Audi Reveals Formula E e-tron FE05 Race Car

Audi has revealed the e-tron FE05 car it will use in the 2018/19 Formula E championship.

The German manufacturer, which will again field season three FE champion Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt as its driver line-up in the electric championship, has adjusted its livery for its Gen2 challenger.

A statement issued by Audi explained that the e-tron FE05 is an “evolution” of the car that clinched the FE teams’ title in season four and has a powertrain with “95%” new parts, while its engineers have been “able to shave 10% off the weight”.

The season four Audi powertrain was widely perceived as the most efficient in the FE field, which gave it a significant advantage in races – although it suffered reliability issues during the first four rounds of the 2017/18 championship.

Tristan Summerscale, Audi’s FE project leader, said it had “retained the basic concept with one gear and at the same time refined the details and manufactured all of the parts” for the e-tron FE05.

The Audi statement also explained that “Summerscale and his team began developing the Audi e-tron FE05 as early as mid-2017, even before the start of last season”.

Following the conclusion of private season five manufacturer testing at the end of September, Audi will give the e-tron FE05 its public debut at the official FE pre-season test session, which takes place at Valencia on October 16-19.

Audi is also supplying the Virgin Racing team with e-tron FE05 powertrains for this season, the first time the manufacturer has entered into a customer deal with another FE squad.

Virgin will reveal its season five FE livery and confirmed driver line-up at an event at its Silverstone base on Friday October 5.

It is understood that Audi factory driver Robin Frijns will be announced as teammate to Sam Bird.


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AVID Technology wins six new power electronics and motor contracts totaling £50 million per year

Power electronics and motor specialist AVID Technology has recently won several new contracts totaling £50 million per year. The largest contract is a £34 million deal to develop an integrated EV system for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Others include a £3.5 million contract to develop and supply customized electric cooling pumps and a 5 year, £5 million deal to provide 48 V electrification products for a supercar manufacturer.

Besides contracts, AVID is currently a finalist for the title of Growth Champion of the Year as part of the Growth Investor Awards 2018.  Votes have already been cast, and the winner will be announced on November 7th.

“Innovation is at the heart of what we do. We have been developing powertrain technology for electric and hybrid vehicles for over 12 years and are now seeing the market take off in a huge way” says AVID managing director Ryan Maughan. “We have recently appointed a vice-president of business development to run our new USA office in Michigan to grow our presence in the North American market.”


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Duke Energy plans 530 charging stations in Florida, launches charging study

Duke Energy plans to install up to 530 public charging stations within its Florida service area. Under the Park and Plug pilot program, the chargers will be deployed at multi-unit dwellings, workplaces and locations with high traffic. Ten percent of the new charging stations will be installed in “income-qualified communities.”

Charging solution provider NovaCharge will install the charging stations – selected host sites for the program will work directly with NovaCharge to have the equipment installed.

Sites are being selected through an application process. Prospective site hosts can apply through the Park and Plug web site.

Duke has also launched a three-year study called Charge Florida to research the impact of residential EV charging on the electric grid. The company will collect information from around 200 customer volunteers who drive EVs. Basic data such as the location, time frame and length of vehicle charging, and battery state of charge will be compiled to produce a dataset that Duke will use to plan for the integration of EV charging demand.

FleetCarma will provide an online gateway to vehicle data and statistics, and volunteers will receive compensation for their participation. To register for the study, visit the FleetCarma web site.

Meanwhile, Duke has announced a new investment of $6 billion in a multi-year plan to build a smarter, cleaner, more resilient energy grid. This includes installing new smart meters for customers this fall, and building or acquiring 700 MW of new solar power over the next four years.

“We are bringing cleaner energy to Florida through 700 megawatts of new universal solar, and we are helping our customers to bring clean transportation to the state as well,” said Duke Energy Florida President Catherine Stempien.


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Dendrobium’s D-1 electric hypercar wows the elite at royal garden party

British startup Dendrobium Automotive recently made its public debut at the ultra-exclusive Salon Privé garden party at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The Duke of Marlborough was among the distinguished guests who were keen to discuss the new zero-emission D-1 hypercar.

The electric Dendrobium D-1 was developed in the UK with the support of the famous Formula 1 company Williams Advanced Engineering. It will offer 1,800 bhp of power, but has a target weight of only 1,750 kg, thanks to a number of lightweight composites and alloys, as well as what the company calls a “unique Protocell carbon tub.” The D-1’s Bio-Aerial Locomotion door and roof opening system were inspired by the Dendrobium orchid, which unfurls naturally in a similar manner.

Dendrobium recently signed an agreement with Australia-based Magnis Resources and New York-based Charge CCCV (aka C4V) to develop a new generation of batteries, including solid-state batteries. Under the joint development agreement, the companies will cooperate on battery packaging solutions, hybrid systems, battery management software and performance testing.

“We are designing our own in-house all-electric powertrain and we plan to use our own power storage cells, moving to solid-state as and when the technology is reliable and financially viable,” said Dendrobium CEO Nigel Gordon-Stewart. “We are developing unique cabling and connector systems as well as our own complete vehicle integration and ADAS hardware and software. From a technical perspective, the D-1 will be a British engineering tour de force.”


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Tesla Model 3, new Electrify America chargers, and algae blooms for eco-diesel: Today's Car News

Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structureThe Tesla Model 3 might be the top-selling car from an American brand. Electrify America announces its second round of electric-car chargers in California. Algae blooms may boost eco-diesel development. And new electric-car ads hope to raise awareness. All of this and more on Green Car Reports. Pending confirmation from a range of sources, the…
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Is the Tesla Model 3 the top-selling car from an American brand?

2018 Tesla Model 3Earlier this week we reported the Model 3 is possibly the fifth best-selling car in the U.S., based on Tesla’s update on deliveries. These Model 3 numbers released Tuesday are likely an anomaly; they’re based on a coordinated surge in U.S. deliveries in September. But also to be fair, we missed one other distinction: The Tesla Model 3…
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C4V Develops & Presents Working Solid-State Battery: Video

C4V presents a working solid-state battery cell.

Charge CCCV (C4V) announced that it has a working solid-state battery cell that is scheduled for production in the second-quarter of 2019.

The cell was presented on September 27, at the NY BEST 2018 Fall Conference in New York. C4V said that current version is rated a 380 Wh/kg and 700 Wh/L, but further refinement will increase energy density to 400 Wh/kg and 750 Wh/kg.

C4V expects that range of electric cars could be increased by 70% using its solid-state batteries.

According to the press release, the cells are not fully solid-state, as more than 80% of the liquid electrolyte was replaced with a solid electrolyte producing, which makes the cells a semi-solid-state. Yeah…we’ll make an exception and count it as solid-state if they can deliver an actual product.

Other than that, C4V said that the cost of these batteries will be lower than conventional cells and it doesn’t rely on cobalt.

Press blast:

C4V’s new solid state battery has arrived and is now on the road to mass production in New York!

  • Working prototype showcased by C4V at the NYBEST 2018 Fall Conference in New York. 
  • Battery’s Energy Density of 380Wh/kg achieved without cobalt.
  • System-level testing of the new battery now underway for strategic offtake partner.

Binghamton, NY, September 30, 2018 – Charge CCCV, LLC (C4V) today demonstrated a prototype of its new Solid State Battery (SSB) at the NY BEST 2018 Fall Conference in New York. The Company’s SSB solution delivers higher performance, higher density, lower cost batteries that promise to require significantly less charging time than others.

The Technology 
C4V has been able to replace more than 80% of the liquid electrolyte with a solid electrolyte producing a semi-solid-state technology with an energy density of approximately 380Wh/kg.

This technology will provide a remarkable 70% range increase for every Electric Car that employs the C4V Solid State Battery.  An Electric Vehicle today, currently capable of a 300-mile range, would with C4V’s technology be able to extend its range to 510 miles on a single charge.

The C4V Generation 3 Battery utilizes energy densities and volumetric capacities of 380Wh/kg and 700 Wh/L and the Company is already targeting a 400Wh/kg and 750 Wh/lit milestone within the next six month timeframe before commercial process optimization starts. In the first half of 2019, C4V plans to announce the availability of its commercial cells to the market.

The Company is working alongside commercial supply chains to fine-tune the compositions, chemical structures, particle morphologies and electrode processing techniques for tailored applications such as Electric Vehicles, grid back-ups, aviation needs and portable electronics requirements.

Dr. Shailesh Upreti, founder and President of C4V, emphasized in a statement today that: “It is our mission at C4V to discover solutions that solve problems lying at the materials level to create value at the Lithium-ion Battery and system level. Our unique materials technology not only reduces the cost of batteries significantly, it promises to provide relief to certain key metal supply constraints.”Dr. Upreti went on further to say: “C4V’s global joint venture companies are achieving price reductions through economies of scale by adopting its innovations. Our first generation high power and energy density batteries do not employ the use of cobalt, instead use higher voltage composite material in combination with other abundant raw materials and thus greatly reduce costs, while relying on a less volatile supply chain.”

At today’s NYBEST Annual Conference, Dr. Upreti showcased the new technology by lighting an LED with a prototype of C4V’s SSB stating in summary that, “We are very excited about  these new  developments in the Solid State Battery segment. C4V has taken a commercial approach to developing material and designs for its next generation product. We are able to demonstrate the drop-in nature of our technology which thus eliminates costly disruptions on the manufacturing floor”.

C4V continues to work closely with strategic partners as well as their established supply chain partners to bring its s latest innovations to market.”

One of the partners in the projects seems to be Magnis Resources (soon to be renamed to Magnis Energy Technologies), which issued own press release:

Working Solid State Battery Produced and Unveiled at Battery Conference in New York

  • Magnis Partner C4V has developed one of the world’s first working prototype of a Solid State Battery
  • Successful demonstration unveiled at the 2018 NYBEST Conference in New York
  • Battery volumetric capacity currently 380Wh/kg and 700Wh/L, with expected further optimisation towards 400Wh/kg and 750Wh/L
  • Targeted commercial production with availability by Q2 2019
  • New battery will lead towards lower production costs and does not rely on cobalt, reducing supply constraints in mass production

Magnis Resources Limited (“Magnis” or the “Company”) (ASX: MNS), to be renamed Magnis Energy Technologies Ltd (subject to shareholder approval), is excited to announce that its partner Charge CCCV (C4V) has completed production of a working prototype of a Solid State Battery which was demonstrated at the 2018 NYBEST Conference in New York by C4V.

C4V Solid State Battery Production

C4V’s new Solid State Battery, replaces more than 80% of the liquid electrolyte with a solid electrolyte. This effectively produces a lower cost battery that is higher capacity, higher density, higher performance, and with significantly reduced charging times than existing battery solutions. Further, C4V’s battery does not require cobalt which contributes to the reduction of costs and an increase in scalability of production without metals supply constraints.

The prototype Solid State Battery demonstrated in New York has volumetric capacities of 380Wh/kg and 700 Wh/L which is expected to increase to 400Wh/kg and 750 Wh/L through optimisation over the coming months prior to production for commercial availability by Q2 2019.

As an example of the capabilities of this battery in current implementations, the C4V Solid State Battery will be capable of delivering a 70% increase in range for electric vehicles when compared to other batteries, allowing an electric car with a current 400km range to be able to run 680km on the same single charge.

C4V is working alongside commercial supply chains to further refine and optimise compositions, chemical structure, particle morphologies, and electrode processing techniques to develop solutions for tailored applications including electric vehicles, grid backup solutions, aviation, and portable electronics.


C4V President Shailesh Upreti commented: “We are very excited about our developments in moving to a production-ready Solid State Battery design. C4V has taken a commercial approach in its development process for its next-generation product. C4V’s new Solid State Battery is drop-in ready, reducing disruption on the manufacturing floor, whilst reducing production cost and increasing production quality.

“C4V continues to work closely with our strategic partners, including Magnis, as well as our established supply chain partners to bring C4V’s latest innovation to market.”

Magnis Chairman Frank Poullas commented: “This is one of the world’s first Solid State Batteries to be produced. Volkswagen Group recently invested US$100 Million into US-Based QuantumScape which is yet to publicly produce a prototype and is targeting Solid State Battery production in 2025. The investment by Volkswagen valued QuantumScape at over US$1 Billion.”

“Our technology continues to gain serious interest and we look forward to announcing further developments in the coming quarters.”

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Mercedes-AMG ONE Shows Up In New Video, Images

New video and close-up images of the Mercedes-AMG ONE show the incredible details of the hypercar.

Introduced with much fanfare about a year ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes’ hypercar recently advanced to prototype testing on closed grounds and will soon be seen on public roads. Although we will likely never find out, the F1-engined machine is claimed to be faster than the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo around the Nürburgring.

For good reason, enthusiasts are eager to know more about the car formerly known as Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. Why “formerly”? Because we have it on good authority the word “Project” has been dropped from the official name, with the production-ready car to be called Mercedes-AMG ONE (notice the all caps).


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Unreal! 😍👍🏻 aero anyone?

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First reported by TheSuperCarBlog and then confirmed to us by a reliable source, the car’s name change was revealed recently to all of the 275 people that signed on the dotted line to claim the hypercar. Businessman Manny Khoshbin is one of the fortunate (literally and figuratively) ones to be on that exclusive list, and he’s been covering his ONE adventure on his hugely popular Instagram account.

He was invited by Mercedes-AMG to configure his future hypercar as well as check out an existing example. Seeing it up close and personal must be an incredible experience given the ONE’s amazing shape and aero details. It’s no wonder more than 1,000 people were eager to get their hands on ONE (get it?), despite the steep price tag of more than $2.7 million.

Future owners probably know the full technical specs by now, but the rest of us will have to patiently wait for all the juicy numbers. With more than 1,000 hp coming from a 1.6-liter V6 teamed up with four electric motors, the Mercedes-AMG ONE is shaping up to be an absolute rocket, created to destroy all track records.

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OXIS Energy UK Achieves 425 Wh/kg In New Battery Cell

OXIS Energy now targets 450 Wh/kg and 500 Wh/kg

UK-based OXIS Energy announced that its lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery cells already achieved 425Wh/kg on a High Energy 16Ah pouch cell design for HAPS applications (High Altitude Pseudo Satellites).

The target by the end of this year is 450 Wh/kg and a stunning 500 Wh/kg by the end of 2019.

OXIS Lithium Sulfur pouch cell (5 Ah / 10 Ah)

On the module level, energy densities now stand at 300 Wh/kg, but by the end of 2019, OXIS Energy hopes to reach 400 Wh/kg.

We are aware that lithium-sulfur batteries bring a huge potential for increased energy density, although there are drawbacks in other areas that need to be solved if these types of batteries are to be suitable for EVs (cycle-life, power output, charging times, etc.).

Everything seems to be more promising these days for OXIS Energy, since the company raised £3.7 million ($4.8 million) in an investment earlier this year from Aerotec, Brazilian venture capital fund focused on Aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

In May, the company said that “is in the process of opening a battery production plant in the state of Minas Gerais in south eastern Brazil.” R&D will remain in UK.

Interview with Huw W. Hampson-Jones, CEO OXIS Energy August 2018 from OXIS Energy Ltd on Vimeo.

Press blast:

“Dr. David Ainsworth, Chief Technology Officer commented:”At 425Wh/kg, OXIS has one of the lightest pouch cells currently available and is already attracting significant interest from major players in the aerospace sector. The cell is about to go into prototype applications.”

OXIS has also developed a prototype battery module for the aviation sector which has enabled OXIS’ customers to increase flight time three-fold. The battery module uses a High Power, Ultra-Light Lithium Sulfur pouch cell at 300 Wh/kg. Future modules will tap into the increasing capabilities of Lithium Sulfur pouch cells, where High Power cells are forecast to achieve 400 Wh/kg by 2019.

Dr. Mark Crittenden who is Head of Battery Development & Integration said: “The benefits of switching to electric aircraft are seen as reduced costs and reduced noise pollution. The most important part for that success is having very lightweight batteries which store sufficient energy to provide the required aircraft flight time and range. We are delighted that lithium sulfur provides this solution and will enable the uptake of electric aviation.”

OXIS’s relationship with key materials suppliers remains crucial in the achievement of these technical milestones. OXIS has also been awarded the LiSFAB project which is funded by Innovate UK through the Faraday Challenge Programme which aims to improve the power and cycle life of the OXIS Li-S technology for heavy electrical vehicles.

According to Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO of OXIS, “in the last 12 months, the pace of technological development has quickened substantially. This reflects our collaboration with some of the world’s foremost material companies, as well as clients in the aviation, defence and automotive sectors. OXIS has a special programme valued at US$10m, dedicated to the development of high powered lithium sulfur cells for electric buses and trucks. In many ways, over the course of the next 2-3 years with commercial development, technological achievements as well as the mass production of lithium sulfur cells coming on stream, the case for investing in lithium-ion gigafactories is a ‘fool’s paradise’.””

Source: OXIS Energy via Green Car Congress

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New electric-car ads to hit the other half of California drivers

Chevrolet Bolt charging at Electrify America 350 kw charger at Home Depot in Chicopee, Mass.One problem with electric cars is that they may be invisible. Despite proliferating charging stations, multiplying car models, and extended range for many new electric cars, fewer than half of California drivers are even aware they exist, says Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board. For electric-car advocates and automakers, it’s…
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