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Bustech lands $176M deal to build
electric buses for Malaysia
Added by admin 06/01/15
bus manufacturer, Bustech has been chosen as the lead design and
manufacturing partner for a $170 million electric bus project.
Announcing the project, Bustech CEO Michael McGee said the
project would position Bustech as an innovative regional leader
in the use of renewable energy for buses.
“The E-Bus project is an international research and development
project co-funded by the Malaysian and Australian players and
governments, which aims to develop an electric bus for trial
operations in Malaysia,” he said.
Bustech, part of Transit Australia Group, has partnered with the
Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) (a Malaysian government
Swinburne University of Technology and AutoCRC and a private
Malaysian company to develop and test the E-Bus project in
Swinburne University is providing the electric bus technology to
the project and will work closely with Bustech throughout the
trials of the prototype vehicle.
On the Gold Coast to inspect the Bustech facility, Malaysian
Automotive Institute CEO M Madani Sahari said if successful, the
electric bus could be exported to other countries.
“This partnership is a win-win for both Australia and Malaysia
because it develops opportunities that have benefits for both
countries,” he said.
Mr Sahari said that Malaysian industry was spending 500 million
ringgit ($AUD170 million) on establishing an electric bus public
transport system, including infrastructure such as charging
Transit Australia Group is working closely with a Malaysian
manufacturer in exploring opportunities to commercialise the
AutoCRC, whose role it is to identify and develop opportunities
for the Australian automotive industry, helped broker the deal by
bringing the MAI and Bustech together.
AutoCRC research director Gary White said Bustech was well-suited
to the project, with high-end capabilities in the manufacturing
“Our long-term vision at AutoCRC is to re-build manufacturing in
Australia and this project is a perfect illustration, with
Bustech’s manufacturing facility capable of delivering
high-quality, innovative products,” Dr White said.
The first bus is planned to roll off the production line in July
2015, with trials to begin in September.
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Musk hints at robotic charging arm for
all Model S cars
Added by admin 05/01/15
David Szondy - January 1, 2015
Showing his penchant for dropping bombshells on Twitter, Tesla
Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company is
working on a robotic arm for recharging its Model S electric
The problem with electric cars isn't just the lack of charging
stations, it's also the need to remember to plug them in once
they're at the charge point or home in the garage. Besides
needing juice to tool about town, the banks lithium-ion batteries
in the high-end electric cars are using up charge even when
sitting still to make sure the batteries stay cool. This means
that one evening's inattention can result in a very depressing
morning as touching the pedal reveals a dead machine.
To help avoid this, Tesla Motors is apparently working on a
robotic system that does away with all that tedious finding the
cable, plugging it into the car, and switching on the charger. In
a tweet on Wednesday, Musk said, "Btw, we are actually working on
a charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects
like a solid metal snake. For realz (sic)." This was followed up
by a second tweet that said, "This can be used with all existing
Model S cars, not just future ones."
Of course, details are lacking at this point, but it appears to
be halfway point between the battery-swapping systems that Tesla
has been experimenting with and the automatic petrol pumps being
developed by some companies. What is particularly intriguing is
that the robotic "snake" will be compatible with all Model S
cars, which indicates a fairly high degree of sophistication.
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