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14-12-2018 | Charging Infrastructure | News | Article

"Fastcharge" Research Project Unveils 450-kW Charging Station

A prototype for a charging station with an output of up to 450 kW has been unveiled as part of the "Fastcharge" project. The new fast charging station reduces charging times significantly.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

13-12-2018 | Companies + Institutions | News | Article

Daimler Buys Battery Cells for 20 Billion Euros

Daimler has concluded contracts worth billions for the purchase of battery cells for its electric vehicle offensive. According to the carmaker, orders for cells worth more than 20 billion euros will be awarded by 2030.  

Author:
Christiane Köllner

12-12-2018 | Networked Vehicle | News | Article

Bosch Develops V2X Connectivity Unit for All Standards

A common language for car-to-everything communication is not yet in sight. Cars currently use C-V2X, DSRC and ITS-G5 standards. A connectivity unit from Bosch has been designed to mediate data communication between these standards. 

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

12-12-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Pixelated Phosphors Are an Alternative to LEDs

Fraunhofer researchers have discovered silicon structures filled with phosphor as an alternative to LED matrix systems. These structures are said to offer a higher spatial resolution and a better contrast ratio.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

07-12-2018 | Mobility Concepts | News | Article

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign Unveil Pop.Up Next Air Taxi

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign have presented a flying taxi concept at the Amsterdam Drone Week. The autonomous and electric Pop.Up Next drone is still a model for now.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

06-12-2018 | Consumables | News | Article

Volkswagen's R33 BlueDiesel is on the Way to Series Production

According to Volkswagen, the R33 BlueDiesel biofuel has been successfully tested. Its use can save at least 20 percent of CO2 compared to regular diesel fuel. 

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

05-12-2018 | Electric Vehicles | News | Article

Automobili Pininfarina to Release New Range of Luxury Electric Models

Automobili Pininfarina has presented new design sketches of its electric hypercar, the PF0. There are also plans to develop a complete range under the Automobili Pininfarina brand.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

30-11-2018 | Engine Technology | News | Article

Compression-Ignition Petrol Engine Goes into Production in Mazda3

Mazda has unveiled the new Mazda3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Skyactiv-X engine is particularly interesting as it is the first production petrol engine with homogeneous charge compression ignition.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

29-11-2018 | Automotive Electronics + Software | News | Article

Japanese Supplier Denso Buys Stake in Infineon

Global automotive supplier Denso has acquired a stake in Infineon, a manufacturer of semiconductor products. Together, the partners hope to expand their expertise in areas such as automated driving.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

28-11-2018 | Electro Mobility | News | Article

BASF and GAC Unveil Three Electric Car Concepts in China

BASF and Guangzhou Automobile Group have jointly developed three electric car concepts. The two-seaters presented at Auto Guangzhou 2018 use material solutions from BASF. 

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

23-11-2018 | Driver Assistance Systems | News | Article

Jaguar Land Rover tests V2X communication with traffic lights

Jaguar Land Rover is testing a traffic light assistant. With the Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory system, the vehicle and traffic lights “talk” to each other, improving the flow of traffic in cities.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

22-11-2018 | Automotive Manufacturing | News | Article

VW to build electric cars in Zwickau, Emden and Hanover

The Volkswagen Group has announced its plants new remit. Electric cars will soon be produced in Hanover and Emden, as well as at the Zwickau plant.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

21-11-2018 | Automated Driving | News | Article

Osram presents new laser for Lidar systems

Lidar is considered key technology for automated and autonomous driving. Osram Opto Semiconductors has now developed the more powerful SPL DS90A_3 laser for Lidar systems.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

16-11-2018 | Battery | News | Article

SK Innovation will supply battery cells to Volkswagen

Volkswagen has selected South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation as another strategic supplier for electric vehicles. The company will supply batteries for North America and parts of Europe.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

15-11-2018 | Consumables | News | Article

Biogo generates biofuel from organic waste

The EU Biogo project generates biofuel from wood waste. The decentralised production unit for the renewable fuel is housed in a mobile container.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

14-11-2018 | Motorcycles | News | Article

BMW Motorrad unveils a lighter and more powerful S 1000 RR

BMW Motorrad unveils the new version of the S 1000 RR superbike, which was first presented in 2008. As well as increased engine power and an improved torque, this model is also lighter.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

12-11-2018 | Fuel Cell | News | Article

Nikola Provides Glimpse of Tre Fuel Cell Truck

Nikola Motor Company has showcased a fuel cell truck developed especially for Europe. The US start-up is already receiving pre-order reservations for the Nikola Tre.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

08-11-2018 | Exhaust-gas Aftertreatment | News | Article

"Lessons Learnt for Exhaust Aftertreatment"

At the MTZ conference "Heavy Duty, On- and Off-Highway Engines 2018", 164 participants from 12 countries discussed topics including future drive concepts, exhaust aftertreatment and alternative fuels.

Author:
Marc Ziegler

07-11-2018 | Mobility Concepts | News | Article

Volkswagen Plans Ride-Hailing Service with Autonomous Electric Cars in Israel

From 2022, Volkswagen, Mobileye and Champion Motors are planning to launch a ride-hailing service with self-driving electric vehicles in Israel. 

Author:
Christiane Köllner

02-11-2018 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

The T Cross: Volkswagen's Latest SUV

Volkswagen is shrinking its successful Tiguan model. Based on the MQB platform, the compact T Cross SUV will now be launched, following in the steps of the T Roc. 

Author:
Patrick Schäfer
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