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Hermes set to send Mercedes electric vans soaring with new fleet purchase

Hanjo Schneider and Volker Mornhinweg
Source: Daimler

It has been announced that Daimler and Hermes have finalised an agreement for the courier service to purchase up to 1500 all-electric fleet vehicles. Initially, the partnership will undergo a trial phase, starting in 2018, which could lead to the full fleet implementation going through by 2020. Hermes intends to …

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NRL flies solar UAV

Research flight crew (l-r) Dan Edwards and Trent Young (not shown: Chris Bovais, Sam Carter, Matthew Kelly, and Dave Scheiman). (NRL)

Project to fly surveillance UAV using PV array and battery shows progress Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Vehicle Research Section and Photovoltaic Section are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Their research has paired solar photovoltaics (PV) with “autonomous …

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GAC Group to push $6.5 billion into EV industrial park

Source: GAC MOTOR

Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group) has announced the construction of a new Chinese manufacturing hub, dedicated to the development and production of electric and “intelligent” vehicles under its GAC Motor brand. The move is not unexpected, considering that China’s EV and PHEV market has exploded over recent years. Indeed, the …

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New York architects propose urban EV “charging towers”

ennead tower

Ennead Architects has based the concept on “parking carousels” and would include both conventional and supercharging capabilities A New York-based architecture firm has unveiled an innovative concept to facilitate EV charging infrastructure in cities. Ennead Architects developed the concept for an undisclosed Shanghai-based client as part of its ‘Ennead Lab’ …

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Toyota to spend $35M in AI production effort but will it be worth it for batteries?

Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell
Source: Toyota

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI), founded in 2015, will be collaborating with research groups and universities after investing $35 million on the use of AIs to accelerate design and materials. The team hope that the results will greatly contribute to Toyota’s vision of reducing the CO2 emissions from new vehicles, …

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