Maritime tech firm Kongsberg partners with battery maker Leclanché to build autonomous hybrid ships

Maritime technology company Kongsberg has partnered with Swiss battery maker Leclanché to introduce low- and zero-emissions technology to the marine industry.

Battery-powered vessels are becoming more common in the maritime industry – companies such as Rolls-Royce are developing their own maritime battery systems.

Leclanché’s batteries will be an integral part of Kongsberg’s hybrid and electric solutions. Through the partnership, Leclanché will deliver battery systems for nine vessels, totaling 45 MWh of battery capacity. Leclanché will build the systems at its facility in Switzerland, and the cells at its plant in Willstätt, Germany.

Kongsberg and Leclanché are already working on two projects together. The first project to be jointly executed will be the Yara Birkeland, an autonomous and electric container vessel with zero emissions ordered by Yara, a Norwegian chemicals company.

The second project is for the Grimaldi Group, an Italian operator of roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels. The hybrid propulsion system delivered by Kongsberg includes the supply and integration of shaft generators, frequency drives, and energy management systems together with Leclanché battery systems. The Grimaldi ships will be the first in a new series of hybrid Ro-Ro vessels that use fossil fuel during navigation and batteries to provide peak-shaving functions and electricity in port.

“Leclanché’s ability to cover the complete value chain from design and production of lithium cells in Europe, to full battery systems certified for marine applications, together with our proprietary hybrid power technology, positions us together as a single, unified supplier of electrification solutions that

will deliver lower operational expenditure and enable environmental sustainability for all vessel types,” said Frode Kaland, EVP Supply Chain for Kongsberg Maritime.


Source: Kongsberg

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Tesla Model 3 Performance breaks Laguna Seca production EV record again

With several new electric vehicles hitting the market, the production EV record at the Laguna Seca race track has changed hands quite a few times and now it’s again going to Cameron Rogers in a Tesla Model 3 Performance. more…

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Volvo VNR Electric Semi Truck To Hit California Roads Next Year

Volvo Trucks is going to compete with Tesla and Daimler in semi trucks

Volvo Trucks announced a new all-electric Volvo VNR Electric semi truck that will be unveiled and demonstrated in California in 2019. Production and sales is already scheduled for 2020.

The Swedish group intends to introduce an electric version of the VNR using powertrain from smaller Volvo FE Electric model, as well as experience from sister company – Volvo Buses, which delivered more than 4,000 electrified buses (HEV, PHEV and BEVs).

Currently, there are not many details about the Volvo VNR Electric besides a few teasers. The FE Electric is equipped with a 370 kW, dual motor system and 2-speed transmission.

Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America said:

“We are proud to announce the Volvo VNR Electric, designed to support cities focused on sustainable urban development and fleets operating in a range of regional-haul and distribution operations. The Volvo VNR Electric leverages the versatility of the new Volvo VNR series with a proven fully-electric powertrain, and represents a strategic stride toward a comprehensive electrified transport ecosystem. Cities prioritizing sustainable urban development can leverage electrified transport solutions to help improve air quality and reduce traffic noise. Cleaner, quieter, fully-electric commercial transport also creates opportunities for expanded morning and late-night operations, helping cut traffic congestion during peak hours.”

Volvo VNR Electric

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Volvo VNR Electric
Volvo VNR Electric
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More from press release:

“The Volvo VNR is ideal for applications like heavy urban distribution, drayage and other regional applications where electric trucks will first have the greatest impact,” said Johan Agebrand, Volvo Trucks North America director of product marketing. “The VNR series has received tremendous industry acceptance since its April 2017 introduction and the addition of an all-electric powertrain provides even greater opportunities to expand its footprint in the regional-haul market.”

Introduction of the Volvo VNR Electric models are part of an innovative partnership, known as LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) between the Volvo Group, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and industry leaders in transportation and electrical charging infrastructure.

“The LIGHTS project is a truly unique opportunity to showcase a holistic approach to electrification of the freight transport industry as we handle ongoing challenges including electricity generation and battery optimization,” said Voorhoeve. “We appreciate that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the SCAQMD have recognized our leadership and trusted us to oversee this project that will ultimately result in the commercialization of fully-electric heavy-duty trucks. In addition to introducing the VNR Electric, through LIGHTS we will bring a complete sustainable freight solution with end-to-end electrification coordination with our many partners.”

“Electric trucks bring many unknowns and our holistic focus through the LIGHTS project will help our fleet partners transition securely and smoothly based on their individual needs regarding driving cycles, load capacity, uptime, range and other parameters,” said Agebrand. “Within the project we’ll look at everything from route analysis and battery optimization to servicing and financing. We always aim to offer high uptime and productivity.”

CARB has preliminarily awarded $44.8 million to SCAQMD for the Volvo LIGHTS project. The Volvo LIGHTS project will involve 16 partners, and will transform freight operations at the facilities of two of the United States’ top trucking fleets. Volvo LIGHTS is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Here is how the standard Volvo VNR looks:

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Compact Audi Electric Car To Use VW MEB Platform

VW Group execs have revealed that a new Audi A3-sized EV concept will be revealed soon.

Yet another huge announcement from Volkswagen Group. According to AutoExpress, an Audi entry-level electric hatchback concept is about to be unveiled in a few months. VW plans to offer 12 new all-electric vehicles by 2025, and the new small Audi joins the list.

AutoExpress spoke with Audi head exterior designer Andreas Mindt at the recent LA Auto Show. He reminded that upcoming Audi pure-electric cars would follow in the footsteps of more conventional ICE cars, to appeal to more customers. Although he said that grabbing EV fans/early adopters is a goal as well. Mindt shared (via AutoExpress):

You can design for the early adopters or you can design for the mainstream customer as well – we want to catch both. There are a lot of people out there who just want a good looking car, they are not interested if it’s an EV or a conventionally powered car – in a coupe of months we will show you a first draft.

He also talked about the challenges involved in dealing with a compact electric vehicle, which we’ve seen related to the Tesla Model 3:

A super sports car that is low and wide is easy to design, like a penalty shot without a goal keeper but an electric car that is low and sleek is a harder task. To make a small car look nice which is cheap for mass production is a very hard task.

While the all-new Audi e-tron SUV rides on the company’s new MLB platform and the upcoming e-tron GT is based on the same J1 architecture as the Porsche Taycan, this new electric hatch will share VW Group’s new MEB platform with cars like the VW I.D. hatch. It will be a front-wheel-drive vehicle with a potential range of over 370 miles.

Source: AutoExpress

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Tesla vehicles still hold values better than competition on used market, study shows

Due to Tesla being a new brand and the variables of EV battery loss unknowns and subsidies, there were some initial concerns about how the vehicles would hold their value over time, but a new study shows that Tesla vehicles still hold their values better than competition on the used market. more…

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Tesla Expected To Ship 3,000 Model 3 To Europe Weekly By February

3,000 per week is more than 12,000 per month

According to the Belgian news agency Focus-WTV (via Teslarati), Tesla intends to ship to Europe about 3,000 Tesla Model 3 weekly, beginning on February!

That’s a lot of cars – about 12,000 per month, which over the longer-term would place the Model 3 at #1 among all plug-ins in Europe, as the Nissan LEAF this year probably will fail to achieve an average of 4,000/month.

Transport of the Model 3 by the sea takes about 15 days (through the Panama Canal). Cars are expected to arrive in the Zeebrugge docks in Belgium.

Assuming that production of Model 3 will be:

  • 7,000 per week: 4,000 (≈16,000 per month) will be available for U.S., Canada and China
  • 10,000 per week: 7,000 (≈28,000 per month) will be available for U.S., Canada and China

Bonus: ordering Tesla Model 3 in Europe

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Source: Focus-WTV via Teslarati

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Nidec To Supply E-Axles For Electric GAC NE Aion S

Nidec sees high demand for electric powertrains in China and Europe

Japanese company Nidec announced that the first electric car that will be equipped with its e-axle traction motor system will be GAC NE Aion S, scheduled for production from 2019. The Aion S is expected to have over 500 km (310 miles) of range.

The production of e-axle for GAC will also start in 2019 in Nidec’s new dedicated 66,000 m2 factory in the Pinghu Economic Development Zone near Shanghai.

“Nidec’s automotive traction motor system was first revealed in September 2017 and the company later went on to announce the successful development of a refined design that fully integrates the reduction gearbox and inverter. Weighing in at only 83 kg1, the compact and light-weight system achieves a power output of 150 kW and a maximum torque output of 3,900 Nm. It is a modified 87 kg version of this new integrated system that will power the Aion S.”

Nidec has also a deal and joint venture with PSA Group to produce electric motors in Trémery (France) from 2019. The offer seems to be tempting enough for other manufacturers that Nidec is now considering another plant in Europe, which could be in Poland.

“Although the traction motor system will be launched in the Chinese market first, Nidec plans to make the product available to European automobile manufacturers as well in the near future.”

Dr. Kazuya Hayafune, Chief Engineer and Deputy Executive General Manager of the company’s automotive division said:

“Carmakers from all around the world have contacted us since we announced our E-Axle and we are currently considering building another dedicated factory in Poland,”.

About Nidec:

“Nidec started out as a manufacturer of small electric motors for appliances and other machines in 1973 in Kyoto, Japan. Initially a company of only four engineers, it has now grown into a global company group employing over 100,000 people in more than 40 countries across the world. Major products designed and manufactured by Nidec include HDD spindle motors, of which the company has captured 85% of the global market share, and electric power steering motors for automobiles. To date, the company has acquired 60 different businesses, and many of its recent acquisitions, such as that of Honda Elesys (now Nidec Elesys) in 2014, have been focused on strengthening its capabilities in the automotive segment. Nidec also recently launched a joint venture with French Groupe PSA to develop, manufacture and sell a separate lineup of automotive electric traction motors.”

GAC Aion S (Source: AutoTimes)

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Green Deals: 6-pack Edison-style LED Light Bulbs $12 (Reg. $20), more

Winsee (100% positive feedback) via Amazon offers a six-pack of Shine Hai Edison-style LED E26 Light Bulbs for $12 shipped when promo code PW4RUBPR is applied during checkout. That’s good for 40% off the regular going rate and the best offer that we can currently find. Aside from all of the usual LED benefits (long lifespans, lower energy use), these bulbs have an Edison-style design that are great for vintage homes. Each one is backed by a two-year warranty. Rated 4.2/5 stars.


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