Visit to Lightyear Solar Cars Netherlands 4.12.19
We attended the impressive launch of the Lightyear One solar family car in June.
IDTechEx Explains Significance of Driving Tesla and Squad Solar
It is happening rapidly now. The startups Sono Motors and Lightyear announced solar family cars available next year. They have solar bodies rather than the useless scrap of solar roof seen on other cars. That means many owners will never plug in. They do not have the acceleration of a Tesla, but Lightyear cheekily points out that its Lightyear One will go 740 km faster than any Tesla because the Tesla would have to stop and plug in.
World's Biggest Battery to Get Bigger
South Australian electricity consumers will have more secure and affordable power with the State's Big Battery set to grow in size by 50% to help reduce household power bills and provide security services that were lost with the closure of the Northern Power Station.
Race for 1000 km Electric Vehicles
Range sells electric cars. Long range ones sell in 100 times the numbers and have three times the resale value. In this article Dr Peter Harrop discusses the future of electric vehicles capable of 1000km range.
Those desperate to invest in "The next Tesla" continue to pile into start-up Rivian, the latest $350 million coming from a media company. That takes investment up to the $2 billion level familiar at Tesla.
World's first mobile restaurant powered by advanced robotics
Ono to harness advanced robotics to serve the Los Angeles smoothie blends within 60 seconds. Automated, electric self-cleaning blender and robotic systems to use 28x less water compared to traditional smoothie operators; Reduces inventory waste with over 100 sensors monitoring ingredient volume and temperature.
Panasonic is one of the largest suppliers of Li-ion batteries. They will have to continue investment in production capacity to maintain a leading position in the market.
Die Attach Materials for Power Electronics in Electric Vehicles
New IDTechEx Research report investigates the market for various die and substrate attach materials used in power electronics in various electric vehicles. It provides a comprehensive view of the industry trends, looking at the trends driving the adoption of higher performance die-attach materials.
New Lithium Battery Problems and Solutions
With accelerating uptake of lithium-ion batteries in stationary and mobile applications, today's shortages will reoccur in the years to come for many reasons beyond too few battery factories.
Tidal energy company applies to provide clean, predictable power
Nova Innovation has applied to develop a tidal energy array in Petit Passage, in the Bay of Fundy area of Nova Scotia.
Rivian is an American automaker and automotive technology company with over 1000 staff. Founded in 2009, the company develops vehicles, products and services related to sustainable transportation.
Batteries: Unknowns and Certainties
It is certain that lithium batteries will be dominant over the coming decade and their chemistry will change in pursuit of reduction in cost and flammability and to obtain greater energy density. Uniquely, IDTechEx forecasts the biggest application - electric vehicles - in 101 categories, but any forecast has assumptions that matter a great deal. In the IDTechEx report, "Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles 2020-2030", IDTechEx forecasts ten years assuming, not predicting, no global recession and no shortages.
In September 2019 we have reappraised the supercapacitor business.
Massive Improvements Make 48V the Future Hybrid
IDTechEx predicts 48V hybrid will peak at a huge 13 million cars made in 2027, 10-15% of the car market. This is something that those with legacy assets in internal combustion ignore at their peril. There is more, as revealed in the new IDTechEx report "48V Mild Hybrid and 48V Full Hybrid Vehicles 2020-2030".
TeraWatt Technology are a solid-state battery company founded in Silicon Valley in 2017. They are a division of Chinese EV start-up Seres (formerly SF Motors, Inc).
Polestar electric performance brand opens first production facility
Polestar, the electric performance brand, has opened its first production facility, a key milestone for the rapidly growing car company. Polestar also announces its World Manufacturing Identifier, which officiates the brand as a standalone car company.
Here Come 48V Full Hybrid Electric Vehicles
The new Hyundai Tucson switches off the engine when coasting or braking at under 30kph. This is a bridge to the 48V full hybrids that IDTechEx foresaw some time ago. IDTechEx correctly predicted that they would come sooner rather than later and not just as cars - thus the title of the new IDTechEx report embracing it all, "48V Mild Hybrid and 48V Full Hybrid Vehicles 2020-2030".
Torqeedo (2019 Update)
Torqeedo is the market leader for electric propulsion in leisure boating and is now diversifying to small commercial vessels.
Electric Vehicle Research at Advanced Materials Osaka July 2019
Here we give the abstracts relevant to electric vehicles from BIT Advanced Materials Conference Osaka Japan July 2019. The organisers failed to provide slides but we have photographs of some of these if you are interested. The selected abstracts are divided into energy storage, wide bandgap semiconductors, energy harvesting and other.