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Look out! That bus has no driver

Added by admin 14/02/18

The Advertiser, February 14th, 2018

The future is here - a free driverless shuttle bus will begin taking passengers on trips along the Glenelg foreshore within months.

More coming soon...


                                                   - Story and image courtesy: The Advertiser (Adelaide)


First full prototype of pedal-electric Podbike unveiled in Norway

Added by admin 13/02/18

Ben Coxworth, February 8th, 2018

It was last November that we first heard about the Podbike, a dual-motor chainless velomobile being developed by Norwegian firm Elpedal. At the time, it only existed as a rolling chassis – all of the images of the complete vehicle were computer renderings. Recently, however, the first complete prototype was presented at an event in Sandnes, Norway.

To recap our previous coverage, the Podbike is a four-wheeled human/electric-powered vehicle that does have pedals, but they're linked directly to a generator. As the rider pedals, the power that they generate is electrically transferred to a couple of hub motors – one in each of the rear wheels. A removable battery pack adds some additional power, making an electronically-limited top speed of 25 km/h (16 mph) possible.

Battery range sits at an estimated 60 km (37 miles) – or longer, if extra batteries are added in parallel. In its final commercial form, the vehicle should weigh about 40 to 50 kg (88 to 110 lb) with a single battery.

Known as the T0, the prototype that was unveiled on Jan. 26th is the first in a batch of 12 test vehicles (called the 0-series) that are planned to be built within the next three to four months. Ten of those will be taking to Norwegian roads, being evaluated by test riders who will pass their observations along to the development team.

The official European launch of the 0-series will take place on April 28th, at Germany's Spezi specialty bike show.

Plans still call for a consumer model to be available in Norway by early 2019, with availability elsewhere in Europe starting in 2020. Pricing is estimated at NOK 50,000 (about US$6,327) in Norway – including VAT and local sales tax –and about €4,500 ($5,515) plus tax and shipping in other European markets. There are currently no plans for a North American release, as American legislation limits e-bikes to having no more than three wheels.

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                                                   - Story and image courtesy: New Atlas
                                                   - PodBike website


Electric ferry proving the goods

Added by admin 12/02/18

Posted by Geoff Dobson on February 7th, 2018

Norway’s first all-electric ferry has reportedly cut emissions by 95% and costs by 80% compared to its fossil fuel counterparts.

The results are bringing in customers.

The ferry “Ampere” started in May 2015, aiming to reduce carbon dioxide and mono-nitrogen oxides as well as noise, electrek reports.

The partnership between ferry operator and shipping firm Norled AS, Fjellstrand Shipyard, Siemens AS, and Corvus Energy saw the latter two develop the electric powertrain and 1mWh battery system.

Another called “Elektra” also went into operation.

The ferry results were announced at the Nordic EV summit in Oslo on February 1-2, where Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) transport general manager Liz Yeaman of New Zealand was among the speakers.

A further 53 orders for electric ships have been received by shipbuilder Fjellstrand.

CleanTechnica reports Dutch company Port Liner will be introducing an autonomous electric barge for the European market from August.

Port Liner chief executive officer Ton van Meegen tells The Loadstar shipping industry trade journal that five autonomous electric barges will begin operating between the De Kempen intermodal terminal in the south of the Netherlands and Antwerp starting in August. They have been designed to fit beneath the many bridges there and are expected to remove 23,000 mostly diesel trucks from area roads.

Larger barges which can carry up to 280 containers are expected to enter service between Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Rotterdam later this year.

                                                   - Story and image courtesy: EVTalk


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