With the completion of the tender offer of Mobileye, Intel is
poised to accelerate its autonomous driving business from
RethinkX and Barclays Research have issued carefully prepared
research concluding that the global peak for cars will be in
only a few years. Analysts IDTechEx say around 2030. Most
experts see it as inevitable.
It is now becoming clear that the appalling emissions from
ships that cause global warming and local injuries can be
BorgWarner announced that it has entered into a definitive
agreement to acquire Sevcon Inc a global player in
IDTechEx forecasts no let up in the growth of the global
lithium-ion battery market even in 2027. These batteries are
now steadily replacing lead acid in its last strongholds such
as mobility vehicles for the disabled, fork lift trucks, golf
carts and cars though there is a long way to go in each case.
OPVs can be integrated directly into construction materials
whilst they are manufactured, and are therefore installed
together with these materials. By developing self-adhesive
OPVIUS products, an additional solution can now be provided
that will be of interest when retrofitting existing surfaces,
as well as for use on non-transparent carrier materials.
In this article Dr Peter Harrop examines the ongoing
growth of the electric bus market.
The objective of making flying possible for everyone has drawn
closer: In July 2017 the aviation start-up Volocopter agreed a
finance deal over 25 million Euros with the automobile firm
Daimler from Stuttgart, the technology investor Lukasz
Gadowski from Berlin and further investors.
The world's first underwater vehicle designed specifically to
collect both biological and chemical samples from the ocean
water column successfully completed sea trials.
Eliminating batteries is key says IDTechEx Research in the new
report Battery Elimination in Electronics and Electrical
Engineering 2018-2028. They have serious limitations of cost,
weight, space, toxicity, flammability, explosions, energy
density, power density, leakage current, reliability,
maintenance and/ or life.
Sono Motors in Germany has officially launched its solar
electric car Sion in Munich with first deliveries expected in
Aero Electric Aircraft Corp (AEAC) has announced plans for a
four-place airplane, Sun Flyer 4, the next addition to the Sun
Flyer family of aircraft. In addition, Spartan College of
Aeronautics and Technology is the first flight school to hold
a deposit for a Sun Flyer 4.
IDTechEx is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 15 August.
CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Sergio Marchionne plans
for more than half of its Maserati lineup to be electrified by
2022, but the detail is, as yet, unclear.
The future of motoring in Queensland was launched at
Parliament House in Brisbane - and it is electric.
The UK Government has confirmed that it will end the sale of
all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040,
as it unveiled new plans to tackle air pollution.
Cars are so yesterday. By contrast, the demand for buses will
power on up, with no peaking for decades.
Mobile robotics in material handling and logistics will become
a $75bn market by 2027. It will then more than double by 2038.
These staggering headline figures mask turbulent
transformative change underneath: some technologies will rise
and transform the fortunes of industries, fuelling growth
rates far outpacing recent trends, whilst others will face
with decay and obsolescence. We are at the beginning of the
beginning of a transformative change, and the time to plan is
The launch of the first phase of a £246 million government
investment into battery technology to ensure the UK builds on
its strengths and leads the world in the design, development
and manufacture of electric batteries.
IDTechEx technology analyst Dr Richard Collins will present on
lightweighting at Energy Independent Electric Vehicles, the
world's first conference on energy independent vehicles.
The Moby Mart is an autonomous, staffless, mobile store,
turning every parking space in the world into a potential new
24-hour store. Moby Mart are currently working with tech to
make the Moby self-driving.
SAIC-GM-Wuling has officially launched the Baojun E100, the
brand's first fully-electric vehicle.
Joint development of robot-based innovation concepts for
vehicles of the future has now been agreed.
The entire electrical need of the coaches for lighting, fans
and information displays will be met from the solar energy
produced from the solar panels fitted in the roofs of coaches.
Energy Independent Electric Vehicles (EIVs) are the end game
and IDTechEx will be showcasing the opportunities at their
EIVs are an idea whose time has come.
It is easy to look at an industry like composites and quickly
dismiss it as slow-moving and of no real interest to you or
your company, but the chances are you would be wrong.
The new IDTechEx Research report, Last Mile Electric Vehicles
2018-2028 concerns goods and people reaching final destination
such as down the pathway past the guard dog or riding from the
1.5 million electric vehicles will be on California roads by
2025, and 5 million by 2030, with the help of a new rebate
program created by legislation announced by Assemblymember
Supercapacitors are an aptly named type of device that can
store and deliver energy faster than conventional batteries.
They are in high demand for applications including electric
cars, wireless telecommunications and high-powered lasers.
"Last mile vehicles" refers to vehicles used to take people
and goods to their final destination.
Dr Laura Baers & Dr Richard Collins discuss composites and
their uses in drones and enabling internet infrastructure.
Do fuel cells have a significant future in cars?
Energy Independent Electric Vehicles (EIV) are the end game
and IDTechEx will be showcasing the opportunities at our
latest event - Energy Independent Electric Vehicles: Land,
Water & Air - taking place in the EIV hub that is Delft,
The totally new IDTechEx Research report Electric Buses
2018-2038 is about hybrid and pure electric buses, often in
many new forms, powering up to be a massive $500 billion
Elhape decided to put this to the test and raced it against
its original diesel counterpart. They also tried something new
to showcase the raw torque performance of Elaphe in-wheel
technology and raced against a production electric car. In
Cooperation to further develop communications between
autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure, and testing on
toll barrier crossing and work zone approach.
Amber, a Dutch self-driving startup, has stated that it would
be the first in the world to deploy self-driving cars on a
The UK's first electric-only truck manufacturing facility is
set to open in Oxfordshire.
Nicolas Hulot announced the end of the sale of petrol and
diesel cars by 2040.
Volvo Cars has been in the news recently in relation to their
announcement this Wednesday on their decision to leave the
internal combustion engine only based automotive industry. But
is this move really a revolutionary one?
An 'eco-engine' for the 21st Century.
Volvo Cars has announced that every Volvo it launches from
2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of
cars that only have an internal combustion engine and placing
electrification at the core of its future business.
Hyster Europe discusses a project to electrify container
handlers and 11T high capacity empty container handlers.
Heesen Yachts has announced that the world's first Fast
Displacement motor yacht equipped with hybrid propulsion was
delivered to her owner in international waters.
Ocean Phoenix 360 is a truly unique giant factory-ship capable
of eradicating the millions of tons of plastic waste that have
accumulated in the North Pacific and other Oceans around the
In a recently-held press conference Dubai Police revealed the
force's newest addition, the autonomous police patrol.
CargoPod, developed by Oxbotica as part of the GATEway
Project, is guided by their state-of-the-art autonomy software
system Selenium, which enables real-time, accurate navigation,
planning and perception in dynamic environments. The pod is
able to carry a total of 128kg of groceries at a time.
Finland's first hybrid ferry is a vessel full of
state-of-the-art technology. Elektra is also Finland's biggest
road ferry. With its length of almost 98 meters and width of
16 meters, it can carry up to 90 cars at a time.
Electric cars hey have a long way to go before reaching
numbers capable of making a significant contribution to
greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. In order to limit
temperature increases to below 2°C by the end of the century,
the number of electric cars will need to reach 600 million by
The service will use two fully-automated, 15-passenger,
all-electric shuttles manufactured by French firm NAVYA to
transport students, faculty, and staff on a non-stop two-mile
Export Development Canada has announced the closing of a CAD
$6.5M contract financing credit facility for Richmond,
BC-based Corvus Energy Inc.
Several organisations are working to improve the poor
efficiency of a wind turbine on a boat, car, bus or
"The purpose of the "Adaptive City Mobility" project is the
development of a complete, emission-free mobility concept for
Imagine a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can
take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an
Together with their partner Naval DC, Soel Yachts puts their
11 years of solar electric naval architecture experience into
the SoelCat 12, a fully sustainable vessel proven for
A drop-in robotic system to rapidly convert a variety of
traditionally manned aircraft to robotically piloted,
During a teleconference Cummins Inc executives shared how the
Company is positioned to lead in current and future
technologies, including its core business, electrification,
alternative fuels and power solutions, as well as in digital
capabilities, data and analytics.
Modern batteries power everything from cars to cell phones,
but they are far from perfect - they catch fire, they perform
poorly in cold weather and they have relatively short
lifecycles, among other issues. Now researchers have described
a new class of material that addresses many of those concerns.
Using a combination of advanced robotics and driver-less
vehicle technology, Kar-Go removes up to 90% of the cost
associated with the last mile of delivery.
If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway,
it would virtually eliminate concerns about their range and
lower their cost, perhaps making electricity the standard fuel
Stored energy from electric vehicles can be used to power
large buildings - creating new possibilities for the future of
smart, renewable energy - thanks to ground-breaking battery
Envision Solar International Inc has received the largest
single order in its history from New York City for its EV ARC
Electrical engineers have invented an inexpensive printed
sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time,
warning drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown
IDTechEx are holding a free webinar on Tuesday 27 June titled
Future Powertrain: EV Options and Objectives.
Continental is presenting an answer to the problems posed by
the non-standardized charging infrastructure for electric
vehicles. The basic idea is simple. Rather than cramming the
car with extra technology to match all the different types of
charging station, Continental turns the electric powertrain
itself into a 'charger'.
This is the third consecutive year that Corvus has received
the Supplier of the Year award and a first time win for
Innovation of the Year.
NEVS recently displayed the new InMotion Concept for the very
first time in Shanghai. This is not a normal car - it's a
vision on how we in the future can travel safely and
efficiently through a big city, without owning the car - and
without a driver.
IDTechEx reports on electric boats correctly predicted the
advent of autonomous electric ships. We even see them becoming
energy independent using such things as solar roads as rugged
decking and airborne wind energy in the form of tethered
drones flying at up to 1000 meters where the winds are
consistent and have four times the energy.
IDTechEx is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 20 June 2017
titled How Progress and Innovation in Robotic Technology is
BYD, has been authorized to become a local auto manufacturer
Hyundai used to be a leader in buses but the explosion of the
huge, protected Chinese market has resulted in the global
leaders consisting entirely of Chinese companies growing their
sales rapidly - mainly with pure electric buses - and Daimler,
with declining sales.
IDTechEx analyst Dr Lorenzo Grande was at the annual EES
Europe event to learn about new trends in the battery arena.
Virtually all of the new grid capacity being added in the
world is renewable or nuclear nowadays.
A little known Canadian startup, Havelaar in Toronto has
unveiled an all-electric pickup truck concept at the EMC show
in Markham, Ontario. This Bison E-Pickup will be produced in
Ontario. With the large center touchscreen, the interior of
the vehicle is clearly inspired by Tesla, the company that is
shaking the motor industry to its roots.
This technology could provide an "instantly rechargeable"
method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly
for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries through a
quick and easy process similar to refueling a car at a gas
he Concept Link, which BMW Motorrad recently unveiled, has
electric drive, zero emissions and full connectivity, the
concept vehicle is not just a means of transportation, but
also a means of communication.
London Taxi Company's strenuous testing regime for its range
extended electric vehicle has taken the cab to the extreme
desert heat of Arizona in the U.S.
JD.com, China's largest retailer, online or offline, has
reached an agreement with the provincial government of Shaanxi
to build China's largest low-altitude drone logistics network.
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd has announced that it has
successfully developed a cathode material for lithium iron
phosphate rechargeable batteries.
The future has no exhaust pipe. If we want to achieve our
climate protection objectives, we will also need a
transformation of the transport sector in addition to the
transformation of the energy market, since year upon year we
go through tonnes of CO2 in road transport.
DRB-HICOM Berhad has reached an agreement with China-based
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd for the Chinese car group
to acquire 49.9% equity in PROTON Holdings Berhad.
Consumers are suing General Motors for allegedly rigging the
emissions controls in Duramax diesel trucks in order to pass
emissions tests, while in real world conditions the trucks
emit 2 to 5 times the legal limits of deadly NOx pollutants.
IDTechEx Technology analysts' Drs Richard Collins and
Khasha Ghaffarzadeh attended Plastics 2017 at the Tokyo
Big Sight, Japan. These slides give some highlights from
the Plastics event and extends to composite material and
adhesion-free metal-plastic joining solutions.
What happens in the transport sector, which accounts for more
than a quarter of total world energy use, will be critical to
progress in the ongoing energy transition.
Agriculture is one of the world's least digitized major
industries. This is however all about to change. Indeed, data
acquisition and analytics companies are already a hot topic,
and as such are subject to growing capital investments. This
trend is captured in the figure below.
Intelligent drones and AI can be used to help save the planet.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 6 June.
Cummins Inc. a giant corporation of 55,400 people worldwide
serving customers in 190 countries. It best known for its
diesel expertise but it is impressively reinventing itself to
serve the powertrains of the future such as 48V mild hybrids
that will transmogrify into electric vehicles as they become
capable of electric drive in more advanced forms.
It has long been speculated that electric vehicle adoption may
have a sudden tipping point of adoption. IDTechEx pointed out
that incentives help as does reaching lower cost of ownership
but lower up-front price is the killer blow.
Higher efficiency, increased power density, smaller footprints
and reduced system costs: these are the main advantages of
transistors based on silicon carbide.
Blockchain and distributed ledger technology for use in the
development of a new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate
development of autonomous driving technology.
Eynamic electric vehicle charging allows vehicles to charge
Daymak Inc has announced its new product called
Daymak-C5-Blast Go-Kart, what the Daymak team believe will be
the fastest electric go kart in the world.
The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye have announced their
intention to onboard Delphi as a development partner and
system integrator for their State-of-the-Art autonomous
Researchers have created a team of free-flying robots that
obeys the two rules of the air: don't collide or undercut each
other. They've also built autonomous blimps that recognize
hand gestures and detect faces.
A new record has been set in long-distance drone delivery. A
consortium set the record flying a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial
Vehicle over 97 miles to Austin, Texas using cellular
Aluminium ion technology is expected to possess similar
performance characteristics to existing battery designs.
However, in contrast to the currently dominant technologies
such as lithium ion, aluminium is a very common element and is
therefore easily obtained at a relatively low cost.
The successful "IDTechEx Show!" in Berlin with nearly 3000
paying delegates, nine parallel conferences, 25 masterclasses
and a large exhibition had a huge amount for the electric
The successful "IDTechEx Show!" in Berlin with nearly 3000
paying delegates, nine parallel conferences and a large
exhibition had a huge amount for the energy harvesting
Autonomous and 100% electric, "YARA Birkeland" will be the
world's most advanced container feeder ship.
Sono Motors, Germany were presented last night with the Most
Significant Innovation Award in Electric Vehicles at the
IDTechEx Show, Berlin.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Thursday 25 May 2017
titled Electric Buses: Hotbed of Innovation and Large Orders.
With an output of 150 kilowatts, the new generation of the
Siemens high power charging system is capable of charging
current and future electric vehicles with voltages of up to
Welcome and Introduction keynote presentation from IDTechEx
CEO, Raghu Das, introducing the technologies covered along
with an introduction to the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin 10-11 May
The presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate
the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along
with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes,
according to new research.
To outer space and the deep ocean, add "beneath the ice" to
the list of rarely charted frontiers of science exploration.
The new IDTechEx report, Electrically Active Smart Glass and
Windows 2018-2028 observes that electrically active
see-through glass is an idea whose time has come.
Safety, range and costs: these are the three big premises of
electromobility. Safety definitely comes first. Lithium-based
traction batteries are usually completely enclosed in the
battery case and integrated in the vehicle to protect the
battery from all conceivable stresses and external influences.
This "armour" has an effect on construction, weight, size and
overall design of the vehicle.
SolarStratos is a commercial two-seater solar plane that aims
to be the first manned solar plane penetrating the
You cannot get far today with electric cars. One reason is
that the batteries require a lot of space. Scientists are
stacking large cells on top of one another. This provides
vehicles with more power. Initial tests in the laboratory have
been positive. In the medium term, the project partners are
striving to achieve a range of 1000 kilometers for electric
The unique report Supercapacitor Materials 2017-2027 is a
drill down from the IDTechEx overview, Supercapacitor
Technologies and Markets 2016-2026. It is packed with detailed
analysis, many new infograms, conference slides, roadmaps and
a ten year forecasts 2017-2027.
On May 10-11 an estimated 3,000 people from over 40 countries
will meet at the Estrel Convention Centre in Berlin to discuss
the commercialization of a diverse range of emerging
Watch the preview of the IDTechEx Show! coming up in Berlin,
10-11 May 2017
From its facts based research, IDTechEx has what some regarded
as over-optimistic forecasts for electric cars. However,
others are now matching or exceeding our optimism.
E-TWOW, headquartered in Romania, has developed electric
scooters they claim to be the first with regenerative braking.
Lithium-oxygen fuel cells boast energy density levels
comparable to fossil fuels and are thus seen as a promising
candidate for future transportation-related energy needs.
A new technique developed by engineers may vastly reduce the
overall cost of wafer technology and enable devices made from
more exotic, higher-performing semiconductor materials than
Aerial dogfighting began more than a century ago in the skies
over Europe with propeller-driven fighter aircraft carried
aloft on wings of fabric and wood. An event held recently in
southern California could mark the beginning of a new chapter
in this form of aerial combat.
This conference concerned petrol stations in the UK. They have
collapsed in number from 35,948 in 1971 to a mere 8,434 today.
The collapse would have been worse were it not for
hypermarkets opening new stations.
The IDTechEx Show! in Berlin, Germany on 10-11 May is Europe's
most important event for those involved in technology scouting
and product innovation, bringing together emerging
technologies with global brands.
Uber is looking beyond ground transportation and has announced
that the company has partnered with ChargePoint to create
rapid-charging stations for Uber's planned network of
on-demand flying electric cars that will be capable of
vertical take-off and landings.
Project Portal - a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for
heavy duty truck use at the Port of Los Angeles.
This is one of the first times that bespoke fixed-wing
unmanned aerial vehicles have been used at a volcano such as
Fuego, where the lack of close access to the summit vent has
prevented robust gas measurements.
IDTechEx Technology analyst Dr. Lorenzo Grande was at
Battery Japan 2017 to listen to the 30+ talks by leading
Japanese companies, as well as to attend the co-located
The Automotive Research Association of India has tested Li-ion
batteries developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and
found them valid for commercialisation.
In order to get automated driving off the ground in China, a
promising concept is still needed for how to generate
high-precision, up-to-the-minute maps.
Redox flow batteries are an energy storage technology
initially developed by NASA in the 70's for space
applications. After several years of intensive R&D, in 2006,
several key patents on the technology expired, opening up the
arena to companies all around the world.
High performing lithium-ion batteries are a key component of
laptops, smart phones, and electric vehicles. Currently, the
anodes, or negative charged side of lithium ion batteries, are
generally made with graphite or other carbon-based materials.
Hermes is launching an innovative testing programme for the
use of self-driving delivery robots in London.
Business Secretary Greg Clark and Transport Minister John
Hayes have announced a range of research funding which
included a total of £4.25 million for a high energy battery
research project, and an autonomous vehicle research project
at WMG at the University of Warwick.
IDTechEx Chairman Dr Peter Harrop attended the recent
Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Symposium in
Singelfelden, Germany. In this article he shares his
findings from the conference.
GreenPower Motor Company Inc announces that it has entered
into a sales contract to supply 10 GreenPower EV350 40-foot
zero-emission all-electric transit buses with the City of
Porterville in California.
Vehicle emissions regulations for 2025 and 2030 are unlikely
to be met by conventional vehicle technology as applied to
most vehicles beyond small cars. Going to strong hybrid and
pure electric powertrains involves considerable expense and
delay and often totally new platforms.
Germany took a wrong course in vehicle powertrains initially
resisting government support for electric vehicles, but many
German industrial and commercial vehicle manufacturers are now
IDTechEx Launchpad will showcase innovations from 18 start-up
companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Berlin, Germany on
10-11 May 2017 (www.IDTechEx.com/europe).
The more you look the more you see and, in the case of air
pollution, it is bad news all the way.
Corvus Energy has been awarded a 10-year long-term service and
maintenance agreement for the entire Scandlines hybrid ferry
IDTechEx analyst Dr Laura Baers gives an overview of solar
fuels and explains why artificial photosynthesis is still
difficult to bring to market.
They call it Airborne Wind Energy (AWE). It started with kites
flying higher than a conventional wind turbine to create
electricity from the familiar figure of eight trajectory where
winds are much stronger and more consistent than those tapped
by conventional wind turbines on land or even offshore.
Almost 50 years after this vehicle type participated in the 24
Hours of Le Mans, the electromobility specialist Kreisel
Electric has completely converted a Porsche 910, turning it
into an electrified supercar.
A report from AABC Europe 2017: The automotive
Research promises to increase the performance of high-power
electrical storage devices, such as car batteries
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