Solar Transport News

Solar-Powered Yacht? Solar-Powered Yacht.
Solar power is already taking over the land, so naturally, now it's coming for the sea. The big ol' boat in the photo above is the Silent 55 ship from Silent Yachts, a luxury solar panel boat company based in Austria. It uses silent electric propulsion to achieve unlimited range without noise, fumes, or any maintenance at all.
Sep 17, 2019 // Transport, Europe, Silent Yachts, solar panel boat, Austria, Silent 55, Michael Köhler, Eco Marine Power
Hydrogen-powered bicycles offer new electromobility concept
With the 200 hydrogen bikes offered to journalists and world leaders at the G7 summit in Biarritz proving popular, manufacturer Pragma Industries has received an order for 1,000 of them from Chilean president Sebastian Pinera. The company’s founder, Pierre Forté, wants the bike to have a societal impact in developing countries.
Sep 4, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Storage, Transport, Solar to Fuel, Lithium-ion batteries, Toyota, France, Europe, hydrogen, Daimler, hydrogen-fueled cars, Pierre Forté, Pragma Industries, Sebastian Pinera, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Dutch government treats 21 municipalities to smart EV chargers
Vehicle-to-grid functions could soon become increasingly important. While policymakers discuss the necessary regulations in other nations, the Netherlands government is motoring ahead with the technology.
Sep 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, Transport, Germany, Europe, Netherlands, vehicle-to-grid, Stientje van Veldhoven, Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Mobility House
Fraunhofer ISE displays colored solar car roof at auto trade fair
An increasing number of carmakers and research institutes are developing concepts that combine e-mobility and solar. Thus far, range additions from in-car panels of between 10 and 60km are the limit of innovation. The Fraunhofer roof is tinted with a color that hides the cells but lets through most of the light.
Sep 3, 2019 // Transport, Toyota, Germany, Hyundai, Europe, Fraunhofer ISE, PV module, International Motor Show
IndianOil to produce non-lithium EV batteries
The state-run fossil fuel giant has partnered with an unnamed foreign start-up to produce electric vehicle batteries using raw materials easily available in India.
Aug 29, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, Transport, India, Asia, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, electric vehicle, EV batteries
Australian Renewable Energy Agency backs ultra-fast EV highway network
ARENA will top up Evie Networks’ ultra-fast battery electric vehicle charging plans for Australia’s highways with AUS$15 million of federal funding.
Aug 27, 2019 // Transport, TESLA, Australia, Oceania, ARENA, electric vehicles, Evie Networks, Darren Miller, Chris Mills
How Electric Cars and Renewables Could Beat Oil
This week on The Energy Gang: The economics of oil are beginning to be challenged by EVs paired with wind and solar.
Aug 17, 2019 // Transport, USA, electric cars, Europe, Oil, BNP Paribas, Trump administration
Car industry copper demand to surge 250% due to EVs
By considering use of the metal in charging infrastructure, analyst Wood Mackenzie has found higher demand from the mobility sector than is the case if only the volume of the material required for vehicle construction is examined.
Aug 12, 2019 // Technology, Transport, Wood Mackenzie, Global electric vehicle, UBS Evidence Lab, Henry Salisbury, Aluminum, ads-tec GmbH, HPC Booster, battery
‘Unprecedented’ collaboration between EV manufacturers could launch large-scale transition
Energy analysts from the United Kingdom have found that many of the world’s largest car manufacturers that are launching EVs, or looking to launch EVs, are engaged in an “unprecedented” level of collaboration in order to share the costs and risks inherent in EV development. Cornwall Insight found that the collaboration could see a major boom in supply from the early 2020s.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, Transport, Toyota, UK, Hyundai, Transport, EV development, Cornwall Insight, Tom Lusher
Western Sydney Uni launches new solar racecar to contest 3,000km challenge
Students from Western Sydney University has unveiled its latest solar racing car that it intends to enter in the gruelling 3,000km World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide through Australia’s searing heat this October.
Aug 7, 2019 // Technology, Transport, Australia, Sydney, Western Sydney University, solar racing car, World Solar Challenge, Max Mammone, Barney Glover, Transport, Oceania
Hyundai releases car with solar panel roof
Hyundai has released a version of its Sonata hybrid that has solar panels to help charge its battery.
Aug 6, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Transport, Hyundai, Sonata Hybrid, Asia, solar panel roof, Korea, SMMT, Transport