Research finds new cooling method improves EV battery performance

Research finds new cooling method improves EV battery performance

Scientists from Drexel University, Philadelphia, have discovered that electric vehicle batteries can be enhanced by installing a blood-vessel like cooling network which prevents malfunctions.  

The experiment consisted of inserting the cooling system into the packaging of carbon-fibre based EV batteries and it has proved to vastly improve performance.  

The method balanced performance- enhancing factors, such as battery capacity, against problematic variables like weight and thermal activity, providing the best battery package specifications for EV’s.  

In recent months there have been reports of EV battery malfunctions, with some even resulting in fatal fires in India and electric vehicle recalls by the manufacturers. For example, March saw a rise in electrical fires from exploding e-scooters in India, as they were charging overnight.  

Many companies are turning to solid batteries- thin carbon, fibre versions of larger lithium-ion batteries- as they can cut the overall weight of the vehicle and improve mileage efficiency.  

However, although these batteries offer their benefits, they often generate more heat as the battery discharges energy, as electrons are forced to move slower than in lithium-ion batteries.  

Assistant professor in the College of Engineering, Ahmad Najafi, PhD, has said “while structural battery composites are a promising technology for reducing weight in electrical vehicles, their design could certainly benefit from the addition of a thermal-management cooling system. Not only could this improve the range of the EV, but it would also greatly reduce the chances of a thermal runaway reaction.”  

Scientists have modelled their method on vascular systems that have been found in humans and animals, installing ‘microvascular’ networks into batteries. This system nis able to calculate the best pattern, size, and number of microvascular channels to dissipate heat from batteries and optimise flow efficiency of the coolant. 

Dr Nafjar has said: “these composites function something like a radiator in an internal combustion engine vehicle. The coolant draws in the heat and pulls it away from the battery composite as it moves through the network of microchannels.” 

Microvascular networks can stabilise the temperature of structural batteries and extend the time and power range in which they can be used. 

Computer models have shown that this has improved the driving range of a Tesla model S by 23%.  

The new 2024 Electric Renault Scenic

The new 2024 Electric Renault Scenic

The new Renault Scenic Vision concept is revealed, which not only previews early looks at future EV’s, which we are no stranger to seeing, but the new Scenic presents futuristic technologies. The Scenic concept points to its new ambitions for innovative tech.  

The futuristic technology promises to include a hydrogen range-extender powertrain, with the same motor as the electric Megane delivering 211bhp powered by a 40kWh battery, but the battery can also be charged by a 15-kW hydrogen fuel cell. Renault claim that a five-minute hydrogen top-up will yield a range of 500 miles.  

Not only does Renault provide advanced technology, but it also claims that 70 per cent of the materials in the Scenic Concept are recycled, and 95 per cent of the car can subsequently be recycled.  

It all sounds very enticing; however, the car is not set to arrive with the electric Scenic in 2024.  

When the Scenic EV arrives, it will certainly be powered by a similar powertrain to the Megane E-Tech, which means an output of up to 215bhp powered by a 60kWh battery and a range of around 300 miles. 

Not only will the power train be more prosaic than the clever hydrogen range-extender in the concept, so too will the use of recycled materials, expected to be just 25 per cent. 

A new Renault Scenic E-tech in 2024 will most definitely be on the wish list for many people, however it will unfortunately be a wish list for the future. 

Mahindra to partner with Volkswagen for new electric vehicles

Mahindra to partner with Volkswagen for new electric vehicles

In what can be said to be a very unexpected announcement, the automaker giant Volkswagen has partnered with Mahindra, Indian SUV major, to understand the achievability of using the German car makers components for Mahindra’s electric vehicles.  

Mahindra plans to use components, from Volkswagen, such as: electric motors, battery system components and battery cells for its “Born Electric Platform”.  

The MEB platform has been designed as an open vehicle platform, and its components allow car manufacturers to build their portfolio for electrified vehicles, quickly and cost effectively.  

The two companies signed the agreement on Wednesday evening to explore the potential of such a collaboration. Negotiations and continued amendments of the deal, will carry on until the end of this year when the pair hope to produce a knock-out deal for the supply of components.  

This deal comes as a surprise as Mahindra has been focusing on its own platforms for many years and was also closely associated with US Ford before both companies decided to go their separate ways in 2020.  

Both companies share the same ambition and that its to electrify the Indian automotive market, which is one of the most important automotive growth markets and a key element in the global decarbonisation of the mobility sector.  

India is in the Global Top-5 Automotive Markets, selling around three million vehicles per year. Predictions in the current forecast suggest that the market could grow up to five million vehicles by 2030. However, this market is dominated by vehicles with diesel or petrol engines.  

Therefore, the partnership with Volkswagen along with the shared commitment to electrify the Indian market, presents a significant move towards zero-emission vehicles and is said to gain momentum in the current years.  

Volkswagen Group Board of Management member for Technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group components, Thomas Schmall has commented on the partnership saying:  

“Mahindra is a pioneer in the electric mobility space in India and a great partner for our MEB Electric Platform. Together with Mahindra, we want to contribute significantly to the electrification of India, a huge automotive market with enormous growth potential and high relevance for climate protection.” 

“It’s another proof point that the MEB is both technologically state of the art and highly competitive in terms of cost. The MEB is thus progressively developing into the leading open platform for e-mobility, generating significant volume and economies of scale. That’s crucial for every company in the EV world and the key to competitive solutions for our customers.” 

Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto and Farm Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., stated:  

“We are very pleased to have Volkswagen, a significant global investor in the electric mobility space, as a strategic partner in achieving our ambitious Born Electric Vison. The complementarity of their extensive technology, innovation, and vertical integration in supply chains, will provide a framework to develop our next gen “Born Electric Platform”, to be revealed soon in Oxfordshire UK. Our teams across India, UK and Detroit are passionately creating a breath-taking future.” 

The partnership is one step forward into a very exciting future for India’s commitment to 100% zero-emission vehicles from 2035 onwards. A goal that was promised at the Glasgow Climate Change Conference. We cannot wait to see what can come of such an exciting partnership.  

INVERS launches OEM Integrations to connect vehicles without additional hardware 

INVERS launches OEM Integrations to connect vehicles without additional hardware 

Invers launches OEM integrations to let mobility providers receive data easily from vehicles of multiple brands with factory-fitted telematics. The new hardware free solution connects vehicles to the Invers ecosystems, providing normalised data to developers through a unified interface known as: Invers OneAPI. 

OEM Integrations works with the API of a wide variety of manufacturers, as well as mopeds, kick scooter and many e-bike brands. it allows mobility service providers to simplify the management of software defined fleets and allow resources to be placed elsewhere, away from API development.

Invers, inventor of automated vehicle sharing, enables mobility service providers to launch, operate and scale their offerings with integrated hardware software solutions, specifically designed for developers and shared mobility services. Invers is the world’s first shared mobility technology company that is developing and undertaking vital steps, at a scale, to ensure that it can offer its customers the most cost-effective and easily implementable tech solutions.  

Fleet managers for mobility service providers such as: car sharing operators, rental companies/subscription providers, are continually looking for tools to automate fleet operations and manage software tools. This comes with an aim to improve efficiency and profitability. OEM integrations and INVERS OneAPI relieve providers of the challenges that many face. To build such software designed fleets, operators require reliable access to data from a variety of vehicles and brands from their fleet. 

Most OEM’s start to provide such data through factory-fitted telematics, accessible via their specific OEM and API’s. The challenge for mobility providers is to then integrate and uphold a multitude of different OEM APIs for various vehicle types and brands in their fleet. However, OEM integrations and INVERS OneAPI integrate the OEM APIs, harmonising and normalising the data streams so that developers can work with data without worrying about different formats.  The solution currently connects to the APIs of Mercedes Benz, BMW, Mini, Chrysler, Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Vauxhall, Opel, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Ford as well as moped, kick-scooter and e-bike brands such as Segway, NIU and Okai. 

It includes data points such as odometer, location information and fuel or battery level from these different sources and provides them through just one single interface: INVERS OneAPI. The operators’ developers can then use the data more easily in software for vehicle sharing or other fleet management applications. 

Alexander Kirn, CEO of Invers has said “Following our ambition to make any vehicle shareable, we believe software-defined fleets and fleet automation enable mobility service providers to operate shared fleets more profitably, more efficiently and with the best user experience.” 

“As developer resources are rare and time to market is key, our solution allow operators to integrate any vehicle into their fleet quickly and flexibly: with retrofitted, sharing-dedicated hardware like CloudBoxx, and now also factory fitted solutions via OEM Integrations. Adding a software-based, API-centric approach to our proven hardware and software sharing capabilities is just a logical step in our journey towards a comprehensive vehicle-as-a-service platform and a data standard for software-defined fleets.” 

Bentleys first fully electric vehicle to make jaws drop

Bentleys first fully electric vehicle to make jaws drop

Bentley, the British automaker, has revealed new insights into its first all-electric vehicle and it sounds like it is going to be one for the history books. The car is not set to arrive until 2025, but figures that have been released by CEO Adrian Hallmark mean that it is set to be one of the fastest accelerating cars in the world.  

The unnamed Bentley EV is said to have an amazing horsepower of 1,400 (1,044 kilowatts) and will be capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in as little as 1.5 seconds. The fastest, as of today, who can jump from 0-60mph in just 1.85 seconds, is the Rimac Nevera. 

Hallmark believes that the car’s biggest selling point will be the “effortless overtaking performance from a huge amount of torque on demand”. 

He continues to say: “most people enjoy the 30-70mph acceleration, or in Germany the 30-150mph acceleration” as he believes that drivers can become nauseous and uncomfortable when driving in 0-60mph speeds. 

Therefore, as a solution to this issue, Bentley have offered consumers who do not wish to go to high speeds as quickly as they can, a slower option that will accelerate from 0-60mph in a mere 2.7 seconds that will not be too difficult to endure.  

As for how the Bentley will look, the automaker is keen to avoid falling into the same aesthetic traps as other EV manufacturers have done in the past.  

Hallmark has said “What we will do is not try and make our vehicles look like electric cars” and will rather be an updated version of the brand’s already existing look. Naturally, however, the look of perfection will come at a price as at least one of its variants will cost in excess of £210,000. 

Although many will comment on the high price, it must be noted that it costs an extraordinary amount to produce one of these vehicles due to the ion-lithium batteries required. No matter what, a few years of saving might help towards getting one of these vehicles. 

EVgo and Cadillac Partner to Offer 2023 LYRIQ Customers Two Years of Unlimited Charging on EVgo Network

EVgo and Cadillac Partner to Offer 2023 LYRIQ Customers Two Years of Unlimited Charging on EVgo Network

EVgo inc, one of the largest public fast charging network of electric vehicles, and luxury brand Cadillac, have announced a partnership that will offer drivers of the Cadillac 2023 LYRIQ, the option of two years of unlimited fast charging on EVgo’s network.

The partnership has given drivers the option of either two years unlimited charging on EVgos network, or instead, home charger installation credit. The collaboration aims to make the experience of owning a EV easier by developing this special charging offer.

Cadillac is one of the most recent brands to have collaborated with the ever expanding EVgo. This partnership will see greater accessibility to charging points for customers. This will place the company as the most sort after network-of-choice for EV charging and one of the front runners for the electrification of vehicles.

EVgo prides itself in its charging points being powered by 100% renewable energy, which comes together with Cadillacs commitment to sustainability. This provides a great option for drivers who are environmentally conscious.

CEO of EVgo, Cathy Zoi, has said “An exciting new car like the LYRIQ merits an exciting new charging offer like this one made possible by Cadillac working together with EVgo. Cadillac is demonstrating how to be ahead of the curve by treating charging as a cornerstone of the EV buying experience from the onset. We’re thrilled to serve as a go-to charging destination for LYRIQ drivers and continue delivering reliable, world-class experiences that automakers need to make available to their customers.”

Furthermore, the agreement between Cadillac and EVgo expands on an earlier collaboration with EVgo and GM, which plans to build 3,250 high powered DC fast charging stalls through 2025. This programme aims to speed up the widespread EV adoption and increase public access to charging points.

As of today, EVgo’s public charging is able to charge in a variety of convenient locations for the consumer. These locations include: grocery stores, shopping malls, retail locations and many more. The company has an exciting future in the world of EV’s, having already powered more than 325 million electric miles to date, we are excited to see what is yet to come from EVgo.

 

Hydrovolt starts operations at new EV battery recycling plant

Hydrovolt starts operations at new EV battery recycling plant

Northvolt’s and Hyrdo’s battery recycling joint venture, Hydrovolt, has officially started commercial recycling operations in Fredrikstad, southern Norway.  

Hydrovolt’s electric vehicle battery plant can process approximately 12,000 tons of battery packs per year, which equates to around 25,000 EV batteries. They have invested NOK 120 million into the plant through the joint project. 

The plant is expected to be powered by 100% renewable energy, which is specifically designed for crushing and sorting batteries. The process design is meant to maximise recovery of materials that are found within the plant, including a dust collection system which ensures the capture of material that is typically lost.  

Hydrovolt CEO Fredrik Andresen has said: “Norway has long been a global leader in electric car adoption. At the start of 2021, we became the first country in the world in which over half of all new cars sold are electric. We should therefore also aim to be world-leading in recycling the used car batteries, when the electric cars reach their end-of-life.” 

“Batteries play a key role in the world’s transition to renewable energy. Through Hydrovolt, we are laying the foundations for a circular supply chain for batteries in Europe” stated Arvid Moss, Executive Vice President for Energy and Corporate Development in Hydro.  

The operator and supplier of the batteries, Batteriretur, will be located adjacent to the new Hydrovolt plant, with the operations being closely integrated with the already existing business. 

Hydro and Northvolt formed their partnership Hydrovolt in the summer of 2020 and in November 2020, Hydrovolt received NOK 43.5 million from the Norwegian government to support clean energy and climate efforts. 

The facility is set to be one of the most technologically advanced of its kind in the world, with a promising future of expansion.  

UK to implement standard to decarbonise buildings

UK to implement standard to decarbonise buildings

A group of leading industry organisations, such as the Royal British Institute of Architects, have come together to create a building standard that will verify net-zero carbon buildings in the UK. This was after a report was conducted that concluded that a more robust means of verifying buildings as net zero carbon was desired by the UK real estate sector.  

The standard will be named the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard and it will aim to help the industry to ensure and prove that buildings claiming to be net-zero are holding up to that claim.  

It is expected that claims will be required to validated on basis on in-use measured data and interim verification of an asset at design stage or once the asset is built but not yet operating may also be considered. 

It is hoped that this standard will encourage industry to decarbonise and help the country meet its 2035 and 2050 emissions targets.  

RIBA president Simon Allford stated: “This is a really exciting and timely initiative that will help the entire industry to move forward in its efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Working together we will address current ambiguities around the much-used term and develop a common understanding, based on clear performance targets, to support all those involved in the procurement, design, construction and operation of buildings.” 

Net-zero carbon buildings are designed to eliminate all emissions over a building’s lifetime. This takes into consideration both embodied carbon, which are emissions caused by the construction supply chain, and operational carbon, which are emissions caused by a buildings use.  

The built environment is responsible for around 40 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, net-zero carbon architecture could help the UK meet its decarbonised targets.  

The UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard will verify both new and existing buildings and consider their operational and embodied carbon emissions.  

Newsome expands green credentials by turning to solar energy and electric vehicles

Newsome expands green credentials by turning to solar energy and electric vehicles

A Calderdale manufacturer is teaming up with another Elland business to invest in renewable energy. This highlights steps towards greater energy independence and better cost control for the manufacturer.  

Newsome, temperature and humidity control specialists, hope to protect itself against rising global energy costs and support its net zero strategy by installing solar energy and electric vehicle charging points.  

Energy and sustainability business, Core Facility Services, will be supporting Newsome throughout this new project.  

A 110kW installation of 272 solar panels will create CO2 savings of 44,260 kg for Newsome, with a return on investment in just over two years. The firm will also be installing two 22kW charging stations to preserve Newsome’s most recent investment in electric vehicles-over 50% of Newsome’s company fleet now consist of long-range electric cars.  

Robert Hatfield at Newsome has said: ““Core have used their energy sector knowledge to prepare a solid business case with detailed feasibility studies to help us evaluate and plan towards generating our own energy. In a world where energy security and costs are increasingly unpredictable, having control of our own energy supply will protect our manufacturing operations from uncertainty and embed long-term sustainability.” 

The investment by Newsome coincides with its launch of a new range of temperature and humidity control rental equipment which contains low GWP refrigerants, to suit a wide range of applications-helping their customers to reduce their environmental impact.  

The latest energy efficient equipment means that businesses will be able to manage costs, sustainability, and compliance without the expense of retrofitting new systems. 

Justin Holley of Core Facility Services has said: “Core and Newsome are both long-established Yorkshire businesses with sustainability at the heart of their operations and a longstanding mission to help organisations manage and minimise costs. Newsome’s decision to invest in solar will give its own customers confidence in its future strength and stability as well as its commitment to reducing its impact on the planet as part of a sustainable supply chain.” 

Drivers face 18-month wait for new electric cars

Drivers face 18-month wait for new electric cars

Road users face having to wait for up to 18 months to buy new electric cars, as manufacturers such as: Tesla, Porsche and Volkswagen are taking more than a year to deliver new models. Manufacturers are also having to battle with shortages caused by disruption to global supply chains.  

Making the switch to a zero-emission vehicle could now take over a year, as major car manufacturers have a waiting time of over a year for buyers to receive their new EV. Tesla fans will have to wait until late next year for a new Model S or X and potential buyers of the Porsche Taycan will have to wait between six and eighteen months for the new vehicles.  

Furthermore, drivers who hope to buy a Lexus UX 300e will have to wait until the second quarter of next year due to the company having a delay of 12 months for certain Volkswagen models, including the ID3 and ID4 models.  

Thankfully, waiting times for the BMW i4 or iX and a Mini Electric are slightly shorter, ranging between six and nine months. BMW have said that included in their waiting time is a transit time of four to six weeks, hence why it can appear longer than usual.  

Global shortages of semiconductors have been a major cause of these delays in the automotive industry and are hitting drivers just as the rising fuel prices are.  

Ginny Buckley, of electrifying.com, has said: “Cars like the Volkswagen ID3, which were freely available 12 months ago, now have waiting times of more than a year. This is down to a perfect storm of increased demand coupled with a shortage of vital components.” 

Waiting times for a Peugeot e-208 also have a shorter wait time of between three and four months, however, it is subject to change.  

Ms. Buckley has also added: “It’s also worth checking at your dealership to see if there’s a brand-new car in stock, rather than a factory order. It may not be the exact version you’re looking for, but if you’re willing to compromise on the finishing touches, like its colour and wheels, you might be able to get hold of a car in a few days rather than a few months.” 

Drivers who are fed up with these wait times are now turning to the second-hand market for electric cars, as the number of sales has almost doubled in the same period last year. 

The transition to electric vehicles is one that is inevitable in the coming years, however, global shortages may make this transition harder and slow it down completely.  

Government unleashes £200million for zero-emission HGVs

Government unleashes £200million for zero-emission HGVs

The government has launched a three-year programme, to begin later this year, that will help to decarbonise the UK’s freight industry. It has been announced that it will deliver £200 million funding into boosting zero-emission heavy goods vehicles (HGV). 

The investment aims to produce, what it claims to be, the world’s largest fleet of zero emission HGVs, adding hundreds of more eco-friendly trucks to the UK’s roads.   

The government is aiming to ensure that all new HGVs sold will be zero emission from 2035 onwards. This date will apply to vehicles weighing less than 26 tonnes, with all new HGVs having to meet the rule by 2040. 

HGVs prove to present a greater challenge in the transition to zero emission than cars and vans. Especially as the size and weight of the electric vehicle batteries are required to meet the requirements of long-haul HGVs. 

Transport minister, Trudy Harrison, has said: ‘’Our road freight industry is one of the most efficient in the world and contributes over £13 billion to the UK economy each year. 

‘’But we must accelerate our journey towards our net zero goals, and we’re committed to leading the way globally on non-zero emission road vehicles.” 

Head of Future Markets at National Grid, Graeme Cooper, has also commented saying: “We welcome the next phase of the government’s zero emission road freight demonstrator programme. 

“This will provide certainly for the trucking and freight industries, as they transition to zero emission vehicles. 

“At National Grid we have supported Phase 1 as part of the core advisory group and look forward to supporting this next step. In order for this to deliver real value to the market, it is critical that this proceeds at pace as the technologies are developing quicker than many expected.” 

The scheme aims to improve air quality, create greener jobs, and reduce reliance on oil imports. It also strives to reduce delivery costs and protect customers from rising fuel prices.  

 

 

Hyundai Mobis agrees software deal with Vector Group

Hyundai Mobis agrees software deal with Vector Group

Hyundai Mobis has partnered with Germany’s Vector Group for the joint development of an AUTOSAR-based software platform. AUTOSAR was founded in 2003 and is a development partnership of automotive interested parties. Vector is a premium member of Automotive Open System Architecture (AUTOSAR) which endorses global standards for automotive software. 

Vector is currently supplying software to major global automakers and part makers in Europe and North America. The agreement between both companies expects to maximise the competitiveness of automotive software in the global automobile market.  

As a premium member of AUTOSAR, Hyundai Mobis will be able to share the rich knowledge of Vector involved in the production of industry standard platforms. Vector will be able to expand its software platform users based on Hyundai Mobis’ product portfolio.  

Initially, the two companies plan to install co-developed software in core auto components related to parking systems, autonomous driving sensors, infotainment systems and electrified parts. However, this list is expected to continually grow as the deal progresses.  

Hyundai Mobis has said in a statement: “As software platforms have become a critical component in defining competitiveness in vehicle manufacturing, global automakers are now requiring their automotive suppliers to adopt AUTOSAR-based software platforms with proven quality and versatility” 

Hyundai Mobis senior vice president Jae-ho Jang has also released a statement: “This will enhance our software competitiveness and quality reliability in the global automotive industry and also guide us towards becoming a leader in the mobility software industry”. 

For Hyundai Mobis, this partnership is only the beginning of long-term partnerships with major software companies that have elemental technologies for automated driving. The first of these partnerships is most likely to be in the areas of automotive communication solutions and autonomous driving sensors.  

Subaru to invest US$1.9bn in new EV plant

Subaru to invest US$1.9bn in new EV plant

Subaru has planned to spend JPY250bn to build an electric vehicle factory in Japan and in-house (EV) battery manufacturing capacity over the next five years. 

The move is part of a multi-billion-dollar investment in electrification, to step up the pace in the battery-car race.  

The Japanese automaker plans to build a new EV production line at its main assembly plant in Gunmna prefecture at a cost of JPY100bn. It is said to be scheduled for completion in 2027.  

Only this year did Subaru announce its first serious contender, the Solterra Crossover EV, which shows the all-four wheeled drive specialist, is finally turning its head to fully electric vehicles. 

Unlike their competitors, Japanese automakers fall behind in the transition to electric vehicles, with their EV sales accounting for less than 1% of total vehicle sales last year.  

Sabaru has set itself a sales target of 40% by 2030. Other Japanese automakers such as Honda, Toyota and Nissan have also aimed to step up their EV investments worldwide.  

The EVs made will be exported globally to markets including the U.S. the automotive company will begin making its own EV’s in mixed production with internal combustion vehicles at its Yajima plant in Japan within the next few years, until the plant is completed.  

Subaru CEO Tomomi Nakamura outlined plans early this week while announcing fiscal earnings. He highlighted that Subura is still contemplating what kind of segment or models the upcoming EVs will be. He added that the alliance with Toyota will also be beneficial to “build up technology and know-how” in EVs.  

Smart traffic system benefits are “highly compelling” according to new report

Smart traffic system benefits are “highly compelling” according to new report

New research, Smart Management: Use Cases, Regional Analysis & Forecast 2022-2027, by Juniper research, has identified new benefits from smart traffic management systems. Global savings from smart traffic management systems are forecast to reach 205 million metric tons (MMT) by 2027, which represents growth of 41 per cent, up from just 145.7 MMT in 2022.  

Reducing congestion through optimised traffic control is said to be the main influencing factor of change. Smart traffic management uses digital technologies to manage traffic, based on real-time data to reduce congestion, and minimise emissions. 

Environmental benefits from smart traffic management systems are identified by the report to be “highly compelling.” The report identified smart intersections as a solution to the amount of time spent in traffic, reducing it by 36 hours on average per annum per motorist globally by 2027.  

Therefore, this suggests a 250 per cent increase in the adoption of smart traffic management systems over the next five-year period, and 4.7 billion hours congestion saved by then.  

Juniper’s research expects smart intersection investment will reach $10.2bn by 2027; rising from $5.2bn in 2022. It strives for smart intersection vendors to improve connectivity between road vehicles and the local road network ecosystem, mirroring government smart city initiatives.  

The report suggests that vendors leverage the low-latency capabilities of 5G combined with machine learning algorithms, to allow network adjustments to be made in real-time and improve the flow of traffic.  

Additionally, the research highlights cybersecurity must be considered when implementing smart traffic systems to ensure public support. This is to ease the public’s minds about data collection and storage.  

Cybersecurity must be prioritised when implementing smart traffic management systems, as user data is transmitted at every stage of the process. Cyberattacks have a given potential and therefore, strong cybersecurity strategies need to be in place to avoid any disruption to infrastructure. 

Juniper Research is a key player in providing research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector providing valuable insights into the industry.  

New large ABB robots increase speed and flexibility for material handling on EV battery production

New large ABB robots increase speed and flexibility for material handling on EV battery production

ABB is adding two new robot families to its portfolio of large robots for complex manufacturing applications. ABB’s IRB 5710 and 5720 robots produce enhanced speed, accuracy, flexibility, and a stronger design which includes integrated process cabling. Therefore, the robots deliver increased productivity and an enhanced performance with higher up-time for applications such as electric vehicle manufacturer. 

The IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 are available in eight different variants, which presents a wide range of options for payloads, from 70kg to 180kg and reaches from 2.3m to 3m. Together, the two robot families are perfect for various production tasks, including material handling, machine tending and assembly, while also being able to be used for specific operations in EV manufacturing such as battery module picking. 

The benefits that these robots offer are unmatched, making them ideal for use in plastic molding, metal casting, cleaning, and spraying application.  

Joerg Reger, Managing Director of ABB Robotics’ automotive business line, says ‘’These new robots accelerate ABB’s continuing expansion into the rapidly growing EV market, meeting customer demand for robust units with the speed, path accuracy and dexterity to handle complex EV battery assembly duties.’’  

He continues to say “The switch from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to EVs especially is driving increased demand for fast, adaptable production lines. EV designs can often be highly complex, and components such as batteries and semiconductor modules can be very heavy or extremely fragile. These demands call for solutions that can offer maximum precision and repeatability to avoid errors in production,” 

Both robot families are powered by ABB’s new OmniCoreTM controller V250XT which is the latest addition to the Omnicore controller family. Furthermore, the robot family contain features such as ABB’s TrueMove and QuickMove motion control technology.  

Features such as these enable the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 to offer class-leading speed and improved manufacturing speeds. 

 

BMW and Pasqal strengthen collaboration by applying Quantam Computing to improve car design and manufacturing

BMW and Pasqal strengthen collaboration by applying Quantam Computing to improve car design and manufacturing

Pasqal, the leading manufacturer of neutral atoms quantum processors, have just announced a new take on with BMW Group to improve the automaker’s primary manufacturing processes. 

Using Pasqal’s algorithm for solving differential equations (problems where a change in one of the variables foes not uniformly affect the outcome,) BMW group strive to analyse the applicability of quantum computing technology to metal forming applications modelling.  

Applications such as these require extensive simulations to ensure that auto parts are following specifications. Predictive and rapid virtual modelling will bring the manufacturing process towards safer designs, more sustainable products and zero-prototyping. 

Pasqal’s researchers have created a digital-analog implementation of its quantum methods, customised for its neutral-atom quantum processors, which makes these applications 30 times more efficient that competing superconducting quantum processors. 

A highly accurate computational simulation would allow BMW Group to replace costly physical build-test-improve cycles, as existing classical computational methods are unable to deal with the intricacy of stimulating a full vehicle at the required accuracy. Simulations such as these will finally help BMW Group produce lighter parts, making cars more fuel-efficient.  

Pasqal managed to gain this collaboration with BMW group by winning the BMW Group Quantum Computing Challenge late last year. Earlier collaborations have focused on optimising battery designs at the atomistic level by developing quantum computational methods for chemistry and materials-science.  

The renewed collaboration extends this scope to other relevant time and length scales adding micro-and macro-level materials simulations. 

Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO of Pasqal said ‘’Renewing and extending the scope of our collaboration with BMW Group is a clear sign of the value Pasqal can bring to our customers. Each time we collaborate with BMW Group, we discover something more we can do to help them develop superior automobiles’’ 

He continues to say: ‘’Pasqal currently offers the only method on the market for solving these these types of differential equations with quantum technology, which are critical to execute effective and accurate simulations. We’re proud to work with BMW Group to improve manufacturing processes and safety through our technology.’’ 

Pasqal believes these use cases are excellent candidates for early quantum advantage with its proprietary quantum algorithms, which the company plans to reach within two years.

These complex simulations will run over a six-month period in Pasqal’s facilities. Real world applications for these simulations include crash testing and accelerated development of new parts and materials which are lighter and stronger, keeping passengers safe while both reducing emissions and cutting development costs. 

Siemens partners with university to decarbonise its buildings

Siemens partners with university to decarbonise its buildings

The university of East London has collaborated with global powerhouse Siemens to utilise their shared aspirations of achieving net-zero carbon by 2030. Siemens aim is to deliver improvement measures to reduce overall energy use.

They plan to use engineer solutions to push the shift to renewable and on-site low-carbon energy generation at UEL’s campuses in Stratford and the London Docklands.  

The partnership has been underpinned by innovation, decarbonisation and digitalisation with not only the aim of net-zero carbon, but to foster inclusivity by creating new learning opportunities for students and staff.  

The first phase of the project will immediately cut 10% of UEL’s carbon emissions and reduce operational cost by installing LED lighting in all buildings, and upgrading the building management system (BMS).  

In future phases of the partnership, Siemens plan to support UEL in the creation of an innovation hub for local green energy enterprises. This gives students opportunities to engage with the latest green technologies on-campus.  Mentoring and internships will be available to students to further strengthen their skills.  

Working together, UEL and Siemens will embed sustainability into the curriculum, allowing students to learn and develop the skills they need to create a green economy.  

Professor Amanda Broderick, Vice Chancellor and President, University of East London has said: “With our university-student-industry triple helix partnership approach, we are confident that we can achieve net-zero in our publicly engaged and vibrant learning environment where everyone can succeed. The campus carbon transformation will give our students the opportunity to become sustainability leaders of tomorrow. They will have access to the latest thinking in smart technology, to industry experience and mentorship and a vital edge in the jobs market.” 

The university and Siemens will continue to explore new ways of introducing local-scale energy projects that make an immediate difference to local communities in order to support the energy transition.  

 

Oxbotica teams with NEVS to ‘reshape the future of urban mobility’

Oxbotica teams with NEVS to ‘reshape the future of urban mobility’

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A long-term partnership has been signed between Oxbotica, the global leader in autonomous vehicle software, and NEVS, leading innovators of shared mobility solutions, to produce a fleet of self-driving, all-electric vehicles. These vehicles are planned to be released onto public roads by the end of 2023, reducing carbon emissions and revolutionising urban mobility. 

The collaboration will include the Oxbotica Driver autonomy system with NEVS ‘Sango’ vehicle which together, will develop a safer, more sustainable, and accessible passenger transportation solution for urban environments. 

A primary fleet will be released on geo-fenced public roads next year, followed by numerous projects in Europe 2024. The solution is planned to be scaled across the globe from 2025 onwards. This will be part of NEVS mobility ecosystem which incorporates the ‘Sango’ vehicle, a fleet management system and an app as the user interface. 

The effects of wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles would be highly impactful upon urban transportation. It has the potential to reduce congestion and radically lower emissions by replacing privately owned, carbon emitting vehicles with low emission electric multi-passenger vehicles. Moreover, less cars on the road would make the roads safer and reduce the demand for parking spaces. This, in turn, would enable city planners to reimagine urban landscapes, making room for greener spaces.  

NEVS ‘Sango’ vehicle is designed specifically for autonomous driving and optimised for shared passenger transportation in cities. Features of the all-electric, fully autonomous vehicle include: a flexible and adaptable interior with six moveable seats that can be operated in social or family mode. Therefore, you can ride with friends or family while privacy walls can still be created for more private journeys. 

The vehicle will be driven by Oxbotica’a autonomy system, Oxbotica Driver (a low energy use, high performance suite of technologies that works safely and seamlessly with any sensor, vehicle or platform. 

Both Oxbotica and NEVS share the same vision. They believe that shared, electric autonomous transport is the future of urban mobility. The partnership is the latest of Oxbotica’s autonomous vehicle deployments into key industries where the technology can transform economic, suitability, and safety metrics. 

Gavin Jackson, CEO at Oxbotica, has said: ‘’The combination of Oxbotica Driver and this stunning, next-generation, electric vehicle is a perfect match. It allows us to create an urban mobility service that will make roads safer, cleaner, and less congested and provide customers with a new way to travel. The partnership will truly change how the Earth moves and I can’t wait to see the first vehicles out on the road next year. 

President at NEVS, Stefan Tilk, has also commented saying: ‘’Having partnership with Oxbotica and being able to progress substantially with its autonomous stack as the ’driver’, will indeed make the ecosystem of our mobility solution complete. Through this partnership we will be able to make the ecosystem of our mobility complete. Through this partnership we will be able to deploy pilots and commercial fleets – ensuring a breakthrough in the movement of people in a green safe and smart way, paving the way for sustainable cities.” 

Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies reveal the plan of its new futuristic SD1 electric truck

Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies reveal the plan of its new futuristic SD1 electric truck

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Solo Advanced Vehicle Technology (Solo AVT) have just revealed the design of its futuristic SD1 electric truck. The truck is intended to have a driving range of more than 500 miles due to it being a long-haul battery-electric Class 8 truck and will be built specifically for autonomous driving.  

According to Solo AVT, the design has the lowest drag coefficient of any Class 8 truck on the road due to removing the human onboard and the active aerodynamics. Along with other elements such as low-rolling resistance tires, the truck is expected to be highly efficient.  

The truck offers a peak power output of 600kW and is powered by multi-speed tandem axles with integrated electric motors. Solo AVT emphasises the full aerospace-level system redundancy for autonomous operation, combined with exterior lighting to alert pedestrians and other road users to a unique sound signature.  

With regards to fast charging, the vehicle will be compatible with existing standard trailers and all standard loading docks- assumably the current CCS and the future high-power Megawatt Charging System (MCS) for trucks.  

The new Solo AVT SD1 is a new and innovative design that puts itself above other trucks as it has the fully autonomous element that others do not, which creates untouched territory for Solo AVT to fall into.  

Perrone Robotics partners with Lightning eMotors to produce autonomous fleet EVs

Perrone Robotics partners with Lightning eMotors to produce autonomous fleet EVs

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The leading provider of zero emission commercial vehicles and EV technology for fleets and Perrone Robotics have partnered to offer Class 3-7 commercial fleet customers self-driving, electric fleet vehicles that can be deployed for a wide variety of uses.

The partnership incorporates Lightnings zero emission EV platform and Perrone’s AV-powered technology, TONY, a vehicle-independent retrofit kit designed to enable vehicles to transport goods and people within a geo-fenced and dedicated driving route.

These vehicles, equipped with self-driving technology, can be ordered immediately for both passenger and cargo use. TONY is versatile as it can be implemented into new vehicles as well as repurposed ones and the company have said, that going forward, Lightning eMotors will now include Perrone’s TONY autonomous vehicle technology, in all its EV platforms.

CEO of Lightning eMotors, Tim Reeser, said “We were looking for partners who could deliver autonomous capabilities to our customers today, and in the future — and that’s what Perrone offers. We offer perhaps the widest range of electric commercial vehicles in North America, and now we have an autonomous vehicle solution for our products, ranging from ambulances to campus shuttles and other commercial applications.”

Lightning eMotors is based in Loveland Colorado and has been providing sustainable fleet solutions since 2009. It has been deploying zero-emission-vehicle solutions since 2018 and the company’s current line- up includes electric conversions of everything, ranging from Class 4 Type A school buses to Class 3 cargo and passenger vans.

Perrone is a leading provider of AV technology, and the company holds a Pioneer Patent for its ‘’MAX’’ general purpose robotics operating system which is at the forefront of its TONY solution. Perone’s retrofit kit can be integrated into new vehicles and existing repowered ones.

The companies admit that Level 4 companies can only operate within geofenced areas and therefore this could be seen as a limitation, however, the demand for organisations to seek autonomous transformation is high.

Lightning eMotors and Perrone have stated that this is not the end of discussions with several other customers interested in autonomous commercial vehicles and therefore, we hope to see rise in such vehicles on the road.