IDTechEx attended the Future Powertrain Conference which
took place in Soilhull, UK on 24-25 February.
The electric bus market is growing at a CAGR of 20% in terms
of unit sales. The rapid growth is a game changer for the
battery market as electric buses require large-sized batteries
ranging from 74 kWh (fast charging e-bus) to over 300 kWh
(slow charging e-bus). This is why IDTechEx Research forecasts
that the e-bus battery market will overtake the consumer
electronics sector by 2020.
Analyst IDTechEx helps start-ups by letting them exhibit free
in its big shows such as the forthcoming "IDTechEx Show!" in
Berlin April 27-28 with over 150 exhibitors, over 2500 paying
delegates and eight parallel conferences, two of them strongly
featuring high power energy harvesting both from ambient
energy and by recuperation in vehicles.
A video interview with Divergent Microfactories, taken at the
3D Printing USA exhibition.
Power Plaza is presenting its Yebbujana R2 electric roadster
Video interview with Alta Devices at the Energy Harvesting &
Storage USA event.
The first Solar Impulse 2 maintenance flight that took place
on Friday, 26th of February in Hawaii was uneventful.
The aim of this alliance is to keep users safe and connected
while on the road.
The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel is
developing an unmanned vessel optimized to robustly track
quiet diesel electric submarines.
Are petrol prices affecting the electrification of
industrial electric vehicles? IDTechEx says the best is
yet to come! This article aims to provide a guide on how
the new dynamics of petrol prices is affecting electric
vehicles in general and industrial electric vehicles
There are about 200 companies making traction motors for
electric vehicles, rather like the 200 making the lithium-ion
batteries that increasingly power them.
It was in Berlin that the first solar charged electric boat
appeared. The first hybrid electric aircraft with a rotary
combustion engine flew from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport. In
another first, this year Deutsche Bahn will offer a fleet of
electric and hybrid cars for rent to its long-distance
travelers, in order to make its transportation services
door-to-door in Berlin.
Independent research and business intelligence experts
IDTechEx focus on emerging technologies and providing powerful
data to clients worldwide. On the cutting edge of new
developments in sectors such as Hybrid and Pure Electric
Vehicles, Wearables, Printed Electronics, and Energy Storage
and Harvesting, IDTechEx proudly support start-ups in many
ontrolled Power Technologies has invested £1 million to
further industrialise its CO2 and NOx reduction capabilities
for the global automotive and transport industries.
Automakers are test-driving a new torque-vectoring electric
drive system by GKN Automotive that will make hybrid vehicles
more efficient and dynamic.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 8 March 2016.
This short video presented by IDTechEx Chairman Dr Peter
Harrop reveals how electric vehicles that never need
refuelling, plugging in or contactlessly charging are now on
general sale, with many more to come.
Dubuc Motors will launch its electric supercar, the Tomahawk,
on an equity crowdfunding platform, StartEngine.
Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC), a Ugandan state-owned vehicle
manufacturing company that launched an electric car named
Kiira EV last year, has unveiled what it says is Africa's
first solar-powered bus.
New novel materials are being developed for next generation
Li-ion batteries. One promising anode-cathode material pair is
lithium titanate countered by lithium iron phosphate.
IDTechEx interviews have established that the move to 48V mild
hybrids as the most affordable way to meet impending 2025 and
2030 emissions regulations very much embraces Chinese industry
which already offers the key component, the Torque Assist
Reversing Alternator TARA also known by other names.
The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that
power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has
been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to
The British government says it is close to ordering two
solar-powered high-altitude Zephyr surveillance drones from
European aerospace giant Airbus.
NASA is researching ideas that could lead to developing an
electric propulsion-powered aircraft that would be quieter,
more efficient and environmentally friendly than today's
Leveraging the proven technology and operational experience of
the Skylark family of mini-UAS, Skylark 3 offers a wide range
of system enhancements, including a significantly larger
The Belgian Green politician Björn Rzoska has recently entered
quite a remarkable commuting experiment. In the next three
months, he will travel from his home to the Flemish Parliament
in Brussels on a 45 km/h electric bike. As a result, he will
be riding around 100 km a day.
Formula One is significant in two ways. It is a major business
in its own right at approaching $14bn and it pioneers vital
new technologies in a car or bus near you from the disk brake
to the flywheel kinetic energy recovery system and the
supercapacitor hybrid powertrain.
Wikipedia says no. Wikipedia is wrong. It correctly identifies
electric vehicles as those propelled by an electric motor for
some or all of the time. However, from the first volume
production of 48V hybrids in 2017, most will be capable of
just that in the form of silent all-electric take-off just
like a strong hybrid.
IDTechEx proudly supports start-ups in many ways. Our latest
initiative is an "EVES Launchpad" for Electric Vehicle and
Energy Storage start-ups where they can exhibit free of charge
at the large IDTechEx Show! in Berlin on April 27-28.
Video interview with IDTechEx analyst Franco Gonzalez.
Six friends traveled Europe in the electric Kia Soul EV to
show that an electric road trip is possible, this is their
account of their journey.
Researchers have developed a Level-2 electric vehicle (EV)
charger prototype with efficiencies exceeding 97% at an
unprecedented 2.6 kW/l power density.
Research teams have produced a cost-effective catalyst
material for fuel cells using a new preparation process which
they analysed in detail.
The self-driving vehicle, WEpod, is being tested on the campus
of Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
As printed and flexible electronics are beginning to
proliferate, with a variety of components and devices
coming to market, several end user verticals are expected
to benefit from the host of advantages these technologies
offer and the automotive sector is no exception. Overall,
the market is expected to grow to over $5.5 Billion
dollars in the next decade, spearheaded by the projected
growth of in-mold electronics and OLED technologies, as
discussed in more detail in the newly launched IDTechEx
report "Printed and Flexible Electronics in Automotive
Applications 2016-2026 - Enabling technology toolkits,
suppliers and market forecasts".
Every year, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge sees solar
cars from all over the world race right across Australia on
sunshine. The Nuon Solar Team has won six times including
October last year.
nalyst IDTechEx External Link has just completed a major study
of 48V mild hybrid vehicles, releasing the brand new report
Mild Hybrid 48V Vehicles 2016-2031.
The end game with the 48V hybrid cars that will first appear
in volume production in 2017 is having no 12V battery - just a
beefy 48V one.
The annual IDTechEx Show! will have a focus on green
technologies in Berlin on 27-28 April.
Morgan Motor Company is pleased to announce that it will lead
a £6m project to develop new powertrain technologies.
Electrically powered Picnic boat drives for up to 16 hours on
a single charge.
ALISE is a pan European collaboration focused on the
development and commercial scale-up of new materials as well
as understanding the electrochemical processes involved in
Lithium Sulfur technology.
IDTechEx are expanding their research into advances in
electronics packaging, which is included as part of
advanced materials. The latest report "Electrically
Conductive Adhesives 2016-2026" covers a range of
solder-replacement technologies. An estimated 50,000
metric tons of tin-lead solder are currently used each
year, but lead is being banned in more and more
applications due to toxicity.
"The EV scene has changed radically in the last year," says
Raghu Das CEO of IDTechEx, "and our forthcoming conference
Electric Vehicles Everything is Changing will reflect that."
Loon Copter is a novel multi-rotor platform capable of
traditional aerial flight, on-water surface operation, and sub
The IDTechEx Launchpad initiative is open to early-stage
start-ups, universities, newly spun-out companies, research
labs and government labs who can demonstrate a working
prototype or product that highlights new advances in any of
the related event topics of: 3d printing, electric vehicles,
energy harvesting, graphene, internet of things, printed
electronics, sensors, or wearable technology.
The SipaDrive is emission-free and barely audible, and
provides 3 hours of fully assisted cruising at a speed of 2
knots and propulsion.
Printed and flexible electronics are beginning to proliferate,
with a variety of components and devices coming to market.
Several end-user verticals are expected to benefit from the
host of advantages these technologies offer and the automotive
sector is no exception.
The TopChair-S is an electric wheelchair that can climb up and
Audi is preparing its international production network for the
mobility of the future. Large series production of the first
purely electric driven SUV from Audi will begin at the site in
Brussels in 2018
IDTechEx visited Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) Ltd
UK on 18 Jan 2016. They met with CEO Nick Pascoe with
Robert Palmer, investor and PR, also present.
A lithium-ion battery that self heats if the temperature is
below 32 degrees Fahrenheit has multiple applications, but may
have the most impact on relieving winter "range anxiety" for
electric vehicle owners, according to a team of researchers.
The Freerider is powered by a 22 Ah lithium polymer battery
pack that the company claims can last for one hour while a
165lb (75kg) rider travels at full speed.
The new E-Class marks the world premiere of numerous technical
innovations for enhanced comfort, a new level of safe driving,
a new dimension in driver assistance and a new infotainment
and control system.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 2 February
Volkswagen is proving how much potential the plug-in hybrid
The two most promising current candidates for cars are fuel
cells, which convert the chemical energy of hydrogen to
electricity, and rechargeable batteries.
More than half of all new buses and coaches registered in 2015
met the latest Euro-VI emissions standard, marking a threefold
increase compared with 2014.
The Bonirob robot, which is approximately the size of a
compact car, uses video- and lidar-based positioning as well
as satellite navigation to find its way around fields.
2015 was the most successful year ever for the BMW Group with
annual sales setting a new record for the fifth year in a row.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 26 January
Following its unveiling to domestic media at Hyundai Motor's
Namyang R&D Center in South Korea, details have been confirmed
of the IONIQ - the next generation of hybrid vehicles.
The first industrial robot, Unimate, went into operation at a
General Motors plant in 1961. Over the next few decades the
use of industrial robot arms in the automotive industry
Researchers are working to make the lithium-ion batteries we
use every day safer by inserting sensors to warn users of
potential problems inside the battery.
Scientists have created a highly efficient biomaterial that
catalyzes the formation of hydrogen -- one half of the "holy
grail" of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for
fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water.
A new material that can store solar energy during the day and
release it later as heat, whenever it's needed.
An international group of scientists have developed
ion-exchange synthetic membranes based on amphiphilic
compounds that are able to convert the energy of chemical
reactions into electrical current.
ARCA Space Corporation has created ArcaBoard, a hoverboard
that works over most surfaces.
Scientists have developed a novel electrolyte for use in
solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the
problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also
showing signs of being compatible with next-generation
Students thought that changing the aerodynamics of a UAV to
reduce drag might result in less drain on the battery, and
thereby increase flight time.
Inventors around the world have been trying to combine the
ease and utility of driving with the three-dimensional freedom
of flying since the beginning of the 20th century.
The industry's first robotic vacuum cleaner equipped with
augmented reality technology.
Hyundai Motor has announced the name of its advanced,
alternative-fuel compact vehicle due for launch in 2016: the
The UK Government has announed the new levels for the Plug-In
Car Grant from 16 February 2016.
An EU initiative tested the feasibility of electric cars with
modular batteries. Drivers wanting more power could just plug
in another battery.
A first-of-its-kind, lightweight, solar-powered, electric
scooter using both Stratasys PolyJet and FDM 3D printing
In this article IDTechEx analyst Dr Victoria
Adesanya-Aworinde shares insights into demand and sales
forecasts, market share, market size and market leaders.
Intelligent Glass Control uses special films which are
inserted into the glass and which change their transparency
through electric control signals.
The range extender offers longer flight time and fast re-fuel
capabilities, addressing two of the biggest challenges for
manufacturers of battery-powered drones.
PowerResponder is a line of new hybrid supercapacitors with
technology enhancements that aim to replace traditional
lithium ion batteries in select applications.
Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion in electrified
vehicle solutions by 2020 as well as changing how the company
develops vehicle experiences for customers.
The E-MEHARI features advanced technology. It is an
all-electric vehicle with battery technology based on the
expertise of France's Bolloré Group.
Summary of the key information tracked during the Electric
Vehicle conference held in Santa Clara USA.
This is McLaren Marketing's unique conceptual take on motor
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy recently selected 24 projects from a
competitive field to receive a nearly $55 million investment
in "vehicle technologies that will strengthen the U.S. clean
Researchers have developed an energy storage device which is
significantly more cost-effective over the entire life cycle
in comparison with previous models.
My Electric Avenue is a three-year Ofgem-funded project that
has been carrying out trials to discover the impact that
charging clusters of electric vehicles might have on local
electricity networks at peak times.
Extreme vehicle concepts have a habit of appearing in a car
The Gogoro Smartscooter is a high-performance, zero emissions
two-wheeled electric vehicle.
Hyundai Mobis has announced that the company became the first
in Korea and the second in the world to successfully develop
the next-generation electronic integrated regenerative brake
system known as iMEB for environment-friendly cars like hybrid
cars and electric vehicles.
After two years of research, a French team have just designed
an alternative technology to Li-ion for application in
This new championship called 'ROBORACE' will provide a
competitive platform for the autonomous driving solutions that
are now being developed by many large industrial automotive
and technology players as well as top tech universities.