Pune-based Kinetic Group’s company Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions signed an MoU with Italian luxury brand Tonino Lamborghini to set up a new joint venture company in Maharashtra for the design and manufacture of premium segment golf carts and other electric off-road vehicles.Under the MoU, the Lamborghini family will also provide the Tonino Lamborghini brand license to the JV; both companies will leverage the existing network and marketing channels to promote and market the joint venture products in India and globally. The new JV will leverage Kinetic Green’s existing R&D as well as manufacturing facilities located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra where the company manufactures electric three-wheelers. Over the next three months, Kinetic Green and the Tonino Lamborghini Group will discuss and finalise the further terms and conditions of the JV including shareholding … [Read more...] about Kinetic Green and Lamborghini family plan JV to make electric golf carts, off-road EVs
Volvo Cars today launched its new three-cylinder Drive-E powertrain in the XC40, the company’s first entry into the compact SUV segment. The new powertrain is the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history.The all-new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection petrol engine was developed in-house using the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines. The three-cylinder powertrain comes with a six-speed transmission. An optional eight-speed transmission will follow next year.In line with Volvo Cars’ strategy to continue improving economies of scale, the engine will roll off the same production lines as the company’s four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Volvo’s current D3 150hp diesel and T4 190hp petrol engines are also added to broaden the XC40 engine offer.“Our new three-cylinder engine is an exciting development for the XC40 and for Volvo Cars in general,” said Alexander Petrofski, … [Read more...] about Volvo Cars debuts three-cylinder engine in new XC40 compact SUV
Nissan's global crossover and SUV sales increased more than 12 percent in 2017 to more than 2 million vehicles, driven by the all-new Nissan Kicks small crossover, the Rogue, X-Trail and Qashqai compact models, a refreshed Armada full-size SUV and the Infiniti QX30 compact luxury crossover.Nissan's global crossover and SUV models increased nearly 13 percent, while Infiniti luxury crossovers and SUVs were up almost 9 percent in 2017. In total, Nissan increased global crossover and SUV volume by nearly 230,000 vehicles last year.The Kicks, which is to be launched in India later this year and will compete with the Renault Captur and Jeep Compass, benefited from its first full year of sales in Mexico, Latin America and China, reaching nearly 109,000 sales worldwide. The small crossover will launch this year in the US and Canada and is expected to further accelerate Nissan's crossover momentum."The improvement in our global crossover and SUV sales made a significant contribution to Nissan's … [Read more...] about Nissan’s global crossover and SUV sales up 12% in 2017 to over 2m units
Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have developed a new direct, precise test of Lithium-ion batteries’ internal temperatures and their electrodes potentials and found that the batteries can be safely charged up to five times faster than the current recommended charging limits.The new technology works in-situ during a battery’s normal operation without impeding its performance and it has been tested on standard commercially available batteries. Such new technology will enable advances in battery materials science, flexible battery charging rates, thermal and electrical engineering of new battery materials/technology and it has the potential to help the design of energy storage systems for high performance applications such as motor racing and grid balancing.If a battery becomes overheated, it risks severe damage particularly to its electrolyte and can even lead to dangerous situations where the electrolyte breaks down to form gases than are both flammable and … [Read more...] about New sensor tech for Li-ion batteries finds they can be charged 5 times faster!
Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have developed a new direct, precise test of Lithium-ion batteries’ internal temperatures and their electrodes potentials and found that the batteries can be safely charged up to five times faster than the current recommended charging limits.The new technology works in-situ during a battery’s normal operation without impeding its performance and it has been tested on standard commercially available batteries. Such new technology will enable advances in battery materials science, flexible battery charging rates, thermal and electrical engineering of new battery materials/technology and it has the potential to help the design of energy storage systems for high performance applications such as motor racing and grid balancing.If a battery becomes overheated, it risks severe damage particularly to its electrolyte and can even lead to dangerous situations where the electrolyte breaks down to form gases than are both flammable and … [Read more...] about New sensor tech for commercial Li-ion batteries finds they can be charged 5 times faster
Denso Corporation has taken an equity stake in Japanese company Creationline, which excels at deploying and integrating cloud and other technologies that enable next-generation software development, including open source software.The auto industry is undergoing a once-in-a-century paradigm shift. Competition continues to intensify as new players from other industries enter the market and as speed to market also increases. Denso says it invests in companies both within and outside the automotive industry in order to pioneer future mobility solutions and products more nimbly, blending its existing technologies and automotive component expertise with new perspectives and agile R&D processes.Creationline is one of few companies in Japan with a strong track record developing technologies using an open source and agile software development approach, both crucial for future connected vehicles.Denso says this equity participation will enable it to harness the skills of Creationline’s … [Read more...] about Denso strengthens connectivity biz, takes stake in Creationline
Cummins Inc has announced the acquisition of Johnson Matthey’s UK automotive battery systems business, a subsidiary of Johnson Matthey that specialises in high-voltage automotive grade battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles. As part of the acquisition, Cummins and Johnson Matthey also agreed to collaborate on the development of high energy battery materials for commercial heavy duty applications. The acquisition and collaboration agreement are an important step for Cummins and Johnson Matthey. The acquisition of the automotive battery systems business allows Cummins to expand its electrification and energy storage capabilities in its efforts to be a global leader in electrified power. Johnson Matthey is able to focus on developing high energy battery materials, including its class-leading enhanced lithium nickel oxide (eLNO) product, for transport applications within its overall technology portfolio. The parties intend to collaborate on the development … [Read more...] about Cummins acquires Johnson Matthey’s automotive battery systems business
The energy source that could give a healthy spurt of power when needed, a good run-time, and more importantly, is environment-friendly, is the need of the hour in the mobility sector. Graphene-based supercapacitors seem to hold the key to all the above possibilities.The current generations of lithium-ion batteries that currently run the electric vehicles (EVs) are capable of showcasing performance that is visible in some of the best performance cars present in the world. However, they do have some kinks to iron out and the major factor is the charging time.It takes almost 1-2 hours to fully charge an EV. It's hard to imagine fuelling stations being engaged for hours just for one car. Thus, the rising need for a fast charging solution and the word out in the industry is all about the possibilities of graphene.This graphene is the same material that awarded Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov with a Noble Prize in 2010. Graphene is the most impermeable material ever discovered. … [Read more...] about Graphene batteries: The next frontier for EVs?
Ontario, Canada has partnered the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and will invest $4 million (Rs 25 crore) for making the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) the most comprehensive aero and thermal test centre in the world.Additionally, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is contributing $500,000 (Rs 3 crore) and Magna International is contributing $1 million (Rs 6 crore). Canadian auto-supplier Multimatic will provide engineering services from a team of highly talented automotive engineers to help develop this world class set of aerodynamic measurement tools.Steven Del Duca, Ontario minister of economic development and growth and Granville Anderson, MPP for Durham, made the announcement in Oshawa. Through the partnership, ACE will enhance its research facility by adding a Moving Ground Plane (MGP) — a giant belt that acts as a road moving under a vehicle, simulating the aerodynamic forces against moving vehicles and measuring the … [Read more...] about Ontario invests $4m for Automotive Centre of Excellence
Toyota Motor Corporation announced today that it has reached a major milestone in annual sales of electrified powertrains in 2017 with over 1.52 million units sold worldwide.The figure is an increase of eight percent over the prior record set in 2016, marking back-to-back years of growth and accomplishing one of Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 targets, selling more than 1.5 million electrified vehicles in a single year, three years in advance of the original target set for 2020. Additionally, cumulative sales of electrified vehicles now exceed 11.47 million, which represents a reduction of more than 90 million tons of CO2 compared to sales of equivalent conventional vehicles.“In just over 20 years, we have seen electrified new vehicle sales increase from under 500 sales to more than 1.5 million sales,” said Shigeki Terashi, executive vice-president, Toyota Motor Corporation. “This is a testament from our customers to the quality, durability and … [Read more...] about Toyota sells 1.52m electrified vehicles in 2017, three years ahead of 2020 target