Induction charging and more

February 17, 2014 § 2 Comments

toyota induction chargingToyota’s testing a wireless induction charging system for its EVs and plug-in hybrids with a view to production. It’s cable-free, coil-to-coil and will need only a coil set into a surface (i.e. a garage floor); Toyota is adding a function to its parking sensor system to help the driver align the car correctly. It’s under trial with three plug-in hybrids used by households in Aichi prefecture.

  • Bringing two future developments together: car-sharing + autonomous vehicles = shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs). Feature at Atlantic Cities cites research modelling demand in Austin, Texas: 20,000 people could share 1,700 SAVs, one SAV could replace 11 conventionally-owned private vehicles, even in a conservative estimate. Interesting discussion on the knock-on effects for public transport, too.
  • So, at the upcoming Geneva Auto Salon: new engines from Peugeot. There’s a three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol turbo (110/130bhp), with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by 21% compared to their nearest equivalents; and BlueHDi diesels with selective catalytic reduction and particulate filter (NOx emissions down by up to 90%, 99.9% of particulates caught, Euro 6-standard). And the HybridAir system should reach production in three years’ time.
  • Vauxhall/Opel’s doing the triple, too; the Adam city car’s to feature a new direct-injection, all-aluminium 1.0-litre three-pot (90/115hp), emitting 99g/km. This comes with a new six-speed gearbox (weight reduction of 30%), and is the first in a new ‘family’ of small petrol engines from GM. NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) has been a priority.
  • Oh, and BMW: the 2-Series Active Tourer (high-roofed 5-door compact hatch) gets a turbocharged, direct injection ‘three’ too, 136hp and 115g/km, with auto start-stop. The 150hp diesel option does 109g/km.
  • Denza – a Daimler-BYD JV – is to show its first car, probably a Mercedes-Benz B-Class-based EV, at Auto China in Beijing next month. It’s done a deal with ABB to supply buyers with fast-chargers, too, reports The Green Car Website.
  • But the UK government’s not expecting to hand out all its plug-in car grant cash, due to lower-than-expected demand for EVs, reports The Telegraph.
  • Release the TIGERS: Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) is to outline its Turbine Integrated Gas Energy Recovery System (and its SpeedStart stop-start and torque assist/KERS systems) at the SAE World Congress, Detroit next month. Both are developed for next-generation 48-volt ‘mild’ hybrids and are nearly production-ready. Low-voltage, low-cost, high waste energy recuperation, CPT says, with Tigers particularly good for downsized turbo engines.

 

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§ 2 Responses to Induction charging and more

  • alexmurill0 says:

    Reblogged this on alexmurilloblog and commented:
    La carga inalámbrica está siendo estudiada por varios fabricantes y es sin duda un avance que podrá permitir que los consumidores se sientan más seguros a lo hora de recargar sus vehículos. Especialmente en aquellos países en los que existe un cierto miedo a que los vehículos puedan ser manipulados por extraños o saboteados cuando se encuentran estacionados en espacios públicos.
    La carga inalámbrica en parado además establece los primeros pasos hacia la carga dinámica, abre las puertas a seguir desarrollando sistemas que permitan cargar los vehículos durante un trayecto sin necesidad de parar.
    Los retos para la carga en estático, son bajo mi punto de vista, los costes de la instalación y obra de la misma sin obviar la seguridad del sistema, que debe ser plenamente inocuo en el caso de que por ejemplo un ser vivo o objeto se interponga entre el vehículo y el bobinado fijo.
    Esperamos ver pronto estas aplicaciones en lugares públicos para que así los usuarios pierdan el miedo a tener su vehículo expuesto a manipulaciones ajenas.

    • The Driver says:

      And the above, via Google Translate:
      The wireless charging is being studied by several manufacturers and is definitely a breakthrough that will allow consumers to feel more secure as time to recharge their vehicles. Especially in those countries where there is a certain fear that vehicles can be handled by strangers or sabotaged when parked in public spaces.
      The wireless charging in stop further provides the first steps towards dynamic loading, opens the door to further develop systems to charge vehicles during a journey without stopping .
      The challenges for static load , are in my point of view , the costs of installation and work the same without forgetting the safety of the system, which should be fully harmless in the event that such a living thing or object stand between the vehicle and the fixed coil .
      Hope to see these applications in public places so that users lose their fear of having your vehicle exposed to abuse others.

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