No it is not sails, but rotating cylinders, generating the Magnus effect.
Available data World Solar Challenge 2017:
Nuna Solar Team TU Delft: 3021 km, 14:10:41, average speed 81.2 km/h
Solar Team TU Eindhoven: average speed 69 km/h, 6 charges, 10197 person-km, 45.7 kWh external energy, average passengers: 3.4, energy efficiency (person-km/kWh) 223.2
Note that the external energy was necessary due to the long distance of 3021 km in merely 6 days. If the available time would have been 12 days, no extra electricity would have been required. In other words, the daily range without external (grid) charging (but “24h” solar charging) under Australian conditions in October would be ca. 250 km with 5 persons.
Eindhoven btw drove with 5 persons until a major technical malfunction occurred, after which no risks were taken and a single driver-passenger completed the race alone, which pressed down the passenger average. If you offset these 250 km with a daily average distance of merely 37 km in an industrialized country like Holland, you can verify that an energy-autonomous car is not a pipe-dream at all.
[wikipedia.org] – Stuart Highway
French cabinetmaker Michel Robillard poses in his handbuilt wooden 2CV Citroen Car built as an exact one/one replica on March 20, 2017, near Loches, Central France.
A retired cabinetmaker has just completed the production of a Citroen 2 CV in a Touraine fruitwood, a life-size vehicle unique in the world, equipped to take the road, which is about to pass its first technical inspection. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT
EasyJet says that electric flying could be with us in a decade and for that purpose has begun a partnership with US firm Wright Electric to build a battery-powered plane for two hours flight duration.
[theguardian.com] – EasyJet says it could be flying electric planes within a decade
[money.cnn.com] – Your airliner may be flying electric within a decade
[telegraph.co.uk] – EasyJet could be flying battery-powered electric planes within the next 10 years
Three autonomous driverless and 100% electric shuttles circulate all week long, for six months, in the most visited business district in Europe! The three autonomous shuttles operate on three different tracks in order to cover the district of La Défense which hosts more than 500 000 visitors daily!
During the first three months of the service, welcome officers will be present with the passengers onboard the shuttles to acquaint them with this unprecedented service. Then they will circulate without any welcome officers during the last three months.
The experimentation will be conducted, at least, until end of December 2017. It will allow to test this 100% autonomous and eco-friendly public transport service, in a very dense urban area, for the purpose of a possible deployment in the years to come. The goal of this service is to transport passengers on the first and last kilometer.
This service, offered by the STIF, Keolis, NAVYA and DEFACTO, is free during all the experimentation.
[navya.tech] – Company site
Audi Aicon offering level 5 autonomous driving
[telegraph.co.uk] – Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – your guide to this year’s event
[dezeen.com] – Five of the most innovative self-driving and electric car designs
[engadget.com] – Audi’s Aicon concept car is all about autonomous luxury
[elektroauto-news.net] – Audi Aicon – Concept Car der Audi AG auf der IAA 2017
[nos.nl] – Ontwikkeling zelfrijdende auto’s
[wikipedia.org] – Volkswagen I.D. Buzz
[cnet.com] – Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Preview
[techcrunch.com] – VW’s I.D Buzz concept is a microbus for the self-driving era
[autoexpress.co.uk] – VW I.D. Buzz Microbus confirmed for 2022 release
Airbus and Siemens signed an agreement recently with the aim to develop a hybrid electric propulsion system. The fossil fuel part is used to bring the plane at the desired altitude, while losing fuel weight in the process and continue less energy intensive flying and descending on battery power. 2020 is the target year to assess if larger scale e-flying is a realistic prospect in the first place. For small planes this has already been proven.
[airbus.com] – Electric Aircraft Roadmap
[airbus.com] – Siemens and Airbus sign long-term cooperation agreement in the field of Hybrid Electric Propulsion systems
[newatlas.com] – Airbus’ Urban Air Mobility Roadmap leads to an electric future
It’s official, Volkswagen is putting its cards on e-mobility by announcing a massive program that should lead to a e-vehicle product palette of no less then 50 full electric models and 30 hybrids by 2025. Investment volume: 20 billion euro in cars and 50 billion euro in better batteries. After the diesel scandal, VW has abandoned its former diesel strategy and wants to be a leader, not a follower in matters of e-mobility. Obvious target: Tesla. VW is following in the footsteps of Mercedes that announced it wants to offer 50 e-models by 2022 and Volvo that announced that by 2019 all new models will be full or partial e-cars.
The e-revolution is clearly beginning in earnest.
[bloomberg.com] – VW to Build Electric Versions of All 300 Models by 2030
[welt.de] – Volkswagen startet die große E-Auto-Offensive
[nos.nl] – Volkswagen doet miljardeninvestering om auto’s elektrisch te maken
[autofans.be] – Volkswagen: “50 Elektrische Modellen Tegen 2025”
The Scottish government has pledged to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans across Scotland by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK Government target. Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans to “massively expand” charging points and set up pilot projects to encourage uptake of electric vehicles.
Comment: Scotland can afford it, now that it every now and then produces more than 100% of its electricity needs from renewable power.
[independent.co.uk] – Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032
[techcrunch.com] – Scotland plans to ‘phase out’ gas and diesel cars by 2032
[independent.co.uk] – Scotland sets renewable energy record as wind power provides equivalent of 118% of nation’s electricity
All wonderful these electric 5-seater “family cars”. The truth is that in a country like Holland average occupation rate is 1.25, that is a factor of 4 less than the true capacity of the standard car. Why not accept reality and concentrate on vehicles that are tailor-made for single person transport. Enter the two-wheeled Lit Motors C1 prototype from a Californian startup. Why not embrace the transportation model of private ownership of a “high-end scooter” like the Lit Motors C1 for commuting or lite shopping, combined with the occasional renting of a self-driving car for multiple persons?
Estimated base price: $24,000
BMW Group will offer 25 electrified vehicles, including 12 EVs, by 2025 as it prepares to unveil a new four-door zero-emissions model at the Frankfurt auto show, the automaker said in a statement. “By 2025, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles — 12 will be fully-electric,” CEO Harald Krueger told journalists at an event in Munich, adding that electric cars will have a range of up to 435 miles.
There can be no doubt, the BMW marketing strategists are convinced that the e-vehicle revolution is for real and they don’t want to miss the boat, for lack of better words. And… no hybrids, full electric.
[autonews.com] – BMW plans to offer 12 full-electric cars by 2025
Presentation of the Sonnenwagen (solar car), created by the students of the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, who will participate in te Solar Challenge 2017 (8-15 October) in Australia.
Speed: over 100 kmh
Altitude: 2000 m
Flyweight: 450 kg
Airtime: ca. 1 hour
[reuters.com] – Daimler invests in flying taxi firm Volocopter
[engadget.com] – Daimler funds Volocopter’s autonomous flying taxi dreams
[de.wikipedia.org] – Volocopter
[volocopter.com] – Official site
US truck power train manufacturer Cummins announced yesterday the Class 7 electric truck prototype named AEOS. Parameters: 145 kWh battery and a 100 miles range for a 22 ton trailer. Recharging takes an hour. Production date is 2019.
According to Wikipedia:
Eurobike is an international bicycle trade fair held annually since 1991 in the first week of September, on the grounds of Messe Friedrichshafen, one of the largest and most modern exhibition centres in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. The bike show is open to trade visitors from Wednesday to Friday, and to trade and the general public on Saturday. According to organizers, 43,700 industry visitors from 97 countries and an additional 20,500 bike fans on public day, attended the show in 2012. This also included 1,889 journalists from 42 countries
Professionals: August 30-September 1
General public: September 2