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UNSW Close to Creating Australia’s First Road Legal Solar Sports Car

May 5, 2015 in Australasia, Australia, Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, Lithium, New South Wales, Renewables, Research, Solar, Solar Car, Sydney

Currently the battery pack and solar panels mean the car can reach distances of 800km from a single charge.  Photo courtesy of UNSW UNSW close to creating Australia’s first road legal solar sports car

Currently the battery pack and solar panels mean the car can reach distances of 800km from a single charge.
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UNSW close to creating Australia’s first road legal solar sports car

AN ambitious team of undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales are on the brink of creating the Southern Hemisphere’s first road legal solar sports car.

Having built and raced five generations of solar sports cars, SunSwift’s latest prototype eVe holds the world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres on a single battery charge.

Now, the team are taking on the gruelling task of redesigning and rebuilding almost every aspect of the vehicle to make it street legal.

Business Manager Rob Ireland said the challenge was in creating a solar powered vehicle that met the Australian Design Rules.

“To be able to register the car for the road, we need to include side impact protection, windscreen wipers, headlights and a number of other components,” he told news.com.au.

“Making these changes will add weight to the vehicle, so its energy system will also need an upgrade.”

Mr Ireland said the team wanted to make the vehicle equally as practical, stylish and functional as a regular car.

“To make the vehicle a commercially viable product and not just a science experiment, we need to offer the luxuries found in a petrol powered car,” he said.

“We want a two-seat car that can travel long distances at very high speeds without losing the comfort.”

As Sunswift is an entirely student-led, not-for-profit organisation, the team rely on donations and sponsorships to continue operating.

“Other teams working on similar projects have multi-million dollar budgets and we don’t receive anything close to that,” he said.

“To think we are just some Aussie battlers fighting against the odds and competing on the world stage is pretty rewarding.”

SunSwift hope to have the car finished by July.

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Germany’s First Hydrogen Filling Station on the Autobahn Opens

May 5, 2015 in Daimler, Electric Vehicles, Europe, EV News, Frankfurt, Germany, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Hydrogen Fuel Stations, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Munich, Range Anxiety, Stuttgart, Total

Germany's first hydrogen filling station on the autobahn opens. L.t.r.: Guillaume Larroque (TOTAL), Markus Bachmeier (Linde), MdB Dorothee Bär (CSU), Alexander Ruscheinsky (VEDA), Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler (Daimler), MdB Dr. Anja Weisgerber (CSU) Photo courtesy of Daimler Germany's first hydrogen filling station on the autobahn opens

Germany’s first hydrogen filling station on the autobahn opens. L.t.r.: Guillaume Larroque (TOTAL), Markus Bachmeier (Linde), MdB Dorothee Bär (CSU), Alexander Ruscheinsky (VEDA), Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler (Daimler), MdB Dr. Anja Weisgerber (CSU)
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Germany’s first hydrogen filling station on the autobahn opens

As part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), Daimler, Linde and TOTAL have jointly taken an important step forward in the expansion of Germany’s hydrogen (H2) infrastructure. In the presence of Dorothee Bär, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany’s first motorway hydrogen filling station was officially inaugurated today.

The new H2 filling pump at the TOTAL motorway service area in Geiselwind on the A3 between Würzburg and Nuremberg links the existing filling facilities in the metropolitan regions of Frankfurt/Main, Stuttgart and Munich with each other, forming a hub for electric fuel cell vehicles in southern Germany.

In her opening speech, State Secretary Bär said: “Electric vehicles with hydrogen fuel cell drives produce no harmful emissions. They have a long range and can refuel in minutes. Politics, science and industry have worked together to bring hydrogen mobility to the brink of market entry. Together with industry, we have provided a total of 1.4 billion euros for research, development and demonstration projects up until 2016. We are now increasingly tackling the development of infrastructure: by the end of 2015, 50 hydrogen filling stations will be available in metropolitan areas and along major roads. The new filling station in Geiselwind brings us one step closer to this target. The nearly one million euros of funding spent on the construction of this filling station is money well spent because good infrastructure is a prerequisite for this new form of mobility to really catch on!”

“Networking the national H2 infrastructure is the key to success for the market introduction of electric vehicles with fuel cells. Only then can they be a ‘real’ alternative for customers,” says Prof. Dr Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler AG. “That’s why we are not only actively investing in the development of the next generation of vehicles, but we are the only car manufacturer to invest in the development of a nationwide network of filling stations in Germany.”

“Thanks to the long range of fuel cell vehicles and this ideally positioned motorway location, we are now one step closer to nationwide coverage,” said Markus Bachmeier, Head of Hydrogen Solutions at Linde. “We are therefore especially pleased to have contributed to this important milestone with our refuelling technology and our sustainably produced hydrogen.”

Guillaume Larroque, Director of Service Stations at TOTAL Germany, emphasised: “We see ourselves as trailblazers in building the hydrogen filling station infrastructure in Germany. We have demonstrated this with our commitment for over twelve years. Including Geiselwind, TOTAL already operates seven of the 18 public H2 filling stations in Germany – at TOTAL alone, well over 1,000 fuel cell vehicles could already be refuelled with green hydrogen today.”

At the inauguration, Alexander Ruscheinsky, Chairman of the Vereinigung Deutscher Autohöfe e.V. (German Association of Motorway Service Areas – VEDA), said: “The operators of motorway service area are committed to the development of new forms of mobility, and have already opened up their facilities for various electric charging concepts. So it is only logical that the first autobahn hydrogen filling station is at a service area. After all, the fact that they serve both directions of a motorway and intersecting A and B roads makes them an inexpensive way to efficiently develop a new refuelling network.”

TOTAL has invested more than 250,000 euros in Geiselwind and shouldered all construction and approval costs, as well as the project management for installing the hydrogen technology, including service and maintenance components.

With around 90 stations set up in 15 countries, Linde has for many years been a leader in hydrogen technology. It operates the world’s first small-series production facility for hydrogen fuelling stations in Vienna, where Linde uses its proprietary IC90 ionic compressor, which combines advantages in power consumption, maintenance and noise.

The construction of a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany is accompanied by the planned market ramp-up of fuel cell cars from various manufacturers. The Geiselwind site is part of the expansion plan launched in 2012 that will initially expand the German H2 network from its current 18 locations to 50 – see http://cleanenergypartnership.de/fileadmin/Assets/user_upload/50_TS.pdf

With 50 hydrogen filling stations, nationwide mobility between metropolitan areas along the main roads will be possible throughout Germany. Within this expansion programme, the Daimler-Linde initiative is participating in a total of 20 new H2 stations with a total investment of approximately 20 million euros.

The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of its National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The programme is managed by NOW GmbH (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology).

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Alstom to Supply Three Extra Metros to Line M2 in Lausanne

May 5, 2015 in Alstom, Autonomous Driving, Electric Vehicles, Europe, EV News, France, Manufacturing, Metro, Paris, Rail, Subway, Switzerland

Photo courtesy of Alstom Alstom to supply three extra metros to line m2 in Lausanne

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Alstom to supply three extra metros to line m2 in Lausanne

Alstom will supply three extra metro train sets to Transports Publics de la Région Lausannoise SA (tl) for line m2 of the automatic, rubber-tyred metro of Lausanne in Switzerland. The train sets, consisting of two cars each, will be identical to the first 15 train sets delivered in October 20081.

Line m2 of the tl network is a true commercial success with constantly increasing numbers of passengers, which is leading tl to increase its fleet. In fact, 28 million passengers took this metro in 2014. Delivery of the three new train sets is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017 with entry into service planned for the last quarter of the same year. As well as being an automatic, ultra-modern metro, the m2 is also a feat of engineering, being the world’s only rubber-tyred metro capable of operating on a slope with a gradient of 12%.

“Alstom is proud to pursue its collaboration with tl, one of the company’s historic clients in Switzerland. Because of its modernity and technology, the m2 metro of Lausanne represents a technological showcase for customers all over the world,” says Herman Van der Linden, Managing Director of Alstom Transport in Switzerland.

Alstom’s Valenciennes site in France will be responsible for the manufacture of the three m2 metros, assisted by various Alstom entities in Europe including the Swiss site in Neuhausen.

Alstom’s metros are world-renowned, proven, reliable and secure, and operate in numerous big cities including Amsterdam, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore. One out of every four metros currently in service throughout the world is supplied by Alstom.

[1] As well as delivering 15 metro train sets, Alstom carried out the track laying and supplied the signalling equipment and electrical substations.

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