Electric Vehicles: A Look Back at 2019
Few of the giant car makers have shown urgency in transitioning away from the internal combustion engine. What's more, the automotive market is set to decline once again in 2019 whilst electrifying newcomers made huge gains in front of sleeping incumbents' noses. Although a large fraction of this is orders (not deliveries), if OEMs do not wake up now, they never will.
Vehicle Batteries Provide New Energy for Households
Volvo Buses is now giving a second life to batteries from electric buses. In a unique cooperation with Stena Property and Stena Recycling's subsidiary BatteryLoop, bus batteries are used for energy storage and as an energy source in Gothenburg's Fyrklövern residential complex. The project is a step towards circular economy in electromobility creating new commercial possibilities for companies.
Escapers from Peak Car
At the recent Future of Transportation Conference in Vienna (Dec 2019), most speakers were warning of the impending severity of peak car.
Volvo Presents Heavy-Duty Electric Concept Trucks
Volvo Trucks, having recently started sales of electric trucks for urban transport, believes that electrification can become a competitive alternative also for heavier trucks. To explore and demonstrate the possibilities, Volvo Trucks has developed electric concept trucks for construction operations and regional distribution.
Autonomous Driving: Peak Car to Arrive as Early as 2031?
Autonomous driving technologies are disrupting the business models for the traditional auto industry. Latest research from IDTechEx forecasts that autonomous driving technologies will accelerate the arrival of peak car sales, in 2031.
The German Bus Industry is Dying
Daimler was once number one in buses worldwide. Now it is the Chinese with Yutong number one worldwide almost entirely due to dominating in the huge Chinese market which did not exist in Daimler's glory days.
IBM Launches Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network
The Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network, a blockchain network committed to strengthening human rights and environmental protection in mineral supply chains, announced that its digital supply chain for cobalt has moved beyond pilot phase and is progressing toward use in live production computing environments starting in spring 2020.
PowerCell Sign Development Contract with Havyard Group
PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a contract with Norwegian Havyard Group ASA regarding the development of the design and the technical specifications for a zero-emissions fuel cell system. The system may come to be installed on board a vessel that will service the shipping company Havila Kystruten's new route from Bergen to Kirkenes.
PowerCell to Present new Version of MS-100 fuel Cell System
PowerCell Sweden AB has developed a new and improved version of its MS-100 fuel cell system. The new MS-100 is 30 percent more compact and has improved operating life time as well as robustness for demanding applications on land and at sea.
IDTechEx visited Varjo's booth and presentations at AWE EU 2019. Their booth showed their three main capabilities: eye tracking, hand tracking and hand occlusion. These were all mentioned in their presentation with Volvo.
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.
Volvo Buses launches new electric articulated bus
Volvo Buses is launching a new electrically-powered articulated bus that can carry up to 150 passengers and with 80 per cent lower energy consumption compared to a corresponding diesel bus.
Volvo introduces first fully electric car
Volvo Cars introduces the XC40 Recharge, the company's first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its brand new Recharge car line concept.
Volvo Cars and Geely intend to merge combustion engine operations
Volvo Cars and Geely intend to merge their existing combustion engine operations into a stand-alone business in order to establish a new global supplier that will seek to develop next generation combustion engines and hybrid powertrains.
At Last a Smart Materials Event for Business Deals
The IDTechEx Show! in Santa Clara, California on November 20-21 has it all. There will be over 270 exhibitors engaging with 3,500 attendees; seven parallel conferences and even masterclasses on November 19 and 22, with matchmaking services and awards. Land the big order or at least come away "married" and famous!
Luminar Technologies offer lidar modules.
Geely invests 50 million euros in Volocopter
Volocopter announced that it signed the first closing of its Series C funding round, which is being led by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group
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.
Volvo and Samsung SDI to develop battery packs for trucks
Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have entered into a strategic alliance to develop battery packs for Volvo Group's electric trucks.
Future of Heavy Duty EV Motors Off Road
Fork lift trucks are almost all induction because reliability and affordability trump performance here. Their batteries are rapidly going lithium-ion for something less toxic and nearer to fit-and-forget but there is no similar issue with the motors.