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Overall, 2014 is expected to be a great year for the supercapacitor industry. Based on 2013 industry results, IDTechEx confirms its outlook for a 30% CAGR External Link in the next 10 years. The supercapacitor market will reach a value of $6 billion in 2024.
The team looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in the Indian Ocean has used Bluefin Robotics' autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to use sonar beams to create high resolution 3D images of the seabed some 4500 metres down.
The start-up ECOmove has developed a technology making it possible to manufacture an ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre-chassis, without using special equipment. The first unit has already been shipped to a company in Germany.
Based on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices.
Together with its Chinese joint-venture partner FAW, Audi is to launch a plug-in hybrid car for the Chinese market.
IDTechEx's Supercapacitor Europe 2014 conference brought together the best of supercapacitor developments in the region and internationally in Berlin on 1-2 April last week.
Last year finally saw the kick-off in sales of electric cars with 2014 seeing a new impetus on fuel cell cars.
Lithium-ion batteries power a vast array of modern devices, from cell phones, laptops, and laser pointers to thermometers, hearing aids, and pacemakers. The electrodes in these batteries typically comprise three components: active materials, conductive additives, and binders.
Ioxus, a manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitor technology for use in transportation, industrial and energy applications, today announced the completion of its series C funding with receipt of $21 million from investors.
The electrochemical reactions inside the porous electrodes of batteries and fuel cells have been described by theorists, but never measured directly. Now, a team at MIT has figured out a way to measure the fundamental charge transfer rate — finding some significant surprises.
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has announced it will support Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in their attempt to fly around the world in a solar powered airplane in 2015.
Electrovaya Inc. is pleased to announce that the KF Hisary electric cable ferry has now been sailing between Mjanes and Hisary in Norway daily for six months, with flawless operation over the wintery seas in Norway.
Daimler AG and Evonik Industries AG are restructuring their activities in the field of electric mobility in Kamenz and Kirchheim/Teck, and are thus reflecting the changed market conditions.
Mitsubishi Motors' new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) will make a dramatic entrance into Mitsubishi showrooms across the UK next month although customers can place orders from this week.
Volvo Car Group and engineering company Flybrid Automotive, part of the Torotrak Group, have been conducting UK tests of lightweight Flybrid® flywheel KERS technology that boosts performance while cutting fuel consumption and emissions.
Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft have signed a collaboration agreement to develop the next generation of more energy efficient, cost effective cooling systems for vehicle batteries.
Mayor Mileh Gökçek of the Turkish capitol - Ankara addressed the media and citizens of his city during a ceremony celebrating the launch of an electrified transportation pilot program.
IDTechEx's Supercapacitors Europe 2014 conference External Link is bringing the best of supercapacitor developments in the region and internationally - 1-2 April, Berlin.
Hybrid and pure electric cars will be much more than half of the value of this market by the end of the decade. About 70% of the relatively small number of manufacturers of these have committed to only three suppliers over the next three years. However, everything about Li-ion is changing.
Airplanes get most of the attention at an airport, but a new project to convert the rest of the vehicles on the airfield from fossil fuels to electric power is about to save millions of dollars and tons of greenhouse gases at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
According to new AAA research conducted with the AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California, electric vehicle range can be reduced by an average of 57 percent based on the temperature outside.
The hunt is on - for new materials to be used in the next generation of batteries that may one day replace current lithium ion batteries.
Even the best Li-ion batteries degrade with time. A reason for this was now identified by researchers.
IDTechEx's Supercapacitor Europe 2014 conference on 1-2 April in Berlin, Germany, is bringing the best of supercapacitor developments in the region and internationally.
Tesla Motors sent shock waves through a myriad of different industries as it announced that, along with partner Panasonic, the Company would build a Lithium Ion battery factory by 2017.
SiC devices will be widely designed into electric vehicles from 2014 and GaN from 2018. With manufacturers currently designing vehicles to be launched onto the market in 2018, it is predicted that by this date GaN semiconductors will attain price parity with silicon devices. This will make the technology attractive as a replacement for silicon for use in the power electronics in both pure electric and hybrid vehicles.
Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won't take you farther than 100 miles on one charge.
Despite their potential to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption, electric and hybrid cars and trucks struggled for years to find a solid customer base.
Energy harvesting is increasingly used in the tiniest electronic components right up to multiple KW lift and swingarm braking on huge construction vehicles where 1.5 KW thermoelectric harvesting is planned next. However, electrodynamics and photovoltaics are most popular so far, increasingly in combination, and application in vehicles is of increasing importance.
While nobody has killed it, the electric car certainly has its challenges - namely safety, performance and cost.
The Volkswagen Group is investing more than ever before in eco-friendly vehicles. Last year, Group research and development expenditure rose by 15 percent to the record value of €10.2 billion.
Solvay Specialty Polymers has announced the launch of the LIFE+ GLEE project, a highly focused sustainability program that aims to use water instead of organic solvents in the rechargeable lithium ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturing process.
The QUANT e-Sportlimousine is a first step towards demonstrating the many advantages of the nanoFLOWCELL®, as well as paving the way for the electrical mobility of the future.
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Being able to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires some ingenious energy management. Researchers are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany's largest charging station.
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Today, Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductors offer new opportunities to achieve unprecedented performance while using less electricity.
At the EU funded INTRASME SME Opportunity Workshop in Berlin on 3 April 2014 External Link, SMEs will have the opportunity to understand the electric vehicle supply chain and how it can differ from the more traditional internal combustion engine vehicle supply chain process.
Nissan continues to pioneer the electric vehicle sector with the introduction of the Nissan e-NV200, which brings unprecedented refinement, with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs to the compact van segment.
A big step in the development of next-generation fuel cells and water-alkali electrolyzers has been achieved with the discovery of a new class of bimetallic nanocatalysts that are an order of magnitude higher in activity than the target set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for 2017.
The novel concept developed by researchers at RMIT University advances the potential for hydrogen to replace lithium as an energy source in battery-powered devices.
Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement.
A new study from the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI has found that nanotechnology will bring significant benefits to the energy sector, especially to energy storage and solar energy.
Zytek's new high-efficiency electric powertrain has been selected for Yamaha's innovative MOTIV.e city car concept.
Using a new microscopy method, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution.
There has been growing focus on sodium-ion batteries (NIBs), in particular as an energy storage solution for larger applications, such as electric vehicle and for stationary storage for renewable energies.
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will begin verification testing of its newly developed wireless battery charging system for vehicles with an electrified powertrain, such as plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, in late February in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
A new kind of battery stores energy in what researchers are calling "rechargeable fuel"—electrodes in liquid form. The result can be either recharged like a conventional battery or replaced by pumping in new fuel like gasoline.
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced a strategic collaboration today with Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) to supply direct current fast chargers over the next six years for DENZA.
Robert Bosch GmbH and the Japanese companies GS Yuasa International Ltd., based in Kyoto, and Mitsubishi Corporation, based in Tokyo, have set up a joint venture.
An electrode designed like a pomegranate - with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind - overcomes several remaining obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, say its inventors.
Researchers at the Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI), University of Limerick have made a significant breakthrough in the area of rechargeable battery technology.
IDTechEx has launched a new browser-based Electric Vehicle Market Intelligence Portal which provides companies with real-time global analysis of the total electric vehicles market for land, water and air.
A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and BYD Company Limited, one of China's largest companies specialising in battery technologies, have signed a joint laboratory agreement to develop electric vehicles with autonomous vehicle sensors.
Developing a new generation lithium-ion battery that doesn't spontaneously combust at high temperatures.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the only automaker with a wide range of 100% electric vehicles which can be charged with purely renewable energy.
Arizona State University electrical engineers Srabanti Chowdhury and Raja Ayyanar will lead research for the university's role in a new national consortium formed to develop the next generation of power electronics for electric vehicles and electronic devices.
The new IDTechEx report, Electric Boats, Small Submarines and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 2014-2024 reveals the market for electric water craft, including those on and under water, will increase from $2.6 billion to $7.3 billion in 2024.
Resolving the mystery of what happens inside batteries when silicon comes into contact with lithium could accelerate the commercialisation of next-generation high capacity batteries, for use in mobile phones and other applications.
Nordic fuel cell technology leader PowerCell is in the final stage of development of its 'next generation' fuel cell stack platform, the S2.
Samsung SDI has signed a memorandum of understanding to build a car battery factory in Shaanxi Province, China in efforts to expand its presence in what would grow to be the world's largest market for electric cars.
n his January 2013 State of the City Address, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called for a one-third electric taxi fleet by 2020.
The supercapacitor industry closed last year (2013) with a continued double-digit growth. According to Maxwell Technologies' executives, China has been the main source of growth. New announcements confirm what IDTechEx has stated in recent years: the supercapacitor and the battery industry are the same.
Baroness Kramer, the UK's Minister of State for Transport, has officially launched an all-electric bus route that will test whether electric buses can perform on a par with their diesel counterparts in a real-world operational environment.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $24.9 million through its brand new Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) that will put a new generation of advanced, non-polluting transit buses on the road in communities nationwide.
Tesla is officially opening new Supercharger locations connecting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
Researchers have shown that a one-atom thick film of molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) may work as an effective catalyst for creating hydrogen. The work opens a new door for the production of cheap hydrogen.
A project to install flywheel energy storage technology in two remote Scottish island communities to help stabilise their power grids, improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions from non-renewable power sources.
A new study from North Carolina State University indicates that even a sharp increase in the use of electric drive passenger vehicles (EDVs) by 2050 would not significantly reduce emissions of high-profile air pollutants carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides.
IDTechEx research shows the electric aircraft industry is now growing rapidly with the military and industrial/commercial sectors increasing share to 67% and 27% of the 2024 value market.
Electrochemical capacitors with electrodes made of strutted 3D graphene products can achieve a high specific power density. The new products are expected to be widely used as high-performance capacitor materials in devices for fast charging and discharging of portable electronics and electric vehicles and electromagnetic launching of aircrafts.
Together with FEV GmbH, KSPG is currently and successfully testing a range extender developed for electric vehicles. The test vehicle, based on the FIAT 500, has already undergone comprehensive tests at KSPG.
North Carolina State University has been selected by the Obama Administration to lead a public-private manufacturing innovation institute for next generation power electronics.
YASA Motors, the company delivering ultra-high performance electric motors, has received a strong boost with the investment of £5m.
One way that supercapacitors are developing faster than batteries is in the choice of format, from transfer printable ones for mobile phones to load-bearing structural components and smart skin for vehicles.
A ceramic battery separator designed to significantly improve thermal stability and safety of large-format lithium-ion batteries has been launched by Porous Power Technologies (PPT).
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 23rd January.
A "hybrid" anode developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could quadruple the life of lithium-sulfur batteries.
Duke University researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields over distances much larger than the size of the transmitter and receiver.
A fleet of 130 virtual electric cars is set to commence on the roads of Munich, Germany.
Porsche has concluded its 2013 test programme with the new LMP1 race car which features the company's recently developed powertrain. Testing will resume in early 2014 in preparation for the World Endurance Championship (WEC) which starts in April 2014, with the Le Mans 24 Hours as the highlight of the season.
Hydrogen fuel cell range extenders for 20 FedEx Express electric delivery trucks will allow FedEx Express to nearly double the amount of territory the vehicles can cover with one charge.
Nissan plans to have an electric taxi on the streets of London in 2015 - years ahead of the Mayor's target of 2020 for the development of a zero-emissions taxi.
Hyundai will introduce its Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles to the US market in the spring for just $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling.
Hitachi has begun operations on the demonstration site for the Japan-U.S. Island Grid Project on Maui Island, Hawaii, in collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization ("NEDO"), Mizuho Bank, and Cyber Defense Institute.
Ford has unveiled plans for a prototype solar-powered hybrid car.
By providing low, constant thrust over long periods of time, electric propulsion engines such as NEXT can accelerate spacecraft using less than a tenth of the propellant of a chemical rocket.
A new technique developed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source could help scientists better understand and improve the materials required for high-performance lithium-ion batteries that power EVs and other applications.
Lithium-ion battery manufacturer Sinopoly Battery has entered into a letter of intent with Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV) who plan to produce 15,000 and 5,000 EVs in mainland China and Taiwan respectively.
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) announced the purchase of two 40-foot, battery-electric buses as part of its clean bus initiative. The buses have been funded through a generous grant arranged by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich to support an electric bus demonstration project in the Antelope Valley.
With 200 HP and an instantaneous torque of 200Nm up to 10,500 rpm, VOXAN's WATTMAN is now the world's most powerful electric motorcycle.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus unveiled a package that focuses on streamlining energy tax incentives so they are more predictable and technology-neutral.
London Mayor Boris Johnson took an exclusive first look at an all-new Range-Extended Electric Metrocab from UK-based Ecotive and its technology partner Frazer-Nash Research to be trialled in London early next year.
As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced more than $7 million for projects that will help bring cost-effective, advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies online faster.
Mazda Motor Corporation has given a new lease on life to its rotary engine in the form of a Mazda2 hatchback reconfigured as an extended-range hybrid.
The total market value for electric unmanned aerial vehicles will reach over one Billion dollars by 2023 according to findings in the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) 2013-2023"
The total global gross value market for hybrid and pure electric vehicles will reach US$334 billion within the decade, from a current value of US$69 billion, forecast analysts IDTechEx.
This third edition of IDTechEx's Supercapacitors event was held in Santa Clara, California on 20-21 November.
British Gas is piloting 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans throughout the winter to determine the future viability of 100% electric vehicle technology as part of its 13,000 home service vans fleet.
The autonomous moon rover will explore the moon's surface over a 3 month period.
Two of the three vehicles in the Army's "Ultra Light Vehicle" program have now entered survivability testing in Nevada and Maryland, to evaluate both their blast and ballistic protection capability.
Nuvera Fuel Cells will be working with Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri, on a program to power hi-end marine vessels with advanced fuel cell technology.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has developed a remote-controlled robot, dubbed the "MHI-Super Giraffe (MARS-C), capable of working at heights up to 8 metres and moving freely in areas inaccessible by humans like highly radioactive environments.
The sleekly styled Honda FCEV Concept, made its world debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated in the laboratory a lithium-sulfur (Li/S) battery that has more than twice the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries and that lasts for more than 1,500 cycles of charge-discharge with minimal decay of the battery's capacity. This is longest cycle life reported so far for any lithium-sulfur battery.
Florida State researchers have been awarded more than $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a system that will produce large amounts of a state-of-the-art material made from carbon nanotubes that researchers believe could transform everything from the way airplanes are built to how prosthetic limbs fit the human body.
Nissan has listened to its growing UK LEAF customer base and is introducing a comprehensive customer commitment to dramatically improve the ownership experience of a Nissan LEAF.
The all-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car has successfully completed its maiden track test at a circuit east of Paris (La Ferté Gaucher).
Researchers have developed new technology and techniques for transmitting power wirelessly from a stationary source to a mobile receiver.
Envision Solar International, Inc. has announced the successful trial deployment of the EV ARC™ Electric Vehicle Charging station free to all customers who visit the cell phone lot of the San Diego International Airport.
By creating nanoparticles with a controlled shape, researchers believe smaller, more powerful and energy efficient batteries can be built.
Lithium-air batteries have become a hot research area in recent years: They hold the promise of drastically increasing power per battery weight, which could lead, for example, to electric cars with a much greater driving range.
Researchers have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices.
Efforts to produce a workable design for a rechargeable lithium-air battery with respectable commercial performance have been going on for years. Problems have appeared to be insoluble.
As the electric vehicle EV industry grows more than five-fold to well over $300 billion in 2024, those e-vehicles not bought primarily on up-front price will continue to dominate.
Tesla Motors has opened its first retail design store in the UK at London's Westfield Shopping Centre in White City, one of the capital's most popular shopping destinations.
Maxwell Technologies is supplying ultracapacitors to Crosspoint Kinetics to store energy and deliver power in a second-generation parallel electric hybrid drive system for small para-transit bus, shuttle bus and package delivery vehicle applications.
Nissan's BladeGlider is more than a concept, it's both a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle (EV) development and an exploratory prototype of an upcoming production vehicle.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mitsubishi Motors will explore several new projects covering shared products, technologies and manufacturing capacity among the automakers.
At Supercapacitors USA in Santa Clara on 21 November, IDTechEx will present on this topic and as part of the INTRASME consortia will explain how the overall electric vehicle industry is being developed in Europe, what is the role of SMEs and present relevant cases of innovation by European SMEs.
The E-fox velomobile is a great eco friendly electric vehicle that is capable of replacing your car. It's more than an electric bike.
New all-electric Type A school buses will hit the road in 2014, due to a collaboration between Trans Tech Bus, and Motiv Power Systems.
Ford Motor Co is recalling 2,618 Focus Electric cars because of potential loss of power to the wheels while driving.
Chrysler Group LLC has entered a 5-year, $18.2 million partnership with McMaster University, with funding support from the Canadian government, to develop next-generation, energy-efficient, high-performance electrified powertrains and powertrain components.
There are just three weeks left until IDTechEx's Supercapacitors USA event in Santa Clara California, on November 20-21.
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on "Electric Boats On and Under Water - A Big New Market" on Tuesday 5 November and we would be delighted if you could join us.
A combination of nanotechnology and the traditional art of paper folding, known as origami, could be a key to a significant step toward improved battery technologies.
The new Nano X-ray Computed Tomography tools will become part of a nationally unique fuel cell testing and characterization facility.
Blue Solutions, the battery company being listed by Vincent Bollore, has already filled the order book for its upcoming share sale, the French industrialist said on Wednesday.
KleenSpeed Technologies Inc. was given a chance to collaborate with ORACLE TEAM USA and jointly developed the high performance lithium-ion batteries used to power the onboard electronics on the AC72 Race Boats, and the ORACLE TEAM USA Chase Boats.
By improving the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries, a new electrode made from iron oxide nanoparticles could help electric vehicles to cover greater distances.
A123 Venture Technologies, a Massachusetts technology incubator, has announced its collaboration with MIT startup SolidEnergy.
Nissan is leading a consortium which aims to establish a network of rapid chargers for electric vehicles running the full length and breadth of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Volvo Car Group has developed a revolutionary concept for lightweight structural energy storage components that could improve the energy usage of future electrified vehicles.
The core technology for lithium air secondary battery, the next generation high capacity battery, has been finally developed.
Analysts IDTechEx have recently pointed out that industrial and commercial electric vehicles (hybrid and pure electric) are now a bigger business than electric cars and will remain so for the coming decade, while making almost all the profit of the two put together.
Subsequent to our survey of adoption of synchronous vs asynchronous (AC induction) motors we took a rain check at eCarTec Munich in October 2013.
Over 170 charging points at five Daimler plants in Stuttgart contribute to the aim of establishing zero-emission mobility as part of everyday life.
Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Ecotality, Inc and certain of its officers.
PlugBoat, a first electric boat congress, took place in Nice in the South of France last week.
Toyota Motor Corp said it has slashed the cost of the fuel cell system in its next hydrogen-powered car by almost $1 million, putting it on course to launch a mid-sized sedan in 2015 with a price ticket below $100,000, according to Reuters.
VIA Motors has signed a contract to build & deliver $20 million dollars of electric pick-up trucks and vans to over 50 participating fleets.
The Japan Times reports that Honda's Fit skyrocketed past estimates during the first four weeks of sales. Of the 62,000 units sold, the Fit hybrid accounted for 70% of sales.
A substance made from gelatin could be used to replace platinum in fuel cells, according to research.
Toyota's funky i-Road personal mobility concept has been added to Toyota Motor Corporations' 'Ha:mo' urban transport system trials at Toyota City in Japan.
Work is to begin on a prototype battery-powered train to use on lines which have not yet been electrified, Network Rail, UK has announced.
A Tesla Model S was filmed burning in the road recently, allegedly having struck a metal object.
Supercapacitors are increasing the range of electric vehicles in several ways and by doing so they are hugely increasing the addressable market for those vehicles. Typically, they last for the life of the vehicle regardless of how many cycles are endured.
Next week, PlugBoat, the 1st World Electric & Hybrid Boat Summit, will take place in Nice, France, from 10th to 11th October 2013.
The six partners in the "H2 Mobility" initiative - Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total - have set up upon a specific action plan for the construction of a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network for fuel cell powered electric vehicles.
At the media launch of the all-new 2014 Soul, Kia Motors America (KMA) announced plans to offer an all-electric version of the company's iconic Soul urban passenger vehicle in select markets in 2014
At the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centre (TARDEC), final testing is beginning on the ULV vehicle platform with technologies to equip soldiers for missions across a full spectrum of mobility challenges while keeping occupants safe and using fuel efficiently.
A cutting-edge battery technology developed at the University of Colorado Boulder that could allow tomorrow's electric vehicles to travel twice as far on a charge is now closer to becoming a commercial reality.
Researchers have found a new family of materials that provides the best-ever performance in a reaction called oxygen evolution, a key requirement for energy storage and delivery systems such as advanced fuel cells and lithium-air batteries.
scientists from GE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) may have just the recipe for next-generation electric vehicle (EV) batteries that achieve desired driving range and cost for consumers.
Technology entrepreneur, former UK science minister and racing driver Lord (Paul) Drayson is bringing his spectacular Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le Mans Prototype racing car to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in an attempt to raise the sub-1000kg electric car world land speed record.
Brookhaven Lab scientists use simple, 'green' process to create novel core-shell catalyst that tolerates carbon monoxide in fuel cells and opens new, inexpensive pathways for zero-emission vehicles.
To maintain advantage over adversaries, U.S. naval forces need a way to project key capabilities in multiple locations at once, without the time and expense of building new vessels to deliver those capabilities.
IDTechEx considers the fact that electric bicycle batteries can be removed for charging to be a huge benefit to those wishing to prevent theft and those parking where no charging is possible or where the vehicle may be vandalised during charging. Now that considerable benefit has come to microEVs.
Renewable energy holds the promise of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But there are times when solar and wind farms generate more electricity than is needed by consumers.
The Ministry of Land and Resources announced on Thursday the maximum amount of rare earths for the exploration has been set at 93,800 metric tons for 2013.
Reuters reports that Russia will invest $1 billion in rare earths production by 2018 in a bid to become less dependent on China, which controls more than 90 percent of global supply of the elements used in sectors including defense, telecommunications and renewable energy - including hybrid and electric vehicles.
The Japanese are working very hard on thermoelectric energy harvesting from tiny forms for use on hot running electronics components the 1.5 kW versions for use on furnace flues etc.
Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology uses resonant magnetic induction to transfer energy between a ground-based pad and a charging pad on the electric vehicle.
NREL has developed a device to test one of the most challenging failure mechanisms of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries - a battery internal short circuit.
Electric car development is primarily focused on fuel efficiency, and until recently, researchers have been seeking answers under the bonnet. But a team at KTH Royal Institute of Technology is looking a little lower.
Nissan is in the final development phase of its second mass production pure electric vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van, scheduled for launch in 2014.
The US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $13.6 million in federal funding to advance the commercialization of American-made fuel cell buses for the transit industry.
Arizona State University have been experimenting with dealloying lithium-tin alloys, and seeing the potential for the nanostructures they are producing to spark advances in lithium-ion batteries.
It's a little more complex than making instant oatmeal, but scientists from General Electric (GE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) may have just the recipe for next-generation electric vehicle (EV) batteries that achieve desired driving range and cost for consumers.
ZF Friedrichshafen AG has entered into partnership with Levant Power Corp. to build the world's first fully active suspension system with energy recovery function
Researchers may be able to lower fuel cell costs with a novel cathode material which has outstanding performance and robust reliability even at the intermediate temperature range.
Envision Solar International has completed the engineering and fabrication of the world's first fully autonomous, fully mobile, fully renewable Electric Vehicle Charging station.
A group of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently developed a foldable, compact electric vehicle that can be utilized either as a personal car or part of the public transit system to connect major transportation routes within a city.
For the next decade, the largest electric vehicle sector will be industrial and commercial electric vehicles on land. In great contrast to the hybrid and pure electric cars that come next in market size, industrial and commercial electric vehicles are almost never bought by private individuals. That means that they are almost never bought on up-front price, the criteria being cost-over-life, reliability and performance with any extra life over conventional versions much appreciated.
Land Rover is launching the world's first diesel SUV (sport utility vehicle) hybrids.
The Online Electric Vehicle is an electric vehicle that can be charged while stationary or driving, thus removing the need to stop at a charging station.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has highlighted the continued growth of electric vehicle sales - doubling in the first 6 months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012 - as the Energy Department released its most recent pricing data showing the low cost of fueling on electricity.
The research shows the potential of manufactured sheets of aligned carbon nanotubes coated with silicon, a material with a much higher energy storage capacity than the graphite composites typically used in lithium ion batteries.
Wettability could have an impact on how much energy can be stored within such devices that use lithium-ion batteries or super capacitors.
Terra Motors Corporation has released its new model of electric scooter, A4000i and A4000. One of the new features of this model is the smartphone connection.
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems with Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) has developed a Powered Marine Hybrid System that provides fuel savings of up to 25% and even emissions reductions.
A team of researchers have discovered a way of converting silica from rice husks into silicon for use in high performance lithium ion batteries.
Researchers have developed a new lead-free, high temperature ceramic capacitor that could improve efficiency and reliability of electric vehicles.
The City of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and Toyota Motor Corporation are to begin public sidewalk demonstration trials of the "Winglet", a TMC-developed personal transport assistance robot ridden in a standing position.
The Energy Department has launched a new center that will work to ensure that vehicles, charging stations, communications and networking systems work in unison with the electric grid.
A new material that can store large amounts of energy with very little energy loss has been developed by researchers at Australian National University.
Researchers have developed a technique to increase the energy storage capabilities of supercapacitors, essential devices for powering high-speed trains, electric cars, and the emergency doors of the Airbus A380.
Researchers have developed a new method to massively synthesize enhanced yet affordable materials for supercapacitors.
Electric vehicles are becoming more common on roads in the Southwest, and policymakers need to know if they are cleaner than conventional gasoline and natural gas-fueled vehicles.
This article shares some of the research in the new IDTechEx report, "Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles Land, Water & Air 2013-2023" which covers all such vehicles, on land, on/under water and airborne.
The first hybrid vessel developed by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, has now been delivered to Waternet (the Water Network Foundation) in Amsterdam.
Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will work together to promote the installation of chargers for electric-powered vehicles and build a charging network service that offers more convenience to drivers in Japan.
The first Electric Defender has started work at the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall in an inaugural real world trial of its capabilities. Unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the Land Rover Electric Defender is a pioneering research project into the electrification of an all-terrain vehicle.
Hyundai Motor Company has delivered five full-production emissions-free hydrogen powered vehicles to London. The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles - the first production fuel cell cars in the world - will be an integral part of the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LNHE) project.
Large electric vehicles are not sold on up-front price but on performance and cost over life. They are mainly bought by government including local government, the military and with government funding of others. Innovation is therefore usually first seen in large electric vehicles.
Life is good for supercapacitors manufacturers and developers.
Life is good for supercapacitors manufacturers and developers.
More Chinese cities may restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight air pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported.
Ford Motor Company set a record for hybrid sales in the second quarter of 2013, with sales of 24,217 vehicles - up 517 percent over last year and up 15 percent over the first quarter of 2013 - as demand grows in markets across the United States.
OnStar announced a project with TimberRock Energy Solutions that uses aggregation software and solar charging canopies with integrated storage to manage the flow of solar power to benefit the electric grid.
Kompulsa GE reports "JB Straubel , CTO of Tesla Motors has said he thinks Tesla will be able to fully charge electric car batteries in five to ten minutes before too long (without battery swapping).
Battery manufacturer Saft has been awarded a contract by MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems to supply lithium-ion batteries for four new hybrid-powered mobile RTG (Rubber Tyred Gantry) cranes serving Houston Harbor in the US state of Texas.
Toyota and Ford have ended their partnership to develop a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs.
The Basque R&D Centre IK4-IKERLAN is leading the European project 'Batteries 2020', which anticipates reusing the batteries as accumulators for renewable energies once they can no longer be used for automotive purposes.
Ioxus, a manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitor technology for use in transportation, industrial and energy applications, received $15 million in Series C funding from investors.
The Solar Team Eindhoven (STE) of TU/e presented the world's first solar-powered family car recently. 'Stella' is the first 'energy-positive car' with room for four people, a trunk, intuitive steering and a range of 600 kilometres. This is the car being entered by the student team in the Cruiser class of the World Solar Challenge that starts in Australia in October 2013.
Nissan will conduct a field test of the electric van, e-NV200, in cooperation with DHL Japan. The Tokyo Metropolitan Area will serve as the testing ground.
The market for electric taxis will be a huge 345,000 vehicles in 2017, surpassing $10 billion in business as early as 2019 as forecasted by new IDTechEx research in its recently published report, Hybrid and Electric Buses and Taxis 2013-2023: Forecasts, Opportunities, Players.
BYD has scored a major victory - it has been selected to supply a new fleet of electric buses to transfer passengers between the terminals and aircraft at Europe's leading airport, Amsterdam Schiphol.
Bosch and PSA Peugeot Citroën unveiled two prototype vehicles that use the Optimal Energy Consumption and Recovery (OpEneR) system that significantly increase the efficiency, driving range, and safety of future hybrid and electric vehicles.
The Byon Initiative Research Unit report that they have developed an aqueous lithium-iodine battery with an energy density that is twice that of current lithium batteries.
At the INTRASME Smart Mobility Market Opportunity Workshop in Turin, Italy on the 25th September, successful SMEs will share their insights into emerging opportunities in intelligent transport systems (ITS).
Honda and GM have initiated a long-term technology partnership to develop a next generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies targeting the 2020 timeframe.
Reliability and performance issues are technical challenges in packaging solutions for compact sized consumer electronics and high power electronics.
ABB has been selected by Fastned to supply chargers to more than 200 electric vehicle fast-charging stations in the Netherlands, bringing an EV fast charger within 50 kilometers of all of the country's 16.7 million inhabitants
To wring more power out of lithium ion batteries, scientists are experimenting with different materials and designs. Michigan Technological University has developed a device that allows researchers to eavesdrop on individual lithium ions - and potentially develop the next generation of batteries.
Researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) developed a new method to massively synthesize enhanced yet affordable materials for supercapacitors - developing an electric vehicle with high power will become a realization not just a dream.
According to a Reuters report, Carlos Ghosn, Chief Executive Officer of Renault and Nissan announced at a recent conference in France that both companies sold 100,000 electric vehicles last month.
The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) and the S.C. Technology Aviation Center (SCTAC) have contracted with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support a three-year program to develop and test wireless charging systems for electrical vehicles.
For the first time a plane capable of flying day and night powered exclusively by solar energy has crossed the USA from the West to the East Coasts without using a single drop of fuel.
IDTechEx projects that 119,000 electric taxis will be sold giving a $1.8 billion global market. Most of the commercial electric vehicles, including the taxis, are and will be pure electric. That will even be true of large commercial vehicles, notably e-buses, set to exceed a $20 billion market as early as 2018 and dominated by demand in China.
Researchers have developed a novel bio-inspired composite electrocatalyst outperforming platinum.
The world's first electric bus powered by Iron-Phosphate battery is being trialed in the Polish Capital. MZA Warsaw, the municipal transport company, is testing the environmentally friendly bus from the Chinese auto giant BYD.
Flux Power Holdings, Inc. (FLUX), a reporting company and an innovator in durable, scalable, and affordable advanced energy storage systems has announced that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to acquire KleenSpeed Technologies.
Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185mph, subject to FIA homologation.
The European Commission proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships using EU ports to monitor and report the ships' annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Nissan unveiled the groundbreaking, innovative ZEOD RC - the world's fastest electric racing car that will reach speeds of more than 300km/h with electric technology at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The development of solid-type electrolytes, safe from explosion caused by high temperature and overcharge, is urgently needed to replace the liquid electrolytes. The solid electrolyte enables batteries to be safer as well as the use of higher energy electrode materials.
Laptops could work longer and electric cars could drive farther if it were possible to further increase the capacity of their lithium-ion batteries. The electrode material has a decisive influence on a battery's capacity.
Honda Motor Company agreed with TDK Corporation and Japan Metals & Chemicals Company (JMC) to jointly pursue the reuse of a rare earth metal extracted from nickel-metal hydride batteries in hybrid vehicles for magnets of new hybrid vehicle motors.
Raising the bar to 1.2 million stop-starts compares with typically 30,000 for a conventional starter motor and up to 300,000 for current generation stop-start systems - CPT is the first in the industry to set this new standard
EADS and Siemens are entering a long-term research partnership to introduce new electric propulsion systems that could help airlines lower their fuel bills and drive environmental performance.
In support of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the US Energy Department has announced up to $9 million in new funding to accelerate the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for use in vehicles, backup power systems, and hydrogen refueling components.
Scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline fuel cells, providing for practical use of wind- and solar-powered electricity, as well as enhanced hybrid electric vehicles.
IDTechEx find that pure electric car sales in 2013 will be 70,000 vehicles rising to 2 million in 2023, versus 2 million hybrid vehicles this year rising to 7.6 million in 2023.
A cutting edge ferry, which is the second of two unique 'hybrid' vessels, has been launched on the Clyde at Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow.
Researchers at Rice University have come up with a new way to boost the efficiency of the ubiquitous lithium ion (LI) battery by employing ribbons of graphene that start as carbon nanotubes.
Leading technology analysts IDTechEx will run this free webinar which includes data from the new IDTechEx report "Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles 2013-2023: Forecasts, Technologies, Players".
Questions arise as to how much supercapacitors can improve if organizations more like NASA took over. After all, if supercapacitors can replace many batteries when, as today, they store one tenth of their energy, what will happen in the marketplace if they approach the theoretical ten times the lithium-ion battery figure while acting as a near-perfect "battery"?
Scientists have created an advanced zinc-air battery with higher catalytic activity and durability than similar batteries made with platinum and other costly catalysts. The results could lead to the development of a low-cost alternative to conventional lithium-ion technology widely used today.
The Transport for London has secured £5m from the Department for Transport's (DfT's) Green Bus Fund.
Laboratory crash tests show both vulnerabilities and ways to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries used in electric and hybrid vehicles.
No overhead lines and ultrafast charging times at selected bus stops enables new opportunities for next generation zero-emissions urban mass transportation.
Three years ago, the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) was asked to demonstrate the durability of lead-carbon batteries in the high-rate, partial state-of-charge operation of a hybrid electric vehicle.
Stanford University scientists have dramatically improved the performance of lithium-ion batteries by creating novel electrodes made of silicon and conducting polymer hydrogel, a spongy substance similar to the material used in soft contact lenses and other household products.
IDTechEx, the leading market research firm covering electric vehicles will explain some of its findings in this free webinar which includes data from the new IDTechEx report Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles 2013-2023 Market Forecasts, Technology Trends.
All electric vehicles have at least one traction motor, so the market for electric vehicle traction motors is one of the largest markets for electric vehicle parts and a primary determinant of the performance and affordability of a given vehicle. Indeed, IDTechEx Research finds that in 2013 44.6 million electric motors will be needed for vehicles, rising to 147.7 million in 2023.
Maxwell Technologies tells us that they have just had their best quarter ever. They have now delivered over 600,000 Ultracapacitors for micro-hybrids - conventional vehicles that switch off the engine whenever they stop and start it again when the accelerator is depressed.
Drayson announced this week that it plans to make an attempt at an FIA electric land speed record within a month at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire. It will try to best the 175 mph (282 km/h) mark that was set back in 1974.
Toyota is the largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer by value; its EV gross sales product (GSP) being over 40% of the total global EV market (hybrid and pure electric) of $65 billion in 2013, with over 4,400 manufacturers sharing the rest.
Lithium-ion batteries used to power plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles show overall promise to "fuel" these vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but there are areas for improvement to reduce possible environmental and public health impacts, according to a "cradle to grave" study of advanced Li-ion batteries recently completed by Abt Associates for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Continental has entered an agreement with Oerlikon to collaborate on the development and marketing of integrated motor and transmission systems for hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs), the two automotive suppliers said in a joint press release.
Better Place has filed a motion with the Lod District Court to ask for the dissolution of the company and the appointment of a temporary liquidator.
The new report from IDTechEx Hybrid & Pure Electric Vehicles for Land, Water & Air 2013-2023: Forecasts, Technologies, Players finds that the total market for hybrid and pure electric vehicles will grow from 38.8 million vehicles (of all types) in 2013 to 116 million vehicles in 2023 - a $294 billion market.
Solar Impulse, successfully landed in Dallas-Fort Worth yesterday completing its longest leg of the 2013 Across America mission and setting a new absolute world distance record in solar aviation (832 NM/ 1'541 km).
Virtually all autonomous underwater vehicles are electric for practical reasons - the internal combustion engine ICE is not a realistic option. Not so on the surface, where the ICE is the favored means of propulsion. However, even here, there is now a strong move to hybrid and pure-electric drive-trains for many powerful reasons, so it is timely to look at marine electric vehicles in general.
A boutique carmaker led by former General Motors Co executive Bob Lutz and China's largest auto parts supplier made an offer this month to buy cash-strapped "green" car company Fisker Automotive, reports Reuters citing unnamed sources familiar with the development.
Swedish fuel cell developer PowerCell unveiled the first functioning full-scale prototype fuel cell system in the world which will produce electricity from road diesel aimed primarily at the transport and telecom markets.
How is it that some analysts put pure-electric car sales at hundreds of thousands in 2012 whereas others report a mere 60-65,000? At analysts IDTechEx, we feel that a lack of rigor is largely to blame because there are cars homologated as such and car-like vehicles that are not homologated as cars.
IDTechEx has recently launched an online browser-based Market Intelligence Portal , bringing you in-depth market intelligence and independent analysis throughout the year.
Nissan has begun field tests for the 100% electric e-NV200 compact van in Saitama City (Saitama Prefecture), one of the city authorities that have expressed enthusiasm for increasing the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads as one step towards improving air quality.
The day is coming when electric vehicles (EVs) land, water and airborne are as much as 80% electronics and electrics if we include the power components.
Over the past year, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have examined and analyzed 350 commercial driving profiles across Germany. "For up to one million small delivery trucks and cars, it would make sense for operators to switch from the internal combustion engine to electric drives in the future."
The new report from IDTechEx titled "Printed, Organic & Flexible Electronics: Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2013-2023" finds that the total market for these technologies will grow from $16.04 billion in 2013 to $76.79 billion in 2023.
The Energy Department launched H₂USA a new public-private partnership focused on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options for U.S. consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
Researchers at MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have used transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging to observe, at a molecular level, what goes on during a reaction called oxygen evolution as lithium-air batteries charge; this reaction is thought to be a bottleneck limiting further improvements to these batteries. The TEM technique could help in finding ways to make such batteries practical in the near future.
Ricardowill be working with Electricore, who has received a $750,000 award from California Energy Commission to perform a comprehensive survey of the commercial plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) marketplace and to propose value-based design options for standardization of battery systems.
IDTechEx, the leading market research firm covering electric vehicles, will summarize some of its surprising findings from its new research report "Hybrid & Pure Electric Vehicles for Land, Water & Air 2013-2023: Forecasts, Technologies, Players" in a webinar by world expert, Dr Peter Harrop.
A flying car capable of vertical take-off and landing is being developed by Massachusetts-based Company Terrafugia but delivery of the vehicle will take another decade. It can take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane as well as drive on roads like a car.
Researchers at Tyndall National Institute at UCC in Cork, Ireland are leading an international project in advanced nanoelectronics which is aimed at maintaining Europe's position as a world leader in innovative automotive power electronic systems for both conventional and electric cars.
The Defense Logistics Agency continues to explore alternative fuel vehicles in its motor pool fleet.
CODA announced that it is focusing its business strategy on the growing energy storage market. CODA plans to implement the restructuring of its business through a voluntary filing under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) has been awarded the contract to supply a Diesel-Electric Power and Propulsion System for Bhagwan Marine's Dive Support Vessel (DSV) that will be constructed in Singapore.
Might the automotive major lose out on the electric vehicle revolution? This was the question asked at the INTRASME Electric Vehicle Opportunity Workshop in the ICC Berlin (19th April).
Solar Impulse, the Swiss solar powered airplane, plans to depart from San Francisco today with Bertrand Piccard in the single seater cockpit, to complete the first leg of its coast-to-coast flights across the USA. It is the first time that a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel, will attempt to fly across America.
The conference "Electric Vehicles - Overcoming Barriers, Driving Adoption Conference" could have been more pithily named "Commercial and Private Electric Vehicles" for that was the focus, from incentives to user experience and technical improvements planned.
Day 2 of this event took place on Saturday April 27. The start was less dramatic than the excellent Day 1. Dean Sigler, Editor, CAFE Technology Blog told us to get back to the early days of airports, his title being, "Sustainable, Neighborly Airports".
This excellent event "7th Electric Aircraft Symposium" in Santa Rosa, USA was acclaimed as the best ever in the series. Over 150 people attended, an eclectic mix from NASA and Siemens to hobbyists, universities and technology startups were there.
Joined by government and industry leaders, the University of Delaware and NRG Energy are celebrating an important milestone for its eV2g project today, becoming an official resource of PJM Interconnection and proving for the first time that electric vehicle-to-grid technology can sell electricity from electric vehicles to the power grid.
Researchers at Tyndall National Institute at UCC in Cork, Ireland are leading an international project in advanced nanoelectronics which is aimed at maintaining Europe's position as a world leader in innovative automotive power electronic systems for both conventional and electric cars.
One of the 16kWh drive battery packs used in the i-MiEV (lithium-ion battery) overheated in the battery inspection room at the EV assembly factory at the Mizushima Plant. Mitsubishi Motors report their findings.
"A battery can deliver far more power than anybody ever thought. In recent decades, electronics have gotten small. The thinking parts of computers have gotten small. And the battery has lagged far behind. This is a microtechnology that could change all of that. Now the power source is as high-performance as the rest of it."
The Oceanvolt SD propulsion system has been chosen by SAIL Magazine as the winner of the 2013 Pittman Innovation Award in the systems category.
Buyers considering an electric car must bear in mind that using battery-powered heating and air conditioning can decrease the car's range by a third or more. A heating and cooling system being developed by researchers at MIT almost eliminates the drain on the battery.
Together with the Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand, Siemens has developed the world's first electrically powered car ferry. The 80-meter vessel can carry 120 cars and 360 passengers.
IDTechEx, the leading Research and Events company covering emerging technologies, has launched new subscription offerings across its range of topics.
Scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, together with colleagues from the Toyota Research Laboratories in Japan have discovered that a widely-used type of lithium-ion battery has a memory effect.
A £2.8 million development project between Intelligent Energy, Dyson Technology, Ricardo and TRW Conekt, increased power density of Intelligent Energy's fuel cell engines by more than 30%.
Queen's University researchers have discovered a simple, cost-effective method for making new molecular materials similar to graphene, but with additional properties.
Most electric vehicle sectors are profitable and growing. Toyota has nearly half of the $63 billion global market for electric vehicles land, water and air, according to an IDTechEx analysis in the new report, Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles for Land, Water and Air 2013-2023: Forecasts, Technologies, Players.
Toyo-keizai Online, Yomiuri-online and Livedoor Online News in Japan have recently reported in Japanese on further problems with the large lithium-ion batteries produced by GS Yuasa, the Japanese company involved in the grounding of the Boeing Dreamliner worldwide due to fires in its lithium-ion batteries but also supplying lithium-ion batteries to the International Space Station.
Skeleton Technologies, manufacturer of industry-disrupting ultracapacitors, which have four times higher power densities and up to two times higher energy densities than the closest competitors, closes a €2.2 million Round A financing lead by Up Invest, an Estonian private equity investor.
Grafoid Inc. to sign a two-year R&D agreement with the University of Waterloo to investigate and develop a graphene-based composite for electrochemical energy storage for the automotive and/or portable electronics sectors.
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world.
Maxwell Technologies, which has been the leader in supercapacitors worldwide, has been overstating its results by improperly recording certain sales through distributors.
Announcement of a high level workshop in Berlin, including major automotive manufacturer and SMEs demonstrating leading edge electric vehicle technology - registration is FREE
Liquid Robotics has announced the introduction of the Wave Glider® SV3, the world's first hybrid wave and solar propelled unmanned ocean robot.
Focus Graphite Inc on behalf of Grafoid Inc has announced Grafoid's joint venture development agreement with Coquitlam, British Columbia-based CapTherm Systems Inc to develop and commercialize next generation, multiphase thermal management systems for electric vehicle (EV) battery and light emitting diode (LED) technologies.
General Motors will produce its next-generation electric cars in South Korea.
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a new design that increases the charge cycles of lithium-sulfur batteries by a factor of seven.
Perfect Lithium is developing technology to boost the performance and drive down the cost of the lithium-ion materials that power consumer electronics, electric vehicles and industrial storage batteries by as much as 50%.
Expansion into state of the art power component manufacture, notably supercapacitors targeted for energy density greater than that of lead acid and NiCd batteries but with much longer life, greater reliability and much greater power density together with wider temperature range.
Electric powered aircraft SportStar EPOS, made its first flight from the Kunovice airport in Czech Republic last month. After a short, ten-minute flight, it landed successfully and a second flight followed immediately afterwards. The total time when the aircraft was powered by an electric motor reached about 30 minutes reported light aircraft manufacturer Evektor in a recent announcement.
Panasonic Corporation has announced that it will supply nickel metal hydride battery systems for Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd's first-ever hybrid electric vehicle.
Japanese startup Terra Motors has officially shown its three-wheeled electric tricycle prototype in Tokyo. It is designed to be affordable for emerging markets in large quantities.
Tesla Motors announced that sales of its Model S vehicle exceeded the target provided in the mid-February shareholder letter.
Following a slight modification of the old adage "If you can't beat them join them," a Simon Fraser University researcher says that if you marry plug-in electric vehicles with green technology, you have a winner.
Energy Innovation Group Ltd. (EIG) a South Korean manufacturer of large format lithium ion battery cell technology has developed an LTO cell targeting and enabling applications requiring high charge/discharge rates, long cycle life, and broad operating temperature range.
A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against Maxwell Technologies. The Briscoe Law Firm and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor are investigating additional legal claims against the officers and Board of Directors of Maxwell Technologies during the period of April 28, 2011 to March 7, 2013.
Scientists at the German Aerospace Center, DLR have developed an entirely new kind of drive concept to extend the range of electrically powered vehicles. The free-piston linear generator is a combustion engine that generates electricity.
Looking toward improved batteries for charging electric cars and storing energy from renewable but intermittent solar and wind, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed the first high-performance, nanostructured solid electrolyte for more energy-dense lithium ion batteries.
As a harbinger for the Paramount film "Star Trek - Into Darkness", starting in May in Europe's cinemas, last night a swarm of 30 mini-helicopters equipped with the LED lights drew the Star Trek logo in the skies over London.
A new National Research Council report finds that by the year 2050, the U.S. may be able to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent for light-duty vehicles, cars and small trucks via a combination of more efficient vehicles; the use of alternative fuels like biofuels, electricity, and hydrogen; and strong government policies to overcome high costs and influence consumer choices.
Supercapacitors replace lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries replace nickel metal hydride and lead acid batteries. There are side stories of course. Some supercapacitors replace electrolytic capacitors and others create new applications. However, in this article, we concentrate on replacing lithium-ion batteries.
As we make the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources, one fact that becomes clear is that while fossil fuels provided both an energy source and a storage medium in one, in the new world of renewables, these two functions will have to be provided separately.
Beginning this month, the city of Rio de Janeiro enters the zero-emission mobility era with the launch of the electric taxi program, a partnership between the Rio de Janeiro City Government, NBA and Petrobras Distribuidora.
Boeing announced that a comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks.
Scania and Siemens have entered into a partnership which involves the integration of Siemens technology to power vehicles with Scania's expertise in the electrification of powertrains in trucks and buses. The partnership means that Sweden may become the world's first country with electrically powered trucks and electrified roads for commercial use.
Applus+ IDIADA, a Spanish company specializing in engineering for the international automotive industry, has successfully completed a high performance, innovative electric prototype sports car that is comparable to or even better than other conventionally-powered sports cars.
Siemens has stepped up its involvement in electric vehicle (EV) technologies by buying Semikron International's VePoint subsidiary, which develops power electronic components and systems for the hybrid and electric vehicle market
BAE Systems has been awarded $43 million to lead the Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance for an additional five years to advance bio-inspired micro-robotics technology to extend the remote sensing capability of U.S. ground forces.
Deepwater seabed surveying, navigation and control systems for field robots, and improving cyber security measures are among the 10 academic-led research and development projects receiving more than $1.7 million in total funding from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC).
The GM development of a compact pure electric car is expected to bear fruit in 2013. The car could be based on the Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V) concept electric car which GM showcased in China earlier this year.
Peter Stonham, Editorial Director of New Transit introduced the excellent 25 person London event then Dr Peter Harrop of IDTechEx scoped the total subject of electric vehicles, land, water and air - one industry now with best practice first occurring all over the place and rapid improvement with almost all components changing radically.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and California Lithium Battery, Inc. (CalBattery) have announced that they have signed a licensing agreement for an Argonne-developed, silicon-graphene composite anode material for high-energy lithium batteries.
The New Nissan LEAF has benefited from a raft of changes including an improved range of 199km and cut-in-half charging time that will only boost its popularity.
Axion Power International's Chairman and CEO Thomas Granville said that the first truck to be outfitted with a PbC battery string has been completed and is now on the road going through its final test procedures.
Honda Motor Company has established a process to reuse rare earth metals extracted from nickel-metal hydride batteries for new nickel-metal hydride batteries to recycle precious resources.
UK drivers with plug-in vehicles are set to benefit from a £37 million funding package for home and on-street charging and for new charge points for people parking plug-in vehicles at railway stations.
Torqeedo's new 80 hp motor, Deep Blue, received the Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show February 14.
Cabot Corp has announced the launch of LITX™ G700, the company's first graphene-based additive for high energy density lithium-ion battery applications.
IDTechEx is delighted to host the first INTRASME Electric Vehicle Opportunity Workshop 2013 which788 will now be a free session for a full day.
Electric aircraft are an idea whose time has come. Electrically propelled manned aircraft are selling profitably today in small numbers.
Regional operator Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV) will carry out a pilot project to wirelessly recharge Electric buses while passengers get on and off the vehicles at bus stops along the inner city route 63 in Mannheim, Germany.
SMILE FC System Corporation, a joint venture between Intelligent Energy and Suzuki Motor Corporation has successfully established a ready-to-scale production plant for its fuel cell systems in Yokohama, Japan.
Volkswagen claim that the XL1 is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg.
IDTechEx have recently strengthened their research capabilities by appointing a new Senior Technology Analyst, Dr Wendy Kneissl.
Estonia is first country to operate a nationwide EV charging network of 165 DC fast chargers.
Nissan wins a coup over Toyota as Sydney's city government replaces a fleet of Prius's with 10 Nissan Leafs for use by city employees in duties around town.
Green Automotive Company having recently acquired Liberty Electric Cars Ltd in Europe, has signed a binding agreement to buy UK-based electric vehicle distributor Going Green Limited.
Researchers at USC have developed a new lithium-ion battery design that uses porous silicon nanoparticles in place of the traditional graphite anodes to provide superior performance.
The EnerSys and Ioxus' cooperation will focus on creating products to address regenerative braking and energy recovery in the material handling markets, and other major markets, including the UPS bridge to generator markets, the automotive and heavy truck critical and cold start markets, and the energy storage/power conditioning markets.
Supercapacitors (ultracapacitors) are now center stage for designers of electronics and particularly power circuits. This is because they are improving faster than the batteries and electrolytic capacitors they increasingly replace. More subtly, they reduce the need for and danger from lithium-ion batteries. For example, when placed across a rechargeable battery, they protect it from fast charging and discharging and allow more of the energy in the battery to be utilised.
The ink is still drying on an agreement between Florida State University and Tallahassee-based General Capacitor LLC for the development of a new supercapacitor technology destined to play a major role in the world's future energy usage and storage needs.
Panasonic Corporation has developed a 12V Energy Recovery System for idle-stop vehicles that uses nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries for automobiles. This system allows the energy generated during braking to be stored in the batteries and use the stored energy to power the vehicle's electrical components, thus ensuring power availability even when the engine is not being used.
A ground breaking project to ensure the UK is well positioned for the commercial roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles has been launched.
Large format batteries such as those used in electric vehicles, aircraft, grid storage or uninterrupted power supplies are more difficult to design for safety than cell phone or laptop batteries because each cell holds much more energy.
Nissan has outlined its strategy for tripling the current electric vehicle quick-charging infrastructure in the United States with the addition of at least 500 quick-charging stations in the next 18 months, including the greater Washington D.C. area's first fast-charge network.
An enhanced battery technology that can potentially reduce the time it takes to charge cell phones, electric vehicles and other battery-powered devices from hours to minutes is the subject of a commercial license agreement between Battelle and Vorbeck Materials Corp.
UQM Technologies, a developer of alternative energy technologies, recorded a net loss of $4.6m for the quarter ending December 31, 2012.
General Motors will invest $200 million into its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters to build a new 138,000 sq.-ft. test wing, which is expected to be completed during the second half of 2014.
In this article, we look at other aspects of what will and will not happen with electric vehicles land, water and air in 2013, whether they are hybrid or pure electric.
The hybrid and pure electric vehicle business will continue to prosper in 2013, with profits and growth the norm in most sectors. Laws will proliferate that make electric vehicles the only way to go.
Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., have signed a unique three-way agreement to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology.
Scandlines, the Danish-German ferry company, plan to develop a ferry servicing a short, 100km route between the two countries, which would be powered by wind.
IDTechEx has been proved right in forecasting considerable growth in industrial and commercial electric vehicles, notably in the sectors of light industrial, buses and outdoor forklifts.
KleenSpeed Technologies and Leo Motors announce a global sales agreement to jointly represent and sell their products and services.
The first public charging station for electric vehicles in Bari and in all of southern Italy was inaugurated last week.
IDTechEx found companies that are focusing in niche markets for supercapacitors where the use of carbon nanotube technologies represents a justifiable value proposition.
IDTechEx analysts have ten years of experience of the lithium-ion traction battery business and in this article they comment on the implications for electric vehicles land, water and air of these Dreamliner batteries that are not for traction, apparently misbehaving.
Already Ford's most fuel-efficient sedan, the all-new Fusion Energi now has an EPA-rated total range of up to 620 miles and the ability to drive up to 21 miles in electric-only mode, nearly triple the electric-only range of plug-in hybrids from Toyota and Honda.
They call it the Bad Dreamliner because the new Boeing jet has been beset with electrical problems. When new, the Airbus A380 also had electrical problems but they were caught at an early stage. This time it has been more dramatic. In one instance a fire raged in the belly of a Boeing 787 parked at Logan International Airport in the USA. Flames were doused that emanated from the lithium-ion battery compartment. Investigations continue to determine the precise origin of that problem but the air industry is acutely aware that lithium-ion batteries have caused extreme incidents before.
Everything about an electric car is facing total change. Different materials for bodywork, structural components leading to smart skin, laminar electrics, printed electronics and totally new components are coming along.
The innovative concept of an electrical vertical take-off aircraft convinced the supreme authority for aviation in Germany, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) to such an extent that it has commissioned a two to three year trial program for the creation of a new category in aviation.
As the military continues to move away from dependence on fossil fuels, the Defense Department plans to spend $20 million on a fleet of electric vehicles unique in their ability to export their own power and offset their cost.
Marubeni Corporation has signed a three-year distributorship agreement of lithium carbonate with Canada Lithium Corp.
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Ford Motor Company announced a strategic collaboration that will demonstrate how a typical American family can significantly reduce their electricity bills and CO2 footprint by integrating home appliance technology with a plug-in vehicle to achieve an energy-efficient lifestyle.
Electric vehicles whether hybrid or pure electric or for land, water or air, employ batteries on board, where supercapacitors have not replaced them.
China's Ministry of Commerce announced the first round of rare earth export quotas for 2013. The first batch of quotas totals 15,501 tonnes, about half the quota set for all of 2012, the ministry said in a statement on its website.
Strategic Materials Advisory Council continues to call on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US to carefully scrutinize the sale of A123 Systems to Wanxiang.
The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced the delivery of 10 new Nissan Leaf zero-emission vehicles, which will replace 10 existing vehicles in the DGS daily rental fleet.
Shanghai has introduced further incentives for electric car purchases to sweeten deals already subsidized by the central government.
The Air Resources Board has approved the first car for sale in California, USA that meets ARB's most stringent smog-emission standard to date.
Mitsui Chemicals and Formosa Plastics have entered into an agreement on December 27, 2012 to form a joint venture company in China to manufacture and distribute electrolyte solution, one of the main components of lithium-ion batteries.
Researchers power EVs with electricity transmitted from the road to steel belts in tires.
This article shares some of the research in the newly updated IDTechEx report, "Stretchable Electronics Comes to Market."
AMP Electric Vehicles, a manufacturer of electric drive systems for medium-duty class 3-6 commercial truck platforms, and Momentum Dynamics Corporation (Momentum), a leader in wireless high-power electronics, jointly announced the formation of a joint venture to supply fully electric vehicles and wireless charging pads for the existing Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) pilot project to begin in the first quarter of 2013.
U.S. Rare Earths receives drill permit for North Fork, Idaho property which has significant showings of Heavy Rare Earth Elements, in particular for the five Rare Earths identified by DOE.
Governor Edward G. Rendell said that Pennsylvania is cutting its appetite for foreign oil by more than a half-million gallons as it invests in 21 alternative fuel projects that will also create 221 jobs and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 14.5 million pounds.
Johnson Controls filed an appeal in bankruptcy court of the Dec. 11, 2012 sale order approving Wanxiang's purchase of A123 Systems.
Researchers at GE Global Research have achieved a first step in reducing the cost of clean fuel, zero emission buses, with a vehicle powered by GE's new Durathon battery in tandem with a lithium battery and a hydrogen fuel cell.
BYD and Bulmineral Ltd signed an agreement yesterday to create a 50:50 joint venture company, named Auto Group Motors, to produce electric buses in Europe.
Team BIGFOOT, creators of The Original Monster Truck, recently completed the first test of their newest creation, BIGFOOT #20, the world's first battery-powered monster truck.
The market for electric buses and taxis at ex-factory prices will rise 8.7 times from $6.24 billion in 2011 to $ 54 billion in 2021. Of course, the largest part of that will be buses and detailed figures to 2022 are given in the report.
A new study of the batteries commonly used in hybrid and electric-only cars has revealed an unexpected factor that could limit the performance of batteries currently on the road.
Colombia's capital Bogota is set to launch a fleet of all-electric taxis using vehicles supplied by Chinese manufacturer BYD.
Air Liquide is investing in, installing and commissioning a new public hydrogen filling station in Rotterdam, Netherlands, for fuel cell electric vehicles, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Transport and the Environment.
Almost ready to fly, the Sunseeker Duo has been rolled out in the USA following European leadership in single-seater all-solar civilian planes such as the Swiss-German Solar Impulse that has flown a complete day and night and travelled between countries.
Wanxiang, China's largest maker of auto parts created a political storm when they won the auction to acquire recently bankrupt company, A123 Systems.
Car Charging Group a provider of convenient electric vehicle charging services announced the filing of a utility patent application for an inductive EV charging station in the form of a parking bumper.
GE will purchase 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet - Ford's largest-ever plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale.
AeroVironment has entered into a strategic relationship with Sweden-based CybAero to develop and distribute a Tier II vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system in response to unmet requirements from multiple customers.
A multi-partner team led by Argonne National Laboratory has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub.
Maxwell Technologies is supplying ultracapacitors for a high-efficiency energy management system that powers multimedia entertainment, lighting and air ventilation systems in the Emirates Air Line, the UK's first urban cable car, carrying passengers across London's River Thames.
The market for electric vehicle inverters, including converters, for both hybrid and pure electric vehicles land, water and air, will grow to $18 billion in 2023 as forecasted in the new IDTechEx report Inverters for Electric Vehicles 2013-2023.