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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 Hisar°y electric cable ferry has now been sailing between Mjňnes and Hisar°y 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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