traditional Li-ion batteries.
The search for the next generation of batteries has led researchers to try new methods and materials that could lead to the development of safer, cheaper, more powerful, and longer-lasting power sources, to be used in almost everything, from vehicles to phones.
Electrovaya Inc. has announced that it plans to acquire the assets of a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant with capacity of about 0.5 Gigawatt hours of lithium ion electrodes and other products.
A consortium has signed a Letter of Commitment with the government of Jordan to begin the deployment phase of a network of solar powered electric vehicles charging stations across Jordan.
Using robotic ocean gliders, researchers have now found that swirling ocean eddies, similar to atmospheric storms, play an important role in transporting warm waters to the Antarctic coast—a discovery that will help the scientific community determine how rapidly the ice is melting and, as a result, how quickly ocean levels will rise.
A new type of driverless shuttle vehicle has been developed thanks to innovative computer vision guidance technology that enables the vehicle to locate itself on a roadway reliably and inexpensively.
How the future will be very different from the past
On November 12th, representatives of five major European bus manufacturers (Daimler Buses (EvoBus), MAN, Solaris, Van Hool and VDL Bus & Coach) have signed a joint Letter of Understanding at the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking's (FCH JU) Stakeholders Forum in Brussels.
Researchers have invented a single tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components.
E-Mobile will park independently in the future and will also be able to find the next charging station without a driver. Researchers are working on electric cars that can travel short distances autonomously.
Army researchers are finding they have much to learn from bees hovering near a picnic spread at a park.
CSEM announces the world's first white solar modules.
GKN has produced the industry's first two-speed eAxle. The technology has entered production on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
The SolaRoad pilot road has been opened. This is the first road in the world that converts sunlight into electricity.
A car powered by its own body panels could soon be driving on our roads after a breakthrough in nanotechnology research.
Two driverless vehicles are being deployed, free-of-charge for public use inSingapore.
A long-lived catalyst facilitates the first steps toward a viable small-scale on-board hydrogen generator.
Thin film traction motors for electric vehicles 07 Nov | China, United States, Worldwide
KLD of the USA is collaborating with MINTH Group of Ningbo City, China on its thin film based traction motor technology.
The market for hybrid and pure electric cars homologated as such is set to be $188 billion in 2025 according to IDTechEx analysis.
Rice University scientists who want to gain an edge in energy production and storage report they have found it in molybdenum disulphide.
BYD is testing its 12 meter long electric bus with some transport companies in Mexico, soon will integrate its 8 meter long model and by mid-2015 incorporate its articulated unit.
Korea's LG Chem, will start construction of their new electric-car battery plant in Nanjing, China, to meet growing demand in the world's biggest car market.
Graphene NanoChem and Sync R&D have entered into an agreement to develop a 'next generation', graphene-enhanced lithium-ion battery for electric buses.
An innovative method for powering EVs that drastically reduces the number of batteries.
Electric and hybrid vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $30 billion market in 2025.
Maxwell Technologies Incorporated has announced a joint development agreement with Corning Incorporated with the goal of advancing the state of capacitive energy storage technology by addressing the challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers, including energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost.
The final exterior design of Detroit Electric's all-new, pure electric two-seater sport scar, the SP:01, has been revealed as the company gears up for production.
Two Project ResQu helicopters developed by CSIRO completed trial flights near Cairns, locating weeds like the dreaded 'purple plague', or Miconia calvescens, faster and more reliably than ever.
New world record: Scientists increased the manufacturing speed of electrode foils coated batch-wise by a factor of three - to 100 meters per minute.
Scientists have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.
Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important emerging technologies this century.
BYD Motors has unveiled The Lancaster eBus, a break-through, 60-foot, articulated battery-electric bus that can drive 170+ miles with a passenger load of up to 120 passengers, and was in development for almost two years.
Researchers have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge.
Flexible batteries have had a difficult time because they are much more expensive than coin cells and they usually store relatively little energy. Nonetheless, there is pent up demand.
Scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames.
Taxi organisations BIOS-groep and BBF SchipholTaxi will take charge of all taxi services departing from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This means the introduction of 168 fully electric taxis.
Adds Experienced Manager to its Rapidly Growing Japan Team. Tokyo, Japan and Cambridge, UK - Oct. 20, 2014 - IDTechEx the leader in market research on emerging technologies today announced the expansion of its Japan office with the hiring of Mr. Yasuo Yamamoto as its head of business development in Japan.
Scientists have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes.
For many years the EV has been typically considered to be a box for people to sit in with a box inside called the battery that is a very limiting factor and an electric motor driving the wheels directly or in parallel with a gasoline engine. The radical approach of a motor in two or more wheels is gaining favour in a steadily increasing minority of cases to save space and improve performance cost and suspension challenges are being tackled.
Electric Vehicles on a roll, with the global market forecast for all hybrid and pure electric vehicles expected to exceed $533 billion in 2025.
A fleet of seven robotic vehicles were launched into the ocean off southwest England this week, in the most ambitious project of its kind in Europe. The vehicles are aiming to travel up to 300 miles over the next 20 days, and will be collecting scientific data about ocean processes and marine life.
cientists from Nanyang Technological University and German Aerospace Centre have invented a 2-in-1 electric motor which increases the range of electric vehicles.
Engineers have constructed the world's first electrical motor applying a textile material; carbon nanotube yarn.
Researchers have unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans.
The unique market research report "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Electric UAVs 2014-2024" examines what will be achieved and the enabling technologies that will make it possible.
Graphene quantum dots created at Rice University grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. But these dots enhance the properties of the mothership, making them better than platinum catalysts for certain reactions within fuel cells.
DHL Parcel will soon launch a unique pilot project on the North Sea island of Juist: For the first time worldwide, medications and other urgently needed goods will be delivered to the island at certain times of the day by DHL's electric quadcopter.
A new method developed for studying battery failures points to the potential next step in extending lithium ion battery lifetime and capacity, opening a path to wider use of these batteries in conjunction with renewable energy sources.
A new battery research platform has been inaugurated in Ulm, Germany.
Solutions primarily geared towards customer demands for more environmentally friendly propulsion systems, not to mention compact, powerful and maintenance-friendly solutions for the open sea.
An electric car built by Brigham Young University engineering students has once again set a world land speed record, this time besting the previous mark by nearly 50 mph.
The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid will be officially launched at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show which opens this week. Volvo has already signed contracts with several European cities for the first deliveries.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 30 September.
Scientists are now reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur batteries, which have the potential to leave today's lithium-ion technology in the dust.
The event Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Forum consisted a conference with about 70 delegates and a small display area for a few organisations. It was very pan European with delegates from the UK to the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Russia and Romania but also further afield such as Japan, South Korea and the USA - professors, industrialists and developers. Here we give some details of the presentations that particularly caught our attention.
Electronics embedded within the structure of bridges, walkways, EVs, aircraft and more, have the potential to be a $60 billion market by 2025.
Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the technology to make a fully autonomous car will be ready in five or six years, and the result will be a vehicle far less likely to harm occupants and others on the road.
The event Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Forum consisted a conference with about 70 delegates and a small display area for a few organisations. Here we give some details of the presentations that particularly caught our attention.
A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought - and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.
The Reed Exhibitions event last week consisting of PV Expo, Battery Osaka and Smart Grid Expo successfully extended an event that started with photovoltaics last year.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed an agreement with telecommunications operator Orange, to supply it with a fleet of 200 electric vehicles for its needs in France.
Several proposed new state policies would open up the Nevada market for electric vehicles, according to a new report issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.
Researchers have shown that a vehicle navigation tool they created can cut electric vehicle energy use up to 51 percent.
Nevada has been selected as the official site for the Tesla Gigafactory.
Renault and Bolloré are joining forces to promote electric vehicles (EVs) as part of three agreements relating to industrial cooperation, the founding of a joint-venture to sell EV car sharing solutions and a feasibility study on the development of a specific new Renault vehicle for car-sharing plans.
Linkker Oy has announced that the manufacturing on their VISEDO electric drive train based bus will begin.
Airbus and South Africa's National Aerospace Centre are to jointly fund research by Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) into the application of fuel cells on airliners.
Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx, will be speaking at the inaugural EV Summit at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on the 16th September; alongside the Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport.
A group of scientists from South Korea have converted used-cigarette butts into a high-performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electrical vehicles and wind turbines to store energy.
The latest news from China is that production of electric and hybrid vehicles surged by 280 percent year on year in the first seven months, mainly due to Chinese government incentives.
Robotics answer to bugs 02 Sep | United States
A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the moon searching for and gathering resources just as an ant colony does.
Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar.
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority's new electric BYD bus is performing better than advertised.
On-board chargers and DC-DC converters use similar components to the inverters that are the main focus of this article and they face the same issues in the main, such as improving space, weight, cost and efficiency.
The all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has confirmed that its course cars for the inaugural season will be fitted with Qualcomm Halo™ wireless charging technology - an inductive charging system which allows the car's battery to be charged without the use of cables.
The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University.
Electric vehicles will feature strongly in this year's MPG Marathon for the first time - but the drivers will have to plan their recharging points carefully if they want to finish first in their class.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) has presented the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan.
Maxwell Technologies, Inc has announced that Win Inertia is using its ultracapacitors for a stationary wayside braking energy recuperation system at an electric rail system in Cerro Negro, Spain.
Savvy participants in the electric vehicles business see beyond the obvious e-bikes, e-cars and e-buses where little money is made. The other half of the value market is where most of the profits will be made and it is replete with new sub-markets coming from nowhere.
Those making or intending to make electric cars or their components have big strategy decisions ahead.
Graphene could radically improve batteries and supercapacitors as explained in the new IDTechEx report Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025.
Can a fuel cell consume rather than produce CO2 to create energy?
National Electric Vehicle Sweden an international consortium formed by Japanese, Swedish and Chinese stakeholders who bought Saab in 2012, have issued a statement to confirm the company is not insolvent.
New advanced hybrid CNG ferry 18 Aug | Canada, Netherlands
A new ferry, named Texelstroom is being built for Dutch ferry operator TESO and will run between Texel Island and the Holland mainland.
Engineers have achieved a breakthrough in the race for safer, longer-lasting batteries to power the world's automobiles, cell phones, computers and autonomous robots.
The V-CHARGE consortium, comprising six partners from four countries, is working on a fully automated parking - and charging - system for electric cars at public car parks.
The UK government is committing up to £10m in further research and real world trials that would allow and encourage driverless cars to be used in the UK.
The Swedish Royal Institute of Technology set a new Swedish fuel efficiency record with 181.5 km/kWh in the Shell Eco Marathon competition.
UK-based Cenex is part of a consortium which has just completed a two-year project to reduce both the weight and cost of EV batteries, succeeding by shaving 99 pounds, or about 41% of the weight off a standard EV battery.
Researchers have used a special type of graphene material, called holey graphene framework because of its three-dimensional perforated structure, to advance the energy density of an electrochemical capacitor to levels equal to those of lead acid batteries.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 19 August.
Skeleton Technologies, European manufacturer of ultracapacitor technology for energy efficiency in transportation, industrial and defence and space applications, has completed Round A financing of €3.9 million (US$5.4 million).
Using a new method to track the electrochemical reactions in a common electric vehicle battery material under operating conditions, scientists have revealed new insight into why fast charging inhibits this material's performance.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre has selected the University of Warwick as the site for its Hub location, supporting the ten year, £1 billion industry and government commitment to the development of low carbon propulsion systems.
Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors, Inc. have signed an agreement that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States, known as the Gigafactory.
Researchers report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing what battery designers have been trying to do for decades - design a pure lithium anode.
Water-borne electric vehicles are much more than 100 year old river boats, toy boats on ponds and tiny trolling outboards for leisure fishing. The rapidly increasing military, commercial and industrial applications now dwarf leisure applications in value and sophistication.
This article primarily investigates the hybrid and pure electric powertrains and electrics being used or considered for UAVs and the new missions made possible by electrification. UAVs survey military threats but also the melting ice caps and natural disasters. They can carry ordnance but also drop aid and locate disaster survivors and lost climbers and trekkers. Little wonder then that new electric UAVs are announced frequently these days.
IDTechEx has visited many supercapacitor manufacturers and interviewed several professors who have presented at IDTechEx events on the subject. This article highlights some of our findings from those interviews.
ABB has announced a partnership with Volvo Buses, one of the world's leading bus manufacturers, to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems.
Researchers have developed a platinum-yttrium catalyst which is stable and even more active than the existing platinum catalysts. This paves the way for cheaper fuel cells.
It is now clear that progress with batteries that are candidates to replace lithium-ion batteries is so slow that they will rule the roost for the coming decade.
Ballard's fuel cell module to be tested 28 Jul | United States, Canada
Canadian company Ballard Power Systems is supplying a FCvelocity®-HD7 fuel cell power module to a North American bus manufacturer.
IDTechEx Research's brand new report, "Functional Materials for Supercapacitors / Ultracapacitors / EDLC 2015-2025", forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
IDTechEx Research's brand new report, "Functional Materials for Supercapacitors / Ultracapacitors / EDLC 2015-2025", forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
The BMW Group and Samsung SDI plan to expand their supply relationship for battery cells for electro-mobility.
Joint Venture to produce a new line of safe ultra-high performance lithium ion batteries for consumer electronic devices, power tools, and electric vehicles (EVs).
A team of scientists is making and testing new types of lithium-ion batteries. Their goal: create a battery five times better than the ones we use today.
Over the last half-dozen years, a swarm of companies from around the world including General Motors has snapped up licenses for a lithium-ion electrode that promised to deliver the next big step in making electric cars competitive with conventional vehicles.
Range extenders are the engine part of series hybrids for land, water and air whether plug-in or not. Plug-in cars alone promise to be a $122 billion market in 2024 which means a very large marker for range extenders - probably over $60 billion in 2024 - that are smaller, lighter weight, have less noise and vibration, can be mounted any way up, are preferably multi-fuel and more effiecient and clean and have lower up-front cost and cost-over-life.
The German Agricultural Society Field Days 2014, held recently showcased many new innovations in crop production for the German and other European producers present. This year's event had special emphasis on drones, notably quadcopters and other multicopters for spotting disease, underwatering and many other conditions plus some fixed wing versions.
When representative of OPEC, Sheik Yamani famously said, "The stone age did not end for lack of stones", it is now clear that the coming decade will see a collapse of coal power and not because coal supplies are running out. The writing is on the wall for oil as well - it will help electric vehicles because it will no longer be true that they use "dirty" electricity in the main.
A Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has travelled the 1968 kilometres from Tangier in North Africa to Goodwood in England without having to refuel - and on reaching its destination still had enough fuel left for a further 160 kilometres.
In two parts of the world — along the U.S. and Canadian coasts, and in the Baltic and North seas as well as the English Channel — the SOx limits are ultra-strict. As of 2010, the sulfur content of marine fuel in these "emission control areas" must be 1 percent or lower. As of 2015, the sulfur content must be 0.1 percent or lower.
The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material.
Fuel cells use oxygen and hydrogen as fuel to create electricity; if the process were run in reverse, the fuel cells could be used to store electricity, as well.
The replacement of batteries means grabbing a chunk of the lithium-ion battery market in particular but also inroads into lead-acid and nickel metal hydride territory.
The IDTechEx report on electric motors External Link has become a highly regarded reference book dealing with land, water and airborne electric vehicles so suppliers can see their total addressable market and users can identify best practice, wherever it first appears.
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand.
The California Air Resources Board have taken two separate actions that combined will continue to support the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies, provide incentives for clean-cars and improve existing vehicle retirement and replacement programs.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar following research from the revised report Electric Motors for Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles 2015-2025: Land, Water and Air.
Corvus Energy and Scandlines have announced the completion of the commissioning for the Scandlines' fleet of hybrid ferries: the M/V Deutschland, M/V Schleswig-Holstein and M/V Prins Richard. They represent the largest fleet of hybrid ferries in operation today.
On October 2014, 70 Toyota i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact electric vehicles, and around 30 charging stations developed and managed by EDF's subsidiary Sodetrel, will be open for service for a period of three years thanks to a unique partnership between the City and the Metropolitan Area of Grenoble, French energy company EDF, Japanese car maker Toyota and Citélib, a local car-sharing operator.
Chemists have now synthesized a new material that could show the way forward to state-of-the-art lithium-sulfur batteries.
Innovative nano-material based supercapacitors are set to bring mass market appeal a good step closer to the lukewarm public interest in Germany.
Motiv Power Systems has raised $7.3 million in growth capital from investors led by Colorado's Magness Investment Group.
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and General Motors are partnering on a multiyear, multimillion dollar joint effort to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing research and development
Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd has won Electric and Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year for MV HALLAIG at the inaugural Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
With a population of more than 316 Million people, buying about 15 million normal bicycles most years, and a demographic that is shifting to an older, but active generation of baby boomers...the USA seems a natural market for electric powered two wheelers.
Battery-electric bus manufacturer Proterra Inc. has raised more than $30 million in additional funding to accelerate further deployment of its industry-leading zero-emission EV transit technology.
Eco Marine Power has revealed details of its Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel and announced that it will begin work related to the construction of a prototype.
As tracked by market research company IDTechEx and further explained in the recently updated report Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors: Supercapacitors 2014-2024, supercapacitors are improving faster than lithium-ion batteries in most respects.
In Geneva, ABB Sécheron and its partners have just concluded a successful pilot operation of their electric bus system TOSA.
Researchers have developed the first fuel cell that can directly convert fuels, such as jet fuel or gasoline, to electricity, providing a dramatically more energy-efficient way to create electric power for planes or cars.
Researchers have developed a three-dimensional, silicon-decorated, cone-shaped carbon-nanotube cluster architecture for lithium ion battery anodes that could enable charging of portable electronics in 10 minutes, instead of hours.
A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, has announced its completion of a transaction to acquire certain intellectual property and technical staff of Leyden Energy.
The Dutch agency responsible for projects subsidised under the Leonardo da Vinci programme has definitely approved the Twowheel Innovation Network (TWIN) project.
Researchers are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries, the energy sources for cell phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. If successful, the batteries will last longer and perform better, leading to a cost advantage for electric vehicles.
Ford Motor Company and Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, have announced research on different levels of hybrid technology that could one day be produced in high volume on non-hybrid vehicles for greater fuel savings.
Paper Battery Company, developer of an innovative energy storage and enhancement technology for consumer electronics and other applications, has announced the closing of a $3.0M Series A private investment round.
The unveiling and delivery of two new fuel cell buses, each powered by a Ballard FCvelocity®-HD6 fuel cell module.
Tesla's Model S arrives in the UK 13 Jun | United States, United Kingdom
Tesla's CEO Elon Musk delivered five new cars to customers in London, UK on Saturday at an event to welcome the arrival of right hand drive Model S in the UK. The occasion marks the beginning of a planned rapid expansion in the country in the coming two years.
The market for electric vehicle inverters, both hybrid and pure electric, will grow from around $2.8 billion in 2013 to an estimated $4.2 billion in 2023 as discussed in the IDTechEx report, "Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles 2013-2023: Forecasts, Technologies, Players."
Swedish company Green City Ferries is to launch the world's first supercharged TM electric passenger ferry.
The biggest headache with traditional electric forklift trucks is the time, trouble and cost involved in constantly having to recharge them as well as the risk of damage to the battery due to improper maintenance, which leads to expensive battery replacement. But now a new concept in battery technology is completely redefining the performance users will come to expect from their electric materials handling equipment.
The new thousand mile EV range extending Aluminum-Air Battery was demonstrated in Montreal last week. Israeli battery developer Phinergy and aluminium supplier Alcoa are collaborating on new materials, processes and components to commercialize the battery.
Whip together an industrial waste product and a bit of plastic and you might have the recipe for the next revolution in battery technology.
Electric vehicles, meaning free running vehicles with electric drive and carrying their own electricity storage are one business, whether sea, land or airborne. The components and even the complete electric drive trains are increasingly made by companies not restricting themselves to one of these applications. Despite our definition of marine electric vehicles omitting the traditional large diesel-electric and nuclear-electric ships and submarines, the marine EV sector is second only to the land sector in market value, aircraft being some way behind as yet.
Consider three supercapacitor riddles as we reveal how the supercapacitor industry is in good health in 2014 with added potential. What takes a lot of space and no space? What has a rival that is a partner? What do fuel cells need next?
As the IDTechEx report, "Electric Aircraft 2014-2024 Trends, Projects, Forecasts" explains, manned electric aircraft serve the need for reduced noise, air and ground pollution and reduced global warming.
CSR Zhuzhou, China, has unveiled what it claims is the world's first 100% supercapacitor-powered low-floor tram.
IDTechEx finds that the global sale of hybrid and pure electric cars will triple to $178.9 billion in 2024 as they are transformed in most respects.
Liberty Electric Cars, has successfully completed the build of the first fully functioning example of "DELIVER" - an electric delivery vehicle funded by the European Commissions' 7th Framework Programme which brings together ten partner companies from across Europe.
Imagine being able to carry all the juice you needed to power your MP3 player, smartphone and electric car in the fabric of your jacket? Sounds like science fiction, but it may become a reality thanks to breakthrough technology.
So far electrical cables are used only to transmit electricity. However, nanotechnology scientist and Professor Jayan Thomas and his Ph.D. student Zenan Yu have developed a way to both transmit and store electricity in a single lightweight copper wire.
Formula E Holdings, series promoters of the FIA Formula E Championship, concluded its first round of financing, attracting a new wave of investors totalling 50 million euros.
It is now commonplace for supercapacitors to be placed across lithium-ion batteries. Indeed, in some applications, the battery is now omitted and the supercapacitor does the job on its own as with some hybrid and pure electric bus traction systems and power tools.
Researchers at the George Washington University think they have developed a novel solution to extend the range of electric vehicles - and they're calling it the "molten air battery."
Toyota is using one of the hardest materials in nature after diamonds to develop a semiconductor it hopes will improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrids, such as the Prius, by as much at 10 percent.
Graphene - the world's thinnest material isolated at The University of Manchester - could make batteries light, durable and suitable for high capacity energy storage from renewable generation.
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries.
The Volvo Group will study the potential for building electric roads, where city buses can be charged from electricity in the road at the same time as the bus is in operation. The benefit is quieter and more climate-smart public transport.
When you can integrate energy into the components used to build systems, it opens the door to a whole new world of technological possibilities.
The starting point for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is rarely military; it is at the other extreme with toy helicopters and predating professional UAV helicopters and so on. Despite the emphasis in the press, it is not all about improvement of batteries.
NEI Corporation is developing a lithium-ion battery where the electrolytes are dissolved in water instead of an organic solvent. The aqueous-based lithium-ion battery has the potential to eliminate the risks associated with state of the art lithium-ion batteries, where the organic solvents are highly flammable.
The Lightning LS-218 presents the first opportunity that consumers can purchase a production motorcycle capable of setting land speed records and winning road racing competitions that is as easy to ride as a 250cc commuter bike.
Phoenix Motorcars, a company who filed for Chapter 11 when they were experiencing financial difficulties a few years ago has recently announced a new 14-passenger, all-electric shuttle bus focused on the US and international markets.
Using a material found in Silly Putty and surgical tubing, a group of researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering have developed a new way to make lithium-ion batteries that will last three times longer between charges compared to the current industry standard.
The Boeing Dreamliner's battery troubles last year highlighted the potential dangers of lithium-ion technology, but a safer alternative is emerging.
In preparation for the next generation of electric vehicles and advanced battery technologies, General Motors will invest $449 million to upgrade manufacturing processes at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants.
Researchers have developed a novel nanometer scale ruthenium oxide anchored nanocarbon graphene foam architecture that improves the performance of supercapacitors, a development that could mean faster acceleration in electric vehicles and longer battery life in portable electronics.
Dr Xiaoxi He is a physicist with a background in emerging technologies including organic electronics.
The electric and hybrid marine market will increase rapidly from $2.6 billion in 2013 to over $7.3 billion by 2024.
Terra Motors Corporation, Japan's top electric two & three wheeler developer, manufacturer, and retailer announced the completion of a $10 million round of financing for the expansion of its business into the Asian electric vehicle (EV) market.
Electric van manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles is to resume production this summer, following a $42m (£25m) funding from Chinese firm Sinopoly Battery Limited.
Solar carport concept for 360˚ ELECTRIC 15 May | United States, Germany
The international media launch of the BMW i8 in Los Angeles will include the presentation of a solar carport concept.
easyJet, the UK's largest airline, has announced it is working with the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a partnership between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), to modify existing technology so that drones can be employed to inspect its fleet of 220 Airbus aircraft.
Power Japan Plus has launched a new battery technology called the Ryden dual carbon battery, which offers energy density comparable to a lithium ion battery, but over a much longer functional lifetime with drastically improved safety and cradle-to-cradle sustainability.
The Electric Highway, Ecotricity's national network of electricity pumps for electric cars, and the biggest network in Britain, has grown rapidly in reach over the last year and by the end of this year there will be an Electric Highway pump at every motorway services in Britain.
General Motors has began construction of a state-of-the-art facility for race engine design and development, as well as an electric motor laboratory and gear center.
The British Government is going to invest £500 million into electric cars. The funding, brought forward by the Lib Dems, will boost the ultra-low emissions vehicle industry and help drivers afford and feel more confident using electric cars.
A bus built by Proterra has set a record for the most miles travelled by a battery-electric bus in a day - traveling more than 700 miles in 24 hours. Equally impressive is the fact that on this trip the bus recorded an average fuel economy of nearly 27 miles per gallon - nearly six times that of a diesel bus and seven times that of CNG.
Volvo Car Group's groundbreaking project 'Drive Me' - featuring 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions - is moving forward rapidly.
The successful first public flight of the electric E-Fan experimental aircraft was the highlight of Airbus Group's E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux, France
A porous carbon electrode developed by researchers presents a platform to significantly improve a battery's kick and decrease charging times.
Siemens AG and Chinese car maker Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd. (BAIC) signed a joint venture at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition and outlined their plan to utilize Siemens' electric drive train components in a range of BAIC vehicles.
With an ageing population in developed countries, mobility for the disabled is a key electric vehicle category to follow. The biggest market is Europe, where scooters are favoured and the second biggest market is the USA where power chairs are favoured. Nowadays a mobility vehicle for the disabled is virtually always in the form of a seat on three to six wheels, which is made colourful, attractive and easy to operate.
AllCell Technologies, producer of safe and long-lasting lithium-ion batteries, is working on a program led by Stanford University to develop advanced electric vehicle (EV) batteries through an ARPA-E grant.
"The Volkswagen Group is once again assuming a pioneering role in China and launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China's automotive history", said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft at the Auto China motor show in Beijing.
Siemens Drive Technologies has announced that it is supplying an integrated high-tech diesel-electric drive and power-generation propulsion solution for a multipurpose offshore construction vessel (MOCV) that's being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries for Toisa at the largest shipyard in the world in Ulsan, South Korea.
A pioneering £31 million deal has been struck to make hydrogen vehicles a viable and environmentally friendly choice for motorists across Europe.
Havyard has signed a contract for the construction of a Havyard 833 WE ICE platform supply vessel with Fafnir Offshore HF.
In support of President Obama's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy, the Energy Department has awarded more than $3 million to Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy for a project that could increase U.S. competitiveness in the fuel cell market and give businesses more affordable, cleaner power options.
BMW has revealed that they will be fitting OLEDs in vehicles in the near future under the name BMW Organic Light.
Electric vehicles could travel farther and more renewable energy could be stored with lithium-sulfur batteries that use a unique powdery nanomaterial.
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently.
Overall, 2014 is expected to be a great year for the supercapacitor industry. Based on 2013 industry results, IDTechEx confirms its outlook for a 30% CAGR External Link in the next 10 years. The supercapacitor market will reach a value of $6 billion in 2024.
The team looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in the Indian Ocean has used Bluefin Robotics' autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to use sonar beams to create high resolution 3D images of the seabed some 4500 metres down.
The start-up ECOmove has developed a technology making it possible to manufacture an ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre-chassis, without using special equipment. The first unit has already been shipped to a company in Germany.
Based on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices.
Together with its Chinese joint-venture partner FAW, Audi is to launch a plug-in hybrid car for the Chinese market.
IDTechEx's Supercapacitor Europe 2014 conference brought together the best of supercapacitor developments in the region and internationally in Berlin on 1-2 April last week.
Last year finally saw the kick-off in sales of electric cars with 2014 seeing a new impetus on fuel cell cars.
Lithium-ion batteries power a vast array of modern devices, from cell phones, laptops, and laser pointers to thermometers, hearing aids, and pacemakers. The electrodes in these batteries typically comprise three components: active materials, conductive additives, and binders.
Ioxus, a manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitor technology for use in transportation, industrial and energy applications, today announced the completion of its series C funding with receipt of $21 million from investors.
The electrochemical reactions inside the porous electrodes of batteries and fuel cells have been described by theorists, but never measured directly. Now, a team at MIT has figured out a way to measure the fundamental charge transfer rate — finding some significant surprises.
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has announced it will support Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in their attempt to fly around the world in a solar powered airplane in 2015.
Electrovaya Inc. is pleased to announce that the KF Hisary electric cable ferry has now been sailing between Mjanes and Hisary in Norway daily for six months, with flawless operation over the wintery seas in Norway.
Daimler AG and Evonik Industries AG are restructuring their activities in the field of electric mobility in Kamenz and Kirchheim/Teck, and are thus reflecting the changed market conditions.
Mitsubishi Motors' new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) will make a dramatic entrance into Mitsubishi showrooms across the UK next month although customers can place orders from this week.
Volvo Car Group and engineering company Flybrid Automotive, part of the Torotrak Group, have been conducting UK tests of lightweight Flybrid® flywheel KERS technology that boosts performance while cutting fuel consumption and emissions.
Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft have signed a collaboration agreement to develop the next generation of more energy efficient, cost effective cooling systems for vehicle batteries.
Mayor Mileh Gökçek of the Turkish capitol - Ankara addressed the media and citizens of his city during a ceremony celebrating the launch of an electrified transportation pilot program.
IDTechEx's Supercapacitors Europe 2014 conference External Link is bringing the best of supercapacitor developments in the region and internationally - 1-2 April, Berlin.
Hybrid and pure electric cars will be much more than half of the value of this market by the end of the decade. About 70% of the relatively small number of manufacturers of these have committed to only three suppliers over the next three years. However, everything about Li-ion is changing.
Airplanes get most of the attention at an airport, but a new project to convert the rest of the vehicles on the airfield from fossil fuels to electric power is about to save millions of dollars and tons of greenhouse gases at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
According to new AAA research conducted with the AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California, electric vehicle range can be reduced by an average of 57 percent based on the temperature outside.
The hunt is on - for new materials to be used in the next generation of batteries that may one day replace current lithium ion batteries.
Even the best Li-ion batteries degrade with time. A reason for this was now identified by researchers.
IDTechEx's Supercapacitor Europe 2014 conference on 1-2 April in Berlin, Germany, is bringing the best of supercapacitor developments in the region and internationally.
Tesla Motors sent shock waves through a myriad of different industries as it announced that, along with partner Panasonic, the Company would build a Lithium Ion battery factory by 2017.
SiC devices will be widely designed into electric vehicles from 2014 and GaN from 2018. With manufacturers currently designing vehicles to be launched onto the market in 2018, it is predicted that by this date GaN semiconductors will attain price parity with silicon devices. This will make the technology attractive as a replacement for silicon for use in the power electronics in both pure electric and hybrid vehicles.
Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won't take you farther than 100 miles on one charge.
Despite their potential to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption, electric and hybrid cars and trucks struggled for years to find a solid customer base.
Energy harvesting is increasingly used in the tiniest electronic components right up to multiple KW lift and swingarm braking on huge construction vehicles where 1.5 KW thermoelectric harvesting is planned next. However, electrodynamics and photovoltaics are most popular so far, increasingly in combination, and application in vehicles is of increasing importance.
While nobody has killed it, the electric car certainly has its challenges - namely safety, performance and cost.
The Volkswagen Group is investing more than ever before in eco-friendly vehicles. Last year, Group research and development expenditure rose by 15 percent to the record value of €10.2 billion.
Solvay Specialty Polymers has announced the launch of the LIFE+ GLEE project, a highly focused sustainability program that aims to use water instead of organic solvents in the rechargeable lithium ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturing process.
The QUANT e-Sportlimousine is a first step towards demonstrating the many advantages of the nanoFLOWCELL®, as well as paving the way for the electrical mobility of the future.
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Being able to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires some ingenious energy management. Researchers are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany's largest charging station.
DTechEx provides independent business intelligence, market analysis and business/strategy consulting in high-growth emerging technology areas, such as printed electronics, RFID, Internet of Things, electric vehicles, energy harvesting, graphene, and 3D printing.
Today, Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductors offer new opportunities to achieve unprecedented performance while using less electricity.
At the EU funded INTRASME SME Opportunity Workshop in Berlin on 3 April 2014 External Link, SMEs will have the opportunity to understand the electric vehicle supply chain and how it can differ from the more traditional internal combustion engine vehicle supply chain process.
Nissan continues to pioneer the electric vehicle sector with the introduction of the Nissan e-NV200, which brings unprecedented refinement, with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs to the compact van segment.
A big step in the development of next-generation fuel cells and water-alkali electrolyzers has been achieved with the discovery of a new class of bimetallic nanocatalysts that are an order of magnitude higher in activity than the target set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for 2017.
The novel concept developed by researchers at RMIT University advances the potential for hydrogen to replace lithium as an energy source in battery-powered devices.
Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement.
A new study from the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI has found that nanotechnology will bring significant benefits to the energy sector, especially to energy storage and solar energy.
Zytek's new high-efficiency electric powertrain has been selected for Yamaha's innovative MOTIV.e city car concept.
Using a new microscopy method, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution.
There has been growing focus on sodium-ion batteries (NIBs), in particular as an energy storage solution for larger applications, such as electric vehicle and for stationary storage for renewable energies.
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will begin verification testing of its newly developed wireless battery charging system for vehicles with an electrified powertrain, such as plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, in late February in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
A new kind of battery stores energy in what researchers are calling "rechargeable fuel"—electrodes in liquid form. The result can be either recharged like a conventional battery or replaced by pumping in new fuel like gasoline.
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced a strategic collaboration today with Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) to supply direct current fast chargers over the next six years for DENZA.
Robert Bosch GmbH and the Japanese companies GS Yuasa International Ltd., based in Kyoto, and Mitsubishi Corporation, based in Tokyo, have set up a joint venture.
An electrode designed like a pomegranate - with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind - overcomes several remaining obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, say its inventors.
Researchers at the Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI), University of Limerick have made a significant breakthrough in the area of rechargeable battery technology.
IDTechEx has launched a new browser-based Electric Vehicle Market Intelligence Portal which provides companies with real-time global analysis of the total electric vehicles market for land, water and air.
A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and BYD Company Limited, one of China's largest companies specialising in battery technologies, have signed a joint laboratory agreement to develop electric vehicles with autonomous vehicle sensors.
Developing a new generation lithium-ion battery that doesn't spontaneously combust at high temperatures.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the only automaker with a wide range of 100% electric vehicles which can be charged with purely renewable energy.
Arizona State University electrical engineers Srabanti Chowdhury and Raja Ayyanar will lead research for the university's role in a new national consortium formed to develop the next generation of power electronics for electric vehicles and electronic devices.
The new IDTechEx report, Electric Boats, Small Submarines and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 2014-2024 reveals the market for electric water craft, including those on and under water, will increase from $2.6 billion to $7.3 billion in 2024.
Resolving the mystery of what happens inside batteries when silicon comes into contact with lithium could accelerate the commercialisation of next-generation high capacity batteries, for use in mobile phones and other applications.
Nordic fuel cell technology leader PowerCell is in the final stage of development of its 'next generation' fuel cell stack platform, the S2.
Samsung SDI has signed a memorandum of understanding to build a car battery factory in Shaanxi Province, China in efforts to expand its presence in what would grow to be the world's largest market for electric cars.
n his January 2013 State of the City Address, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called for a one-third electric taxi fleet by 2020.
The supercapacitor industry closed last year (2013) with a continued double-digit growth. According to Maxwell Technologies' executives, China has been the main source of growth. New announcements confirm what IDTechEx has stated in recent years: the supercapacitor and the battery industry are the same.
Baroness Kramer, the UK's Minister of State for Transport, has officially launched an all-electric bus route that will test whether electric buses can perform on a par with their diesel counterparts in a real-world operational environment.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $24.9 million through its brand new Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) that will put a new generation of advanced, non-polluting transit buses on the road in communities nationwide.
Tesla is officially opening new Supercharger locations connecting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
Researchers have shown that a one-atom thick film of molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) may work as an effective catalyst for creating hydrogen. The work opens a new door for the production of cheap hydrogen.
A project to install flywheel energy storage technology in two remote Scottish island communities to help stabilise their power grids, improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions from non-renewable power sources.
A new study from North Carolina State University indicates that even a sharp increase in the use of electric drive passenger vehicles (EDVs) by 2050 would not significantly reduce emissions of high-profile air pollutants carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides.
IDTechEx research shows the electric aircraft industry is now growing rapidly with the military and industrial/commercial sectors increasing share to 67% and 27% of the 2024 value market.
Electrochemical capacitors with electrodes made of strutted 3D graphene products can achieve a high specific power density. The new products are expected to be widely used as high-performance capacitor materials in devices for fast charging and discharging of portable electronics and electric vehicles and electromagnetic launching of aircrafts.
Together with FEV GmbH, KSPG is currently and successfully testing a range extender developed for electric vehicles. The test vehicle, based on the FIAT 500, has already undergone comprehensive tests at KSPG.
North Carolina State University has been selected by the Obama Administration to lead a public-private manufacturing innovation institute for next generation power electronics.
YASA Motors, the company delivering ultra-high performance electric motors, has received a strong boost with the investment of £5m.
One way that supercapacitors are developing faster than batteries is in the choice of format, from transfer printable ones for mobile phones to load-bearing structural components and smart skin for vehicles.
A ceramic battery separator designed to significantly improve thermal stability and safety of large-format lithium-ion batteries has been launched by Porous Power Technologies (PPT).
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 23rd January.
A "hybrid" anode developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could quadruple the life of lithium-sulfur batteries.
Duke University researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields over distances much larger than the size of the transmitter and receiver.
A fleet of 130 virtual electric cars is set to commence on the roads of Munich, Germany.
Porsche has concluded its 2013 test programme with the new LMP1 race car which features the company's recently developed powertrain. Testing will resume in early 2014 in preparation for the World Endurance Championship (WEC) which starts in April 2014, with the Le Mans 24 Hours as the highlight of the season.
Hydrogen fuel cell range extenders for 20 FedEx Express electric delivery trucks will allow FedEx Express to nearly double the amount of territory the vehicles can cover with one charge.
Nissan plans to have an electric taxi on the streets of London in 2015 - years ahead of the Mayor's target of 2020 for the development of a zero-emissions taxi.
Hyundai will introduce its Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles to the US market in the spring for just $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling.
Hitachi has begun operations on the demonstration site for the Japan-U.S. Island Grid Project on Maui Island, Hawaii, in collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization ("NEDO"), Mizuho Bank, and Cyber Defense Institute.
Ford has unveiled plans for a prototype solar-powered hybrid car.
By providing low, constant thrust over long periods of time, electric propulsion engines such as NEXT can accelerate spacecraft using less than a tenth of the propellant of a chemical rocket.
A new technique developed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source could help scientists better understand and improve the materials required for high-performance lithium-ion batteries that power EVs and other applications.
Sinopoly enters into a Letter of Intent with EV supplier 31 Dec | Hong Kong, United States, United Kingdom
Lithium-ion battery manufacturer Sinopoly Battery has entered into a letter of intent with Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV) who plan to produce 15,000 and 5,000 EVs in mainland China and Taiwan respectively.
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) announced the purchase of two 40-foot, battery-electric buses as part of its clean bus initiative. The buses have been funded through a generous grant arranged by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich to support an electric bus demonstration project in the Antelope Valley.
With 200 HP and an instantaneous torque of 200Nm up to 10,500 rpm, VOXAN's WATTMAN is now the world's most powerful electric motorcycle.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus unveiled a package that focuses on streamlining energy tax incentives so they are more predictable and technology-neutral.
London Mayor Boris Johnson took an exclusive first look at an all-new Range-Extended Electric Metrocab from UK-based Ecotive and its technology partner Frazer-Nash Research to be trialled in London early next year.
As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced more than $7 million for projects that will help bring cost-effective, advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies online faster.
Mazda Motor Corporation has given a new lease on life to its rotary engine in the form of a Mazda2 hatchback reconfigured as an extended-range hybrid.
The total market value for electric unmanned aerial vehicles will reach over one Billion dollars by 2023 according to findings in the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) 2013-2023"
The total global gross value market for hybrid and pure electric vehicles will reach US$334 billion within the decade, from a current value of US$69 billion, forecast analysts IDTechEx.
This third edition of IDTechEx's Supercapacitors event was held in Santa Clara, California on 20-21 November.
British Gas is piloting 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans throughout the winter to determine the future viability of 100% electric vehicle technology as part of its 13,000 home service vans fleet.
The autonomous moon rover will explore the moon's surface over a 3 month period.
Two of the three vehicles in the Army's "Ultra Light Vehicle" program have now entered survivability testing in Nevada and Maryland, to evaluate both their blast and ballistic protection capability.
Nuvera Fuel Cells will be working with Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri, on a program to power hi-end marine vessels with advanced fuel cell technology.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has developed a remote-controlled robot, dubbed the "MHI-Super Giraffe (MARS-C), capable of working at heights up to 8 metres and moving freely in areas inaccessible by humans like highly radioactive environments.

The sleekly styled Honda FCEV Concept, made its world debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated in the laboratory a lithium-sulfur (Li/S) battery that has more than twice the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries and that lasts for more than 1,500 cycles of charge-discharge with minimal decay of the battery's capacity. This is longest cycle life reported so far for any lithium-sulfur battery.
Florida State researchers have been awarded more than $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a system that will produce large amounts of a state-of-the-art material made from carbon nanotubes that researchers believe could transform everything from the way airplanes are built to how prosthetic limbs fit the human body.
Nissan has listened to its growing UK LEAF customer base and is introducing a comprehensive customer commitment to dramatically improve the ownership experience of a Nissan LEAF.
The all-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car has successfully completed its maiden track test at a circuit east of Paris (La Ferté Gaucher).
Researchers have developed new technology and techniques for transmitting power wirelessly from a stationary source to a mobile receiver.
Envision Solar International, Inc. has announced the successful trial deployment of the EV ARC™ Electric Vehicle Charging station free to all customers who visit the cell phone lot of the San Diego International Airport.
By creating nanoparticles with a controlled shape, researchers believe smaller, more powerful and energy efficient batteries can be built.
Lithium-air batteries have become a hot research area in recent years: They hold the promise of drastically increasing power per battery weight, which could lead, for example, to electric cars with a much greater driving range.
Researchers have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices.
Efforts to produce a workable design for a rechargeable lithium-air battery with respectable commercial performance have been going on for years. Problems have appeared to be insoluble.

As the electric vehicle EV industry grows more than five-fold to well over $300 billion in 2024, those e-vehicles not bought primarily on up-front price will continue to dominate.
Tesla Motors has opened its first retail design store in the UK at London's Westfield Shopping Centre in White City, one of the capital's most popular shopping destinations.
Maxwell Technologies is supplying ultracapacitors to Crosspoint Kinetics to store energy and deliver power in a second-generation parallel electric hybrid drive system for small para-transit bus, shuttle bus and package delivery vehicle applications.
Nissan's BladeGlider is more than a concept, it's both a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle (EV) development and an exploratory prototype of an upcoming production vehicle.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mitsubishi Motors will explore several new projects covering shared products, technologies and manufacturing capacity among the automakers.

At Supercapacitors USA in Santa Clara on 21 November, IDTechEx will present on this topic and as part of the INTRASME consortia will explain how the overall electric vehicle industry is being developed in Europe, what is the role of SMEs and present relevant cases of innovation by European SMEs.
The E-fox velomobile is a great eco friendly electric vehicle that is capable of replacing your car. It's more than an electric bike.
New all-electric Type A school buses will hit the road in 2014, due to a collaboration between Trans Tech Bus, and Motiv Power Systems.
Ford Motor Co is recalling 2,618 Focus Electric cars because of potential loss of power to the wheels while driving.
Chrysler Group LLC has entered a 5-year, $18.2 million partnership with McMaster University, with funding support from the Canadian government, to develop next-generation, energy-efficient, high-performance electrified powertrains and powertrain components.

Supercapacitors USA 2013 01 Nov | United States, Worldwide
There are just three weeks left until IDTechEx's Supercapacitors USA event in Santa Clara California, on November 20-21.
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on "Electric Boats On and Under Water - A Big New Market" on Tuesday 5 November and we would be delighted if you could join us.
A combination of nanotechnology and the traditional art of paper folding, known as origami, could be a key to a significant step toward improved battery technologies.
The new Nano X-ray Computed Tomography tools will become part of a nationally unique fuel cell testing and characterization facility.
Blue Solutions, the battery company being listed by Vincent Bollore, has already filled the order book for its upcoming share sale, the French industrialist said on Wednesday.
KleenSpeed Technologies Inc. was given a chance to collaborate with ORACLE TEAM USA and jointly developed the high performance lithium-ion batteries used to power the onboard electronics on the AC72 Race Boats, and the ORACLE TEAM USA Chase Boats.

By improving the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries, a new electrode made from iron oxide nanoparticles could help electric vehicles to cover greater distances.
A123 Venture Technologies, a Massachusetts technology incubator, has announced its collaboration with MIT startup SolidEnergy.