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Panasonic to Supply Solar Roof for Prius
Added by admin 14/03/16
Posted by David Wagman - 03 March 2017
announced an HIT Photovoltaic Module for Automobile and that it
is working with Toyota to provide panels for the Prius Prime's
optional solar roof.
The company says the solar roof panel allows it to fit the Prius
roof without altering its shape or contour.
The panel is capable of producing 180 watts of electricity which,
according to Panasonic, is enough to power vehicle accessories
along with charging the car's lithium-ion battery. The solar
panel may enable the Prius Prime to gain as much as 6 kilometers
a day to its range.
Panasonic says that the solar cells combine a crystalline silicon
substrate and an amorphous silicon film, and feature high
conversion efficiency and "excellent" temperature
Story and image courtesy:
IEEE Engineering 360
Australia Post to Start Trial on Electric
Added by admin 10/03/16
Posted on October 10, 2016 in Electric
Vehicle, News Aggregate (by psnews.com.au)
new [Swiss built] electric delivery
vehicle has 3 times the parcel carrying capacity of current
motorbikes used by Australia Post and can hold up to 100 small
parcels and 1,200 letters at a time. According to the Managing
Director of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour it will be introduced in
major cities from early next year.
Mr Fahour said the boom in online shopping had transformed the
nation’s postal service, which had become an eCommerce leader
over the past decade.
“Last year, parcels generated more than half of our total
revenue,” Mr Fahour said.
He said that while letter volumes had nearly halved, Australia
Post was looking at ways to keep its delivery people working.
“The e-vehicles are already successfully used in New Zealand,
Germany and Switzerland, with international postal authorities
seeing benefits including greater carrying capacity, improved
rider safety and lower vehicle emissions,” Mr Fahour said.
Update: March 9, 2017 - These 3 wheeler
electric vehicles are to be trialled in Hobart for three months
from March 20, 2017 and then in other states of Australia as from
April 2017. The top speed is 45km/h and the battery life is
around 9 hrs before a charge is required.
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Volvo adds hybrid power to SuperTruck
Added by admin 7/03/16
John Anderson - March 2nd, 2017
trucks may not be as plentiful as cars in the US, making up just
7 percent of vehicles on the road, but they consume 25 percent of
the fuel due largely to an average fuel economy of 6 mpg,
according to the Union for Concerned Scientists. Volvo has sought
to do something about this with its SuperTruck concept, which has
now been fitted with a prototype hybrid powertrain that would
reduce fuel consumption by 5 to 10 percent by allowing the diesel
engine to shut off up to 30 percent of the time.
Volvo started its SuperTruck concept project in 2011, with
testing beginning in 2015 ahead of an official unveiling last
year. Prompted by a US Department of Energy challenge, the goal
of the project is to find ways to improve freight efficiency by
50 percent, mostly by improving aerodynamics and reducing weight.
Under the same DOE challenge, Freightliner has also been working
on its own SuperTruck.
By adding the hybrid powertrain system, energy can be recovered
when the truck is braking or driving downhill, which then allows
the vehicle to go all-electric on level or low gradient roads for
up to 6.2 miles (10 km). Combined with previous improvements to
the body of the vehicle, both the fuel consumption and CO2 are
reduced by about 30 percent.
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