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Bosch eBike Systems reveals components for 2021 model year

Carrie Hampel / electrive »

If Bosch has its way, e-bike riding will be noticeably smarter in the future, thanks to the new Nyon onboard computer that is networked with Bosch digital e-bike products. The onboard computer automatically synchronises ride data with the eBike Connect app and the associated online site. During the ride, the Mini-PC can be controlled using a separate control unit. When on the move, the 3.2-inch colour display shows the user the way, provides fitness data and informs the rider how far they can get with the selected assistance under the geographical conditions or when a different mode should be selected in favour of range. As a premium function, Bosch also offers the prospect of additional digital protection against theft and promises that other connectivity functions are to follow in the future. Nyon will be available for retrofitting from specialist dealers from autumn and is compatible with all drive systems from model year 2014.

From this summer, software updates for Bosch’s Cargo Line, Cargo Line Speed, Performance Line Speed and Performance Line CX will also be available for model year 2021. According to the manufacturer, new features include a maximum torque of 85 Nm and further developed software, which should result in “an even more natural and dynamic driving experience”. According to Bosch, the increased torque provides a plus in performance, which is more noticeable at a low cadence.

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California takes bold and timely step to reduce truck pollution » Commerical trucks must start offering electric options by 2024, must offer only zero-emission by 2045


Zero-Emissions Fuel-Cell Electric Kenworth Toyota UPS Delivery Truck

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024. By 2045, every new truck sold in California must be zero-emission.

According to CARB, commercial trucks are the largest single source of vehicular air pollution, responsible for 70 percent of the smog-causing pollution and 80 percent of carcinogenic diesel soot even though they number only 2 million among the 30 million registered vehicles in the state.

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The nation’s toughest clean-air mandate on trucks was approved Thursday by the California Air Resources Board.

In effect, the board ordered manufacturers of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks to begin selling zero-emission versions in 2024, with 100,000 sold in California by 2030 and 300,000 by 2035.

The mandate is intended to cut air pollution and push the state toward ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals — 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below by 2050.

Several other states, most in the Northeast, plan to adopt the air board’s mandate, known as the Advanced Clean Truck initiative. “There’s clearly a national interest” in reducing pollution, Katie Dykes, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Thursday.

More » California, CARB, Green Car Reports, Green Car Congress, Ars Technica, Motor Illustrated, Autoblog


Hydrogen fuel cells are ‘set for takeoff’ after first successful UK test flight

ZeroAvia Flies The Europe's Largest Zero Emission Aircraft at Cranfield, UK!

ZeroAvia successfully completed the first electric-powered flight yesterday of a commercial-scale aircraft in the UK.

The test flight is viewed as a significant milestone both for the UK’s net zero and green aviation ambitions, and for ZeroAvia on the journey to demonstrating long-distance zero emission flights in large aircraft.

The company successfully completed the first flight of the new version of its powertrain from its base at Cranfield Airport in a six-seater Piper-M.

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US utilities group proposes 1,300-mile West Coast Clean Transit Corridor with EV charging stations for electric freight haulers and delivery trucks every 50-miles along Interstate 5 from Canada to Mexico

Michael Strong / The Detroit Bureau »

Nine electric utilities and two agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities in California, Oregon and Seattle have come up with a plan to add electric vehicle charging for freight haulers and delivery trucks at 50-mile intervals along Interstate 5 and adjoining highways.

This more than 1,300-mile stretch of interstate from Mexico to Canada has been dubbed the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor, and all of the stake holders rolled out a new study showing just what they want to do to make it happen.

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Watch Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, speak of converting aircraft from fuel-based systems to electric engines

FINN’s Andy Marlor interviews Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, the electric motor manufacturer for electric aircraft based in Redmond, Washington.

Converting fleets from fuel-based systems to electric engines

Since this interview was recorded, on May 28, 2020 magniX successfully completed a 30 minute flight in a Cessna Caravan 208B over Washington State. Designed to carry up to 9 passengers, after the conversion and addition of batteries, a converted eCaravan is capable of carrying 4 or 5 passengers.

FINN – Farnborough International News Network – is an independent news channel from the organizers of the Farnborough International Airshow.

Mercedes-Benz has more than 60 orders for the new eCitaro G articulated electric city bus

Mercedes Benz eCitaro G

Mercedes Benz eCitaro G

Nothing stands in the way of emission-free local public transport.

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The fully-electric driven eCitaro G articulated bus increases the product range of the Citaro city bus family. It is another important step on the way to more environmentally friendly towns and cities offering a better quality of life. With the new fully-electric articulated bus, Mercedes-Benz is further expanding its role as a technological pioneer: shortly after its market launch, the new articulated bus will be available with new battery technologies. This includes being the first bus in its category to be equipped with innovative solid-state batteries.

Transport operators have been waiting for this city bus: there are already definite orders for over 60 of the new eCitaro G from half a dozen towns and cities – and the number continues to grow. First deliveries to several transport operators are planned for this year.

From 2022 the range of the eCitaro and eCitaro G will be increased with a fuel cell technology.

More » electrive, Just-Auto, InsideEVs, Green Car Congress

European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certifies the first fully electric plane world-wide » the Pipistrel Velis Electro

On June 10, 2020 the European Union Aviation Safety Agency announced the certification of an electric airplane, the Pipistrel Velis Electro, the first type certification world-wide of a fully electric aircraft and an important milestone in the quest for environmentally sustainable aviation.

“This is an exciting breakthrough,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. “This is the first electric aircraft EASA has certified but it will certainly not be the last, as the aviation industry pursues new technologies to reduce noise and emissions and to improve the sustainability of aviation.”

The Velis Electro is a two-seater aircraft intended primarily for pilot training. Slovenia-based  Pipistrel is a leading small aircraft designer and manufacturer, specialised in energy-efficient and affordable high-performance aircraft. The Velis Electro (Model Virus SW 128) joins a product line-up of similar, but conventionally powered, aircraft.

The certification, completed in less than three years, was only possible in that time-frame due to close cooperation between Pipistrel and EASA, with the common goal of ensuring the aircraft met the high standard of safety needed for certification. The project also brought important learnings that will support future certifications of electrically powered engines and aircraft.

The aircraft is powered by the first certified electrical engine, the E-811-268MVLC, certified by EASA for Pipistrel on May 18, 2020.

More » EASA Certification Data Sheet (pdf), EASA News Release, Pipistrel Aircraft, electrive, Aviation Today, Flyer

Are electric planes the future of flying?

David Elliott / World Economic Forum »

Is this latest breakthrough a sign that the long-predicted electric revolution is finally coming in to land?

Perhaps not quite, although the modified Cessna Grand Caravan that completed the flight is “another step on the road” to operating electric aircraft on short routes, according to Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, which developed the plane’s 750-horsepower propulsion system.

The nine-seater eCaravan, which magniX developed with aerospace firm AeroTEC, used less than $6 worth of electricity for its 160km flight. Compare that to a conventional combustion engine, which would have used around $300 to $400 worth of fuel for the same trip.

MagniX says 5% of global flights are under this distance.

The 297 passenger all-electric Norwegian ferry measures 42 meters in length and is capable of 23 knots – a world record for the fastest all-electric passenger catamaran

At full passenger capacity, Rygerelektra all-electric ferry has an operational range of 40 nautical miles at a speed of 18 knots.

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  • Name: “Rygerelektra”
  • Pax: 297
  • Loa/Lwl: 42.0m / 41.1m
  • Beam: 10.3m
  • Carbon fibre construction
  • Certified to carry up to 297 passengers
  • Main engine: 2 x Ramme 375kW
  • Battery storage: 2.0 MWh
  • Propulsion: Servogear Ecoflow Propulsion
  • Power system integrator: Westcon Power and Automation
  • Speed: 19.9 knots
  • Range of 40 nautical miles at 18 knots
  • Range of 50 nautical miles at 17 knots
  • Top speed during tests » 23 knots

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