Thursday, January 20, 2022

Orlen Group plans to build 9 hydrogen hubs in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia


 The Orlen Group, as part of the Hydrogen Eagle project, is planning the construction of 9 new hydrogen hubs, including 5 in Poland, 3 in the Czech Republic, and one in Slovakia. The production of low and zero-emission hydrogen there will be based on renewable energy sources and municipal waste processing technology.

The Hydrogen Eagle project is one of the key projects of the Orlen Group supporting the development of hydrogen technologies. In accordance with the Orlen 2030 strategy and the declaration of achieving emission neutrality in 2050, the Orlen Group "implements projects in the entire value chain of low and zero-emission hydrogen." The goal is to reduce the emissions of the concern's production plants and its subsidiaries using hydrogen as a new fuel.

Thanks to the project, it will be possible to achieve a zero-emission hydrogen generation capacity of approx. 50 thousand tons per year by 2030.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Jetson ONE, Europe’s first "passenger drone"


 A Polish-Swedish (mostly Swedish) company, Jetson AB, has become the first in Europe and one of the first in the world to create and produce a commercially available electric passenger drone that can be bought and flown right now.

A complete vehicle, Jetson ONE, can be bought for $92,000 and delivered as a partially (50%) assembled kit for home completion. It contains an aluminum space frame, motors, motor controllers, and propellers.

The vehicle, which resembles a drone with a gaming chair, made from aluminum and carbon fiber is powered by eight electric motors and can reach a top speed of 63 mph or 102 km/h with a maximum flight time of 20 minutes.

If you want one you need to contact them now since there are only two more reservations available for 2023. You will have to make a $22,000 deposit to reserve a build slot. There is a limit to the pilot's weight which is 95 kilos (209 pounds).

According to their website, jetsonaero.com, this year they will deliver 12 units and around 80 in 2023. 

Monday, January 10, 2022

Chevy introduced Silverado EV


 Chevy just introduced an all-electric Silverado EV. 

The electric pickup was built from the ground up on the all-new Ultium battery platforms.

Some interesting stats:

  • The 400-mile range on a full charge
  • 664 horsepower with more than 780 lb-ft of torque
  • Standard DC fast charging (up to 350kW)
  • 100 miles of range can be added in 10 minutes
  • Bidirectional charging
  • 0 - 60 in 4.5 seconds
  • Independent front and rear suspensions
  • e4WD
  • Automatic Adaptive Air Suspension


Sunday, January 9, 2022

City of Krakow will buy 20 e-buses


 On the last day of 2021, the City of Krakow (Cracow) signed an agreement guaranteeing a subsidy of PLN 41.7 million ($10,336,796) from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management for the purchase of 20 electric buses and 20 charging stations.

The new buses will be low-floor and equipped with a boarding platform for wheelchair users. With the blind and visually impaired people in mind, the vehicles will be equipped with a voice announcement system. Air conditioning will provide all passengers with comfort during summer travel. Inside, there will also be USB ports for charging smartphones.

The tender for the purchase of buses will be announced later this year. After completing this project, Krakow will have a total of 100 electricians in its fleet.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Austria buys hydrogen buses from Poland


 OBB Postbus has signed a contract with Solaris for the delivery of five hydrogen buses. The hydrogen-powered vehicles will be operated in picturesque Villach in south-eastern Austria.

This is the first order placed under a framework agreement concluded at the beginning of 2021 and envisioning the option for the purchase of up to 40 vehicles of this type by the customer. The investment coincides with the execution of the H2 Carinthia project which aims to foster the development of hydrogen technology in this region.

The use of hydrogen in transport provides a real opportunity to reduce emissions generated by this sector. Public transport operators and municipal authorities in the Austrian province of Carinthia wish to tap into this enormous potential. The H2 Carinthia project aims to support the development of the region in terms of the use of hydrogen in public transport and for industrial purposes. The participants include the largest carriers in Austria, city authorities, and energy firms. This project will cover, among others, the first hydrogen fuelling station of Carinthia, as well as the addition of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles to existing bus fleets.

ÖBB Postbus is the biggest bus operator in Austria. One of the chief aspects of its business operation is the testing of alternative propulsion technologies based on, for instance, hydrogen or electric power. The partnership between Postbus and Solaris dates back to 2009, and right now Postbus operates some 169 vehicles of the Urbino model. The contract signed at the beginning of December is the first one though concerning alternative drive buses.

Solaris is Europe's leading provider of zero-emission solutions for city transport vehicles, in particular for electric and hydrogen buses. The hydrogen-fuelled Urbino 12 hydrogen was launched in 2019 and is currently the most advanced vehicle in the manufacturer’s portfolio. So far, some 100 units of this model have been sold to clients in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Audi RS Q E-Tron ready for Dakar Rally


The Audi RS Q E-tron will participate in its first Dakar Rally from January 1 to January 14, 2022.

 "The Dakar Rally is the greatest challenge imaginable for our innovative electric drive with a high-voltage battery and high-performance energy converter," says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, Audi responsible for motorsport. "Never before at Audi Sport have we prepared such a complex vehicle in such a short time. The Dakar Rally - the longest and most demanding rally in the world - is now the most important test for us and for this car."

Audi sends three cars (teams) to Dakar.

Because there are no charging opportunities in the desert, Audi has chosen to install a highly efficient turbo fuel stratified injection (TFSI) engine onboard the car. It is part of an energy converter that charges the high-voltage battery while driving. 

The drivetrain of the Audi RS Q e-tron is electric. The front and rear axles are fitted with a motor-generator unit (MGU) from the current Audi e-tron FE07 Formula E car, developed by Audi Sport for the 2021 season. Only minor modifications had to be made to use the MGU in the Dakar Rally.

A third MGU of identical design is part of the energy converter and recharges the high-voltage battery while driving. In addition, energy is recuperated during braking. The battery weighs about 370 kilograms and has a capacity of around 50 kWh. 

Copyright: Audi Communications Motorsport / Malte Christians

In other words, it is a glorified Plug-in Hybrid. The only difference is that the TFSI engine does not power the wheels. I like the concept. Having a purely electric car is taking a big chance.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Solaris Urbino electric bus receives prestigious Sustainable Bus Award


 This year’s Sustainable Bus Award went to the Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric bus. It was the fourth edition of this international competition for the most innovative and sustainable buses and coaches launched on the European market. 

The idea behind the Sustainable Bus Award is to promote the a sustainable development in public transport and to establish a positive image for urban transport as an area that plays a substantial role in climate change-related activities. 

The jury consisted of representatives from leading trade magazines from all across Europe, namely: Mobilités Magazine (France), Busfahrt (Germany), AUTOBUS (Italy), Infotrucker (Romania), Carril Bus (Spain), Revija Tranzit (Slovenia) and Bus and coach professional (UK).

The jury drew particular attention to the three-axle structure of the Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric bus, which provides more comfort and driving stability. Additionally, the fact that the bus can be adapted both for city and intercity transport was recognised. No less insignificant was the extensive equipment installed in the vehicle, i. e. a wide array of state-of-the-art electronic safety features, including the possibility of real-time fleet monitoring. This 15-meter long bus is fitted with six packs of traction batteries with a total capacity of 470 kWh to be charged both by plug-in and pantograph chargers.

Urbino 15 LE was introduced in October 2020.