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Equipmake, Beulas develop ‘longest range’ double-decker electric bus

The Beulas Jewel E bus, powered by Equipmake’s Zero Emission Drivetrain and boasting battery options of up to 543kWh and a maximum range of 250 mi, could play a crucial role in UK Government’s zero-emission Bus Back Better strategy.
Electric powertrain supplier Equipmake and Spanish coachbuilder Beulas have launched the Jewel E bus boasting a range of up to 250 mi (402 km) — claimed to be the longest for any electric double-decker in the world. The British-built electric powertrain was designed and developed at Equipmake’s facility in Norfolk, UK, with the body produced by Beulas in Girona, Spain.

The duo says…


British consortium shows a lightweight electric sports car of the future

Launched at the CENEX-LCV show, the Aura was developed by Astheimer Design, BAMD Composites, Conjure, and Potenza Technology with sustainability at its core and efficiency driving its design to show what is possible for the future of driver’s cars.
Four British companies — Astheimer Design, Bamd Composites, Conjure, and Potenza Technology — have been working through COVID restrictions on an all-electric two-seat roofless sports car aimed to show what the future of driver’s cars could look like. The resulting Aura concept car, publicly unveiled at the CENEX-LCV show at Millbrook Proving Ground today, uses natural-fiber composites, efficient electric power, and a…


GM reveals three e-motors to power its all-electric future

The electric motors and integrated power electronics within GM’s Ultium Drive units will debut on the 2022 GMC Hummer EV later this year.
At the 2021 Mackinac Policy Conference in Mackinac Island, MI, General Motors President Mark Reuss revealed the company’s group of three new motors that will power its Ultium-based EVs. All three motors were engineered and calibrated in-house to ensure the highest level of performance in Ultium-based EVs. They were built as a scalable family, sharing design principles as well as similar tooling and manufacturing strategies.

“Twenty years of electric-drive-system development and more than 100 years of high-volume vehicle engineering…


TAE establishes unit to boost EV ecosystem

The new division from the fusion-energy company aims to commercialize power management solutions to help create lower cost and more efficient electric vehicles and to transform charging infrastructures and energy storage for a market estimated to be worth $1.2 trillion annually by 2030.
TAE Technologies, which describes itself as the world’s largest private fusion energy company, has announced the formation of a new division dedicated to power management. With the new unit, it hopes to enable the next generation of electric vehicles (EVs) and accelerate the uptake of electrified energy and storage systems.

Based in Foothill Ranch, CA, TAE Technologies was founded…


ZF sets supply stage for more sustainable mobility

At the IAA Mobility 2021 event in Munich, the company showed its latest solutions for electrified and software-defined vehicles, with a world premiere modular kit that significantly reduces e-drive development time and the European debut of the latest supercomputer for driver-assist and automated driving.
At IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, automotive mega-supplier ZF showed how it is accelerating its efforts to be a more comprehensive system provider for sustainable mobility, presenting innovations for e-mobility driveline concepts and supercomputers for advanced driver assistance and autonomous vehicles.

Backing the technical display was its Green Power Roadmap to make the company’s activities climate-neutral by 2040…


DLR targets ultimate efficiency with urban commuter concept

At the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the German Aerospace Center showed the Safe Light Regional Vehicle (SLRV) that it says could be offered for about €15,000, last 300,000 km and 10 years, at an operating cost of roughly 10 cents per kilometer.
At the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the German Aerospace Center — known in Germany as the Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) — showed how it says climate protection and road mobility can go hand-in-hand by spotlighting two futuristic prototype vehicles.

“Mobility is, and is set to remain, an integral part of our global world,” said Anke…


Mission R concept previews more sustainable Porsche customer race car

The concept previews a customer-racing car series with electric propulsion, sustainable materials, and deeper esports connections, with the racing laboratory on wheels being used for production car technology transfer.
At the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, Porsche presented its take on the automotive future with the Mission R concept car. The low-slung, all-electric competition car features state-of-the-art technologies, sustainable materials, and the company’s passion for racing.

“In addition to our involvement in the Formula E World Championship, we are now taking the next big step forward in electric mobility,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “The concept…


Mercedes-Benz revives Vision AVTR for thought control

A potential future for human-vehicle interaction was on display by Mercedes-Benz at the IAA Mobility 2021 event in Munich, with the possible application of brain-computer interface technology allowing users to use the power of thought to control certain vehicle functions.
The pioneering Vision AVTR concept vehicle first shown by Mercedes-Benz at CES 2020 — just before COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns — has been revived for IAA Mobility 2021 duty in Munich. At the event, the company used the already pioneering concept as a vehicle to show its research into brain-control interfaces (BCIs). It presented how BCI technology works and gave a preview…


Smart EVs to get smarter, bigger, and more premium

The Concept #1 premiere at the IAA Mobility 2021 previews the first production model of the new Smart generation — an electric, compact SUV due in 2022.
The Smart brand entered a new era at the IAA Mobility 2021 event in Munich, as it showed its Concept #1, which is said to preview the first production model in its new generation of all-electric vehicles. The SUV concept vehicle signals a move up for Smart into the high-growth small- and compact-car segments. It is 4290 mm (168.9 in) long, 1910 mm (75.2 in) wide, and 1698 mm (66.9 in) tall, on a…


Volkswagen ID. LIFE previews €20,000 small EV

The compact concept crossover shown at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich combines sustainability, digital technology, a simplified design, and an innovative interior that previews an ID. family expansion in the small-car segment from 2025.
The Volkswagen Group is again speeding up its e-mobility transformation with its Accelerate strategy. By 2030, Volkswagen aims to increase the share of all-electric models in total vehicle sales in Europe to at least 70% and in North America and China to at least 50%.

Part of that strategy includes launching an ID. family small EV starting around €20,000, making sustainable mobility accessible to even more people…

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