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IDTechEx comments on research presented by the University of Tokyo and NSK at EVS29, June 2016.
The saying is, "In a gold rush, get there first, sell shovels". The "shovels" of the EV business are covered in the unique new IDTechEx report, Industrial and Commercial Electric Vehicles on Land 2016-2026. It is pivotal in any understanding of the EV business, hybrid and pure electric, because this category will be responsible for around 60% of the huge market of about $500 billion emerging in 2026.
Controlled by Toyota, Hino Motors of Japan is a $13 billion company making buses, trucks and pickups that is similar in size to competitor BYD in buses, cars, forklifts and batteries in China.
A Test flight signals launch of graphene roadmap for industrial application and commercialisation within the aerospace industry.
The program expands Boeing and Embraer's cooperation agreement and will test technologies to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their introduction into the marketplace.
Daniel Boston and Alyssa Werthman of Ford Motor Company, Dearborn MI have recently published a study "Plug-in Vehicle Behaviors: An analysis of charging and driving behaviour of Ford plug-in electric vehicles in the real world".
In June 2016, Dr Nancy E. Ryan, Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc., and collaborators issued a paper Electric Vehicle Cost-Effectiveness and its Implications for Utility Program Design.
IDTechEx comments on research presented by the University of Tokyo and NSK at EVS29, June 2016.
To overcome the diverse charging landscape described in Part One, Continental acknowledges that it is a clever idea to equip the EV with all the charging interfaces discussed
Tesla is a leader in the design and commercialisation of pure electric cars. It lacks profit but has an orderbook that its competition can only dream about. Since last year Tesla has also been selling batteries based on Panasonic cells that can power homes and businesses copying several other companies that were there before
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 26 July 2016.
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have developed a new type of high-power integrated motor drive and battery charger for electric vehicles. Compared to today's electric vehicle chargers, the new system could shorten the charging time from eight to two hours, and to reduce the cost by around $2,000, according to the developers.
The suitability of the proposed technology has been analysed and it was proved that lithium-ion capacitors can act as a main power or energy source without any reduction of the system capabilities.
Hanergy Holding Group has launched four full solar power vehicles at a grand ceremony themed "Disruptive Innovations Drive the Future."
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: electric vehicles or energy storage.
Yamaha Motor Co Ltd has announced the development of an autonomous unmanned compact electric survey craft.
After crossing America and recently the Atlantic Ocean without a single drop of fuel, Solar Impulse 2 - the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg - took off from Spain early yesterday morning to attempt the crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.
In mid 2016, A. Laforgue, Automotive and Surface Transportation, National Research Council of Canada and collaborators issued a paper "Assessment of the Li-air battery technology for automotive applications through the development of a multi-electrode solid-state prototype". It comes at a time when the US Department of the Environment has told IDTechEx it has de-emphasised research on this option because of fundamental limitations.
This article looks at the 4th generation power control unit (PCU) that was developed by Toyota for their 4th generation HV, launched in 2016.
A novel axial field switched reluctance motor design is presented which intend to improve the output torque by single flux path distribution in C- core stator while exploiting the high power density of the switched reluctance technology.
Off-grid clean power is a big focus of attention nowadays as we seek clean propulsion of land, water and airborne vehicles and clean power for buildings and remote equipment off-grid.
Video interview with Standard Graphene at the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin, Germany (27-28 April, 2016)
Nissan Motor Co Ltd has published its annual Sustainability Report showing that the global automaker's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have fallen by 22.4% over the past decade.
An electric vehicle with three energy storage systems shows the complexity of commanding different control systems in only one vehicle. Both new systems can supply the required energy to propel the electric motor and the fuel cell system can also recharge the high-voltage battery.
The smart vehicles will be run by PostBus, Switzerland's leading public bus operator. They will carry up to 11 passengers at a time, at a maximum speed of 20 kilometers per hour. They will be monitored and controlled by a remote operator using a software program developed by the EPFL startup BestMile.
Triboelectrics will only be a small part of the energy harvesting EH market projected by IDTechEx to be over $7 billion in global market value in 2027.
This paper first presented at EVS29 Montreal Canada provides an overview of the Fiscal Years 2015-2016 Hybrid and Electric Systems research and development activities - with emphasis on its advanced electric drive research -funded by the Vehicles Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy.
This article shares conclusions on EV cost effectiveness by Dr Nancy Ryan, Energy and Environmental Economics Inc et al (Plugshare, Seattle City Light)
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 5 July 2016 titled Lithium-ion Batteries: Disrupting the Energy Sector or Being Disrupted From Within?
Ecotuned Automobile specializes in electric conversion of pickups with the first reusable powertrain system in the world.
Local Motors has introduced the first self-driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson.
The new IDTechEx report, Energy Harvesting: Off-grid Microwatt to Megawatt 2017-2027 concerns a system architecture that can be summarised as follows.
Following the trend to two or more traction motors per vehicle, the Technical University of Berlin with Infineon is merging their motor controllers and the on-board charger (OBC). Infineon now has a special chip to assist. At EVS29 in Montreal June 2016, Dr Martin Bruell of Continental AG, Germany, revealed progress on elimination of the OBC.
Video interview with TankTwo at the IDTechEx Show! (27-28 April, 2016 | Berlin, Germany).
At EVS29 here in Montreal Canada the six parallel conferences are world class eventhough the exhibition is modest.
The new IDTechEx report, Energy Harvesting: Off-grid Microwatt to Megawatt 2017-2027 tells a remarkable story of these twelve magnitudes of green electricity production.
At IDTechEx we believe that there is an excellent solution being proved for the long distance battery vehicle, starting with trucks.
This event wanders the world, being largest when in China. After being in Los Angeles then Korea it is now taking place in Montreal Canada with a nominally 136 stand exhibition (actual count rather less) and an almost exclusive focus on land vehicles.
Video interview with Toyota Motor Europe at the IDTechEx Show! (27-28 April, 2016 | Berlin, Germany).
The electric vehicle market in Canada is small, but growing. At the end of year 2015, there were close to 18,500 EVs registered in Canada representing less than 0.1% of all light-duty vehicles on the road. In total, there are now 21 different plug-in models of EVs available, made by 12 different manufacturers and this number is constantly increasing.
The next generation of rechargeable lithium batteries set to disrupt the electric vehicle industry may soon be here, thanks to the humble salt bath.
Marty is a fully programmable and customizable walking robot. For kids, makers, and educators created by Edinburgh University startup Robotical.
Scientists have invented a new type of supercapacitor material with a host of potential applications in electronics, transportation and energy storage devices.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 28 June 2016 titled Electric Motors and Motor Generators Grab More of the Electric Vehicle Dollars.
Video Interview with Toyota Motor Europe at the IDTechEx Show! (27-28 April, 2016 | Berlin, Germany)
Researchers have developed a practical and physically-based way of treating the surface of materials called perovskite oxides, to make them more durable and improve their performance. These materials are promising candidates to serve as electrodes in energy-conversion devices such as fuel cells and electrolyzers.
Yesterday saw the launch of a second pan-European deployment of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, and passenger and commercial fuel cell electric vehicles. The six-year H2ME 2 project brings together 37 partners from across Europe.
Very large lithium-ion battery banks were largely unknown ten years ago. Now, it is tough to keep up with the variety of uses for them.
IDTechEx finds that manned drones and helicopters from the Volocopter to the planned FlyKart have only around 30 minutes endurance with current battery capabilities.
DTechEx attended the Automechanika and the unfortunately named Subcon exhibitions in Birmingham UK 5-7 June 2016.
Solar Impulse 2 - the first solar airplane capable of flying day and night without using a drop of fuel - left Lehigh Valley International Airport, Pennsylvania, and landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, early on Saturday morning, after circling the Statue of Liberty.
The unique new IDTechEx Research report, Microcontrollers and Single-board Computers 2016-2026, is the first to reveal the big picture developing from the close relationship between these devices. It provides newly researched forecasts leading to figures such as $300bn in 2026 for SBC alone.
This article provides a preview of the IDTechEx presentation at the 29th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS29) in Montréal, Québec, Canada on Tuesday 21 June.
Stellar growth over the coming decade is forecasted by analysts IDTechEx for the electric vehicle business resulting in nearly one trillion dollars sales at ex-factory prices in 2026.
IDTechEx interviewed Sota Nagano CFO and Shuji Nishimura EVsystem Department of GLM 8.6.16 a company that makes its own designer pure electric sports car, with successful sales despite having started as a company as recently as 2010.
The SMMT Open Forum at Automechanika Birmingham UK on the 7th June 2016 opened with an SMMT view of the saturated UK car market, currently in a temporary up phase.
Video interview with Bike2 Aps at the IDTechEx Show! (27-28 April, 2016 | Berlin, Germany).
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has successfully demonstrated a 30-mile autonomous flight using a Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter.
Coswheel's A-One is a compact electric scooter that can easily be folded in seconds.
In May 2016, China's largest lead acid battery maker Chaowei admitted the domestic lead-acid E bike battery market has stopped growing and will only remain stable for the next five years.
Trucks have to clean up their act if they are not to become illegal under the impending 2025 and 2030 legislation and those that jump the gun will probably gain market share because that clean up typically comes with fuel saving key to profitability in fleet operations working on wafer thin margins. Everyone agrees about that - but how to do it? Complete disagreement.
The pace is heating up. As the lithium-ion battery business grows rapidly over the coming 15 years a vital way of buying time, clout in purchasing materials, routes to market, technology, economy of scale and brand awareness will be acquisitions.
In the quest for a radically better lithium-ion battery, a promising direction is the so-called "lithium-rich" cathode, in which the cathode contains a higher proportion of lithium than normal.
The arguments for flying cars are style, convenience and cost saving; the stuff of fiction for 100 years.
The arguments for flying cars are style, convenience and cost saving; the stuff of fiction for 100 years. Park a car and a plane together in your garage.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced its first drone, the Mi Drone quadcopter.
IDTechEx attended the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation event in San Francisco on May 19-20. This article provides a fuller overview of what we learned from the event.
IDTechEx finds that C category cars and above will have to be mild hybrids with 48V lithium-ion batteries if they are to meet the tough new carbon dioxide emissions.
The world's first 3D-printed motorcycle, made using APWorks' Scalmalloy material, weighing in at a svelte 35 kg.
Komatsu Europe International has introduced the new HB365LC-3, a high technology and environmentally sustainable 36 tonnes hydraulic hybrid excavator.
Roboticists demonstrate that their flying microrobots, nicknamed the RoboBees, can now perch during flight to save energy - like bats, birds or butterflies.
A researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones.
This annual event by the delightful staff of the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency Foundation CAFE took place May 19-20 at San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.
Electric bus is a game changer in the battery market.
In this article IDTechEx explains why there is almost uniform negativity about lead acid batteries.
The brand new report from IDTechEx Research, Lithium-ion Batteries 2016-2026, finds that at around $140 billion in 2026, the lithium-ion battery business will dominate the battery business.
The Modern Transport Bill has been introduced in the Queens Speech which promises to ensure the UK is 'at the forefront of technology' with nods toward driverless cars, drones and the UK's first commercial spaceport.
At first it seems ridiculous that IDTechEx forecasts a huge growth in the power electronics business for electric vehicles.
CarConnect, a pioneering project that will help the electricity industry better understand how plug-in electric vehicles charge at home in harmony with the electricity grid, is now underway in the UK.
DTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 31 May 2016.
At last year's IDTechEx event 'Electric Vehicles; Everything is Changing', we concluded everything was indeed changing in the electric vehicle sector. At this year's event, still named 'Everything is changing', the question should surely be has everything changed already?
Inspired by the humble cactus, a new type of membrane has the potential to significantly boost the performance of fuel cells and transform the electric vehicle industry.
A team of researchers have developed a battery that is at once safer, cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and more powerful—by adding a pinch of salt.
As more automakers get embroiled in the discreditation of diesel, IDTechEx looks at their very different strategies and considers how some of these strategies now look in urgent need of review.
The unique new IDTechEx Research report Manned Electric Aircraft 2016-2031 explains how, so far, electric aircraft have largely followed electric land and water vehicles.
Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell drivers now have more options than ever for refuelling, following the opening of a new high-tech site in Teddington, Greater London.
Controlled Power Technologies has partnered with Ricardo, Tata Motors European Technical Centre and Provector, to apply its low voltage electric motor technology to the rear driveline of a B-segment city car.
IDTechEx Research announced today that Europe's largest event on emerging technologies, IDTechEx Show! held in Berlin on 27-28 April, grew 27% vs. last year's event. This year's exhibition and conference featured attendees from 57 countries with 171 exhibitors and 2,300 attendees.
The first rechargeable sodium-carbon dioxide battery has been created with the help of a nanostructured cathode. The cheap and potentially powerful battery could fuel Mars vehicles as the red planet's atmosphere is 96% carbon dioxide or recycle carbon dioxide emissions on Earth.
The BMW i3 is the world's first premium car designed from the ground up to be powered by an electric drive system.
Researchers are revolutionizing energy storage with a new class of aqueous electrolytes that makes batteries and other electrochemical devices safer, cheaper, and greener.
IDTechEx interviewed Tesla about their use of synchronous electric traction motors, typically referred to as induction motors or AC induction motors.
The prestigious Electric Vehicles Awards for 'Most Impressive New Company' and 'Most Significant Innovation' were presented at the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin last week, 27 April 2016.
The IDTechEx conference Electric Vehicles Everything is Changing finished in Berlin last week and it is analysed in this series of exclusive articles.
At the recent IDTechEx event "IDTechEx Show!" in Berlin a poster presentation by a PhD research project Airbus aligned with the thrust of the new IDTechEx report, "Manned Electric Aircraft 2016-2031."
This IDTechEx conference just finished in Berlin had a wide variety of future oriented presentations.
Aurora Flight Sciences will be presenting alongside NASA and many other advanced aerospace developers at the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) event.
IDTechEx has long ago identified a gap in the market for a standard platform for car like four wheel small vehicles for leisure, military, mining, postal, industrial and many other purposes. At the recent IDTechEx conference "Electric Vehicles Everything is Changing" in Berlin the nonsense of every light four wheel electric vehicle being designed from scratch was addressed differently by both Altreonic and IFEVS.
The conference "Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing" in Berlin 27-28 April was a great success. Here we give only a glimpse at the rich insight and information presented. IDTechEx deliberately pitched the event as different from other electric vehicle conferences in looking firmly at the future including the speculative and ill-defined.
The future of the electric vehicle industry land, water and air largely hangs on the improvement of lithium-ion batteries over the coming decade when no alternatives will be ready for market dominance.
Rice is one of the top three staple foods in the world. But in the future, it may be a key part of the battery in your plug-in electric vehicle.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Thursday 12 May 2016 - Batteries for Electric Buses: Technologies and Marke.t
The UltraBoost ST uses a compact and lightweight YASA motor to recover kinetic energy, otherwise lost as heat during braking, and stores it in high-power graphene-based ultra capacitors.
The new IDTechEx report, Future Powertrains 2016-2031 concerns the twenty year future of powertrains for land vehicles, including reference to water and airborne vehicles as appropriate. The primary emphasis is on the most important applications by market value - cars and buses - and the most important powertrain types by value potential but most of this analysis is directly applicable to most other vehicles.
This year sees two sudden changes in electric vehicles predicted by IDTechEx. To expand on what we said last week, the supply of new strong hybrids that do not plug in - like the traditional Prius - has all but ended.
Airbus Group and Siemens have signed a collaboration agreement in the field of hybrid electric propulsion. In doing so, both companies have launched a major joint project towards the electrification of aviation with the goal of demonstrating the technical feasibility of various hybrid/electric propulsion systems by 2020.
IDTechEx attended a presentation by Diarmuid O'Connell of Tesla Motors at the AVERE E-Mobility event in Amsterdam 13 April 2016, summarised here.
To date, attendee registrations are up by 17% and exhibiting organizations are up by 27% on last year.
Sales of hybrid cars in the USA collapsed from 3.2% of car sales in 2013 to under 2% in 2015 as Americans responded to the sharply reduced oil price. However the oil price will recover eventually so commentary that it heralds the death of hybrid vehicles is wide of the mark. Indeed hybrid car sales outside the USA were sharply up
A tiny, pilotless, 3D printed aircraft has launched from the Royal Navy's ice patrol ship HMS Protector for the first time to assist with navigating through the Antarctic.
At the conference, Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing as part of the IDTechEx Show!, April 27-28, the future of vehicle charging will be revealed and put in context.
U-Boat Worx unveils new private submarines especially designed for cruise ships and tourism, including the deepest-diving ever built.
Take a look at the latest positions available at IDTechEx.
This short presentation by IDTechEx Chairman Dr Peter Harrop gives an overview of mild hybrid 48V vehicles technology and markets.
Soon, the team will attempt to complete the circumference of the earth, from Hawaii, over the Pacific Ocean, across North America, over the Atlantic Ocean, and across Europe or North Africa, finally landing in Abu Dhabi once again.
At the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin on 27-28 April, large numbers of experts are gathering. Most of them specialise in the next wave of technologies becoming key to the automotive, aerospace and electronics industries.
This article shares some of the research for the new IDTechEx Research report, Electric Vehicle Traction Motors, Belt Driven & Integrated Starter Generators 2016-2026. It is no longer contentious to say that the future of land, water and air vehicles is to be more and more electric.
Scientists have introduced a combined electrolyte and separator for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that supplies energy at usable voltages and in high temperatures.
BOC has announced that it has signed an agreement with ITM Power to provide infrastructure for ITM Power's new electrolyser-based hydrogen refuelling stations for passenger cars.
Midsummer has received funding from Mistra for the development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles. The developed solar panels will be integrated in body panels in a Clean Motion Zbee ultra-light electric vehicle composite roof.
The premiere of manned flights with the world's first certified Multicopter, e-volo's Volocopter VC200, marks a step forward in urban mobility.
This short video will focus on the expectations of printed electronics technologies in the automotive industry over the next decade.
ETT Industries has announced the global launch of RAKER and TRAYSER electric bikes.
A paperlike battery electrode may improve tools for space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles.
Rachel Gordon attended Semi-Therm in San Jose to learn about thermal management in a wide variety of devices and industries. This article describes TIM requirements for different application areas.
The forthcoming "IDTechEx Show!" in Berlin has a two day conference, "Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing" with an uncompromising focus on the future and the new - 27-28 April.
A 20-kilowatt wireless charging system has achieved 90 percent efficiency at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used for electric vehicles today.
Based on a patented design for a modular and scalable vehicle, Altreonic is able to meet the needs of any applications.
As part of a project to improve safety in the energy pipeline industry, researchers have successfully flight-tested a miniature methane gas sensor developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The startup's driverless taxis follow optimal paths for picking up and dropping off passengers to reduce traffic congestion.
The excitement about the first mass market product from Tesla, the Tesla 3, echoes the early days of Apple.
This was the topic IDTechEx was asked to address in a meeting of the SMMT EV Group 17.3.16 in London. Here we share our response.
This article shares some of the market research carried out for the brand new IDTechEx report, Future Powertrains 2016-2036.
Researchers in the Netherlands successfully engineered and installed a socket on a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell that serves as an electrical outlet.
Japanese scientists have synthesized two crystal materials that show great promise as solid electrolytes.
Boeing has introduced Echo Voyager, its latest unmanned, undersea vehicle, which can operate autonomously for months at a time thanks to a hybrid rechargeable power system and modular payload bay.
Drivers now consider plug-in hybrid vehicles to be more attractive and practical than conventional hybrids, a survey commissioned by GKN Driveline has revealed.
Following a previous article summarising the top level markets and trends in robotics, Dr Jon Harrop describes the emerging trends that will drive the evolution of the robotics space in the near future. Key topics of discussion are collaborative robotics, mobile robotics (including UAVs, UGVs and AUVs), trends in surgical and agricultural robots, geographical robotics interest from Japan, and the impact of the Chinese robotics market on the global picture.
Uniquely the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin on 27-28 April (www.IDTechEx.com/Europe) reveals the future of electric vehicle technology and other green technologies.
Something is stirring in the field of fuel cell vehicles.
New guidance approach supports industry in the safe and effective deployment of next generation drone and unmanned aircraft systems technology that can significantly improve productivity gains through reducing risk exposure, survey times and in-service inspection costs of offshore, marine and onshore infrastructure.
A short ceremony welcomed the arrival on London streets of a global first - a completely emissions free pure electric double decker especially designed and developed for Transport for London by BYD.
Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited has unveiled plans for its newest team member - an autonomous delivery vehicle named DRU.
Researchers have developed an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle that can stay on station beneath the water, then launch into the air to perform a variety of missions.
Scientist and former yachtsman Raphael Dinelli has developed the 'Eraole', a hybrid, solar and biofuel-powered aircraft.
Dr Jon Harrop presents IDTechEx's most recent work in robotics. This article covers the current market sectors for robotics today (including industrial, military, professional and personal robots), the value chain, and the key trends in this industry.
The large IDTechEx Show! in Berlin April 27-28 with over 2500 paying delegates once again invests in startups.
Energy independent electric vehicles (EIVs) vary from the new Inergy boat entirely driven by a 70kW vertical wind turbine to the autonomous solar aircraft flying at 60,000 feet for five years on sunshine alone.
Hydrogen is the lightest and most plentiful element on Earth and in our universe. So it shouldn't be a big surprise that scientists are pursuing hydrogen as a clean, carbon-free, virtually limitless energy source for cars and for a range of other uses, from portable generators to telecommunications towers—with water as the only byproduct of combustion.
Modern mobile robots have increasingly practical capabilities. Yet, while the capabilities of such mobile robots are impressive, how useful is a single mobile robot?
We have had a feast of lithium-ion batteries as the number of manufacturers has doubled to 200 and pure electric cars have been late in arriving. Now that will change even with the gigafactories.
GKN Driveline is transferring hybrid technology from super sports cars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and BMW i8 into affordable compact vehicles.
Aurora's Phase 2 design for VTOL X-Plane envisions an unmanned aircraft with two large rear wings and two smaller front canards—short winglets mounted near the nose of the aircraft.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 22 March 2016.
Daimler is expanding its activities in the area of electromobility and investing around 500 million Euros in the construction of a new battery factory. This
Siemens has been commissioned to provide the complete electro-technical solution for Finland's first battery-powered car ferry.
An interdisciplinary team of scientists has worked out a way to make electric vehicles that only are not only carbon neutral but carbon negative, capable of actually reducing the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide as they operate.
The third Future Powertrain conference was a great event with about 400 delegates and a total of 35 table exhibitors. The summary of the presentations given during the FPC2016 are discussed here.