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Scale Model KLM Flying-V

The Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands is working on a scale model of a V-shaped plane, that promises to reduce fuel cost with 20%. The project is sponsored by KLM. The model is expected to be ready for real test flights later this year.

[] – Flying-V Energiezuinig vliegen op de lange afstanden
[] – Flying-V jet

DELFT – TU Delft preparation of model Flying V. FOTO GUUS SCHOONEWILLE

e-Genius Update

Video from 2018. The e-Genius team is working on a hybrid version that would dramatically increase the range of the aircraft, currently at 400 km all-electric.

Original e-Genus video from 2015

[] – Airbus-Chef will bald elektrisch fliegen
[] – Norwegen will elektrisch fliegen – Flugzeugbauer teilen die Vision
[] – Airbus plant das vollelektrische Fliegen

Bosch Announces Complete Autonomous Driving Sensor Package

Lidar does with light what radar does with radio waves. It sends out a beam of light and tracks the photons that bounce back to paint a digital picture of what lies ahead. In theory, it should be the ultimate tool for creating self-driving systems, but it has several drawbacks… Only the parallel deployment of three sensor principles — cameras, radar, and Lidar — can insure that automated driving will offer maximum safety, the company says. “By filling the sensor gap, Bosch is making automated driving a viable possibility,” Bosch board member Harald Kroeger says.

[] – Safety to the power of three: Bosch completes sensor portfolio for automated driving
[] – Bosch Says It Has Lidar Sensors Ready To Go, But Offers Few Details
[] – Lidar
[] – Self-driving car

Bye-bye Walkman – Sony Announces Electric Car

Sony is good at keeping secrets and at this year’s CES auto show in Las Vegas, out of the blue, presented an electric car, the VISION-S. The news is very fresh and raises many questions, like will this car go in production and if so, by who? Austrian-Canadian Magna-Steyr, the auto supplier that had a large input? As you could have expect from Sony, the car is stuffed with electronics. The car has two electro-motors, delivering a performance overkill of 272 hp, 100 kmh in 4.8 seconds and a top speed 240 kmh. Fast-green if you will. The range is not communicated by Sony. Apart from Magna-Steyr, other companies on board are Nvidia, Bosch, ZF en Qualcomm.

[] – Sony surprises with an electric concept car called the Vision-S.
[] – Sony presenteert VISION-S in Las Vegas

Siemens eHighway

In the follow-up project, ENUBA 2, Siemens entered into a partnership with Scania, a Swedish company. The focus is on optimizing the integration of the drive system and pantograph into the vehicle and on providing the necessary traffic control systems.
The picture shows a driving scene at the extended eHighway test track in Groß Dölln, Germany

In Germany there are now several test roads for the purposes of developing an overhead line system for trucks. Locations: Hessen, Schleswich-Holstein and Brandenburg.

[] – Sieht so der Laster der Zukunft aus?
[] – Trolleytruck

Schleswich-Holstein test highway

Hessen test highway

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Hydrogen Bus in Pau, France

[] – Pau unveils first of 8 hydrogen fuel cell buses
[] – Französische Stadt nimmt Wasserstoff-Schnellbus in Betrieb
[] – Van Hool’s Fuel Cell Bus Awarded Bus of the Year at Busworld
[] – Van Hool

Renault K-ZE, the Poor-Man’s Tesla

Upbeat report by der Spiegel about the latest Renault K-ZE e-vehicle.

Made in China. 921 kilo. Touchscreen. 300 liter bagage.
Battery 27 kWh, 150 kilo (!).
Max speed 105 kmh. Range 271 km or 350 km at 60 kmh.
10 km = 1 kWh = 10 cent in the US or 20 cent in Europe at 100 kmh speed.
270 km = 2 weeks commuting for 2.70 in the US or 5.40 in Europe.


Price: 10,000 euro if subsidies kick in. Price will probably be a few thousand higher in Europe.
The car will be available in China first in 2020 and perhaps 1-2 years later in Europe.

The argument that e-vehicles are “too expensive” no longer applies.

[] – So gut und günstig kann stromern sein
(So good and cheap can an e-vehicle be)
Renault K-ZE will be marketed in Europe for ca. 11k. Production in China only.

Squad Mobility Solar Car


Two people from LightYear One set up a startup of their own, to produce cheap, solar cars.

Price: 5750 euro, ex. VAT
Speed: 45 kmh
Range: 30 km (extra batteries are possible)
Market introduction: 2021

Scooter category, no need fort a drivers license. In sunny countries a yearly range of 9,000 “free” km can be expected. Charging via the grid is obviously also possible. Perhaps the company will introduce 80 kmh models later.

The first 1000 will be sold for 5,000 euro.

[] – Company site
[] – Dutch Squad Mobility presents 2 person solar EV
[] – Squad Mobility Redefines Affordable With Its $6,300 Solar-Powered Urban Electric Vehicle

KLM Aims to Have Scale Model Wing Plane Flying This Year

Earlier this year KLM announced it was ready to fund R&D in a radical new V-shaped plane design. KLM estimates that fuel efficiency could increase with 20% as compared to an Airbus-350. This year a TU-Delft-produced prototype of 3 meters and 25 kilo should fly.

[] – Prototype Flying V moet nog dit jaar vliegen
[deepresource] – KLM to fund R&D wing plane
[] – Flying-V
[] – KLM to fund development of fuel-efficient Flying-V plane
[] – The Flying V

The Carver is Back!

The Carver was invented in the nineties but production came to a halt when Asian suppliers stopped supplying essential parts. This time around, things might look a little different. Component production and pre-assembly takes place in China, Taiwan and South Korea. End-assembly has started up in Leeuwarden in the North of the Netherlands.

The Carver is back, for the moment in the less-ambitious shape of an e-scooter, with a max. speed of 45 kmh, as to avoid having to register it as a car and bring down the price (8,000 euro). Battery 5.4 kWh, range 100 km. With an average Dutch daily commuting distance of 34 km, that would be 3 commutes per battery charge and with 200 working days per year and thus 6800 commuting kilometers, the total average commuting energy footprint would be 368 kWh/year. That amount of energy could be generated with slightly more than a single solar panel on a roof in the grey and rainy Netherlands.

[] – Company site
[] – Carver (automotive company)

The gasoline Carver, presented in British car show “Top Gear” in 2011.

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eHang 1st eVTOL Service Operational In December

[] – eHang Is About To Make Aviation History — 1st eVTOL Service Coming In December
[] – EHang

Airbus eVTOL Getting Serious

Airbus pursuing its vision of autonomous flying city taxis.

[] – The Airbus Vahana Flies
[] – VTOL
[] – Airbus shares more details on Vahana flight test program
[] – The Airbus A³ Altiscope Blueprint For Urban Air Mobility Strategy

We’re not entirely sold on that vision. In cities cars can drive bumper-to-bumper, in the air that’s not possible, you need more distance for safety. On the other hand, above you are not confined to limited space provided by roads. And you can fly at different altitudes, 3D rather than 2D. Could become a logistical nightmare of keeping all these buzzers from crashing into each other. Noise pollution could be significant. Niche applications are possible, like transport of VIPs.

Volksswagen Launches ID.3

ID.3 = Idea #3, after #1-Beetle and #2-Golf.
Available 2020, Europe only.
Price below 30,000 euro.
45 kWh: “Up to” 330 km (205 mi)
58 kWh: “Up to” 420 km (260 mi)
77 kWh: “Up to” 550 km (340 mi)

The car is to be expected to sell in the millions.

[] – Volkswagen ID.3
[] – Volkswagen unveils the ID.3, its first ‘electric car for the masses’

It’s Still Around, the 260 MPG Volkswagen XL1

Ignore the nasty, juvenile reviewer, equipped with a sense of entitlement, who loves to think that he can blast through the landscape in his 20 mpg SUV till kingdom comes. Idiots like him, who stopped developing at 12 year old, are outdated like a 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix 421 ‘Super Duty’ rust bucket. By [10:00] he regresses towards down syndrome levels. Like with all prototypes this 2009 car was pricey, like $144k. All 250 exemplars were sold regardless.

The point to make is that it is very well possible to produce extremely fuel efficient cars, if you drop requirements like “looking sexy” or “fast acceleration” or having “the size of a living room”.

[] – Volkswagen 1-litre car

E-Vehicles 2025 – and the Winner is… Volkswagen!

E-vehicles are mechanically simpler than gasoline/diesel cars.

[] – The great electric car race is just beginning

Autonomous E-Busses in Hamburg, Utah and Finland

The First European Hyperloop Test Facility in the Netherlands

New Dutch hyperloop test facility at the Technical University of Delft. Travelling in near-vacuum, faster than a plane.

[] – Official project site
[] – Hyperloop
[] – Energy Efficiency of an Electrodynamically Levitated Hyperloop Pod
[] – Scaling laws for electrodynamic suspension in high-speed transportation
[] – Hyperloop – an Innovation for Global Transportation? (skeptical)

Hydraulic Air Compressor Demonstrator Project

Hydraulic air compression site in Sudbury, Canada

Modern man is used to power distribution via electricity. There is an alternative though, that was once used in fairly sophisticated places like Paris: pneumatic power distribution. Pneumatic power distribution comes with efficient storage possibilities of excess renewable electricity (CAES). It’s even possible to contemplate skipping intermediate electric conversion altogether and use your wind turbine as a compressor.

A research project in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, wants to (re)introduce pneumatic technology in a mining environment. The pressure is generated via falling water from high altitude (the hydraulic part), in a near-isothermal, energy efficient process.

[] – Hydraulic Air Compressor (HAC) Demonstrator Project (pdf, p17)
[] – History and Future of the Compressed Air Economy
[] – The Paris Compressed-Air Power Network
[] – Innovation: Hydraulic Air Compressor (HAC) launch in Sudbury
[] – Hydraulic Air Compressor (HAC) Demonstrator
[deepresource] – Europe Chases CAES GWh Energy Storage

[Source] The place of CAES in the grand storage scheme

Rumours About an Airbus Hybrid Plane A320neo Successor

Airbus is under strong pressure from European governments to reduce CO2 emissions. Bloomberg reports that Airbus is contemplating designing a hybrid electric-gasoline A320neo successor.

Prime time 2035?

[] – Insiders Say Airbus Wants To Create An Electric Hybrid To Replace The A320neo

World’s First Solar Car Presented in the Netherlands

Lightyear One is a Dutch startup, emerging from the Technical University Eindhoven-based Solar Team Eindhoven, that very successfully participated in several editions of the Australian World Solar Challenge, see links below. The company presented today their first “solar car”, a car that in sunny climates can drive for months without having to be recharged, provided it is parked in the sun and not under trees or under carports. With this condition fulfilled the car can drive ca. 20,000 km in sunny climates, like in most parts of the US or southern Europe, 10,000 km in cloudy Holland, without external charging. Note that in Holland average annual distance driven is ca. 13,000 km.

Data sheet:

– 5 m2 solar cells
– Max range with charged batteries and additional sun: 725 km
– No rear window, camera’s only
– CW-value: less than 0.20
– 4 electric motors in the wheels
– Weight ca. 1000 kg
– 2021 small scale production
– End 2022 1500/year production
– 2024-2025 mass production in Helmond
– Design Lowie Vermeersch (Ferrari e.o., #12 in world car designers ranking)
– Initial price low volume production: 119,000 euro

[] – Lowie Vermeersch
[] – Production site
[] – Eerste zonneauto van Helmondse Lightyear onthuld
[deepresource] – LightYear Solar Car – Update
[deepresource] – Solar Driving – State of the Art
[deepresource] – TU-Eindhoven Presents Stella Vie
[deepresource] – TU Eindhoven Wins Solar Challenge 2013 (Cruisers)
[deepresource] – Stella Lux (2015)
[] – 2019 edition

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