TÜV SÜD buys a crash test centre for EV development

TÜV SÜD buys a crash test centre for EV development

TÜV SÜD further expands its test portfolio for electric vehicles

By acquiring a crash test centre located in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, Southern Germany, TUV has continued to expand its portfolio of services for the electromobility industry. In the future, the test centre – which has a floor space of 1,000 square metres – will offer all types of dynamic tests needed in areas including the design and development of electric vehicles.

Sled tests at speeds of up to 80 km/h and maximum loads of 2,000 kg, system crashes, dummy tests, climatic test chambers, shock testing systems and much more besides: the new crash test centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Southern Germany, which TÜV SÜD Battery Testing GmbH acquired from Key Safety Systems this week, enables the experts to increase their portfolio of services for the design and development of safe electric vehicles.

In addition to the comprehensive tests carried out in their battery test centres, the e-mobility experts now also offer the entire range of dynamic tests. The acquisition took place against the backdrop of the increasing popularity of lightweight materials in automotive engineering and promotion of the large-scale spread of electric vehicles.

Volker Blandow, Global Head of e-Mobility at TÜV SÜD, says: (more…)

Daimler ask the German government to invest in H2 refuelling infrastructure
Fuel cells

Daimler ask the German government to invest in H2 refuelling infrastructure

At Frankfurt last month, Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG stated “hydrogen fuel cell is long-term mobility solution”, and when questioned about the delayed launch of the fuel cell powered B-Class, he said: “Our decision [to delay] was based on the infrastructure situation. We have shifted it a few years to 2016 or 2017… …Technology-wise we are nearly ready, but where are the fuel stations?”

Three weeks later Daimler announce the H2 Mobility initiative: a plan for the construction of a hydrogen refuelling network in Germany.

  • 400 hydrogen refuelling filling stations by 2023
  • Overall investment of around €350 million planned
  • Precondition: the market success of fuel cell powered electric vehicles initiated

This is good news for low emission vehicles, but that last point is probably quite a big one, effectively a caveat that the German government needs to support H2…

“a request for support to the German Federal Government. Following the foundation of a joint venture (subject to necessary regulatory approvals), gradual expansion of the national filling station network will commence next year…

…Continuation of the innovation and research activities in this field which are envisaged in the mobility and fuel strategy of the (more…)

Smith Vehicles & Germany’s Proton Power systems develop fuel cell truck

Smith Vehicles & Germany’s Proton Power systems develop fuel cell truck

Smith Vehicles & Germany’s Proton Power systems have jointly developed the world’s first electrically operated commercial vehicle in the 7.5 to 12 tonne class.

The truck uses a battery and a HyRange fuel cell system from Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH. The vehicle is based on the battery-powered Newton vehicle built by Smith Electric Vehicles.

Proton Motor has integrated a HyRange hydrogen fuel cell system with an output of 8kW into the vehicle which supplies the battery with electrical energy. This significantly improves the vehicle’s range and enables power to be supplied to the driver cabin air conditioning unit or additional equipment such as electrically powered refrigeration units.

The vehicle is available immediately for field testing by interested customers in the box van and tail lift configuration. The project was supported by funding from the NIP (National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation programme).

Dr. Francoise Faiz Nahab, Managing Director of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, said: “We developed our HyRange system for buses and commercial vehicles for innercity use. The vehicles are extremely quiet and emissions free. This is an optimal solution for every city that needs to meet the planned environmental targets. We are very proud of the results of our (more…)

Billing company Orga joins Germany’s “SMART EM” e-Mobility infrastructure project

The SMART EM project is designed to look at business and market models and infrastructures that will enable sustainable and viable electric mobility. The core of the analysis focuses on the individual, in particular the impact of technological developments and dynamic pricing systems around user behavior. The research will define market and business models, as well as the design and prototype implementation of the software components of an intelligent charging, network and ICT infrastructure.

The Consortium is now made up of…

University of Paderborn – Academic research
Orga Systems GmbH – Billing systems and software implimentation
E.ON Westfalen Weser AG – User and network data
Morpho Cards GmbH – infrastructure and data
UNITY – Management Consultancy

The full press release from Orga Systems…

Orga Systems takes part in prestigious research program on e-Mobility
Paderborn consortium from science and industry explores electric vehicles’ future opportunities

Paderborn (Germany), 24 September 2013 – Orga Systems, a leading software vendor for real-time charging and billing solutions, with an international customer base in the telecommunications, utilities and automotive markets, is a research partner of the project SMART EM. In cooperation with strong players such as energy supplier Westfalen Weser Netz (former E.ON Westfalen Weser) and (more…)

Contratulations Angela, now about those vehicle CO2 emmissions
Clean air & anti-polution

Contratulations Angela, now about those vehicle CO2 emmissions

So Angela Merkel has won a historic German federal election with the highest single party vote since the 1950′s. Clearly the German electorate are pleased with Angela’s handling of the eurozone crisis, which sets Germany apart from the rest of Europe, where most voters have punished their political leadership.

But what does this mean to the EV industry and clean vehicles in general?

Germany are the biggest manufacturers and exporters in Europe, and one of their largest manufacturing sectors is cars, which is one of the largest employers in the country, with a strong labour force of over 870,000 and an annual output over 6 million and a 35.6% share of the European Union. Germany is the fourth largest car manufacturer behind to China, the US and Japan.

If you read the European member states various policies on clean vehicles, in particular the German, UK, French and Italian policies, all of whom are major vehicle manufacturing countries/economies; there is an outward intention to support the automotive industry.

Policy-backed investment designed to support and drive the inevitable transition to ultra low emmission vehicles, is being progressed in a way that offers maximum benefit to the manufacturers and employers within those respective member states – all (more…)

Germany to ‘fall short’ of electric car target – or not

Germany to ‘fall short’ of electric car target – or not

According to the German news site TheLocal.de, Germany is to ‘fall short’ of their electric car target of one million vehicle sales by 2020.

Based on another article published by German language newspaper Sueddeutsche, the headline is in response to a recent study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI): “Market launch scenarios for electric vehicles”.

“The market launch of electric cars depends, among other things, on how external factors of influence develop such as the price of crude oil or electricity. Besides these cost developments, the range of vehicles offered and the degree of acceptance of this new type of mobility will also be decisive. Under optimistic assumptions, the joint goal of the German government and the German National Platform for Electric Mobility of one million electric cars by 2020 can be reached without monetary measures. And even under less optimistic framework conditions, it should be possible to get 150,000 to 200,000 electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020.”

The study looked at the likelihood of reaching the German 1 million EVs by 2020, taking in to account various scenarios including changes over time in fossil fuel pump-prices, battery costs, electricity costs and other (more…)