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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 Hisarĝy electric cable ferry has now been sailing between Mjċnes and Hisarĝy 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.
 

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