Induction charging and more
February 17, 2014 § 2 Comments
Toyota’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.