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As printed and flexible electronics are beginning to proliferate, with a variety of components and devices coming to market, several end user verticals are expected to benefit from the host of advantages these technologies offer and the automotive sector is no exception. Overall, the market is expected to grow to over $5.5 Billion dollars in the next decade, spearheaded by the projected growth of in-mold electronics and OLED technologies, as discussed in more detail in the newly launched IDTechEx report "Printed and Flexible Electronics in Automotive Applications 2016-2026 - Enabling technology toolkits, suppliers and market forecasts".
IDTechEx interview Nuon Solar team 3.2.16 05 Feb | Australia, Netherlands
Every year, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge sees solar cars from all over the world race right across Australia on sunshine. The Nuon Solar Team has won six times including October last year.
nalyst IDTechEx External Link has just completed a major study of 48V mild hybrid vehicles, releasing the brand new report Mild Hybrid 48V Vehicles 2016-2031.
The end game with the 48V hybrid cars that will first appear in volume production in 2017 is having no 12V battery - just a beefy 48V one.
The annual IDTechEx Show! will have a focus on green technologies in Berlin on 27-28 April.
Morgan Motor Company is pleased to announce that it will lead a £6m project to develop new powertrain technologies.
Electrically powered Picnic boat drives for up to 16 hours on a single charge.
ALISE is a pan European collaboration focused on the development and commercial scale-up of new materials as well as understanding the electrochemical processes involved in Lithium Sulfur technology.
IDTechEx are expanding their research into advances in electronics packaging, which is included as part of advanced materials. The latest report "Electrically Conductive Adhesives 2016-2026" covers a range of solder-replacement technologies. An estimated 50,000 metric tons of tin-lead solder are currently used each year, but lead is being banned in more and more applications due to toxicity.
"The EV scene has changed radically in the last year," says Raghu Das CEO of IDTechEx, "and our forthcoming conference Electric Vehicles Everything is Changing will reflect that."
Loon Copter is a novel multi-rotor platform capable of traditional aerial flight, on-water surface operation, and sub aquatic diving.
The IDTechEx Launchpad initiative is open to early-stage start-ups, universities, newly spun-out companies, research labs and government labs who can demonstrate a working prototype or product that highlights new advances in any of the related event topics of: 3d printing, electric vehicles, energy harvesting, graphene, internet of things, printed electronics, sensors, or wearable technology.
The SipaDrive is emission-free and barely audible, and provides 3 hours of fully assisted cruising at a speed of 2 knots and propulsion.
Printed and flexible electronics are beginning to proliferate, with a variety of components and devices coming to market. Several end-user verticals are expected to benefit from the host of advantages these technologies offer and the automotive sector is no exception.
The TopChair-S is an electric wheelchair that can climb up and down stairs.
Audi production network: ready for electric mobility 25 Jan | Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Spain
Audi is preparing its international production network for the mobility of the future. Large series production of the first purely electric driven SUV from Audi will begin at the site in Brussels in 2018
IDTechEx visited Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) Ltd UK on 18 Jan 2016. They met with CEO Nick Pascoe with Robert Palmer, investor and PR, also present.
A lithium-ion battery that self heats if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit has multiple applications, but may have the most impact on relieving winter "range anxiety" for electric vehicle owners, according to a team of researchers.
The Freerider is powered by a 22 Ah lithium polymer battery pack that the company claims can last for one hour while a 165lb (75kg) rider travels at full speed.
The new E-Class marks the world premiere of numerous technical innovations for enhanced comfort, a new level of safe driving, a new dimension in driver assistance and a new infotainment and control system.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 2 February 2016.
New Tiguan GTE active concept20 Jan | United States
Volkswagen is proving how much potential the plug-in hybrid systems have.
The two most promising current candidates for cars are fuel cells, which convert the chemical energy of hydrogen to electricity, and rechargeable batteries.
More than half of all new buses and coaches registered in 2015 met the latest Euro-VI emissions standard, marking a threefold increase compared with 2014.
The Bonirob robot, which is approximately the size of a compact car, uses video- and lidar-based positioning as well as satellite navigation to find its way around fields.
2015 was the most successful year ever for the BMW Group with annual sales setting a new record for the fifth year in a row.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 26 January 2016.
Following its unveiling to domestic media at Hyundai Motor's Namyang R&D Center in South Korea, details have been confirmed of the IONIQ - the next generation of hybrid vehicles.
The first industrial robot, Unimate, went into operation at a General Motors plant in 1961. Over the next few decades the use of industrial robot arms in the automotive industry matured.
Researchers are working to make the lithium-ion batteries we use every day safer by inserting sensors to warn users of potential problems inside the battery.
Scientists have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen -- one half of the "holy grail" of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water.
A new way to store solar heat 11 Jan | United States
A new material that can store solar energy during the day and release it later as heat, whenever it's needed.
An international group of scientists have developed ion-exchange synthetic membranes based on amphiphilic compounds that are able to convert the energy of chemical reactions into electrical current.
ARCA Space Corporation has created ArcaBoard, a hoverboard that works over most surfaces.
Scientists have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes.
Students thought that changing the aerodynamics of a UAV to reduce drag might result in less drain on the battery, and thereby increase flight time.
Inventors around the world have been trying to combine the ease and utility of driving with the three-dimensional freedom of flying since the beginning of the 20th century.
The industry's first robotic vacuum cleaner equipped with augmented reality technology.
Hyundai Motor has announced the name of its advanced, alternative-fuel compact vehicle due for launch in 2016: the Hyundai IONIQ.
The UK Government has announed the new levels for the Plug-In Car Grant from 16 February 2016.
An EU initiative tested the feasibility of electric cars with modular batteries. Drivers wanting more power could just plug in another battery.
A first-of-its-kind, lightweight, solar-powered, electric scooter using both Stratasys PolyJet and FDM 3D printing technology.
In this article IDTechEx analyst Dr Victoria Adesanya-Aworinde shares insights into demand and sales forecasts, market share, market size and market leaders.
Intelligent car windows 18 Dec | United States
Intelligent Glass Control uses special films which are inserted into the glass and which change their transparency through electric control signals.
The range extender offers longer flight time and fast re-fuel capabilities, addressing two of the biggest challenges for manufacturers of battery-powered drones.
PowerResponder is a line of new hybrid supercapacitors with technology enhancements that aim to replace traditional lithium ion batteries in select applications.
Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions by 2020 as well as changing how the company develops vehicle experiences for customers.
The E-MEHARI features advanced technology. It is an all-electric vehicle with battery technology based on the expertise of France's Bolloré Group.
Summary of the key information tracked during the Electric Vehicle conference held in Santa Clara USA.
This is McLaren Marketing's unique conceptual take on motor racing's future.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently selected 24 projects from a competitive field to receive a nearly $55 million investment in "vehicle technologies that will strengthen the U.S. clean energy economy."
Researchers have developed an energy storage device which is significantly more cost-effective over the entire life cycle in comparison with previous models.
My Electric Avenue is a three-year Ofgem-funded project that has been carrying out trials to discover the impact that charging clusters of electric vehicles might have on local electricity networks at peak times.
Lizard electric vehicles 04 Dec | Worldwide
Extreme vehicle concepts have a habit of appearing in a car near you.
Smartscooter electric vehicle 03 Dec | Taiwan, Netherlands
The Gogoro Smartscooter is a high-performance, zero emissions two-wheeled electric vehicle.
Hyundai Mobis has announced that the company became the first in Korea and the second in the world to successfully develop the next-generation electronic integrated regenerative brake system known as iMEB for environment-friendly cars like hybrid cars and electric vehicles.
After two years of research, a French team have just designed an alternative technology to Li-ion for application in specific sectors.
This new championship called 'ROBORACE' will provide a competitive platform for the autonomous driving solutions that are now being developed by many large industrial automotive and technology players as well as top tech universities.
Researchers have developed a smart chip which can tell you how healthy is your battery and if it is safe for use.
Researchers are developing a new-generation, long-life fuel cell system offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. The project will result in new, energy-efficient and commercially viable applications.
The demonstration and technology platform "move" enables Empa researchers to develop new vehicle drive concepts with significantly lower CO2 emissions and test them in practice.
Elon Musk recently announced the use of silicon by Tesla in its automotive batteries: "This is just sort of a baby step in the direction of using silicon in the anode, but we will be increasing the use". This unusual side comment has nonetheless triggered renewed interested in the topic.
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries.
A key issue with lithium ion batteries is aging. It significantly reduces their potential storage capacity. To date, very little is known about the causes of the aging effects.
Karma Automotive has announced that BMW has agreed to be a supplier in ensuring their vehicles are built with the highest quality automotive parts.
Using next generation technology, these new batteries have achieved a charging speed 10 times faster than that of normal batteries, reaching about 50% capacity in mere minutes.
Commercialization of solid-state battery indicates a new era for the US $135bn addressable battery market in a decade. IDTechEx Research forecasts that the market for solid-state batteries will exceed $4bn in 2026.
High-performance lithium ion batteries face a major problem: Lithium will eventually start to run out as batteries are deployed in electric cars and stationary storage units.
Researchers have developed a new technology that promises to extend the life of a lithium-ion battery by 40 to 60 per cent.
Scientists have developed a new way of making fuel cell membranes using nanoscale fasteners, paving the way for lower-cost, higher-efficiency and more easily manufactured fuel cells.
Scientists have found that lithium ion batteries operate longer and faster when their electrodes are treated with hydrogen.
This article is the second of our series on advanced and post lithium-ion technologies. This article will focus on the silicon anode batteries technologies and markets
True to its name, the IDTechEx report, Autonomous Vehicles Land, Water, Air 2015-2035 gives the full picture. Here we share some of the latest entries as it is continuously updated to reflect the rapid progress in this sector.
Stratasys Ltd has announced that it has teamed with Aurora Flight Sciences to deliver, what is believed to be, the largest, fastest, and most complex 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle ever produced.
The world's largest 2nd-use battery storage unit will soon go into operation in the Westphalian town of Lünen.
It is a no brainer. The ultimate vehicle by land water and air is independent in performance of task and in provision of its motive power.
Hybrid electric vehicles, cell phones, digital cameras, and the Mars Curiosity rover are just a few of the many devices that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Now a team of researchers has a simple mathematical formula to predict what factors most influence lithium-ion battery aging.
Autonomous delivery robots 10 Nov | United Kingdom
Former Skype co-founders have announced the launch of a new company, Starship Technologies, which aims to fundamentally improve local delivery of goods and groceries, making it almost free.
Rapid progress in electrification of vehicles 09 Nov | Worldwide, United States
The market for electric vehicles is growing rapidly while existing electric parts are multiplying.
This article is the second of our series on advanced and post lithium-ion technologies. This article will focus on the silicon anode batteries technologies and markets
The 200+ stand, eight conference IDTechEx Show! in Santa Clara, California, November 18-19 will this year include a dedicated session on electric vehicles. It has been several years since IDTechEx last hosted this topic in CA and we are thrilled to be back.
Energy independent electric vehicles exist today and there is a multi-billion dollar opportunity for their new technology as it cascades down into all vehicles, land, water and air. The new report from analysts IDTechEx is a world first in revealing this exciting future for component and system suppliers, product integrators and system integrators.
Video interview with Grafoid at Graphene & 2D Materials Europe.
Electric cars' limited range, especially in the winter months, has provoked a lot of discussion. Having the heating on can mean that the range of a lot of electric cars shrinks considerably.
The application by Controlled Power Technologies of a switched-reluctance motor-generator deep into the driveline, as well as being applied directly to a petrol or diesel engine, will enable the technology developer to deliver to carmakers and tier 1 driveline system developers an almost full-hybrid functional capability.
Researchers have successfully demonstrated how several of the problems impeding the practical development of the so-called 'ultimate' battery could be overcome.
KleenSpeed believes that the electric vehicle is an "appliance" like a notebook computer or a cell phone to be charged, used and charged again.
Biomimetics - usefully copying nature - is alive and well.
The forthcoming IDTechEx conference, Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing in Santa Clara California November 18-19 is part of the 3000 delegate 250 exhibitor "IDTechEx Show!" which grows every year.
The first Veefil fast charger for electric vehicles to be installed in New Zealand, designed and manufactured by Australian company Tritium, will be operational for public use from 30 October.
Scania has now begun a comprehensive launch of a full range of products with alternative fuels and powertrains.
General Motors set aside traditional vehicle development in selecting LG Electronics as its partner in developing the next generation Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, which can travel more than 200 miles on a single electric charge.
When Tesla announced Autopilot, it's new feature that allows its cars to drive themselves with no input from the driver, ex-Microsoft developer and geek-famous YouTube reviewer Barnacules Nerdgasm (AKA Jerry) decided to put the new tech to the test.
At IDTechEx's forthcoming event, Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing, taking place in Santa Clara on Nov 18-19, there will be many presentations on the next wave of battery technology for electric vehicles.
John Kopera, Vice President Corporate Operations of Sion Power says Sion has long been known for Li-S technology but we are more than that. We are the protected lithium metal battery company; the Licerion rechargeable battery company.
Queen's University Belfast will unveil its electric DeLorean, on the exact date that Marty McFly went Back To The Future in the iconic Belfast-built car - 21 October 2015.
ITM Power is pleased to announce that it has officially received the first Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle to be delivered in the UK.
Energy storage has long been the most critical challenge for electric vehicles or hybrid electric vehicles. There is a new trend of using supercapacitors to complement or even replace batteries as energy storage devices to improve the vehicles' performance.
The first wirelessly charged, fully electric buses in Belgium started operation in Bruges on Saturday October 17.
Volvo Cars develop an entirely new range of electrified smaller cars and build a fully electric car for sale by 2019.
This invitation only meeting ably introduced and summarised by Zeinab Badawi was mercifully free of PR speak.
High power energy harvesting (HPEH) is the clean part of off-grid renewable energy and its main potential lies at kilowatts to megawatts. Few things are genuinely new in this world but newly important aspects of energy harvesting really matter.
Toyota is set to deliver 12 brand new Mirai hydrogen powered vehicles to London.
Thought leaders IDTechEx were among the first to identify three new megatrends in the world of technology: Structural Electronics (SE); 3D Printed Electronics (3DPE); Energy Independent Electric Vehicles (EIVs).
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 27 October 2015.
A new addition to the remarkable lineup at the forthcoming IDTechEx conference Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing is Kleenspeed presenting on the now intimate linkage between electric vehicles, solar and storage.
What to expect at the Future Battery Technology Session at IDTechEx's Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing Show!
In 2016 61 million electric vehicles will be sold - from electric cars to planes to industrial vehicles, creating a total market of $123 Billion. That will rise to $182 billion in 2020, based on the latest survey of the industry conducted by IDTechEx Research in the report Electric vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2016-2026.
Controlled Power Technologies and Eminox have reached agreement to collaborate on the development of electric supercharging solutions to reduce fuel consumption.
Wireless power transfer has many promising applications, such as contactless powering, electric vehicles, and energy harvesting.
Terra Motors, a start-up founded by 42 years old Toru Tokushige, prioritises doing good and rejuvenating Japan's industrial base over making profit and it seeks to do this by offering EVs into developing countries.
Formula One racing gave us the disk brake and more recently led to 60,000 rpm energy harvesting flywheels on London Buses. No one planned to make a London bus look like a Formula One racing car but the bus people saw their future in racing technology.
The open-access lab will provide space to build and test battery concepts while fully protecting the intellectual property of its users.
The Sunswift eVe, currently the worlds fastest solar electric car over 500km, will soon officially be registered to be Australia's first road legal solar car, making it one of the only road legal cars in the world.
Bosch is debuting a new battery technology for electric cars that could be production-ready in as little as five years.
The most dramatic new advances and visions have no name initially. So it is with electric vehicles that need no external charging or refuelling - no, not even wireless charging.
The Liberty Trike for anyone that wants to get around actively or effortlessly on 3 wheels.
Hoverboard Technologies have created a single wheeled electric skateboard simply called "Hoverboard"
As part of its lineup of production and concept-model automobiles and motorcycles for its exhibit at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will be unveiling the Neowing, a concept model for a three-wheeled sport hybrid model.
Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid.
Forget the obsession with driverless autonomous cars; energy independent vehicles are the megatrend. Electric land vehicles, boats, underwater craft and aircraft already exist that never plug in or refuel.
Following materials testing researchers have identified unique properties in Zenyatta Ventures Ltd Albany Graphite deposit that show positive attributes for use in multiple graphene applications.
An international team of scientists led by the inventor of the lithium ion battery has put forward a new cathode material for its potential successor, the sodium ion battery.
Video interview with Neotech AMT at 3D Printing Europe.
Navitas Systems LLC has announced that it is the first battery company to have developed a family of qualified heavy-duty lithium-ion batteries for Class I and Class II forklifts.
Electric buses are deeply significant, being a key to the control of urban pollution and often first to adopt innovative parts.
The Artega Scalo with a purely electric drive is the direct successor of the Artega GT, which inspired car fans around the world.
A unique, multipurpose unmanned ground vehicle will be the first vehicle of its kind to use ultracapacitor technology.
Being the automotive sector a trillion dollar market and given the existence of multiple low carbon powertrain technologies and sunk investments in specific powertrains technologies, the possibility of "betting on the wrong horse" makes the transition to low carbon vehicles a very risky process for incumbent automotive companies (global automotive manufacturers and their tier one suppliers). Through these technology developments these incumbent companies are primarily trying to maintain or increase their captured added value of the automotive value chain and their global sales market share. For new entrants with no existing interests, the risks are lower given they are not compelled to capture most of the value of the powertrain technology, giving them the possibility of sharing it with other parts of the value chain (suppliers, technology developers etc.)
Small manned electric vehicles - e-bikes to car-like micro EVs - often sell in the largest numbers. Although they are usually lower in cost than regular cars, they will reach over $33 billion in 2026 according to IDTechEx analysis.
The Trinity wind turbine is light and portable, for powering mobile devices and cars.
The Porsche Mission E concept car combines the unmistakable emotional design of a Porsche with excellent performance and the forward-thinking practicality of the first 800-volt drive system.
Drivers of Hyundai's ix35 Fuel Cell, the only fuel cell car on sale in the UK, can now fill up with hydrogen at one of the world's greenest filling stations, located just off the M1 motorway near Sheffield.
ITM Power has signed a strategic siting partnership with Shell for the delivery of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations on three Shell retail forecourts in the UK.
New longer range Leaf 21 Sep | Switzerland
Nissan is once again transforming the performance, practicality and perception of EVs with the introduction of the LEAF 30 kWh - an updated Nissan LEAF that gives drivers 155 miles of motoring range.
The September 2015 meeting of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) in Holland, Michigan and our subsequent interviews gave a clear indication of the main trends.
A revolutionary Electric Supercar that will be powered by a Graphene Energy Storage device.
Another major focus was 48V systems some in EVs but mainly for microhybrid (stop-start) and mild hybrid (torque assist) for managing the now huge amounts of energy in and out with new forms of harvesting and tougher duty cycles and also more power-hungry accessories. That has resulted in a large number of redesigned and new accessories in anticipation of new standards.
High Power Energy Harvesting (HPEH) is a term beginning to be used for creation of electricity where it is needed using ambient "free" energy. That zero-pollution, high-energy conversion typically captures light (photovoltaics), heat difference (thermoelectrics and heat pumps) and movement (electrodynamics).
The Riversimple two seat fuel cell hybrid car was on show in powertrain form at CENEX recently and in addition to the Hydrogenics fuel cell as fuel tank and the lithium-ion capacitor as engine it had four in-wheel motors.
CENEX LCV Event: Micro EVs & Buses 15 Sep | Worldwide, United Kingdom
Supporting IDTechEx strong forecasts for car-like vehicles not homologated as cars or even crash tested, we saw a lot at this event.
CENEX LCV Event: Range Extenders 14 Sep | United Kingdom, Worldwide
The latest CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event took place at Millbrook UK mid September with over 50% growth on last year there being over 3000 delegates and over 200 exhibitors, mostly parts suppliers and charging station manufacturers but with several prestige stands from major motor manufacturers.
Off-grid electricity production on land has lessons for energy independent electric vehicles (EIVs) that come later. These generate all their own electricity from wind, waves, sun and other forms of ambient energy - free and clean.
Energy Independent Vehicles 2016-2026, the brand new report from IDTechEx Research, argues that electric energy independent vehicles will be one of the most important megatrends this century because buying and delivering fuel becomes a thing of the past and a major source of global and local pollution is eliminated.
Researchers have developed a highly energy-efficient heating system for electric cars that produces a broad, radiant heat.
Scientists have developed a new fuel cell catalyst using earthly abundant materials with performance that is comparable to platinum in laboratory tests.
BMW is showcasing new solutions for the "connected car". One of the company's focal points are a pair of apps designed for operating functions inside connected houses.
In the future, a wireless charging system will allow electric cars not only to charge their batteries, but also to feed energy back into the power grid, helping to stabilize it.
The scientists' goal is to produce new materials for a host of uses, ranging from high-efficiency batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel cells and hydrogen storage devices to lightweight thermal coatings for hypersonic jets, multifunctional materials for aerospace, and more.
There are many myths about the move to higher voltage with conventional internal combustion engine on-road vehicles. Here we dispel some of them.
Local Motors and Arizona State University have formed a new partnership to advance materials research into 3D-printed automotive parts, which will be used on the world's first 3D-printed car, scheduled to be on-road in early 2016.
Researchers are working on a new, low-altitude traffic management system to keep fast-moving flyers safer as they cruise through increasingly crowded skies.
Development, manufacture, and sale of enterprise solutions using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles for image capture combined with cloud-based data processing.
Chemists who developed a unique form of graphene have found a way to embed metallic nanoparticles that turn the material into a useful catalyst for fuel cells and other applications.
MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH has formed a close development partnership with Darmstadt-based AKASOL GmbH.
Researchers have wired four perovskite solar cells in series to enhance the voltage and directly photo-charged lithium batteries with 7.8 percent efficiency--the most efficient reported to date, the researchers believe.
A wireless power transfer system is being integrated and tested using fleet of Kia Soul EVs.
An ultrathin, flexible, stretchable and lightweight 'solar foil' has been produced from perovskite solar cells by researchers in Austria, who demonstrate the material's utility using solar powered miniature aircraft and blimps.
The end-game with electric vehicles by land, water and air is for them to be self-powered. They will create all their electricity from ambient energy such as light, wind, waves and tide where necessary storing it until needed.
IDTechEx Research's brand new report analyses and forecasts the wireless charging market for electric vehicles and small electronics.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration has announced that it is providing $500,000 to support a feasibility study for the design, construction, and operation of a high-speed passenger ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology and a hydrogen refueling station.
Researchers have designed a solar fuel generating device that has established a new record in energy efficiency for the production of solar fuels.
A research team has been awarded $1 million in NASA funding for its all solid-state battery, a game-changing technology that could potentially power future space missions.
We have created a new form of economy called the "Digital Economy". So, what's the point?
WalkCar is the size of a laptop and is similar to a skateboard.
A trillion dollar opportunity to 2035, electric buses are being completely reinvented because they are the electric vehicle sector already attracting billion dollar orders and they can prevent millions of deaths and injuries from air pollution.
South Korean high tech companies LG Chem and Samsung SDI to invest in European battery cell production for Audi Battery electric SUV with a range of more than 500 kilometres.
In an innovative move to assist pedestrian recognition of electric vehicles, Nissan has taken a leading role in the European Commission-led project, eVADER, to create a pioneering audible pedestrian alert system.
Plenty of kilowatts from no fuel. This dream ticket is a reality today from the rapid adoption of high power energy harvesting. Energy harvesting converts ambient energy into electricity where it is needed, off-grid.
Another major milestone for the Sunseeker Duo has been set. Eric and Irena Raymond repeated the 2009 adventure of the Sunseeker II, crossing of the Alps in both directions this time with the Sunseeker Duo.
Engineers oat Vokswagen are working on an automated direct-current charging system, a so-called automated e-filling station "e-smartConnect".
Off road trials of the technology needed to power electric and hybrid vehicles on England's major roads are due to take place later this year.
The term 'energy harvesting' is most typically applied to powering small electronic devices using say sunshine, vibration or temperature.
Video interview with Agfa at Printed Electronics Europe.
Two weeks after having demonstrated AtlantikSolar's first 24-hour flight, the fixed-wing team of ETH Zurich's Autonomous Systems Lab reached another milestone.
Analysts IDTechEx almost completely rewrote their report Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles 2015-2025 this year and frequent updates take place, such is the pace of change.
The UFCEV (Ultrafast Charging of Electric Vehicles) station, developed by Empa, ETh Zurich, EPF Lausanne and Bern University of Applied Sciences, is said to charge an electric vehicle in just 5 minutes.
In response to a NASA challenge to design an all-electric propulsion general aviation airplane, five ideas out of the 20 submitted by U.S. universities wowed the judges.
Wireless charging: insights from Oregon event 05 Aug | Worldwide, North America (USA + Canada)
A question and answer session "Wireless Charging: Emerging Business Models" took place at EV Roadmap8, Portland, Oregon USA on 30 July 2015. The panel consisted of Jeremy McCool of Hevo Power, which retrofits wireless charging, Jeff Muhs of WiTricity with key patents and Wesley Smith of WAVE installing large vehicle solutions. They also talked to IDTechEx afterwards.
After more than one million kilometres in two years - from May 2013 to June 2015 - the real-world trial of electric cars known as eMERGE has been completed.
Research shows that passing wireless power transfer through a magnetic resonance field enhancer can boost the transfer efficiency by at least 100 percent as compared to transferring through air alone. MRFE use could potentially boost transfer efficiency by as much as 5,000 percent in some systems, experts say.
Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density.
There was a question and answer session "Wireless Charging: Emerging Business Models" at EV Roadmap8 Portland Oregon USA 30 July 2015.The panel consisted of Jeremy McCool of Hevo Power, which retrofits wireless charging, Jeff Muhs of WiTricity with key patents and Wesley Smith of WAVE installing large vehicle solutions. They also talked to IDTechEx afterwards.
This event of a few hundred people and twenty or so exhibitors had a good range of coverage from many choices of EV test drive to sitting in on focus groups of people minded to buy an EV
Report on EV Roadmap 8 Portland Oregon 28-29 July Day One 31 Jul | Worldwide, North America (USA + Canada)
Summary of the first day of the EV Roadmap 8 event taking place in Portland, Oregon
Rapid Progress with pure electric buses 31 Jul | Worldwide, China, United Kingdom
China is where most of the hybrid and pure electric buses will be made and sold over the coming decade.
A new fabrication technique that produces platinum hollow nanocages with ultra-thin walls could dramatically reduce the amount of the costly metal needed to provide catalytic activity in such applications as fuel cells.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 18 August 2015.
Terra Motors, Japan's leading manufacturer of electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers has signed a joint venture with Runner motorbike manufactures in Bangladesh.
Video interview with Canatu at Printed Electronics Europe.
Researchers have developed a new process to develop few-layer graphene for use in energy storage and other material applications that is faster, potentially scalable and surmounts some of the current graphene production limitations.
Buses are now a crucible of change, often adopting new technology before cars.
High Power Energy Harvesting: Off-Grid 10W-100kW 2016-2026 is the title of a new IDTechEx report examining a newly significant off-grid energy market.
The new IDTechEx Research report, "High Power Energy Harvesting 2015-2025" ( appraises the many new ways in which the vehicle will internally harvest energy that is currently wasted as tyre and brake heat etc. so it needs much less externally supplied energy to get along. That alone will get us to a range of up to 1000 miles. In this article, let us look at how the increasingly infrequent charging can be done automatically without involving the driver and how it can grab externally-supplied electricity created from free ambient energy.
Totally different. Everything that constitutes a hybrid or pure electric vehicle will change beyond recognition, advises analyst group IDTechEx.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 4 August 2015.
he University of Michigan has opened Mcity, the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars.
Saft has signed a contract worth over one million euros from Airbus Defence and Space Ltd to develop, qualify and test a specific lithium-ion battery system to power the ExoMars Rover vehicle.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation are pleased to announce the launch of a joint demonstration project for utilizing used lithium-ion batteries from electric-powered vehicles.
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. and Mojo Mobility, Inc have been awarded a funding grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies program to research and develop a system capable of fast charging an electric vehicle wirelessly.
48V Vehicle Systems 14 Jul | Worldwide
48V systems are close to adoption in some new cars across the world partly to cope with the greater amount of electricity being stored and distributed. They are also becoming attractive for some of the more basic electric vehicles.
IDTechEx will be back in Tokyo, Japan for their highly regarded series of Business Insight Forums.
Many land, water and airborne electric vehicles harvest all the energy they need. They never plug in. It is the way of the future.
Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment's notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality.
On July 13, BorgWarner paid a premium of 44% to buy Remy International.
A fleet of autonomous "SmartCarts"—high-tech, 3D-printed, low-speed electric vehicles—could one day zip around the University of Michigan's North Campus, taking students, professors and staff to class, labs and offices while also serving as one of the first test beds for on-demand autonomous transit.
Following the record breaking oceanic flight of 5 days and 5 nights in a solar powered airplane, Solar Impulse will undergo maintenance repairs on the batteries due to damages brought about by over heating.
IDTechEx is the only market analyst tracking the development of 45 electric vehicle categories and not just electric cars.
IDTechEx was guest of Qualcomm at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane London 26 June and at the Formula E pure electric car racing in Battersea Park London the day after. This article focuses on the presentation by Steve Pazol VP & GM Wireless Charging.
Saft, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, has won a contract to supply state-of-the-art Li-ion battery systems to Imtech Marine, a leading maritime technology supplier.
BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University have launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 that runs on electricity and petrol.
The world's largest green hydrogen plant was opened in Mainz, Germany last week, a result of a joint collaboration between Stadtwerke Mainz, The Linde Group, Siemens and RheinMain University.
Endeavoring to reach Hawaii from Japan to encourage the use of clean technologies, the solar powered aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg achieved the longest exploration leg of the Solar Impulse's Round-The-World mission.
A team of researchers has begun to investigate the use of solar power on the fuel cell bus fleet as a way to reduce operating costs without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Sumitomo Electric has developed a power transistor of an original structure consisting of silicon carbide which is seen as a next-generation power semiconductor.
There are three important technological megatrends for vehicles that are now coming increasingly important. They are shaping what is designed and the market positioning of new vehicles from type of customer targeted to the location where the vehicles will be used.
Researchers have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction.
In the study the new battery technology employs use of graphene on the silicon surface and that confers volume expansion leading to extended battery life.
The industrial and commercial electric vehicle business will be 42% of the EV market in 2025 on IDTechEx analysis with well over 50% of the profits because so much of it is specialist and niche and the vehicles are not bought on up-front price.
Scientists have invented a low-cost water splitter that uses a single catalyst to produce both hydrogen and oxygen gas 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Andretti Autosport has announced its new entity called Andretti Technologies. Working together with TE Connectivity, it will mainly be responsible for developing a new electric motor for the second season of the Formula E.
IDTechEx was guest of Qualcomm at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane London 26 June and at the Formula E pure electric car racing in Battersea Park London the day after.
Formula E promotes EVs 29 Jun | United Kingdom
The UK Formula E races took place 28-29 June.
BioSolar, Inc has announced that it has jointly filed a patent application with the University of California, Santa Barbara.
One focus of the second day of this event has been energy harvesting.
Propulsion systems of tomorrow must provide optimum performance over the whole mission range, concerning efficiency, reliability, redundancy and low noise.
Here is our report on the first day of the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam 23 June.
Empa, ETH Zürich and the road sweeper manufacturer Bucher Municipal have jointly developed a pioneering hybrid-electric powertrain for road sweepers.
In a new study, researchers explain why one particular cathode material works well at high voltages, while most other cathodes do not.
Researchers have discovered the structure and transport properties of the "intermediate state" in lithium-ion batteries - key to understanding the mechanisms of charge and discharge in rechargeable batteries.
In May 2015, Californian Company, Wrightspeed announced the Fulcrum, a gas turbine on-board range extender for charging the batteries of electric vehicles.
The world's first electrical car and passenger ferry powered by batteries has entered service in Norway. 
The power electronics business as applied to electric vehicles is becoming so huge that very divergent approaches become viable.
A123 Systems LLC has announced its plan to double global manufacturing capacity to 1.5 GWh within the next 3 years.
Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents - a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles.
Siemens will install a catenary system for hybrid trucks in Sweden.
Power electronics is at the heart of the disruptive change of all electric vehicle parts.
A team of scientists has synthesized a powerful new magnetic material that could reduce the dependence of the United States and other nations on rare earth elements produced by China.
IDTechEx interviews in Japan have established that supercapacitors across lithium-ion batteries in cars can increase range by 10% by permitting deep discharge, provided suitable batteries are used that can tolerate such a regime.
Jean-Yves Sánchez researches the development of calcium batteries that can compete with lithium batteries.
When Google started designing the world's first fully self-driving vehicle, their goal was a vehicle that could shoulder the entire burden of driving.
Skeleton Technologies plans to use the funds for ramping up production of their graphene-based ultracapacitors to meet the strong demand for electrical engineering applications.
A new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting, has been discovered by researchers.
Autonomous vehicles use a portfolio of sensors that is highly dependent on Lidar technology, given the high price of these sensors, researchers are looking how to reduce the reliance on this technology through enhancing the capabilities of cheaper sensor technologies.
This article shares some of the findings of the new IDTechEx Research report, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 2015-2030: Land, Water, Air and some of what will be discussed in the forthcoming IDTechEx webinar on 9th June.
The California Air Resource Board is initiating a pilot project in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley to help low-income individuals and families get rid of old polluting vehicles and purchase much cleaner and more fuel-efficient cars.
Chemists have discovered the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries that could pave the way for development of the so-called holy grail of electrochemical energy storage.
Scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies.
MIRA Ltd has announced a collaborative agreement with Fundacao Parque Tecnologico Itaipu to develop a new centre of excellence for energy storage in Brazil.
A method for making elastic high-capacity batteries from wood pulp was unveiled by researchers in Sweden and the US.
Motiv Power Systems has received $8.1 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission to continue the commercialization of its award-winning All-Electric Powertrain, including a new manufacturing facility in Hayward, California.
The e-Tuk Vendo is 100% electric vending van intended for mobile catering.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 9 June 2015.
DHL Express began trialling electric vehicles in Russia last week.
A strategic collaboration focused on pioneering innovation in the connected car.
Korean researchers have developed a new type of lithium-sulfur battery that uses vitamin C with a 20% improvement in performance over current batteries.
The IDTechEx report Industrial and Commercial Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles 2015-2025 now finds that Industrial and Commercial Electric Vehicles operating on land will constitute a huge 42% of the value market for electric vehicles, land, water and airborne in 2025.
A breakthrough in the real-time observation of fuel cell catalyst degradation could lead to a new generation of more efficient and durable fuel cell stacks.
Developed by British battery start-up firm Faradion in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and Oxford University, a sodium-ion powered vehicle was demonstrated in an e-bike application as a proof-of-concept to showcase the capabilities of this new type of battery chemistry.
Exclusive joint venture 19 May | United States
Smith Electric Vehicles has announced that it has executed an agreement to form a joint venture with strategic partner and investor FDG Electric Vehicles Limited.
Transportation Power Inc has announced results of independent laboratory testing at the University of California, Riverside.
IDTechEx's Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing, conference was successfully held during the 28th and 29th of April 2015 in Berlin.
Samsung SDI entered into an agreement to acquire the battery pack business of Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier.
Proton-exchange membrane fuel cells are lightweight fuel cells being developed for applications in vehicles and portable electronics.
Future electric motorcycles 12 May | Denmark, Worldwide
"Future Electric is unlikely to be the final name of our company," said CEO Jasper Vind in our interview at EVS28 in Korea last week.
The EVS series of events travels around the world and this year it was the turn of South Korea. Over 2000 people, 60% from overseas, attended the event spanning two half days and two full days with about 180 lectures and about 180 poster sessions.
What ducks and batteries have in common? The answer is Tesla's new home energy storage system. I will explain why.
Airbus Group has agreed with the Aquitaine region to build the Final Assembly Line for the E-Fan 2.0 all-electric aircraft in Pau, southwest France.
KTM is pleased to announce the launch of its first electrically powered motorcycle designed for super-fun asphalt use, the FREERIDE E-SM
SkyWeb Express is an innovative personal rapid transit system that automatically takes you to the destination station of your choice non-stop at 30 mph
Engineers have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it.
A new collaboration agreement between MIRA and Samsung Techwin is set to bring forward the development of bespoke battery and powertrain systems for automotive and off-highway hybrid and electric vehicle applications.
What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time using sophisticated 3D imaging.
In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride.
Scientists have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets.
A new type of graphene aerogel will make for better energy storage, sensors, nanoelectronics, catalysis and separations.
There is divided opinion on future of traction fuel cells in electric vehicles, though few argue any more that they will power the majority of electric vehicles.
At analysts IDTechEx we are often questioned about our forecasts of prices of certain electric vehicles not going down over future years. The answer is twofold.
Goodbye, range anxiety?22 Apr | United States
In the first study of its kind, scientists quantitatively show that electric vehicles will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed.
Researchers have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology.
Companies with over One Trillion Euros in combined sales will present at IDTechEx's Event on Emerging Technologies. Tesco, Qualcomm, Ericsson, United Technologies, Jaguar Land Rover, Shell provide insights, products and use cases on printed electronics, energy harvesting, wearable technologies, IoT and more.
The MRV: next-gen automobile?21 Apr | United States
The Modular Robotic Vehicle, or MRV, was developed at NASA's Johnson Space Center in order to advance technologies that have applications for future vehicles both in space and on Earth.
A new breakthrough battery—one that has significantly higher energy, lasts longer, and is cheaper and safer—will likely be impossible without a new material discovery.
Fujitsu Limited and Global Mobility Service, Inc. have announced that they will commence field testing to expand services in the Republic of the Philippines so as to increase the prevalence of electric tricycles that use ICT.
This final article in the autonomous vehicles series discusses existing and future technologies and markets. Tables and figures show market sizes, numbers, values and autonomous potential for 40 electric vehicle categories.
Why BASF sues Umicore, Toyota launches fuel cell cars, VW buys a solid state battery company and all car companies are rushing behind Google for automation? The bigger picture of the high stakes of the future automotive industry.
With Prince Albert II of Monaco at the wheel for the last session, the electric vehicle Venturi Antarctica has just completed its first test campaign.
Drive eO announces the arrival of eO PP03, world's first one megawatt all-electric race car.
Today's megatrends are easy to identify. They are changes that will endure for a long time and profoundly impact most of us on earth.
Researchers discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes to produce the zero-emissions fuel. This method uses abundantly available corn stover - the stalks, cobs, and husks - to produce the hydrogen.
A team of researchers has developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions. The material could make batteries more powerful, change how gaseous fuel is turned into liquid fuel and help power plants burn coal and natural gas more efficiently.
Researchers have made what they believe is the first metal-free bifunctional electrocatalyst that performs as well or better than most metal and metal oxide electrodes in zinc-air batteries.
In the third installment of the autonomous vehicles series, we look at the reasons behind making a vehicle that is fully or partly autonomous and plot a hype curve for the various types of autonomous vehicles. The final article will discuss autonomous vehicle technologies and markets.
Newcastle University in the UK was chosen by Boeing to develop an ultra-lightweight electric motor for an upper atmosphere electric aircraft. These spidery fixed-wing aircraft can have the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a small car.
Energy harvesting is the creation of electricity from ambient energy. IDTechEx Show! covers it all in one place.
To properly evaluate the prospects for commercially competitive battery electric vehicles one must have accurate information on current and predicted cost of battery packs.
Researchers at the University of Houston have reported developing an efficient conductive electron-transporting polymer, a long-missing puzzle piece that will allow ultrafast battery applications.
Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today.
Tyndall National Institute has partnered with US and Northern Irish research institutes to secure €1 million in funding to develop new ways of harnessing converted electricity. The Nano-GaN Power Electronic Devices project has the potential to have a global impact across the entire power electronics industry.
In the third installment of the autonomous vehicles series, we look at the reasons behind making a vehicle that is fully or partly autonomous and plot a hype curve for the various types of autonomous vehicles. The final article will discuss autonomous vehicle technologies and markets.
The new IDTechEx report, "Electric Motorcycles and Three Wheel Electric Vehicles 2015-2025" reveals gaps in the market as e-motorcycles and their three wheel derivatives become a multi-billion dollar market. One gap is the crossover between bikes and motorcycles created as a premium-priced product.
At the major event IDTechEx Show! in Berlin April 28-29 there is a conference, Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing. It will reveal radical new advances such as structural electronics replacing components-in-a box, 3D printing of electric cars by Local Motors of the USA and 3D printing of small jet engines as range extenders for electric vehicles, land, water and air, by Microturbo Safran of France. IDTechEx has the world's largest selection of reports on electric vehicles and their components and systems.
Millbrook, one of Europe's leading independent test and technology centres for vehicles and vehicle systems, will join a UK industry consortium to develop a new class of zero-emission, light commercial vehicle.
The event SMMT Connected covered the connected and ultimately autonomous car with some nod in the direction of other autonomous vehicles doing "dull, dirty, dangerous" rather than freeing up time and reducing accidents, which is what autonomous cars target.
ABB has introduced a new addition, Azipod D, to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offering.
GreenPower Motor Company Inc announces that production is well underway on the 2015 model of the EV350 all electric transport bus.
In the third installment of the autonomous vehicles series, we look at the reasons behind making a vehicle that is fully or partly autonomous and plot a hype curve for the various types of autonomous vehicles. The final article will discuss autonomous vehicle technologies and markets.
XALT Energy has signed a global exclusive agreement with Hybrid Kinetic Group of China for the supply of its Lithium Titanate batteries from its manufacturing facilities in Midland for all-electric buses in China.
A team of researchers has studied one member of a class of materials, called transition metal fluorides, that are potential cathodes for future lithium ion batteries.
Siemens researchers have developed a new type of electric motor that, with a weight of just 50 kilograms, delivers a continuous output of about 260 kilowatts - five times more than comparable drive systems.
Researchers have discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few tiny holes in it, you have a proton-selective membrane that could lead to improved fuel cells.
Electric vehicles emit significantly less heat. That difference could mitigate the urban heat island effect, the phenomenon that helps turn big cities like Beijing into pressure cookers in warm months.
Five years and more than 35,000 European sales since the launch of its all-electric LEAF, proprietary data released by Nissan for the first time shows that 99.99 percent of its battery units remain entirely fit for purpose.
A new electrolyte for lithium batteries eliminates dendrites while also enabling batteries to be highly efficient and carry a large amount of electric current.
In part 2 of the autonomous vehicles article series we are looking at the types and degrees of autonomy available and the associated benefits and difficulties. In parts 3 and 4 we will discuss the reasons for going autonomous, the technologies and the markets.
The IDTechEx conference Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing tears up the rule book on the electric vehicles market, which will be worth $500 million by 2025 (IDTechEx Research figures 2015).
Longest automated drive in North America 20 Mar | United Kingdom, United States
Delphi Automotive PLC will demonstrate the full capabilities of its active safety technologies with the longest automated drive ever attempted in North America.
he arrival of a unique experimental demonstrator at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center may herald a future in which many aircraft are powered by electric motors.
Researchers have discovered a high performance cathode material with great promise for use in next generation lithium-sulfur batteries that would last far longer than what is used today.
Autonomous vehicles are already successful but you are unlikely to meet one because the successes are in the upper atmosphere, open cast mines, nuclear power stations, underwater and in other relatively inaccessible places.
Renault Trucks and the French Post Office are introducing, on an experimental basis and as a first in Europe, an electric truck equipped with a hydrogen-powered range extender.
The journey from being interested in electric cars to being converted to electric car drivers is now complete for many of the participants in My Electric Avenue's trials.
A pioneering 3D encapsulated touch sensor for the automotive industry.
Researchers have developed a novel supercapacitor electrode based on a hybrid nanostructure made from a hybrid nickel oxide-iron oxide exterior shell and a conductive iron-nickel core.
3D printed jet engine 16 Mar | Australia
A 3D printed jet engine, produced by Monash researchers, has been unveiled.
In the first of this four part series, IDTechEx introduces the types, markets, trends and timelines for autonomous vehicles. Subsequent articles will discuss benefits, reasoning, technologies and markets.
Hybrid vehicles are already big business from hybrid cars, buses and trucks to outdoor forklifts, even hybrid tugboats.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 17 March 2015 on autonomous vehicles.
Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, Electric Buses 2015-2025 attracted many questions.
The Solar Impulse team in Abu Dhabi along with the Mission Control Center in Monaco, witnessed Solar Impulse take-off on the 9th March morning to reach Muscat (Oman), before crossing the Arabian Sea to Ahmedabad (India).
San Diego Gas & Electric has announced that it is actively bidding a group of energy storage systems and electric vehicle fleets as one resource directly into the California Independent System Operator's energy markets.
Visionary tire technologies 09 Mar | Switzerland
Two groundbreaking concept tires unveiled by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company this week could radically change the role of car tires in the future.
Electric vehicle events concentrate too much on three Cs - commercials, cars, copying each other. Cars will be only 34% of the electric vehicle value market in 2025. We must understand the totally different future, including for cars.
According to the IDTechEx report Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles Land, Water & Air 2015-2025 over eight million hybrid cars will be made in 2025, with a range extender, the additional power source that distinguishes them from pure-electric.
Lithium-ion and lead-acid battery separator firm Polypore International has been sold for around $3.2billion in two separate deals. The US company sold its Energy Storage business to Japanese firm Asahi Kasei Corporation for around $2.2billion and its Separations Media segment to US based 3M Co for around $1billion.
To benchmark new technology for electric vehicles it is vital to look at all of the off-road, on-road, water and airborne e-vehicles.
New prototype 85kW synchronous reluctance drive designed primarily for electric vehicle traction applications. Avoids the use of expensive rare earth elements, provides uncompromised performance at significantly reduced cost.
3D printed cars 05 Mar | Worldwide
At the start, there was no generic name. The simple glass of the car windshield started to incorporate printed antennas and heaters. It was what we now know as "structural electronics" - one structure performing mechanical, electrical and other functions.
Researchers have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored.
Murata Electronics is a worldwide leader in research, design, manufacture and sale of ceramic based passive electronic components, power supply and wireless module solutions. Learn more in this interview made at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA show.
Most drones are and will remain electric as detailed in the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 2015-2025."
How can a humpback whale and a device that works on the same principle as the clicker that starts your gas grill help an unmanned aerial vehicle fly longer and with more stability?
Kanslab's Electronic Carnot Engine (ECE) is a solid-state thermal engine with no moving parts. Through thermal cycles of free-electrons in metal or semiconductor, ECE converts thermal energy into electricity in high efficiency.
Lithium-sulfur batteries have been a hot topic in battery research because of their ability to produce up to 10 times more energy than conventional batteries.
Bosch has entered a joint venture to make lithium-ion batteries up to two times more powerful.
This low cost event attracted about 360 delegates and about 21 exhibitors and the speakers were global and of high calibre.
It started with the bicycle dynamo and now no self-respecting vehicle designer ignores the possibility of many forms of energy harvesting in his design of a land vehicle.
From Hamburg to Paris, city authorities are forcing bus operators to go pollution-free at point of use by a set date and that will almost always mean pure-electric battery buses.
A research group has developed a highly efficient transistor used to reduce energy consumption in electric automobiles and trains.
A challenge that comes with the increased use of renewable energy is how to store electric energy.
Environmental award winner Controlled Power Technologies witnessed more interest in 48V mild hybrid vehicles when it recently showcased its switched-reluctance (SR) motor-generator technology in Los Angeles.
Researchers have developed a novel paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries. It has the potential to boost by several times the specific energy, or amount of energy that can be delivered per unit weight of the battery.
Launches of fuel cell cars are reportedly planned by up to six carmakers from 2015 including Tata Motors of India, owners of Jaguar Land Rover.
The most popular word for them is now drones, giving a military connotation to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs.
IDTechEx analyst Franco Gonzalez discusses some of the industry dynamics and latest trends of supercapacitors.
The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has announced the start of a study of using Autonomous cars in Dubai.
FAA proposes new drone rules 17 Feb | United States
New drone safety rules are being considered to allow businesses to use small unmanned aerial vehicles in the USA.
UK Business Secretary Vince Cable and Transport Minister Claire Perry officially launched a regulatory review of driverless cars and the Government's 'Introducing Driverless Cars' competition.
Scientists have worked for many years trying to find a way to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries.
In 2011, an important national priority was declared: Put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
Dendrites-deposits that form on electrode surfaces during the charging process-cause the batteries to short circuit, leading to serious safety hazards.
Bochum University of Applied Sciences and ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe are collaborating on a major research project into solar vehicle construction.
Electric Vehicle company Zap and Jonway Auto signed an OEM contract for 5000 units of ZAP Jonway's EV Minivans that will be sold under the brand of Dong Feng Motor Corporation.
The motor market is doubling in value even over the underlying fast growth of the electric vehicle business, whether hybrid or pure electric.
It is not much of an achievement to make a fuel cell powered vehicle any more. They have been made for over 25 years and they work well.
Pure electric vehicles are inevitably small and feeble or premium-priced, niche products like the Teslas? Not true.
Students have built Singapore's first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts
Savannah, the first superyacht to feature an eco-friendly blend of single diesel engine, three gensets, batteries, propeller, azimuting thruster and a streamlined hull shape.
BYD Motors Inc has officially unveiled the world's first long range, 100% Battery Electric Over the Road Coach Bus.
Bulletproof battery 30 Jan | United States
New battery technology from the University of Michigan should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013.
In the new report, "Electric Buses 2015-2025" analysts IDTechEx examine how Chinese hybrid buses are in some respects more advanced as the Government only supports plug-in versions with long pure electric range.
A Virginia Commonwealth University professor has received a five-year, $505,000 award from the National Science Foundation to make lithium-ion batteries -- which power electric vehicles and portable electronic devices -- far more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Polaris Industries Inc has acquired the electric motorcycle business of Brammo Inc. In addition, Polaris is acting as a leading investor in a recapitalization of Brammo that enables the company to focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric vehicle power trains.
A Fuel cell range extender will be used in light commercial vehicles to double the daily range of battery powered vehicles, a significant improvement that makes hydrogen-powered electric vehicles more competitive in the automotive markets.
Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that it will increase production of the "Mirai" fuel cell sedan.
A patent for electric and hybrid EV motor design using non-rare earth magnets, will limit exposure to price fluctuations of rare earth magnets which are used in the majority of hybrid and pure electric vehicles produced today.
IDTechEx analyst Franco Gonzalez discusses some of the trends with Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage.
The oil price may stay low for many years due to oversupply. This will not affect the sales of electric road vehicles because their sales numbers decoupled from the oil price many years ago thanks to superior performance, subsidies and privileges such as no congestion charge.
Chevrolet has made a significant statement on its commitment to electrification with the introduction of the Bolt EV concept - a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle.
An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles.
Sun Solar Technologies Inc has received the green light on government funding for an exciting new R&D collaboration with The University of Windsor aimed at optimizing Unconquered Sun's already popular Solar Fueled Electric Vehicle Powertrain technology.
Researchers have developed a new type of aluminium-air battery rechargeable by refilling salty or normal water and having a modified structure which ensures longer battery lifetime.
Chemists and materials scientists have developed a type of glass that can be used as an electrode material in lithium-ion batteries - likely making a vast improvement in these batteries' capacity and energy density.
Toyota is opening the door to the hydrogen future, making available thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company and automaker BMW are teaming up to test the ability of electric vehicle batteries to provide valuable services to the electric grid.
A revolution is slicing through the car industry.
China has abolished export quotas for rare earth metals as the government complied with a World Trade Organization ruling in March last year.
Solaris with Warsaw and Poznan Universities of Technology developed a bi-articulated, 24-metre electric bus based on the new version of the Urbino family that had its world premiere at IAA exhibition in September 2014.
Electrovaya is pleased to announce that the KF Hisarøy electric cable ferry has now been sailing between Mjånes and Hisarøy in Norway daily for over one year, with flawless operation.
An aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine - the first ever to be able to recharge its batteries in flight - has been successfully tested in the UK.
Researchers are the first to measure the optical and electrical transport properties of the individual nanoflakes that make up a battery's electrode while it is being charged.
Zero Motorcycles has announced that it has entered full production of its 2015 model line.
Malaysia's first indigenous Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle was launched by Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh at The National University of Malaysia.

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