Thursday, 30 November 2017

Electric aircraft near take-off as Rolls-Royce and Airbus team up to build 'e-jets

Electric aircraft near take-off as Rolls-Royce and Airbus team up to build 'e-jets'

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have teamed up to develop the technology needed to create electrically powered aircraft.

In 2020 the companies plan to fly a demonstrator aircraft with one of its existing jet engines replaced by an electric unit.

The engine will use a fan powered by electricity from an on-board generator located in the fuselage.

The companies hope the concept demonstrator – which will also contain batteries, making it a hybrid aircraft – will help perfect the technology that could see “electric jets” flying short-haul routes of about one hour within a generation.

A BAE 146 will be used as a demonstrator for the new technology
Chief Technology Officer at Rolls-Royce,Paul Stein,said: “Aviation is the last frontier of the electrification of transport. It could lead to a step change in the way we fly with greater efficiency and less noise.”

Successfully developing an electric aircraft could reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 percent, predicted Head of Flight Demonstration at Airbus,Mark Cousin, potentially making flights cheaper – if airlines are willing to pass on the savings.

The partners also say that electric jets, which use a gas turbine to generate electricity, which is then routed to propellors located around the aircraft, would also “significantly” reduce the amount of noise.

They expect the technology to be first used in regional aircraft seating about 100 to 150 people, servicing the shortest of short-haul routes such as London and Paris. Ultimately it could be extended to long-haul routes.

Stein said the technology could revolutionise the way air travel is perceived.

“Quieter aircraft could move runways much closer to city centres,” he said. “Flying on electric aircraft could be the norm for travel between cities, even replacing rail – you do not need to lay out railway tracks fanning out from train stations for these aircraft.”

He said he expected such changes to take place in emerging markets rather than developed ones.

Each of the companies involved is spending tens of millions on the research, and the partnership is in talks with the UK Government about help funding the project.

Cousin said that if the talks, which are being held through the Aerospace Technology Institute, were successful it could see much of the research being carried out in the UK.

He added that the UK was well placed to take the lead in the technology, with major companies involved. In the US rival projects involve start-up companies.

Airbus has been investigating electric aircraft for several years and its E-Fan demonstrator has been a regular highlight of airshows, putting on silent aerobatic displays.

SONDORS $10,000 EV Makes Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show

MALIBU, Calif., Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SONDORS Electric Car Company is debuting their three seat, three wheel, all electric vehicle at the 2017 LA Auto Show. The prototype, nicknamed Model SONDORS, was funded in January of this year through equity crowdfunding and completed seven months later.
Founder and CEO, Storm Sondors, designed it with an eye on simplicity and affordability. "I want electric to be available to everyone," says Sondors. "I believe affordable, clean transportation should be the norm, not the exception. You shouldn't have to choose between a car you can afford and a car that's electric. We can do better."
With an anticipated retail price of $10,000, Sondors hopes to create the tipping point necessary for mass adoption of electric vehicles.
  • Anticipated retail price starting at $10,000
  • Three wheeled electric vehicle
  • Two front seats and one back seat
  • Lithium Ion battery with 75, 150, and 200 mile range
  • 0 to 60 Mph in 5-8 seconds
  • Charge with regular 110V or 240V
  • Sold online and delivered directly to customers
SONDORS has launched a Regulation A+ offering to fund the next stages of development, which include a pre-production prototype and up to $20M for tooling.

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Shared electric vehicles, charging stations on way to low-income communities in the Bay Area

Car-sharing companies like Zipcar, Maven, Getaround and Gig have peppered Bay Area communities with on-demand vehicles for short-term rentals, but many of those companies — and their vehicles — are in still in short supply in low-income neighborhoods.
That’s what makes a recent grant from the California Energy Commission unique. The state agency awarded Los Angeles-based Envoy Technologies $1.5 million to install charging stations and shared electric vehicles in Bay Area and Sacramento communities most burdened by air pollution, which also tend to be neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income residents.
It’s been a challenge so far for these shared vehicle companies to operate in disadvantaged communities, said Clarrissa Cabansagan, a transportation planner with the nonprofit advocacy group, TransForm. Cost, language barriers and the need to use credit cards, which aren’t always accessible to low-income residents, are major barriers, she said, as is access to a smartphone, which is necessary for these services.
But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t demand.
“I don’t know if (these companies) recognize the potential as much as they should,” Cabansagan said.
Envoy co-founder Aric Ohana acknowledged his company, which launched in 2016, has so far concentrated on market-rate and luxury apartment complexes, vacation stays and offices where developers can pay higher prices for on-site amenities and costly charging infrastructure. Unlike traditional car-sharing companies, which allow anyone with the app to rent a car, no matter where it’s parked, Envoy’s cars are designated for the residents, employees or guests where the cars are located.
And, that’s where the grant funding comes in, Ohana said.
“The California Energy Commission grant allows us to not only deploy the vehicles at minimal cost, but to also subsidize the cost for users,” he said. “We thought this was the perfect opportunity to test our business model.”
The locations are still being determined, but Ohana said by March, the company plans to have 30 vehicles spread across 15 sites in San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The company is working with consultants to help their app work for people who don’t have bank accounts. And, they’re experimenting with different pricing and time-limit schemes to find an approach that’s profitable in under-served communities.
At the same time, Envoy is embarking on a new model for car-sharing by allowing users to rent the cars as delivery or Uber and Lyft drivers.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

BYD First Electric Buses Start Real Operation in TranSantiago

With the incorporation of these two buses, Santiago moves forward as one of the pioneers in the field of electromobility in Latin America, consolidating the new requirements included in Transantiago’s bidding basis. Secretary of State, Paola Tapia, assured that "Electromobility is not the future; it is the present we are living today in the capital’s transportation system. We are moving forward in providing quality for users by incorporating the electric buses today, fulfilling the commitment to offer more comfort, greater service efficiency and care for the environment. In 2018 we will have another 90 of these buses circulating; making us electrified public transportation pioneers in Latin America. Our embrace of this technology prioritizes passengers, which forms the basis of the bidding process.” Additionally, Paola said that this strategy highlights the importance of electric vehicles, for their significant contribution to the reduction of pollutants and noise levels in areas of high exposure."
The Minister of Environment, Jorge Canals, said that "the metropolitan region suffers increased pollution problems during winter, largely by emissions from mobile sources. Therefore, the incorporation of these electric buses comes as a cleaner alternative in urban transport. It is important to emphasize that a vehicle during traffic congestion contaminates 4 times more than one circulating normally ".
The Minister of Energy, Andrés Rebolledo, explained that "the entry of these first two electric buses are great news for a country like Chile, since the transport sector represents one third of the energy consumption, and it imports practically all the fuel used for transportation ".
The General Manager of E-Solutions of Enel Chile, Simone Tripepi, commented that "at Enel we want to be part of the solution of important issues such as the decontamination of cities. Therefore, we have strongly promoted electric mobility in Chile, based on clean energy and lower prices as compared to other fuels. We have the capacity to provide the necessary electrical infrastructure to facilitate the dissemination of electrified public transportation in Santiago and regions. "

Humberto Franchini, Metbus Operations Manager, expressed that "the two electric buses being added to our fleet in partnership with Enel, meet all passenger transportation standards and their implementation will be an invaluable experience in data gathering, as we assess their performance and suitability. Once again our company stands at the forefront of transport innovation, in all aspects that improve user experience of public transportation ".
Tamara Berríos, BYD’s Country Manager in Chile explained that "One single electric bus prevents the equivalent to the emissions and pollution from 33 gasoline vehicles. So far, BYD has supplied 27 thousand pure electric buses to over 200 cities worldwide, so we are confident that our experience and maturity in this sector will ensure we can successfully deliver a high quality service that will set a new standard of comfort for users and city dwellers in Chile ".
These electric buses will be operated permanently by Metbus on route 516 and their routes will include the most important arteries of 8 districts of the city. According to the information available, the operational costs will be reduced by 70% compared to conventional diesel buses, reaching a value of 70 Chilean pesos per kilometer, against 300 Chilean pesos for diesel. The full charge of the vehicle has a cost of 19,500 Chilean pesos. BYD’s new energy vehicle footprint currently covers over 200 cities in 50 countries and regions.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Skoda To Start Production Of Electric Vehicles By 2020

Production of ŠKODA electric cars is a major step in the implementation of ŠKODA Strategy 2025. From 2019, ŠKODA will produce electrical components for plug-in hybrid models.
​ŠKODA AUTO is going to produce models that run purely on electric at their Mladá Boleslav site. As of 2019, the brand will also be manufacturing electrical components for plug-in hybrids. The production of electric vehicles and parts is a significant step in the implementation of the brand's future strategy.

“ŠKODA's future will be electric," says ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier. "By 2025, we plan to offer five purely electrically powered models in various segments. We are pleased that the first all-electric ŠKODA will be built in the Czech Republic. This decision underlines the Group’s confidence in the ŠKODA workforce. This is an important step for the future of the SKODA brand and the Czech Republic as an automotive location.”

In addition to producing electric cars, the Mladá Boleslav plant will also be manufacturing electrical components for plug-in hybrid models of several Volkswagen Group brands as early as 2019.

ŠKODA's first electrified series model will be launched in 2019: the ŠKODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive, which will roll off the Kvasiny plant production line. Mladá Boleslav will then manufacture the first purely battery electric model in 2020. At this year's Auto Shanghai, the manufacturer presented its vision of electric and autonomous driving with the electric study ŠKODA VISION E.

Electrifying the ŠKODA model range and producing electrical components for the Volkswagen Group are among the cornerstones of ŠKODA Strategy 2025. Other key areas of action include digitising products and processes, conquering new markets and expanding the company’s business areas from traditional automotive engineering to a wide range of mobility services.