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New flying/driving robot developed

The first experimental robot drone that flies like a typical quadcopter, drives on tough terrain and squeezes into tight spaces using the same motors, has been developed.

Self driving cars and smart robots to make home deliveries

Ford is teaming up with Agility Robotics to explore a brand-new frontier in the world of autonomy — and a new way of thinking about how we make deliveries.

Self-Driving Truck Service to the United States Postal Service

The Postal Service is exploring the feasibility of utilizing autonomous delivery vehicle technology to reduce fuel costs, increase safe truck operation and improve its fleet utilization rate through longer hours of operation.

ERM Advanced Telematics Enters the Rapidly Expanding EV Market

ERM is set to offer its new StarLink EV, a unique telematics product for the EV market that can be used in cars, buses, trucks and even two-wheeled vehicles like motorcycles and scooters

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Electric Vehicles: $2.6 Trillion Market, Many New Sectors

The future is coming early for electric vehicles. The new IDTechEx Research report "Electric Vehicles 2020-2030" is based on analysis of no less than 100 sectors to 2030. IDTechEx has studied and forecasted EVs for over 20 years. It has 15 PhD level analysts, including 4 who are Chinese, deployed globally, mostly multi-lingual and the discoveries here are sometimes surprising.

Learn about the route to success in the unforgiving EV battleground

Plug-in electric cars are forecast by IDTechEx to sell over 25 million units per year in 2029 making up around 30% of total sales by that point. However, electrification does not stop at cars; buses, trucks, construction, mining, two-wheelers, boats, aircraft, and more are all progressing towards electric drive. This combined market shift makes the technologies enabling this transformation a key battleground with plenty to win and lose.

NASA funds aviation research on a new fuel concept

Researchers are leading a newly funded project from NASA to develop a novel approach for all-electric aircraft.

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May 14, 2019 | Canada

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Electric car registrations surpassed 100,000 units in Europe

The European car market registered its seventh consecutive month of decline in March 2019. Ongoing political and economic uncertainty, including lack of clarity around Brexit, alongside consumer preoccupation with diesel bans in cities, meant that overall demand continued to decline.

AeroVironment announces assembly of first HAWK30 Solar HAPS

AeroVironment Inc announced the achievement of a significant solar HAPS project milestone, the assembly of the first HAWK30 solar HAPS for its HAPSMobile joint venture with SoftBank Corp. HAPS stands for High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite or High-Altitude Platform Station.

All electric buses powered by wind energy

In what is believed to be a transit industry first in the United States, TriMet's all-electric buses will be powered by 100 percent wind energy.

Toyota brand battery electric vehicles for China

Toyota premiered its C-HR and IZOA battery electric vehicles, the C-HR and IZOA will be the first battery electric vehicles to launch in China under the Toyota brand. Sales on the new models are slated to start from 2020.

Solid Power is teaming up with Ford Motor Company to develop all solid-state batteries for next-generation electric vehicles.

Dynamic electric road system to be built in Sweden

The Swedish Transport Administration announced the pre-commercial procurement results for the electric road system tender.

Mercedes-Benz lays foundation for battery factory, Untertürkheim site

With the symbolic foundation laying ceremony for the first battery factory, the Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant is advancing its transformation into a high-tech location for electric mobility.

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Apr 16, 2019 | Germany

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Apr 15, 2019 | United Kingdom

Electric Vehicles Reinvented: Novi Forum with a Difference

How do you leapfrog Tesla? How do you avoid circling the drain with much of the car industry when peak car hits? A whole world of new technologies and new markets awaits. Who can reveal the implications, opportunities and vehicles arriving from nowhere such as vast numbers of robot solar weeders on farms? Enter the IDTechEx Business & Technology Insight Forum "Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage" in Novi Michigan 10-12 June.

Mercedes Benz to supply 56 electric urban buses to Wiesbaden

Mercedes‑Benz has received a record-breaking order for the eCitaro electric urban bus. This massive order comes from the public transport company ESWE Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH from Wiesbaden in Germany's Hesse region.

BYD launches the world's longest pure electric bus

BYD announces the world's first 27-m pure electric bi-articulated bus. With a passenger capacity of 250 people, it is the longest pure electric bus in the world and can travel at a maximum speed of 70 km/h.

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Apr 8, 2019 | United Kingdom

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Tata Motors Electric Bus Surge

With excellent bus designs, Tata Motors is now participating in tender bids for all state transport corporations in India. Things are moving fast in the electric bus market, as appraised by IDTechEx in their new report 'Electric Buses 2019 - 2029'.

New Robotics: Shifting Business Models

IDTechEx Research analyse the changing trends in the robotics industry in their report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players, as new and emerging firms challenge the norm.

Emerging semiconductor laser technologies are revolutionising the industrial material processing and optical sensing markets. Automotive and electronics industries are benefiting greatly from advances in laser manufacturing, 3D sensing and imaging, lidar, and industrial machine vision.

GE's Power Conversion business and Nedstack, a leading fuel cell manufacturer, are collaborating on developing hydrogen fuel cell systems for powering zero-emission cruise vessels.

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Apr 3, 2019 | Sri Lanka

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Apr 3, 2019 | United States


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HARTING AG Biel offers tailor-made 3D-MID solutions

Integrate electronics with a small footprint into cars / Increased safety. Assistance systems, safety features or infotainment - more and more electronics are finding their way into cars. With HARTING 3D-MID technology, customers can integrate complex electronics with minimal space requirements into cars.

Cloud operating system powers next gen smart EV charging

Noodoe introduces Noodoe EV OS, an advanced cloud operating system that orchestrates the operation of smart EV charging stations.

UK Government funds bus industry to improve air quality

The UK Government confirmed that it will be supporting 14 local authorities through a £25 million funding boost to the Clean Bus Technology Fund. The fund, which was launched in 2017, looks to support projects to upgrade buses with technology to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions in areas with poor air quality.

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Midi and School Buses will Drive Huge Component Demand

There are over two million midi buses in the world. For example, most of the 1.6 million school buses are midi buses though North American ones are mainly larger. The new IDTechEx Research report, "Electric School Buses and Midi Buses 2019-2039" finds that almost none are electric. It is very different for larger buses, for now at least.

Royal Mail trials e-trikes

Royal Mail is conducting its first ever trial of zero-emission e-Trikes for letter and parcel deliveries later this month. The trial is an example of the Company's efforts to continue to reduce CO2 emissions associated with its operations.

Two million zero emission miles

Zero emission transit buses powered by BAE Systems' battery electric drive systems and fuel cell electric drive systems have successfully driven more than two million miles in transit bus service.

First commercial drone deliveries to vessels

In partnership with Airbus, Wilhelmsen's shore-to-ship Singapore pilot project, marks the first deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions, delivering a variety of small, time-critical items to working vessels at anchorage.

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Next Electric Vehicles Get Ultra Lightweight Motors

In electric aircraft, motor power-to-weight ratio is paramount for endurance, the main constraint on sales. You cannot lug ever more battery weight to get range. Indeed, better motors mean less battery in a land, water or air vehicle. The new IDTechEx Research report, "Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2019-2029" explains the new emphasis on power-to-weight ratio with good efficiency.

Porsche lays the foundations for continued growth

Porsche is investing more than 600 million euro to expand its factory in Leipzig, which will allow the company to set an important course for the future of its site in Saxony and the production of future models. The first car to benefit from extended factory premises will be the next generation of the Macan: As a purely electrically powered vehicle based on the "Premium Platform Electric" architecture, the new Macan will roll off the assembly line in Leipzig at the beginning of the next decade.

Webinar Thursday 28 March 2019- Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles

IDTechEx is hosting a free webinar on Thursday 28 March 2019 titled Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles Land, Water, Air: $100+bn Market Emerging.

Libertine and Productiv to collaborate on modular Smart Engines

The collaboration will focus on delivering electric vehicle and lab-based prototype power generator systems to showcase Libertine's modular Smart Engine packaging concept, and demonstrating the Smart Engine performance made possible by Libertine's linear e-machine and controls technologies.

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Mar 12, 2019 | United States, Singapore

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Mar 11, 2019 | United States

Tesla introduces V3 supercharging

Tesla has unveiled V3 Supercharging, the next step in the growth of Tesla's Supercharger network. V3, which is born from experience in building the world's largest grid-connected batteries, enables Tesla vehicles to charge faster than any other electric vehicle on the market.

Lithium to lithium, manganese to manganese

In the future, Volkswagen will offer e-mobility for all - and will assume overall responsibility: from the concepts for the vehicles, through production, sales and operations on to recycling. For this reason, a pilot plant for battery recycling is currently being set up at Salzgitter factory, south-west of Braunschweig, Germany.

Koala-spotting drones proves a flying success

Researchers have developed an innovative method for detecting koala populations using drones and infrared imaging that is more reliable and less invasive than traditional animal population monitoring techniques.

Buses and trucks are essentially one business because the same companies increasingly make both using the same technologies.

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Mar 7, 2019 | United Kingdom

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Electric Vehicle Calamity in Ten Years?

Car demand will collapse as people move to cities. $100 billion was written off the stock value of car companies recently. The US economy is on a sugar rush from a trillion-dollar borrowing boost at the top of the cycle. Climate change getting out of control in 12 years? These and many other negative indicators can portend a recession, maybe a severe one. What are the implications for EVs?

First electric Volvo trucks delivered to customers

Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles - a refuse truck to waste and recycling company Renova, and a distribution truck to the logistics company DB Schenker and partner haulier TGM, operating in Sweden.

The EV business is highly fragmented with great scope for consolidation leading to economy of scale.

The Chinese government shrewdly controls supply and demand for sectors it deems important. As elsewhere it has to cope with people moving to cities.

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Feb 19, 2019 | United States

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Bad Strategy Will Kill Some Carmaking Giants Soon

Bad strategy rather than tactics, such as misjudged new models, will kill several major automotive companies. They face a perfect storm of peak car, totally new technology, totally new markets and recession.

BYD rolls out its 50,000th pure electric bus

BYD boasts the world's largest selection of battery electric buses, and a clientele that spans across 300 cities around the world.

The sixth Energy Storage India (ESI) took place in New Delhi on January 10 - 11, 2019, at the Ashok Hotel.

Aerospace and defence are key drivers for many new technologies. They often have the deepest pockets and are the most likely to adopt the newest technologies.

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Feb 12, 2019

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Feb 12, 2019 | United States

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Dilemma of Automotive Vertical Integration

It is a rule-of-thumb that manufacturers should vertically integrate only when products and markets mature, so they can confidently shave off the last pennies of cost. One exception is when shortages loom: Tesla built its battery gigafactory fast using proven Panasonic technology. However, many suppliers now build battery gigafactories.

Buses and Trucks: $200 Billion of Reinvented Energy Storage

We move to cities and do internet shopping: that destroys the market for private cars and boosts demand for buses and delivery trucks. Monster Class 8 trucks are top polluters on US highways, all powering a boom in energy storage in buses and trucks. The new IDTechEx report, "Energy Storage for Electric Buses and Trucks 2019-2029" analyses the similar requirements.

Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that.

Tesla needs to excel in the much broader range of energy storage technologies needed for Class 8 trucks down to Tesla 3 cars to retain uniquely long range for the price.

Feb 7, 2019 | Canada, Norway

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Electric Vehicles: Induction Motor Opportunities

The new IDTechEx Research report, "Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2019-2029" measures how induction (asynchronous) motors are rapidly losing market share.

Corvus Energy storage system for five new Fjord1 ferries

Corvus Energy has been selected by Norwegian Electric Systems to supply lithium ion battery-based energy storage systems for five new all-electric ferries being built by Havyard for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1.

Drones rid island of rat plague

The Ministry of Environment through the Directorate of the Galápagos National Park together with the NGO Island Conservation started eradicating invasive rodents from North Seymour Island and the Mosquera Islet in January 2019. These islands are important tourism and seabird nesting sites for species such as frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls, which are the only nocturnal gull on the planet.

Five fuel cell buses in the United States have exceeded the DOE/DOT target of 25,000 hours and one has surpassed 29,000 hours of drive time. This is comparable to the life expectancy of a diesel engine in a transit bus.



Electric Vehicle Motors: Next Big Thing

EV motors have lasted for over 100 years on boats and their design changed slowly. Now some last only a few years and they are subject to rapid technology change and an acquisition frenzy. What is going on? The new IDTechEx report, "Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2019-2029" explains and - in over 30 ten-year forecasts and roadmaps - predicts.

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Amazon tests Scout delivery system

Amazonhave been hard at work developing a new, fully-electric delivery system - Amazon Scout - designed to safely get packages to customers using autonomous delivery devices. These devices were created by Amazon, are the size of a small cooler, and roll along sidewalks at a walking pace.

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Webinar Thursday 7 February- Transition to Electric and Hybrid Boats

IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 7 February titled The Transition to Electric and Hybrid Boats and Ships: Markets and Drivers.

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Bell unveils full scale design of air taxi

The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell's signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans that are designed to safely and efficiently redefine air travel.

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Underwater robots and scooters

WhiteShark Nano, a super smart autonomous underwater robot, is an ideal solution for underwater photography and videography. It uses AI to follow a preset target, whether that is a human diver or marine life, to capture beautiful shots even from a distance.

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Toposens

Toposens, established in 2015 and in Germany, is a start-up focusing on MEMS 3D ultrasound sensors for vision applications

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Predicting the Death of Lithium-ion Batteries

Nothing is forever. Such is the runaway success of lithium-ion batteries that building gigafactories to make them is a no brainer. For now.

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Nissan unveils NV300 concept-van

Nissan has created an all-new NV300 Concept-van to highlight the versatility of Nissan commercial vehicles for bespoke conversions of all types.

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Consortium develops prototype of new heating concept for EVs

In the consortium project Printed Electronics, the BMW Group, Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG and Papierfabrik Louisenthal GmbH under the direction of KEX Knowledge Exchange AG have recently developed a prototype of a new heating concept for electric cars.

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Highlights of "Future of Mobility Chicago USA" January 22 2019

This one day session with about 40 people was a precursor to the two day Smart Cities international Symposium that directly followed.

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World's first hydrogen electric vehicle charger

AFC Energy announced the successful deployment of CH2ARGETM, the world's first electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology. The breakthrough could enable 100% clean electricity for future EV charging.

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Mann + Hummel GmbH

The Mann+Hummel Group is a German manufacturing group headquartered in Ludwigsburg, who develops, produces and distributes liquid and air filter systems, intake systems and thermal management components. At CES, the company displayed its digital filtration solutions. 

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Electric Two-wheelers 2019-2029

Forecasts for IDTechEx report Electric Two-wheelers 2019-2029.

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Korea to produce 6.2 million hydrogen cars by 2040

South Korea aims to produce 6.2 million units of fuel cell electric vehicles and build 1,200 refilling stations across the country by 2040.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that its wholly owned subsidiary FCA US LLC has reached final settlements on civil, environmental and consumer claims with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, the California Air Resources Board, the State of California, 49 other States and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agreeing to pay approximately $400 million in civil penalties to resolve differences over diesel emissions requirements.
Snackbots head to college 10 Jan | United States
The friendliest new freshman arrives on campus stocked with snacks and beverages. Meet snackbot, the outdoor, self-driving robot bringing enticing snacks and beverages from Hello Goodness, a curated portfolio of better-for-you brands from PepsiCo, to hungry college students.
Geely Auto and Contemporary Amperex Technology announced they have reached agreement to form a joint venture company to produce and develop vehicle batteries for new energy vehicles.
DoorDash announce their partnership with General Motors' Cruise Automation, starting in March 2019, DoorDash and Cruise will test the first food deliveries using autonomous vehicles in San Francisco.
Daimler Trucks announced that it will invest EUR 500 million over the next years and create more than 200 new jobs in its global push to bring highly automated trucks (SAE level 4) to the road within a decade.
The car makers are headed for trouble. IDTechEx Chairman Dr Peter Harrop discusses why.
Inside a bustling hangar bay at the far end of Gloucestershire airport in South West England, a team of British engineers, designers, and data specialists recruited from across Rolls-Royce and beyond have set out to make history. They're building a high-performance electric aeroplane unlike anything the world has ever seen.
The on-road electric vehicle industry knows it is headed for a vicious fight to the death as the biggest category, private cars, collapses due to people moving to cities and nothing compensates for saturation of the Chinese electric bus market. In contrast, off-road EVs will be prosperous growth markets.
Sea Machines raises $10 million 03 Jan | United States
Sea Machines Robotics announced that it has closed a $10 million Series A investment.
Volkswagen is offering a glimpse of the company's future mobile quick charging station. It can be set up flexibly and independent of the power supply wherever it is needed: for example, in public parking lots in the city, on company premises, or as a temporary charging point at large-scale events.
The California Air Resources Board approved a first-of-its-kind regulation in the United States that sets a statewide goal for public transit agencies to gradually transition to 100 percent zero-emission bus fleets by 2040.
Smart charging electric cars with a dynamic price mechanism may play an important part to help keep the power grid from overloading.
Rio Tinto has successfully deployed AutoHaul, establishing the world's largest robot and first automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network.
Earlier this year Virta and E.ON signed a global operational agreement to make thousands of intelligent E.ON charging stations available to electric vehicle users across Europe in ten countries. The cooperation creates one of the largest and densest charging networks in Europe, where the E.ON electric vehicle charging infrastructure is powered by the Virta platform.
Honda autonomous work vehicle 26 Dec | United States
Honda will be seeking potential business and technology partners for its prototype off-road vehicle, the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle.
Nuro has launched the first-ever unmanned delivery service for the general public. People in Scottsdale, Arizona can now have their groceries delivered by the R1, a self-driving, unmanned on-road vehicle.
Quanergy is a leading provider of solid state LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions.
Inductive wireless upgrade kit Press Release | 24 Dec | Germany
MAGMENT announces the most cost-effective solution to install wireless charging pads by retrofitting existing plug-in charging stations with a concrete on-ground casing and configuring it as a virtual cable, interoperable with pick-up coils compliant with SAE 2954/IEC 61980 standards. Transmission power is up to 22 kW with efficiencies up to 95%.
Zero Motorcycles have exhibited at the past two IDTechEx events, and typically showcase their sporty S and off-road DS models, as well as their impressive 45kW electric motors (designed from scratch in California and produced at a factory in China). This year, at the IDTechEx Show! in Santa Clara California, things were markedly different.
The brand new IDTechEx report 'Electric and Hybrid Boats and Ships 2019 - 2029' expects investment to accelerate after 2020. Since the early 2010s, sales of pure electric and hybrid vessels have grown steadily, mainly driven by the need to reduce local pollution of NOx, SOx and particulate matter in a handful of emission control areas (ECA) that are local to coastlines.
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association takes note of the final deal on the CO2 regulation for cars and vans, setting targets for the years 2025 and 2030, which was struck by the EU member states and the European Parliament.
Advancements in material science and material processing will always play a central role in any technological progression. IDTechEx has been providing leading market analysis on a broad range of advanced materials and their technology analysts have given their pick of the key news stories from 2018.
Hyon AS has been awarded grants under the PILOT-E scheme for the development and realization of two maritime projects; a high-speed ferry and a short-sea freighter. The ambitions of both projects are to realize zero-emission propulsion via fuel cells using cost-efficient hydrogen produced from electrolysis based on renewable energy.
NASA 20kV flying microgrid 19 Dec | United States
Innovators at NASA have developed a variable-frequency, alternating current power system to enable turbo-electric and hybrid electric propulsion. The technology uses double-fed electric machines and a high-voltage, variable-frequency power system to significantly decrease (by 85%) the weight of an aircraft's power electronics for turbo-electric propulsion, while still providing high specific power and variable thrust.
IDTechEx Technology Analysts Dr Na Jiao and Luke Gear report on their findings at IDTechEx Show! Santa Clara 2018.
Cities are increasingly crowded: real estate is in short supply. Servicing buses needs to be as infrequent as possible and that means having the simplest powertrain, which is the pure electric vehicle.
LeasePlan Netherlands will collaborate with Dutch scale-up Lightyear, the first company in the world to develop an electric solar car for consumers. LeasePlan Netherlands will become Lightyear's leasing partner for the Lightyear One, the first car produced by the company. The Pioneer Edition of the Lightyear One is expected to drive on Dutch roads in 2020.
A research team has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters.
Fuel cell vehicles are being trialled in mines, on farms, in construction, on roads, as boats, as trains.
Ports of Auckland has an ambitious goal to become a zero emissions port by 2040 and has recently completed the first step toward that goal by accurately measuring emissions and developing a plan to reduce them.
NASA is testing Alta Devices solar technology at the International Space Station in order to evaluate Alta's technology for future NASA low-Earth orbit missions, including powering CubeSats. Alta Devices also recently announced a new efficiency record of 29.1% for its single junction solar cell.
Argonaut Power, Ingenious' flexible energy platform, has partnered with Northumbrian Water to pilot the use of large scale battery storage at a number of the utility's sites across the North East, Essex and Suffolk.
IDTechEx reports sometimes attract vehement debate and the new report, "Piezoelectric Harvesting and Sensing 2019-2039." Is one such example
Vauxhall will embark on an electric-focused technology drive, which will transform its range over the next two years at a similar rate to its first heady days as a car manufacturer at the start of the last century.
Researchers unveiled experiments with drones that can sense wind gusts and thermals, then use them to gain speed or altitude, just like birds do.
The company is investing ten billion euros in the expansion of the Mercedes-Benz Cars electric fleet and another billion euros in the global battery production network within the worldwide production network.
Scania is developing a fuel cell refuse truck together with Renova, a waste handling company in western Sweden. The truck will feature a fully electrified powertrain as well as an electrified compactor.
The joint study reports that the research team has opened new doors in the development of high energy-density batteries capable of meeting rapidly growing energy storage needs by overcoming the current temperature limitations of fluoride-based battery technology and by demonstrating the room-temperature operation of fluoride-ion based energy cells.
Amprius Inc is supplying advanced lithium ion cells to the Airbus Defence and Space Zephyr Program. Using Amprius' cells, which contain a 100% silicon anode, the Zephyr S flew more than 25 days, setting a new endurance and altitude record for stratospheric flight.
With interest in classic cars growing every year and values of heritage models at an all time high, Aston Martin Lagonda has pioneered a bold new plan: to future-proof these increasingly precious machines by creating the world's first reversible EV powertrain conversion.
Final phase of case against import e-bikes China Press Release | 10 Dec | China
The case against imports of e-bikes from China is in its final phase. In November, the Commission has published their General Disclosure Documents, through which they propose up to 79.3% duties on electric bicycles.
Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have successfully demonstrated the world's first fully autonomous ferry in the archipelago south of the city of Turku, Finland.
Learnings from Battery & Energy Day Two 06 Dec | United Kingdom, Worldwide
The event Battery & Energy Dec 4-5 Coventry University ended with a second day of presentations and discussion panels.
From 2019 until the end of 2023 alone, the company plans advance expenditure of approximately €14 billion in electric mobility, digitalization and autonomous driving.
The 31st International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS31) and International Electric Vehicle Technology Conference 2018 (EVTeC2018) was held at the Kobe Convention Centre with about 1,300 participants for the Congress and about 1,500 participants for Exhibition and Ride & Drive.
At "Battery and Energy" Warwick University UK Day One with about 100 delegates and 10 table top exhibitors.
Diesel generator sets remain crucial to many key industries and are a multi-billion dollar global market.
Dubbed the 'Tesla of the canals', the unmanned electric container barges will operate on Dutch and Belgian waterways.
Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand, has launched a plan to become the world's first electric vehicle-only residential island by 2030.
Fiat Chrysler Automobile's industrial plan for Italy includes the launch of 13 all-new or restyled models during the 2019-2021 period, and the development of new powertrain solutions with a significant focus on hybrid and electric technologies.
BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics launch cross-industry project to enhance sustainable cobalt mining. As part of a cross-industry initiative, the companies have launched a joint cobalt pilot project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Mining Electric Vehicles and How their MW will be Made On-site Zero Emission
Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd dedicated to the country its first ever Electric Technology Manufacturing Hub in Karnataka. The new facility is set to revolutionise the way electric vehicle technology would be used in India, under Mahindra's +ME brand.
Better batteries for a greater range of electric vehicles - this is the goal of the "EMBATT-goes-FAB" project sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. For that reason, the four project partners thyssenkrupp System Engineering GmbH, IAV GmbH, Daimler AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS are developing bipolar batteries and processes for their fabrication.
This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously.
IDTechEx is hosting a free webinar on Thursday 6 December titled Fluoropolymer Opportunities in Emerging Electronics and Electrics.
Battery electric cars emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their entire life cycle than petrol and diesel cars, according to a European Environment Agency report. Promoting renewable energy and circular economy — including the shared use of vehicles and product design that supports reuse and recycling — will help maximise the benefits of shifting to electric vehicles.
CityFreighter Inc and XPO Sales Inc enter a strategic partnership and sign a Letter of Intent for the purchase of 100 CF1 full electric class 4 trucks for the last mile.
In a move aimed at removing a major source of air pollution and climate change, the provincial government has put British Columbia on a path to require the sale of all new light-duty cars and trucks to be zero-emission vehicles by the year 2040.
Powered only by the sun, Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform. Utilizing advanced solar cells and built with lightweight materials, Odysseus can effectively fly indefinitely - all powered by clean, renewable energy.
Researchers have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles—providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station fill-up.
Approximately 3,500 attendees from 42 countries attended the IDTechEx Show!, which featured 284 exhibiting organizations. The event, held in Santa Clara, California, is unique in bringing together eight key technologies with the organizations that seek to use them.
By the summer of 2019 at the latest, international parcel and express service provider DPD will be converting its entire parcel deliveries in inner-city districts of Hamburg to electro-mobility.
Many new electric vehicles were on display at the IDTechEx Show! on November 14-15 in Santa Clara, but that was the tip of the iceberg. The event had a hidden message; the future enabling technologies for electric vehicles (EVs) from buses to cars to mining vehicles.
Walmart is partnering with Ford to explore delivery with autonomous vehicle technology.
The demand to reduce CO2 emissions in city centers is one of the key drivers for Wrightbus to implement new technology which cuts down CO2 emissions by saving fuel.
Tritium, the Australian DC electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions specialist, announced that Hungary's NKM Mobilitas Ltd has installed the country's first liquid-cooled 50kW DC fast charger for electric vehicles in the KÖKI Terminál P+R, an underground parking facility at one of Budapest's major shopping malls.
Alfa Power last Friday installed and tested its latest charger, and the specifications have been calibrated to achieve 120kW. For now, Alfa Power has decided to cap the supply at 100kW.
Mercedes‑Benz delivered the first series production model of an urban bus with a fully-electric drive system to the public transport company Hochbahn AG in Hamburg. It is part of an order for 20 eCitaro buses.
A small lab-grown diamond measuring a few millimeters per side could one day enable civilian drones to be recharged in mid-flight through a laser. Thanks to the diamond, the laser beam can remain strong enough over a long distance to recharge photovoltaic cells on the drones' surface.
Epiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, launches its second generation of battery-operated machines that will lower mining customers' costs and promote a healthier work environment.
 
The EV Drive Coalition is working to urge Congress to reform the federal electric vehicle tax credit so automakers can continue producing, workers can continue building, and consumers can continue buying vehicles that produce zero emissions.
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess says VW have sourced the batteries for 50 million electric cars.
Researchers are aiming to improve the efficiency of light electric vehicles by developing next-generation 'passive' cooling solutions for the vehicles' battery chargers.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a technology for efficiently managing photovoltaic and other power-generation systems and also the charging/discharging of electric vehicles parked on company campuses.
Heading towards zero emission airports Press Release | 14 Nov | Finland
The Finnish airport operator Finavia has decided to adopt Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittilä airports. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced from waste and residues. The switch to renewable fuel is part of Finavia's goal to make its airports carbon dioxide neutral by 2020.
By 2021, the BMW Group will have five all-electric models: the BMW i3, the MINI Electric, the BMW iX3, the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT. By 2025, that number is set to grow to at least twelve models. Including plug-in hybrids - whose electrically powered range will increase significantly in the coming year - the BMW Group's electrified product portfolio will then comprise at least 25 models.
Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can't get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it's been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS signals used to guide the aircraft can be unreliable or nonexistent in forest environments.
Highlights from PlugBoat 2018 08 Nov | Italy, Worldwide
IDTechEx attended and presented at PlugBoat 2018, which is a conference dedicated to electric and hybrid boats and ships. It was held in Venice on October 18 - 19, playing host to roughly 50 delegates representing a mixture of startups, policymakers and conventional engine manufacturers for ships.
In response to widespread interest from European customers, Nikola Motor Company has created a hydrogen-electric truck for European markets.
ABB and SINTEF Ocean are undertaking groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion.
The Volkswagen Group, Mobileye, an Intel Company, and Champion Motors announced plans to deploy Israel's first self-driving ride hailing service - or Mobility-as-a-Service - starting next year.
The City of London Corporation has announced plans for a pilot scheme limiting access to the south section of Moor Lane, near Moorgate, to ultra-low emission vehicles.
Volvo Cars has reached an agreement with Baidu to jointly develop electric and fully autonomous drive-compatible cars with the aim of mass producing them for China, the largest car market in the world.
The world's first commercial rollout of autonomous package delivery on the ground, with hundreds of robots from Starship Technologies delivering packages straight to consumers' front doors.
Atlis Motor Vehicles has completed and successfully tested their first large-scale prototype battery pack. The goal of the test was a full charge in 15 minutes, and Atlis achieved the full charge in 12 minutes, 35 seconds. This charge time of a vehicle battery in under 13 minutes is a first in the electric vehicle industry.
IDTechEx is one of the few market and technical research companies following marine electrification as part of its wider electric vehicle research -- and it is a segment quietly undergoing a transformation. The marine industry makes significant contributions to global pollution (particularly ocean-going vessels), often out of the spotlight. But in the past decade, regulations that have first focused on restricting particulates emissions, and more recently carbon emissions, are driving change.
Pizza Hut's pizza making truck 02 Nov | United States
Pizza Hut has joined forces with Toyota to develop the one-of-a-kind, zero-emission Tundra PIE Pro, a mobile pizza factory with the ability to deliver oven-hot pizza wherever it goes.
Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor have announced plans to introduce 'solar roof' charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles with additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range.
The goal of the collaboration is to test possible applications and develop suitable ones to market maturity. A first demonstrator shows how access rights, e.g. for car sharing, can be granted decentrally with a smartphone app.
Porsche will create 300 additional jobs at its headquarters in Zuffenhausen for production of the vehicle.
McLaren Automotive has revealed the McLaren Speedtail. The Speedtail can achieve the highest maximum speed of any McLaren to date, reaching 403 km/h (250mph). Just 106 will be created and all are already reserved, at a price of from £1.75million plus taxes.
An Australian-Israeli startup has found a way to use water in order to power electric vehicles.
Volvo Cars has acquired a stake in electric car charging company FreeWire Technologies via the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, deepening the company's commitment to a fully electric future.
Dr Peter Harrop discusses supercapacitors with Poznan University at the IDTechEx Show! Europe 2018
The BMW Group, Northvolt and Umicore have formed a joint technology consortium in order to work closely together on the continued development of a complete and sustainable value chain for battery cells for electrified vehicles in Europe.
 
Olympian Sportsman, KONE, Jabil and BYD feature as Cornerstones of the IDTechEx Show!
Electric vehicle cybersecurity grant 24 Oct | United States
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Virginia Tech a $3 million grant for research on electric vehicle charging infrastructure cybersecurity as part of a larger $80 million investment by the department on advanced technologies research.
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a novel electric vehicle battery technology that is more energy-efficient than gasoline-powered engines. The new technology enables drivers to simply have their battery packs replaced instead of charging them. It also provides lightweight, high-energy density power sources with little risk of catching fire or explosion.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has signed a deal with Southern Power for Southern Power's 200-megawatt Reading Wind Facility. This initiative, which will offset up to 12 percent of Royal Caribbean's emissions beginning in 2020, is one of many programs the cruise line has to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Volocopter will perform a next set of inner urban flight tests in Singapore. The series of tests are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019.
Australian start-up, Chargefox Pty Ltd has successfully raised $15 million to enable it to commence building Australia's largest open, ultra-rapid network of charging stations for electric vehicles.
Electrify America has reached network interoperability agreements that will increase the range confidence of EV drivers, and will feature an interconnected network of approximately 12,500 chargers, located at shopping centers, gas stations, convenience stores, workplaces, and multi-family dwellings, as of June 30, 2019.
An ambitious project to get 600 fuel cell city buses on the roads in selected regions in Europe has been selected by the Connecting Europe Facility programme for nearly €40m of funding.
This coming November 14-15 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, leading players in the battery and energy storage industry will compete to capture the audience's attention over what technology is set to dominate in the coming decade.
IDTechEx attended Aluminium 2018 at the Düsseldorf Messe, Germany. This event reaches nearly 30,000 attendees and covers the complete aluminium supply chain.
Kitty Hawk's Zephyr Airworks, the operator of Cora in New Zealand, is entering into an agreement with Air New Zealand -- a partnership to one day bring the first ever air taxi service to the sky.
Many consider drones as flying sensors. Indeed, nearly all applications of drones reply on some type of sensors, be it a simple camera to a complex hyperspectral or LIDAR sensor. In addition, drones are becoming more navigational autonomous.
With global electric vehicle sales hitting 4 million this summer, increasing attention has been paid to the end-of-life issues of EV batteries. Recycling the batteries to recover the raw materials seems to be the default solution. However, after their first life as powertrain for electric cars, the batteries could still hold 70-80% of their initial capacity which can be further utilised in second-life applications such as stationary energy storage before being recycled.
A Range Rover Sport has completed the first ever self-driving lap of one of the UK's most challenging road layouts. A prototype self-driving Range Rover Sport handled the complex Coventry Ring Road, successfully changing lanes, merging with traffic and exiting junctions at the speed limit of 40mph.
The uptake of STEM subjects by women and other minorities is crucial for myriad reasons, for instance boosting economic activity and closing the pay gender gap, to name but two.
IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad, the New Technologies Initiative will showcase innovations from 10 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Santa Clara, USA on November 14-15, 2018 (www.IDTechEx.com/USA). All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
This coming November 14-15 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, leading players in the battery and energy storage industry will compete to capture the audience's attention over what technology is set to dominate in the coming decade.
Leading players in autonomous vehicle technology gather at Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing 2018. The Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing 2018 conference, part of IDTechEx Show! USA 2018 will take place on the 14th and 15th of November in Santa Clara, California. This conference will explore the synergies between Electric Vehicles and broader automotive trends such as the rise of Autonomous Vehicles.
IDTechEx Chairman, Dr Peter Harrop, interviews Zero Motorcycles, a fully electric motorbike manufacturer. They discuss the companies history success and future targets.
Graphene for vehicle parts 11 Oct | United States
Graphene is a material used in coating, cell phones and even some sporting goods - and soon, will be used under the hood in Ford vehicles, a first in automotive. Ford, along with Eagle Industries and XG Sciences, has found a way to use a very small amount of graphene while achieving major property improvements - more lightweight, better heat conductivity and noise reduction.
Cruise and General Motors Co have joined forces with Honda to pursue the shared goal of transforming mobility through the large-scale deployment of autonomous vehicle technology.
UK's first 60kW rapid charge point 09 Oct | United Kingdom
For the first time ever, all UK EV drivers can enjoy the fastest rapid public charging options, powered by renewable energy, with the installation of a 60kW agnostic charger. The charging point is ready for use and the first of its type to be compatible with all models of electric vehicle.
Denmark has announced that it will ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines by 2030 and hopes to have one million electric and hybrid cars on the roads by then.
Tritium Pty Ltd, the Australian DC electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions specialists, has announced that Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a Fortive Corporation business, has taken a minority investment in the company.
Ever since the economic crisis, the motorcycle market in the U.S. has stagnated at roughly 400,000 bikes per year, and the industry has struggled to attract younger, more safety-conscious riders. In fact, its rider base has been ageing for decades (the case is similar in Europe, although the market is larger at over 900,000 motorcycle sales per year). Electrification is the jump-start the industry needs to appeal to new audiences, and is why the likes of Harley Davidson, U.S. motorcycling icon and survivor of the great depression, is looking to re-invent itself by going electric.
We have previously argued that everything in the world of robotics is changing. Indeed, we have shown that robots are increasingly becoming collaborative, mobile and intelligent, leaving their confines in factories to enter more aspects of industry and daily life. This trend will have profound long-term economical and societal consequences. Indeed, our report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players forecasts that the market for robots and drones will grow from $66 billion in 2018 to more than 210 billion in 2028.
3D printing of composites is perceived as a crucial future iteration for many forms of 3D printing. With this in mind, the annual IDTechEx Show, taking place on 14-15 Nov in Santa Clara, CA, will host a dedicated session for this class of materials.
Mazda Motor Corporation announced electrification and connectivity strategies. The strategies are based on Mazda's long-term vision for technology development.
Peugeot has announced the launch of its new Plug-in Hybrid petrol engine range. The new engines are available for the Peugeot 3008 SUV, and all-new Peugeot 508 and 508 SW.
IDTechEx Show! USA Awards 02 Oct | Worldwide
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Toyota has taken another important step towards a broader hydrogen society by announcing that it will provide its hydrogen fuel cell technology to Caetanobus SA in Portugal.
Porsche drops diesel 01 Oct | Germany
Porsche has always matched its product range to its customers' requirements and the pursuit of technological excellence. That is why the sports car manufacturer is intensifying its activities in the areas of hybrid technology and electromobility and will, in future, no longer offer vehicles with diesel propulsion.
Semcon automates production of eco-friendly fuel cells Press Release | 05 Oct | United States
Semcon expands the partnership with fuel cell company Powercell with a view to upscale the company's production of fuel cells with automation and robots. Fuel cells powered by hydrogen produce electricity and heat with no emissions other than water.
Britain's biggest electricity distributor has become the first of London's utility networks to put Electric Vehicles on the capital's roads, as part of its operational fleet.
The global electric vehicle population reached 3 million units at the end of 2017, which represents approximately 0.23% of the global vehicle population. Electric vehicle producers have responded to consumer's range anxiety by increasing the available range per charge in their vehicles to more than 200 miles. However ultimately the deployment of electric vehicles will depend on the deployment of ubiquitous chargers.
2018 is regarded as the beginning year for battery recycling as the first batch of batteries are gradually coming out of electric vehicles. Umicore has recently announced their investment plan in ramping up battery recycling capacity in preparation for the boom of spent EV batteries. By 2018, we will already have around 33,000 retired electric vehicle battery packs (including electric passenger cars and buses) which amounts to around 1GWh storage capacity.
The end game of aircraft is energy independent electric aircraft as detailed in our reports on energy independent electric vehicles and unmanned pure electric aircraft.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China has recently announced the pilot program of recycling and second use of retired electric vehicle batteries in 17 major regions and cities. China Tower, the world's biggest operator of telecommunication towers, is included as the only company in the pilot program to develop key technologies, explore business models and help establish standards related to second-life batteries.
Beginning in 2019 and over a five year period Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy will provide 1,000 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks and an adequate supply chain for renewable hydrogen.
Hyundai Motor Group has recently announced a commercial partnership with energy company Wärtsilä to utilize second-life electric vehicle batteries for stationary energy storage at both commercial and utility scales. This is not the first piece of news that automotive companies are trying to give a second life to their retired EV batteries as major EV manufactures including Nissan, Renault, BMW, Daimler, BYD etc. have announced various battery second use projects around the world.
Development of supercapacitors with high energy density and long cycle life using sustainable materials for next-generation applications is of paramount importance. The ongoing challenge is to elevate the energy density of supercapacitors on par with batteries, while upholding the power and cyclability.
IKEA Group commits to zero emissions targets for home delivery 25 Sep | United States, France, China, Netherlands
IKEA Group takes the next step towards reaching 100% zero emissions home deliveries by announcing an accelerated timeline for transitioning to EV in five major inner cities - Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Shanghai - by 2020.
The end-of-life issue of electric vehicle batteries is a key topic in the sustainability of EVs. By 2029, there will be 3 million used battery packs coming out of EVs per year which amounts to around 108GWh available storage capacity (see the IDTechEx's latest report on Second-life Electric Vehicle Batteries). What will happen to this huge amount of retired car batteries?
The Coradia iLint, built by Alstom in Salzgitter, Germany, is equipped with fuel cells which convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thus eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. From 17 September onwards, two such trains will enter commercial service according to a fixed timetable in Lower Saxony.
Maxxis has announced that it is joining forces with German electric carmaker e.GO. The strategic partnership will see Maxxis create tyres for the manufacturer's future models, using its considerable expertise and resources to deliver products that can ensure a smooth and safe ride for drivers of the innovative vehicles.
Virta - a Finnish electric vehicle charging service provider - has been awarded at the global CHARGE Energy Branding Awards for the Best Energy Product Brand. The forerunner company offers a digital platform for connecting energy and mobility services.
The new report from IDTechEx Research, Drones 2018-2038: Components, Technologies, Roadmaps, Market Forecasts, provides a comprehensive analysis of the drone market, considering components, technologies, application roadmaps and markets.
It is a technological megatrend providing billion dollar business opportunities. The unique new IDTechEx Research report "Smart Materials as Structural Electronics and Electrics 2019-2029" explains how structural materials can be electronically, electrically, mechanically, magnetically and optically smart nowadays.
The agreement, which will see udelv supply supermarkets like Uptown Grocery, Buy For Less, Buy For Less Super Mercado and Smart Saver with an initial 10 customized cargo vans to service online deliveries in the OKC metro area, is the largest ADV deal in the world to date.
This article concerns TactoTek in Oulu Finland and how its technologies can scale up and create billion dollar businesses.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks is starting practical trials for its all-electric heavy-duty eActros truck. The retail and logistics service provider Hermes is the first of 20 customers in different sectors who will integrate the electric truck into their fleets. Each customer will use a near-series 18 or 25-tonner in their normal operations for one year to test it for day-to-day suitability.
Key areas discussed and displayed at the LCV event include the battery, powertrain, lightweighting, autonomous driving and electric vehicle charging, from not only the technology but also business model and policy perspectives.
Audi strives to take electric mobility to the next level and plans to offer more than 20 electrified models by 2025 - some will be plug-in-hybrids - more than half will be fully-electric.
One of the biggest drawbacks of electric vehicles - that they require hours and hours to charge - could be obliterated by a new type of liquid battery that is roughly ten times more energy-dense than existing models.
NEXT announces the introduction of its fully automated multiservice 'online-to-offline' platform, including a modular vehicle solution and the supporting operating system required to bring an ecosystem of logistics services to market at scale.
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 2 October titled Fuel Cell Vehicles
Daimler and Bosch have announced the successful premiere of their joint Automated Valet Parking pilot in Beijing. The technology symbolizes a pioneering effort in infrastructure-supported driverless parking and marks the first pilot of its kind in China.
A key trend across many sectors is the multifunctionality of structural parts. This has extended to fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite material and the added functionality ranges to: enhanced electrical & thermal conductivity, embedded sensors & actuators, energy storage & harvesting, data transmission, self-healing, and adaptive response (morphing) mechanisms.
Like the car equivalents, 48V mild hybrid trucks do not start as electric vehicles (driving the wheels electrically some or all of the time) but they are headed that way.
Electric vehicles are rapidly scaling up in production, but under the surface of this explosive growth there are significant competitions taking place across the supply chain.
After surfacing its Vespa Elettrica concept at EICMA last year, a large motorcycle trade show known for these sort of announcements from manufacturers, Piaggio finally announced that it will go to production this September, and that it will take preorders in October with the first deliveries later that month.
Research helps make buses smarter 14 Sep | Switzerland
A rather unusual trolleybus has been navigating the streets of Zurich in recent months. With its large windscreen and covered wheels, it could easily be mistaken for a tram. It features a hybrid electric drive system that allows it to draw power from an on-board traction battery as well as overhead wires. But this bus is also "smart", boasting specially designed software that automatically gathers information on the route.
This is a technological megatrend. Dumb load-bearing metal structures move to plastic and composite and incorporate energy harvesting and storage material - massless energy. Indeed you could call some of it negative mass energy. Goodbye components-in-a-box.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May will announce �106 million for R&D in green vehicles, new batteries and low carbon technology.
Walmart Canada announced plans to power its fleet using 100 per cent alternative power by 2028. To meet that goal, the company has announced plans to acquire an additional 30 Tesla 18-wheeler semi-trucks, building on its original order of 10 trucks in November 2017.
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 25 September titled Electric two-wheelers: the EV underdog?
Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2016-2018 model year Toyota Prius vehicles. The subject vehicles have an engine wire harness which is connected to the hybrid vehicle Power Control Unit. A portion of the wire harness could contact the cover at this connection and wear over time, causing an electrical short circuit, which can generate heat. If sufficient heat is generated, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.
Volvo Cars reveals its new Volvo 360c concept, a holistic view of a future of travel that is autonomous, electric, connected and safe. It could open up new growth markets for Volvo Cars, for example in the multi-billion dollar domestic air travel industry.
In April 2018, IDTechEx gave a presentation at the world copper conference in Santiago Chile. This was part of work carried out for the International Copper Association to benchmark the commercial status of emerging conductive material. The presentation delivered can be seen below.
Tritium is receiving a portion of $3.2 million in federal funding awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute for developing an extreme fast charging system that can connect to the grid.
This week Mercedes-Benz celebrated the world premiere of the new, fully-electric EQC. As a purely battery-electrically powered vehicle, the EQC stands for an impressive combination of comfort, quality and day-to-day suitability.
The founder of Flexegraph shares information on their nano enhanced fluids and how they function to benefit closed loop cooling systems.
IDTechEx Research has just published a new report 'Fuel Cell Vehicles 2019-2029'. Fuel cells are commercially successful in stationary applications but commercially unsuccessful in vehicles, beyond a few thousand purchased for material handling vehicles, notably forklifts.
With just 4 days left to apply, time is running out to explore the IDTechEx Launchpad Initiative...
Segway-Ninebot's product line-up contains more than thirteen products, bringing solutions for various kind of personal short-distance transportation that solve mobility issues and add a lot of fun and convenience to people's daily lives.
AWE should be seen as part of a bigger picture. The next generation of zero emission electricity producing technologies has no huge steel and concrete infrastructure, so it can have much less cost and installation time and making it redeployable.
The drone market has boomed in recent years. This is essentially because easy-to-use, reliable and small-sized flying machines have become available at highly accessible prices- well in the range of consumer electronic products. This has created its own demand amongst customers and professional.
Autonomous grocery delivery trial 03 Sep | United States
AutoX is launching a grocery delivery and mobile store pilot in San Jose allowing users to order and receive fresh produce and other goods, which will be delivered by AutoX's self-driving cars.
The Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission, the first Nissan electric car made for China, has begun rolling off the production line.
Toyota and Uber have agreed to expand their collaboration with the aim of advancing and bringing to market autonomous ride-sharing as a mobility service at scale.
Ambev, owner of brands such as Skol, Brahma, Antarctica and Guarane, announced that by 2023, it will use 1,600 electric trucks made by Volkswagen Caminh�es e �nibus to transport beverages.
Pilot for grocery deliveries 29 Aug | United States
The Kroger Co and Nuro today announced Scottsdale, Arizona as the city for their self-driving grocery delivery pilot. Through the new self-driving delivery vehicles, customers will receive their groceries at their curb - safely and quickly.
More and more companies are exploring how to extract value by repurposing a second-life for those retired but still capable car batteries in less-demanding applications such as stationary energy storage.
Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway - such as helicopters and quadcopters - are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.
Consumer batteries such as those used in power tools, mobile phones and laptops are normally recycled/disposed after their service life - that's what we normally refer to as the 'end-of-life' of the batteries. However, retired car batteries that are no longer suitable for electric cars could still hold sufficient capacity for second life applications. The 'end-of-life' of an electric car battery needs to be redefined as they could be further used, for example, for another 10 years or even longer in various post-vehicle applications before they are finally recycled/disposed.
New Flyer Canada ULC announced that the Societe de transport de Montreal and the Societe de transport de Laval have awarded New Flyer a contract for 40 forty-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses.
IDTechEx expects growth of electric two-wheelers to accelerate internationally beyond Europe, the U.S. and China in the following years.
Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for 'the most beautiful electric car in the world', Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sports car's successful debut in concept in September 2017.
Support for robotic deliveries 24 Aug | United States
Need some lunch, a package or important papers brought to your home or office? Companies may send an autonomous robot to make that delivery to your door one day soon thanks to the innovation and forward thinking of the City of Arlington.
The Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) is a global series of conferences for companies and academics to present their latest research on Li-ion batteries for the auto industry. Every year it is held in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
Magically, next generation electricity production continuous (base) electricity production can avoid the massive concrete and steel structures currently used for nuclear power stations with their 1000 year fuel rod problem.
Bye Aerospace announced the successful completion of the first flight of the solar electric technology demonstrator prototype for its "StratoAirNet" and "Solesa" families of medium-altitude aircraft systems.
IDTechEx's will bring together the leaders of the emerging electric vehicle sectors of the future. Whilst electric cars are an important area for electrification, passenger vehicles are not the only segment that is becoming electrified.
BYD announced its successful delivery of 101 pure electric e6 cars to Bangkok, with another 1000 more to come. The agreement with Thailand to export an additional fleet of cars catapults BYD to the number one position in the country'smarket for pure electric vehicles.
Intel is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and other industry participants to foster innovation and to shape the global standards and practices for unmanned aircraft systems, with safety being the first priority.
There has been a resurgence in interest and activity surrounding fuel cell technologies for stationary storage applications in 2018. In this premium article, IDTechEx looks at the most suitable technologies for off-grid power and explores the chemistry behind the use of ammonia as an off-grid fuel source in more detail.
Just a few weeks after the conclusion of a test drive tour around Europe lasting several months, Sono Motors has announced another series of test drives of the Sion electric car encompassing a total of 18 cities in the Netherlands and Germany.
The marine industry is at a turning point: vessel owners and operators are increasingly attracted to the value proposition of installing a battery system. Electrification is gaining momentum. Here's why.
The term smart city originally meant little beyond using much more information technology IT. However, new IDTechEx report, "Smart City Opportunities: Infrastructure, Systems, Materials 2019-2029" reveals that much more dramatic changes are both required and possible and humans will be in the driving seat.
Solar-powered aircraft breaks record 17 Aug | United States
Airbus Defence and Space announced the successful landing of its first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, the new Zephyr S HAPS. Zephyr S logged a maiden flight of over 25 days, the longest duration flight ever made.
Researchers have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.
The Centre for Process Innovation is set to help develop the next generation of batteries capable of extending electric vehicles' mileage range.
Last week a US court held Monsanto's glyphosate responsible for causing cancer in a ground keeper, awarding $289M of damages. You might wonder what the link between this verdict and agricultural robotics is? The answer is everything.
Dongfeng Motor Company Limited announced that it will accelerate the "Green 2022 Plan" rollout with a focus on green products, production and materials reuse.
It's been some time in the making but now undoubtedly printed electronics is being pursued as a differentiator and enabler by many industry verticals. Organizations from several verticals are coming together to present their progress adopting printed electronics at the world's largest event on the topic - the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA conference and exhibition, hosted in Santa Clara on November 14-15.
A new type of energy storage system could revolutionise energy storage and drop the charging time of electric cars from hours to seconds.
The first ever full electric mobility service in East Africa. The launch signals the first time electric rides are available in East Africa for commercial use.
A team based in Hungary, says it has created the world's first electrojet designed for series production, which, thanks to its electric drive, is environmentally friendly and represents a sustainable future.
IDTechEx Analyst, Dr Richard Collins gives a brief overview on the aerospace materials industry, covering composites, light weighting, metal alloys, nano-carbons and additive manufacturing.
The recuperation concept: from freewheeling to a one-pedal feeling The recuperation system contributes to up to 30 percent of the electric SUV's range.
This technology will pave the way for bulk hydrogen to be transported in the form of ammonia, using existing infrastructure, and then reconverted back to hydrogen at the point of use. It has the potential to fill the gap in the technology chain to supply fuel cell vehicles around the world with low-emissions hydrogen sourced from Australia.
Ample, a technology company focused on solving the energy delivery challenge for electric cars, announced that it has closed a $31 million Series A round of financing. Shell Ventures led the investment round with participation from Moore Strategic Ventures, Repsol Energy Ventures, Hemi Ventures, and TRIREC.
The Volkswagen group confirmed that it might have to recall as many as 124,000 electric and hybrid cars from its VW, Audi and Porsche brands due to poisonous cadmium.
Graphene skinned plane unveiled 08 Aug | United Kingdom
The University of Central Lancashire has unveiled the world's first graphene skinned plane at an internationally renowned air show.
The common goals are clear: certifiable standards, safe origins and transparency in the procurement of high-risk raw materials and a tangible improvement in the working and living conditions of people locally. By joining, Daimler AG is expanding its broad commitment to initiatives and is actively promoting greater transparency in global raw material supply chains.
The IDTechEx Launchpad initiative is open to early-stage start-ups, universities, newly spun-out companies, research labs and government labs who can demonstrate a working prototype or product that highlights new advances in any of the related event topics of: 3d printing, electric vehicles, energy storage, graphene, internet of things, printed electronics, sensors, or wearable technology.
New electric super yacht 06 Aug | Finland
Q-Yachts has unveiled its new fully electric zero emission superyacht Q30. Totally silent and efficient for up to 8 passengers.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Envision Group for the sale of Nissan's electric battery operations and production facilities to Envision.
Tritium presents its new High Power Charging solution Press Release | 07 Aug | Netherlands
Tritium will showcase its unique HPC system, a scalable, flexible system for commercial operators, capable of charging an electric vehicle up to 475kW.
Harley-Davidson plans to lead the electric motorcycle market by launching Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle, LiveWire™, in 2019 -- the first in a broad, no-clutch "twist and go" portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of the sport.
The future is airborne. Drones may soon become the key to relieving the burden of traffic on our streets, optimizing deliveries, and improving the safety and efficiency of firefighting. But there are still a few hurdles to cross before the technology reaches the maturity required for large-scale commercial roll-out.
Cleantech Hub reports that a mere 13% of lead acid batteries are recycled in Nigeria. Yet there is a mini-grid revolution about to take off in Nigeria, such as the World Bank and the Rural Electrification Agency $350 million project as well as other investments into the sector, driving more batteries.
Automotive and aerospace manufacturers are increasingly turning to fiber lasers to resolve their manufacturing challenges.
Hanergy Holding Group subsidiary, Donghan New Energy Automotive Technology inked a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Bluecar, a subsidiary of France's Bollore Group to mark the beginning of new era in the field of solar electric vehicles.
Microlino has passed the last tests for the EU homologation. Range testing outperformed calculations.
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science have broken new ground while trialling aerial and underwater robots at sea, which would allow greater monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef.
BYD announced that the first electric refuse trucks to operate in the city of Seattle - as well as the entire Pacific Northwest region - are ordered and will soon be helping to deliver on a cleaner environment.
IDTechEx analysts report on their findings at LASYS: Industrial Laser Exhibition.
The Japanese government has aims to have all new cars sold in Japan be electric or hybrid vehicles by 2050.
Ford Motor Company has created Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, a new organization charged with accelerating its AV business to capitalize on market opportunities.
A new era is starting at Audi Hungaria. On Tuesday, series production of electric motors officially started in Győr.
In a UK airport first, passengers, staff and local residents can now reserve and pick up a 100% electric car at Gatwick - and return it to any of 300 compatible pick up/ drop off points across London or back at Gatwick.
The new autonomous driving "Robot Tractors" are designed to greatly enhance farm management efficiency, while realizing significant labor-savings.
Henkel is actively investing in new technologies and products for efficient large-scale manufacturing of safe and reliable electric drive systems.
AUDI AG and Hyundai Motor Group are driving the development of fuel cell technology. The two companies plan to cross-license patents and grant access to non-competitive components.
This premium article will give some of the key conversations with the most technically innovative companies that IDTechEx analysts spoke while at the show.
A Medium-altitude, Long-endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force (Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK and became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a trans-Atlantic flight.
Volta Energy Technologies is investing in Conamix, a technology startup based in Ithaca, New York. Conamix has developed a breakthrough material and process for creating low-cost, high-energy, and cobalt-free electrode materials for lithium-based batteries.
OPENER has revealed BlackFly; the world's first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing extreme short/vertical take-off and landing aircraft. BlackFly is a single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle with simple controls requiring no special skills to master and operate safely.
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McLaren Automotive has announced its ambitious, wide-ranging business plan that will take the company to its fifteenth anniversary. McLaren is committed to ensuring that its sportscar and supercar range will be hybrid within seven years.
Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine has been awarded a USD 3 to build the first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in the United States. The zero-emission vessel will be the first of its kind in the US, and will highlight the advantages of hydrogen fuel cells for the commercial maritime sector.
 
Drones survey African wildlife 16 Jul | Worldwide
A new technique enables fast and accurate counting of gnu, oryx and other large mammals living in wildlife reserves. Drones are used to remotely photograph wilderness areas, and the images are then analysed using object recognition software and verified by humans.
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The Volkswagen Group is expanding its successful business relationships in the People's Republic of China. The agreements cover the areas of e-mobility, connectivity, mobility services and autonomous driving.
Behind the 'smoke and mirror' marketing, LPWAN connections see 46% CAGR to 2025
Hyundai is investing in Ionic Materials to advance the development of battery technology and improve EV performance with solid-state battery innovation.
The world's first apple orchard pollination by drone.
Honda announced that the latest addition to the PCX series popular for its stylish design and environmentally friendly engines, the PCX HYBRID, the world's first mass-produced motorized scooter (125cc or less) equipped with a motorcycle hybrid system, will go on sale in Japan in September.
The aerospace sector was one of the earliest and most significant adopters of CFRP material. However, this dominance is under threat with emerging metal alloys and additive manufacturing some of the key contenders.
The UK government has confirmed its ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 as part of plans to make the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.
PostNL is replacing 20 daily car rides with diesel-powered delivery vans in Utrecht with a more sustainable way of delivering using electric carrier bikes and small electric vehicles.
London EV Company has launched the world's most advanced electric taxi, the TX, in Berlin -and has announced its intention to partner with Volvo Germany to sell and distribute the vehicle.
Using multiple autonomous vehicles simultaneously, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers returns to the United States after exploring the North Pacific Subtropical front - a sharp boundary where cold fresh waters from the north meet warm salty waters from the south.
The WE customer platform is to begin rolling out various vehicle-on-demand services, in particular car sharing, in Germany in 2019. These services are to be extended to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia as early as 2020.
Californians do not purchase electric vehicles because they are cool, they buy EVs because they live in a warm climate. Conventional lithium-ion batteries cannot be rapidly charged at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but now a team of engineers has created a battery that can self-heat, allowing rapid charging regardless of the outside chill.
Diesel doesn't float this boat 04 Jul | United States
Marine research could soon be possible without the risk of polluting either the air or the ocean. It's thanks to a new ship design and feasibility study.
Plans to 3D print cars 03 Jul | China
WE Solutions Ltd in Hong Kong has announced plans to 3D print electric vehicles in Shanghai for taxi and ride-hailing services in China.
Uber urges drivers to go electric 02 Jul | United States
Studies have found that when shared and electric mobility are properly combined, along with automation, we can shrink the number of vehicles on the road and reduce transportation's climate footprint. That's why Uber has launched the EV Champions Initiative, a pilot program for driver-partners to deliver at least 5 million EV rides over the next year.
The future of grocery shopping 02 Jul | United States
A new partnership to redefine the grocery customer experience for Americans by piloting an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience.
Autonomous haul trucks in mining are here to stay with companies ramping up the roll out of retrofit fleets around the world, but what does this mean in the wider context of next generation mining equipment, with many projects from digital twin IoT solutions to predictive maintenance of equipment showing promise in the adoption of emerging technology. Separating the hype from reality is key in mining, an industry often risk averse to standalone investments and where standards and interoperability challenges typically need be addressed ahead of technology adoption.
As society and equipment become more mobile and remote from grids, diesel and gas gensets will be bought in larger numbers for a few years yet - possibly peaking at around $30 billion global market size when over 600GW will be deployed. The Zero Genset market will rise to at least $100 billion if it replaces significant grid power.
Hyundai Motor Group has selected W�rtsil� for a technology and commercial partnership designed to utilize second-life electric vehicle batteries for the growing energy storage market.
The Leading Edge Academic Poster Display: Present your work to over 3,500 innovation leaders at the world's biggest event on Emerging Technologies. The IDTechEx Show! USA 2018 is the largest gathering of industry executives involved in R&D, business development and product management, in addition to those seeking to use the technology. Held on November 14 & 15, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA, the event features limited poster space for leading academic research to be displayed to all attendees.
A self-driving vehicle has to detect objects, track them over time, and predict where they will be in the future in order to plan a safe manoeuvre. These tasks are typically trained independently from one another, which could result in disasters should any one task fail.
In IDTechEx Research's latest report Additive Manufacturing and Lightweight Materials for Aerospace and Defense 2018-2028, the focus is on advanced lightweight materials and the rise of additive manufacturing.
Fiber lasers: A versatile technology for lightweighting, battery manufacturing and LiDAR in the automotive industry. Recent advances in fiber laser welding are highly advantageous for lightweighting and battery manufacturing. Fiber lasers are reliable, compact and energy efficient systems that offer the best beam quality for applications where precision is important.
Borden is set to be Canada's first all-electric underground gold mine, which will be safer for employees and have a smaller environmental footprint.
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Through the completion of the Foshan Plant Phase II, the Foshan production site's capacity will double from 300,000 to 600,000 cars annually. As the first SUV-model of the Volkswagen brand built by FAW-Volkswagen, the T-Roc successfully rolled off the line in April this year. Together with the Audi Q2L, which will also start production this year, it is a vital building block in the fast growing SUV segment.
The transportation industry is renewing itself from within finds new IDTechEx Research report "Electric Trucks and Delivery Vans 2018-2028".
Tightening emissions regulations make diesel cars more expensive to make, so it is only a few years before pure electric cars will be cheaper to make. This was predicted ten years ago by IDTechEx to be around 2022 for small cars and that date is now confirmed by several car manufacturers.
Hyundai Motor Group and AUDI AG have entered into a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement, covering a broad range of fuel cell electric vehicle components and technologies. Under the new partner