According to German newspaper FAZ, electronics giant Bosch is planning to manufacture new silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors at its factory in Reutlingen. For deploying a pilot line for new SiC chip at the factory, Bosch has reportedly planned an initial investment in the âthree-digit million range.â
The first sample of the new SiC chip will be officially presented by Bosch in 2020.
About the new chips, a press statement released by the Bosch headquarters has revealed that the SiC chips are made of a âmiracle material.â Bosch has also asserted that the SiC chips have more electrical conductivity as compared to regular silicon chips.
Going by Boschâs claims, the new SiC chips can lead to an increase of up to 6% in the driving range of an electric vehicle. Moreover, the advantage of the new chips in terms of power electronics is that they can ensure 50% lower energy loss in the form of heat. The reduced heat loss of the new SiC chips and their capability to work at much higher operating temperatures can yield significant cost savings for manufacturers, because they can downsize their expenditure on the cooling of the powertrain components.
With regard to the potential savings enabled by the new SiC chips, Bosch said in its press release: âThis saving translates into more efficient power electronics and more energy for the electric motor and therefore for the battery range.âBusiness: Company NewsElectronicsCompanies: BoschRegion: GermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNM
Chinese battery manufacturer CATL has been officially granted the requisite approval for starting the new construction of its battery cell factory in Erfurt, Germany.
CATL has revealed that the go-ahead for the companyâs new battery cell factory construction has been given by Anja Siegesmund, the Minister of the Environment for the Thuringia region. The approval from the Thuringian State Office for the Environment, Mining and Nature Conservation (TLUBN) was eagerly awaited by CATL before commencing the new construction of its Erfurt battery cell factory.
With the official approval now having been received by CATL, the companyâs European head Matthias Zentgraf has said that the ground-breaking ceremony at the factory will likely take place in the 2019 fourth quarter.
Zentgraf also said that CATL previously planned to hold the ground-breaking ceremony at the battery cell factory in mid or late September 2019. However, the ceremony was been postponed because the company had not got the due approval from the German authorities.
CATL was earlier planning to commence the battery cell production at the Erfurt factory in 2021, and was aiming at an annual production capacity of 14 GWh. However, the company later expanded its original plans. Initially, CATLâs Chinese headquarters had planned a EUR 240 million investment in the factory by 2022, but in June this year, the planned investment was substantially increased to EUR 1.8 billion by the CATL board of directors.Business: Auto SectorCompany UpdatesEnergy SectorCompanies: CATLRegion: GermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNM
In a recent announcement, the Government of Scotland has revealed the first results of its eBike Grant Fund that enables the purchase of electric bikes across the country.
The eBike Grant Fund is part of the Scottish Governmentâs 2018-launched campaign to encourage people to use e-bikes or cargo pedelecs, especially on short journeys. A total amount of ÂŁ273,000 has thus far been granted by the Government in round three of the eBike Grant Fund, with some more grants likely to come through before the end of 2019.
In announcing the first results of the eBike Grant Fund, the Government said that the fund has enabled the purchase of more than 100 e-bikes by 19 organisations throughout Scotland for the period 2019-20 so far.
More specifically, Ellie Grebenik -- Senior Programme Manager, Scottish Transport at Energy Saving Trust -- said that the eBike Grant Fund has supported 19 organizations in purchasing â113 e-bikes and 11 e-cargo bikes, along with four e-trikes and three trailersâ in 2019 to date. Grebenik also added that e-bikes and e-cargo bikes offer health benefits, and reduce pollution and costs of transportation.
With the purchase of more than 600 e-bikes having been supported by the eBike Grant Fund since its launch, Michael Matheson -- Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity -- said that the funding is part of the Governmentâs ambition âto develop an Active Nation,â where the opportunities to walk and cycle are available to more people than ever before.Region: ScotlandBusiness: Auto SectorGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech
For the âEVolution Roadâ research project in Sweden, a Solaris Trollino trolleybus -- manufactured by Poland-based bus and coach maker Solaris -- will be test driven on a special electric-vehicle (EV) charging track in Lund city.
The âEVolution Roadâ research project has been initiated by Elonroad, in association with the University of Lund and Swedenâs Transport Ministry. The other partners in the EUR 9-million project include Solaris, the municipality of Lund, Innovation SkĂ„ne AB, Kraftringen Energi AB, SkĂ„netrafiken, and Ramboll AB.
The research project involves the construction of a special road track on which the batteries of EVs will be charged both while driving and at a halt. To enable on-track and stationary charging of EV batteries, segments of conductor rails --- each of one-meter length -- will be laid on a one-kilometre stretch. The power supply on the sections of the rail will be switched on for EV charging immediately when the EVolution Road identifies an approaching EV.
The vehicle which has been selected for test driving on the special EV-charging road track is a Solaris Trollino trolleybus. For the test drive, Solaris will install a special device underneath the bus, to enable its recharging from the conductor rails entrenched in the ground. The charging systems in the Trollino trolleybus will be developed and integrated by Solaris.
The commencement of the EVolution Road construction is scheduled for 2020 first quarter. The entire project will run for a period of three years.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: SolarisRegion: SwedenPolandGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech
US electric vehicle startup Bollinger Motors has presented new versions of the Jeep-like Bollinger B1 electric utility truck and the Bollinger B2 electric pickup truck.
The introduction of the latest B1 and B2 versions by Bollinger have come at a time when the startup is nearing the production of the two trucks. With Bollinger having previously unveiled the early versions of B1 and B2, the latest versions of the trucks are apparently much closer in appearance and features to their expected production versions.
Going by indications from the latest versions of the B1 electric utility truck and the B2 electric pickup, the latest production specifications of the two trucks include 120 kWh battery pack, dual motors, 614 horsepower, 668 lb.-ft. Torque, and a two-speed, high/low range gearbox.
In addition, the new B1 and B2 versions also indicate that the payload capacity of the trucks will be 5201 lb., while the towing capacity will be 7500 lb. The trucks will have 7.8 power/weight ratio, 11.75-inch vented brakes, 4-wheel anti-lock inboard discs, and 15-inch ground clearance. The top speed of the trucks will be 100 mph, and they will achieve 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds.
With the latest versions of the B1 electric utility truck and the B2 electric pickup having now been unveiled, Bollinger has said that the details related to the production timeline and the pricing of the trucks will be disclosed in the âcoming months.âCompanies: Bollinger MotorsGeneral: FeaturedTNMProduct LaunchRegion: United States