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VW continues robotic charging partnership

Source: Volkswagen

Volkswagen and Kuka have confirmed the extension of a strategic partnership that hopes to provide innovative solutions for EV charging and parking. Volkswagen recently announced that it has signed a Cooperation Contract with Kuka Robotics to further analyse two particular areas of mobility. The Volkswagen Group wants to use the …

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Hyperloop One shows off Eurotrips

Hyperloop One test track, Nevada.

Open competition proposes routes across Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and more Hyperloop One, the more developed of the two companies attempting to commercialise the vacuum-tube transportation technology made famous by Elon Musk, has unveiled a number of proposed European routes. At an event in Amsterdam the company laid out …

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Continental’s AllCharge system promises 150km in 5 minutes

Concept art for AllCharge - the bidirectional system opens up new applications for the vehicle battery.

The AllCharge system could be a USB-style solution to charging, enabling all EVs to use all infrastructure Although perhaps best known for its tyres, Continental is keen to show off its expertise in the field of electric mobility. This week saw a series of announcements for the sector. Most notably, …

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World’s first hybrid nitrogen bus hits trial stages

Source: Horiba Miro

A consortium of companies, organisations, and institutions, co-ordinated by Innovate UK, has announced that it is running trials of a nitrogen-diesel hybrid bus with the hope that the technology can soon hit approval stages. Horiba Mira, an independent automotive engineering and testing provider, has collaborated with Dearman, supplier of the …

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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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