16 Sep 2022
Company Net-Zero Targets Fuel the Adoption of Zero-Emission Trucks
The sustainability of business operations is now a key consideration in the boardrooms of major corporations, and this is fuelling significant demand for zero-emission trucks. Transitioning truck fleets from diesel combustion engines to zero-emission powertrains is a very visible way for companies to demonstrate their green credentials to their customers whilst delivering a meaningful reduction in their carbon footprint.
6 Sep 2022
BMW Group Starts In-house Fuel Cell Production for BMW iX5 Hydrogen
The BMW Group will now be manufacturing highly efficient fuel cell systems at its in-house competence centre for hydrogen. This technology is one of the core elements in the BMW iX5 Hydrogen and generates a high continuous output of 125 kW/170 hp. It teams up with an electric motor featuring fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology and a high-performance battery purpose developed for this vehicle to enable its powertrain to deliver 275 kW/374 hp.
12 Aug 2022
WiTricity is a wireless charging company spun-out from the physics department at MIT and has over 1200 patents in the field. It licenses its IP to auto OEMs and tier 1s looking to introduce wireless charging platforms as well as offering its own product. IDTechEx spoke to David Schatz, VP of Sales and Business Development at WiTricity, to understand its technology and business model.
1 Aug 2022
Nuro: Curbside Delivery Robots
Nuro makes zero-occupant autonomous delivery vehicles. It has commercial partnerships with Kroger and 7-Eleven and is completing autonomous grocery deliveries to customers today. Nuro was one of the first companies to receive permission to operate a commercial autonomous service in the US and is pushing policy makers to continue making progress for the autonomous vehicle industry.
21 Jul 2022
Corvus Energy: The Battery Leader Launching Fuel Cells
Corvus Energy is a leading supplier of battery systems for the commercial maritime sector. IDTechEx caught up with the company to discuss its plans to enter the fuel cell marine market.
23 Jun 2022
Toyota to Collaborate on Closed-Loop EV Battery Ecosystem
Toyota has embarked on a mission to create a sustainable, closed-loop battery ecosystem for its electrified powertrains. This mission focuses not only on the collection, testing and recycling of batteries into raw materials to create a sustainable supply chain, but also aims to develop second-life opportunities for remanufactured and repurposed Toyota hybrid electric vehicle batteries by leveraging battery health screening tools and empowering data from its vehicles.
7 Jun 2022
Toyota Residential Storage Battery System Based on EV Battery Tech
Toyota Motor Corporation has developed a home storage battery system. The O-Uchi Kyuden System uses electrified vehicle battery technology such as Toyota's battery control to provide a rated capacity of 8.7 kWh and a rated output of 5.5 kWh. This ensures safety and provides a supply of electricity to the entire home not just in normal situations, but even during power outages caused by natural disasters.
6 Jun 2022
Portable Hydrogen Cartridge Prototype
Toyota Motor Corporation and its subsidiary, Woven Planet Holdings Inc, have developed a working prototype of its portable hydrogen cartridge. This cartridge design will facilitate the everyday transport and supply of hydrogen energy to power a broad range of daily life applications in and outside of the home. Toyota and Woven Planet will conduct Proof of Concept trials in various places, including Woven City, a human-centered smart city of the future currently being constructed in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
19 May 2022
EAVX and REE Begin Customer Evaluations of New Electric Walk-In Van
EAVX, a subsidiary of JB Poindexter & Co, and REE Automotive announced the companies' new fully electric walk-in van prototype will begin customer evaluation this summer. The class 5 vehicle debuts the EAVX body design powered by REE's modular P7 platform, making it the first fully drive-by-wire walk-in van on the market.
4 May 2022
Swift Solar is a company that works on perovskite PV. It was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in California, USA. This profile is based on a discussion with the CEO and co-founder, Dr Joel Jean.
26 Apr 2022
In 2007, the Fisker Automotive Company was founded by current CEO Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler. Fisker Automotive Company had a tumultuous existence with early setbacks jeopardizing the company's future and leading to its bankruptcy. In 2016, Henrik Fisker revived the brand and it is now on the way to mass production at the end of 2022.
21 Apr 2022
Toyota Invests $383 Million in US Production
Advancing the company's commitment to vehicle electrification, Toyota will invest $383 million in four of its U.S. manufacturing plants that build the heart of new Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The new investment supports the production of four-cylinder engines, including options for hybrid electric vehicles, at its Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee plants.
13 Apr 2022
Hydrogen Powered Foiling Chase Boat for Emirates Team New Zealand
Just one week after Emirates Team New Zealand first christened their hydrogen powered foiling catamaran 'Chase Zero', the 10m prototype was up and foiling around the Waitematā harbour in Auckland.
12 Apr 2022
Embodied, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as Embodied) is an American company specializing in social robots
8 Apr 2022
Groove X is a Japanese company specializing in social robots. It is now acquired by Maezawa Fund.
4 Apr 2022
Leyland Trucks, based in Leyland, UK, are a subsidiary of the American truck OEM, PACCAR group. Rob Lawton, Principle Engineer in Alternative Powertrains at Leyland, provided details on Leyland's truck electrification work.
2 Mar 2022
Isuzu, Hino, and Toyota Plan Next-Generation FCEV Route Bus
Isuzu Motors Limited, Hino Motors Ltd and Toyota Motor Corporation plan to strengthen their efforts to electrify buses toward the achievement of carbon neutrality by 2050. Isuzu and Hino to begin production of BEV flat-floor route buses in FY2024.
14 Feb 2022
Fuel Cells Are Not the Problem, the Hydrogen Fuel Is
On the face of it, 2021 was a good year for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in passenger car markets. Toyota, with their second generation Mirai FCEV, and Hyundai, with their NEXO FCEV, both had record sales, which largely made up for Honda announcing in June 2021 that it had decided to pull the plug on production of their Honda Clarity FCV (citing the lack of hydrogen infrastructure and weak demand).
4 Feb 2022
Metawave — Radar Antennas for the Autonomous Future
Metawave produces analogue beamforming antennas and control chips that are designed to make the most out of radar transceivers. The antennas focus the emission into a narrow fan shape, which is then vertically scanned. This improves range, angular resolution and field of view compared to a static antenna.
3 Feb 2022
Smart Cities Pivot to Hydrogen and Other Priorities
Smart cities face new, exceptional challenges with new exceptional technologies. Those starting from scratch have seen a shakeout for reasons varying from push-back against people control to failing to raise the money. In contrast, work has begun on the NEOM smart city in Saudi Arabia and the more modest Toyota Woven City at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan that is, in some ways, more advanced. The IDTechEx report, "Smart City Materials, Systems, Markets 2022-2042" has the analysis and forecasts.