Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Kia revealed EV6, new Niro, nad EV9 concept car

 Kia revealed EV6, new Niro, and an EV9 concept car. The EV6 comes standard with RWD and a 5-link rear suspension to deliver responsive and sporty handling. Available AWD models feature dual motors to provide superior acceleration and all-weather grip. New Niro combines the spaciousness of the interior and the appearance of an SUV. It will have the "Greenzone Drive Mode," which automatically switches from plug-in hybrid to electric drive when driving in the so-called green zones, based on the navigation system's directions. The new Niro will be available with HEV, PHEV, and EV drivetrains. EV9 will be an all-electric vehicle featuring 3rd row, a solar panel built into the hood, and an interior made from sustainable materials.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Not just Wrangler 4xe

 In Europe Jeep introduced plug-in hybrid models for Renegade and Compass even before Wrangler. while Jeep in the US reports the upcoming introduction of  GRAND CHEROKEE 4xe we still won't see the other two. 

The Grand Cherokee 4xe is expected to have 375 horsepower, 470 lb-ft of torque, 57 MPGE, and 6000 pounds max towing capacity. An estimated combined driving range will be 440 miles. Unfortunately, the drinking range in EV mode will only be 24 miles. Unfortunately, because that matches my 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and I wish it was closer to 30+ miles.

The difference is, I won't be taking my car off-road any time soon.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Solaris sold its longest electric bus

 At the beginning of October, Solaris landed an order for 14 bi-articulated electric buses with the Danish city of Aalborg. The 'Tide Bus Danmark' has placed an order for  24-meter long buses, MetroStyle, specially designed for Rapid Transit (BRT) routes. 

The Urbino 24 electric bus is driven by two traction motors with a total power of 240 kW, propelling two driving axles. The Solaris High Energy battery pack installed in the e-bus with a total capacity of over 700 kWh will be charged via a plug-in connector.

Each of the 14 ordered e-buses will be fitted with automatic driver assistance systems. MirrorEye is a system of cameras that replace the rear- and side-view mirrors and ensure optimal visibility. Additionally, the system reduces the total width of the bus. The Mobileye Shield+ system will, in turn, eliminate risks related to the vehicle’s blind spots. Thanks to cameras placed on both its sides, the driver will receive warnings of pedestrians and cyclists nearby. 

The vehicle was presented to the public for the first time at Busworld Europe 2019 in Brussels. The idea behind the vehicle was to create a platform for the future production of high occupancy buses with electric or hybrid drive, as well as trolleybuses. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Solar Carports based on perovskite solar cells are here

 Polish high-tech company that develops innovative solar cells based on perovskite materials, Saule Technology, has developed Solar Carport and is selling the licenses for its production. As far as I know, at least one company has bought a license. 

Solar Carport is an autonomous dual charging station that doesn’t require an external power supply. It has a photovoltaic installation containing 12 solar modules with 3.36 kW total nominal power and integrated batteries. Solar Carport can efficiently charge two electric cars simultaneously without any external power supply.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Perovskites featured in the Polish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

 Saule Technologies is showcasing its ground-breaking photovoltaic technology based on perovskites at the 2020 Dubai World Expo (October 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022). Visitors to the Polish Pavilion in Dubai can charge their phones using solar power from a PV system built into the façade.

The Saule Technologies installation consists of 20 vertical linear components with a total area of 2 sq. m. Thanks to the ink-jet printing technology, thin and flexible perovskite cells are directly integrated into the exterior wall of the Pavilion, matching its architectural style.

Perovskite cells are light, flexible, easy to transport. They come in many colors and shapes. This means that the number of possible applications of perovskite cells is practically unlimited – from roofs or façades of buildings, through the charging of cars, bicycles, mopeds, electronic price tags, to satellites in space.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Foxconn presented three models of new electric cars, Model C looks like Polish "Izera"

 On the day Apple showed off new models of its products, Foxconn, a Taiwanese hardware maker for Apple, demonstrated three new electric vehicles. A crossover - Model C, a sedan - Model E, and a bus - Model T. 

As reported the Model C has already undergone quality and safety testing, suggesting it has received approval or is ready to apply for one. The car is to offer up to 470 km of range. Some elements of the car - for example, the edges of the headlights and the embossing on the hood - are surprisingly similar to the  SUV version of Polish Electric Car "Izera."

That would not be a surprise since Izera has not revealed yet whose platform they going to use for their car. The only thing that is known is that the platform is brand new, not used by anybody yet. It is possible that both cars will share a platform and an overall design.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Polish Solaris is the undisputed leader in the sale of electric buses in Italy

 In recent days, Solaris has achieved another success, winning a tender to deliver as many as 30 e-buses to Genoa. The coastal city wants to replace its bus fleet with a fully electric one by 2025. The value of the new contract exceeds EUR 15 million.

The investment in innovative rolling stock is part of the Italian carrier's extensive plan to fully electrify the city's bus fleet. According to the contract, the vehicles will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022. The value of the order is over EUR 15 million.

This order confirms the strong position of Solaris in the field of electromobility in Italy. Today, more than half of the electric buses that run on Italian streets are Solaris vehicles.