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Airbus’ electric Vahana completes first flight

Vahana's first flight.

Test flight of the autonomous aircraft lasted 53 seconds and reached 5m altitude Vahana, the all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) “air-taxi” from Airbus’ Silicon Valley innovation unit A³, has completed its first full-scale flight test. Held on January 31, 2018 at the Pendleton UAS Range in Pendleton, Oregon, the flight was fully …

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eVTOL pioneer Joby secures US$100m

Source: Joby Aviation

Electric aircraft start-up Joby has secured new funding from major investors including Tesla-backer Capricorn and Intel Capital to commercialise its 5-seater eVTOL vehicle Although electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are still a few years from mass production and commercial operation, they continue to excite investors. On February 1, …

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Cathode recycling tech could make spent batteries as good as new

Yang Shi and Zheng Chen
Source: UC San Diego News Center

A University of California SD nanoengineering team has developed an energy-efficient cathode recycling process that could fully restore the storage and charging capabilities of spent lithium ion batteries. Professor Zheng Chen and a team of scientists at University of California’s San Diego Department of NanoEngineering have been working towards solving the …

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Faraday awards to accelerate emerging battery technology

Prototype production of future battery modules for BMW's fifth-generation BMW Group e-drive train.
Source: BMW

The Faraday Institution earmarks up to £42 million to fund four UK battery research projects The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent national battery research institute, and was established as part of the government’s £246 million investment in battery technology through the Industrial Strategy. Its most recent award this week …

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Nissan shows “Brain-to-Vehicle” technology, IMx at CES

Nissan Brain-to-Vehicle technology.

Nissan is highlighting is Brain-to-Vehicle technology at the consumer show, alongside the new LEAF and IMx concept EVs While we’re becoming accustomed to systems like Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and autonomous driving technology, Brain-to-Vehicle is a quantum leap we were not expecting. Yet that’s what Nissan is promising at this year’s …

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