Research helps make buses smarter
A rather unusual trolleybus has been navigating the streets of Zurich in recent months. With its large windscreen and covered wheels, it could easily be mistaken for a tram. It features a hybrid electric drive system that allows it to draw power from an on-board traction battery as well as overhead wires. But this bus is also "smart", boasting specially designed software that automatically gathers information on the route.
Charging an electric vehicle in five minutes in the future
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.