Today’s two top-level Le Mans Prototypes, the Porsche 919 and the Toyota TS050 (shown above), use hybrid drivetrains to offer staggering performance. Soon, LMP1 cars will be required to use even more electric propulsion. In a new set of regulations announced today, the World Endurance Championship (WEC) governing body revealed that it will require LMP1 hybrids to run portions of races on electric-only power starting in 2020.
According to Cook, there are three vectors of change intersecting: autonomous driving, electrification of the auto and ride-sharing. From our thematic investing lens, this is where Disruptive Technologies meet the Connected Society.Cook revealed that his company is focusing on autonomous systems, referring to it as a very important core technology that is probably one of the most difficult AI (Artificial Intelligence) projects to work on. Apple has hired over 1,000 engineers to work on the technology and just this April secured a permit from the California DMV to test three self-driving sports-utility vehicles.The company is clearly also focused on the ride-sharing vector of change, as last year Apple invested $1 billion –
Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric supercar built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury. Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames. He was flown by Air Ambulance to hospital in St Hallen to be checked over revealing a fracture to his knee. Nobody else was in the car or involved in the accident, and we’d like to thank the paramedics on sight for their swift response. The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated.
The new model is a flow battery, which is not does not require an electric charging station to be recharged. Instead, all the users have to do is replace the battery’s fluid electrolytes — rather like filling up a tank. This battery’s fluids from used batteries, all clean, inexpensive, and safe, could be collected and recharged at any solar, wind, or hydroelectric plant. Electric cars using this technology would arrive at the refueling station, deposit spent fluids for recharging, and “fill up” like a traditional car might.
Between now and 2021 the cost of batteries used to power electric cars will continue to drop, lowering the price of electric vehicles significantly. This ongoing trend will eventually allow electric cars to undercut gasoline-powered cars by 2030.
That wouldn’t be a problem, however, if the vehicle was able to draw power from the road as it was driving. Renault, Qualcomm Technologies and sustainable transportation company Vedecom have taken a step towards making that happen, with the recent demonstration of a dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system.The demo took place this Thursday on a 100-meter (328-ft) test track built by Vedecom and located in Versailles, France, near Paris.
Source: Electric road powers Renault EVs
The Chief Executive of Volvo has announced that, thanks to Tesla, the company is increasing focus on electric vehicles at the expense of diesel engines. The company expects to launch their first electric cars in 2019.