5 Aug 2022
Powertrain Efficiency: Sustaining EV Growth in an Era of Shortages
2022 continues to present great challenges for electric vehicle makers, but despite these challenges electric vehicle markets have continued to grow. However, in an era of shortages, disruption is inevitable. IDTechEx believes improvements to drive cycle efficiency and vehicle design, minimizing battery capacity and other material requirements per vehicle, must come to the forefront.
2 Aug 2022
Market Update on Electric Cars in Europe
This IDTechEx premium article provides an update on electric car markets in the EU, UK, and EFTA in 2022, including an update on H1 sales, market trends, policy drivers, and battery trends.
29 Jul 2022
Volkswagen Group China Unveils Passenger Drone Prototype
Volkswagen Group China has unveiled its first electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing passenger drone prototype, as part of its strategy to explore and break new ground in fully electric and sustainable individual mobility concepts. After intensive research, conceptual work, and development, the project team has now developed its first validation model - the V.MO. This initial prototype has also been nicknamed the 'Flying Tiger' due to its distinctive black and gold livery, which was painted to commemorate its launch in the Year of the Tiger.
19 Jul 2022
Bringing 3D Printing to the Moon with Laser and AI
Scientists are planning a flight to the Moon to melt lunar dust with laser radiation. In the Moonrise project, the research team wants to explore the question of how we can use lasers to build landing sites, roads or buildings out of lunar dust in the future.
11 Jul 2022
Volkswagen Enters Global Battery Business with PowerCo
Volkswagen Group broke the ground for its first cell factory in Salzgitter. Production will start in 2025. With immediate effect, responsibility for global battery business is to be held by the newly created company "PowerCo". In addition to cell production, the new company will be responsible for activities along the entire battery value chain.
29 Jun 2022
MAN: Electric Trucks
MAN (part of VW's Traton Group) have been making their MAN eTGM truck in small series production since late 2019. In 2021, they announced their intention to begin series production of electric trucks in Munich in 2024.
29 Jun 2022
Scania: Electric Trucks
In September 2020, Scania (part of VW's Traton Group) launched their first pure electric truck for both its L- and P-series cabs.
24 Jun 2022
Rocsys develop solutions to fully automate professional charging sites. With their solutions, EV infrastructure operators can increase their asset utilisation. This allows fleet operators to run business-critical operations with EVs and additionally prepare for the self-parking and self-driving era. Rocsys' solutions are based on proprietary patented soft-robotics and computer vision technologies. IDTechEx spoke to their CEO and Co-founder, Crijn Bouman at EVS35.
17 Jun 2022
Second-Life: Audi E-Tron Batteries Power Electric Rickshaws in India
A second life for electric car batteries: The German-Indian start-up Nunam is bringing three electric rickshaws to the roads of India. They are powered by used batteries taken from test vehicles in the Audi e-tron test fleet. The aim of the project is to explore how modules made with high-voltage batteries can be reused after their car life cycle and become a viable second-life use case.
15 Jun 2022
DuPont: Thermal Materials for Future Battery Designs
DuPont recently presented a webinar discussing their thermal interface materials (TIMs), thermally conductive adhesives (TCAs), and hybrid TIM/TCAs for future battery designs such as cell-to-pack and cell-to-chassis applications.
31 May 2022
AIRSKIN is an Austria-based company specializing in pressure-sensor-based skin pads for collision detection.
25 May 2022
H-TEC Systems Introduces Scalable Hydrogen Cube Systems
The modular system is suitable for large multi-MW PEM electrolysis plants and applications in the industrial, chemical, and renewable energy sectors. The modular system allows for successive expansion and scaling, as projects are often already designed for later expansion.
13 May 2022
Electric Vehicles Land, Sea, Air - Record Growth as Challenges Mount
Elon Musk once made a prediction that every form of transport, with the exception of space-faring rockets, will become electric. This prediction is starting to materialize as markets for electric cars, trucks, buses, boats, two-wheelers and air taxis reached new heights in 2021.
12 May 2022
Could Graphene by the Answer to the Semiconductor Shortage?
Semiconductors, which date back to the 19th century, are used everywhere in electronic devices, from automobile systems and air conditioners to laser treatment in cutting-edge medical systems. The continuing global shortage in semiconductors impacts how high-tech products are made around the world — the automotive industry alone is expected to lose $210 billion in revenue, with major players like BMW, Volkswagen and Ford already reporting the effects.
6 May 2022
Volkswagen and SEAT Mobilise 10 Billion Euros to Electrify Spain
The Volkswagen Group and SEAT SA will mobilise 10 billion euros, together with their partners in the Future: Fast Forward project, in the event of a positive resolution of the PERTE VEC. The Gigafactory will have an annual production capacity of 40 GWh, supplying the total volume of cells to Martorell and Pamplona. It will employ more than 3,000 people by 2030 and occupy an area of 200 hectares. Construction of the Gigafactory will begin in the first quarter of 2023, and production will start in 2026.