News Roundup: Research, Battery Recycling, and a New Plug


This week is full of news regarding research for both automated and electric vehicles as well as new developments in fuel cells and other technologies. Let’s get started.

Juniper Research says that the taxi sector will lead the self-driving vehicle market. They predict that taxis will be the primary driver for 22 million or more automated vehicles on the road globally by 2025.

Bosch has introduced a new 40A, tiny footprint, WiFi-enabled electric vehicle charger for North America. The Power Max 2 and Power Max 2Plus are level 2 charging stations with 30A 7.2kW and 40A 9.6kW configurations.

Volkswagen strategists see battery-electric dropping to costs similar to diesel by 2023. Global emissions standards and expected costs associated with them, VW strategists say, will make diesel come at a higher price versus EVs in the next few years.

Lux Research says that recycling is the answer to old electric car batteries, not re-use. The research group says that up to 65 GW hours of batteries will be entering the second-life market in 2035 and their value as a second-use option will be limited, whereas recycling has high benefits.

Workhorse to introduce a range-extended electric pickup truck concept in May 2017. The company will present a working concept truck at the ACT EXPO Conference in May 2017.

Toshiba is integrating a fuel cell system into an experimental boat. The Toshiba Corporation Energy System and Solutions Company has integrated a hydrogen fuel cell system into a 14-meter boat to act as a range-extender for its electrically-driven props.

Loop Energy is introducing a new fuel cell range extender for heavy-duty vehicles. The Loop fuel cell system is modular in design and made to provide power for electric-drive heavy-duty vehicles. It has been accepted by an original equipment manufacturer for use, Loop says.

Hyliion is developing a hybrid system for semi-truck trailers. The add-on hybrid system for semi-trailers would reduce on-road fuel consumption of the truck and trailer by acting as an energy capture unit, power storage unit, and anti-idle generator.