Category: transport

Europe is beating the US in the battery race—with China’s help

The biggest reason we hear so much about electric cars is because of the falling costs of batteries. Lithium-ion batteries today cost less than one-fifth as they did in 2010. Within the next five years, some experts estimate that the total cost of owning an electric car—that is, upfront cost plus lifetime fuel cost—will be…
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2nd August 2019 0

New £80m investment to drive forward next generation of net zero planes and cars

The government unveiled an £80m investment to help develop the next generation of electric vehicles – and which could also help develop new hybrid aircraft. The investment – through the modern Industrial Strategy – will help ensure the UK is able to supply products both in the UK and abroad, to help cut carbon emissions…
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29th July 2019 0

Bosch extends the service life of electric-vehicle batteries

Cloud-based swarm intelligence helps batteries maintain performance for longer Markus Heyn: “Bosch is connecting electric-vehicle batteries with the cloud, and substantially improving performance and service life.” Smart algorithms recognize battery stress factors and optimize the recharging process. Mobility services provider DiDi is the first company to use the Bosch battery services. Stuttgart, Germany – Stress…
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23rd July 2019 0

Japan’s Toray to manufacture battery components in Europe

Japanese materials company Toray has announced plans to open a facility for manufacturing battery separator films for use in lithium-ion batteries. The factory is expected to begin operations in July 2021 and will increase Toray’s production material for the component by around 20%. Toray Industries, Inc. has announced plans to open a new factory in…
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17th July 2019 0

Jaguar Land Rover get £500M Government Loan Guarantee for ELECTRIC car production

Jaguar Land Rover has secured a £500 million UK Government loan guarantee to support the design and manufacture of electric cars at Castle Bromwich. It’s no secret that Jaguar Land Rover has been struggling somewhat of late, with big drops in sales in China, buyers eschewing diesel-engined cars – the vast majority of JLR’s sales…
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16th July 2019 0

LG Chem aims to quintuple EV battery biz by 2024

LG Chem will try to quintuple its electric vehicle battery business by 2024, the company’s CEO said on July 9. CEO Shin Hak-cheol said the company is targeting 59 trillion won ($49.9 billion) in sales by 2024, with 31 trillion won coming from its battery business. Last year, the company’s battery sector accounted for only…
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12th July 2019 0

Jaguar Land Rover will build electric cars at UK factory

Jaguar Land Rover is expected to announce plans on Friday to build full-electric cars at its Castle Bromwich factory in England, the Sunday Times reported. An all-electric version of the XJ sedan replacement will be the first of three new battery-powered vehicles followed by an SUV, the newspaper said. The investment will help to secure…
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4th July 2019 0

First battery-powered cruise ship sails for the Arctic

The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said on Monday. The hybrid expedition cruise ship, the Roald Amundsen, can take 500 passengers and is designed to sail in harsh climate waters. Named after the Norwegian explorer who…
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2nd July 2019 0

Nissan serves up electric ice cream van

Japan-based automaker Nissan has released a prototype of a zero-emission ice cream van based on its own electric van.Ice-cream vans have been singled out as being responsible for a lot of air pollution, on account of mostly running on diesel engines and having to keep the engine idling throughout the day, both for the frequent…
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25th June 2019 0

Electric planes start small as industry wrestles with emissions

LE BOURGET (Reuters) – An all-electric commuter plane and a small Airbus-backed hybrid are among aircraft programs being touted at the Paris Airshow, as the industry tries to convince a sceptical public it can deliver on a pledge to halve carbon emissions by 2050. Israeli startup Eviation has wheeled out Alice, a battery-powered nine-seater due…
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20th June 2019 0