Teijin Aramid supporting student teams in solar car race


Arnhem, The Netherlands, September 14, 2017 – Teijin Aramid today announced it is supporting two student teams, one from KU Leuven and one from the University of Michigan, to compete in the ‘Challenger’ category of this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, held between October 8-12 in Australia. 

Powered only by solar energy, the 32 competing teams will race from Darwin to Adelaide, over the course of five days. Both teams are receiving both the material, para-aramid Twaron®, and technical support from Teijin Aramid. In particular, the University of Michigan team is using Twaron to reinforce the undercarriage of the car, choosing this material for its high abrasion resistance and high strength-to-weight ratio. Sarah Zoellick, from the University of Michigan team: “We’re very grateful to Teijin Aramid for generously supporting our needs, and helping us to meet the design deadlines at short notice.”

The KU Leuven team is using Twaron-based parts above the tracking box and in the driver safety canopy to allow electromagnetic signals to enter and leave the vehicle. Without this the car would not be able to send or receive communication or monitor signals.
The KU Leuven team is using Twaron-based parts above the tracking box and in the driver safety canopy to allow electromagnetic signals to enter and leave the vehicle. Without this the car would not be able to send or receive communication or monitor signals. 

Powered only by solar energy, the 32 competing teams will race from Darwin to Adelaide, over the course of five days. Both teams are receiving both the material, para-aramid Twaron®, and technical support from Teijin Aramid. In particular, the University of Michigan team is using Twaron to reinforce the undercarriage of the car, choosing this material for its high abrasion resistance and high strength-to-weight ratio. Sarah Zoellick, from the University of Michigan team: “We’re very grateful to Teijin Aramid for generously supporting our needs, and helping us to meet the design deadlines at short notice.”
Next to the para-aramid fiber Twaron, both teams also receive Tenax® carbon fiber from TohoTenax, like Teijin Aramid, a company within the Teijin Group.

Sources: www.umsolar.com and www.solarteam.be and Teijin Aramid and www.teijinendumax.com.

2017 HUDSON VALLEY DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK POUGHKEEPSIE 

Now is a great time to buy an electric vehicle (EV)! There are incentives and support available to both you and your local government which make it attainable and affordable for consumers to purchase EVs, and make more public charging available.  
 

In this segment NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program will be outlined, including a case study of how the town of Red Hook was able to receive state rebates for their charging station installations, as well as a discussion about how to capture funding specifically for your municipality. There will also be a Q&A session at the end with time to mingle and get all of your questions answered.

Where:​ Marist College, in front of McCann Recreation Center

​(South entrance, closest to the Mid-Hudson Bridge and bear left)

Date:​Sunday, September 17th

Time:​ 1pm – 2pm 

There will be an electric car show running concurrently from 12pm-3pm where officials and the public can chat with local electric car owners to get their perspective on driving the cleanest and quickest cars out there. 

 All programs are free and open to the public. 

Search ‘Drive Electric Poughkeepsie’ to find the official event site, 

Or send email to hudsonvalleyev@gmail.com for more details or for any questions.

USA Fully Electric Car Sales Up 47% In 2017 says CleanTechnica

Sept 9 by Zachary Shahan

The US electric car market has continued to grow at a rapid pace in the past year — led by California’s particularly strong electric car market, of course. From January through August, sales of 8 fully electric cars* grew 47% in the country. Sales of 6 plug-in hybrid cars were up 30%. Overall, that meant sales of these 14 plug-in car were up 40%.

August 2017 vs August 2016 was less dramatic but still a period of strong growth. Fully electric car sales were up 19%. Plug-in hybrid sales were up 4%. Overall, that meant a 13% increase in plug-in car sales.If the Tesla estimates** are to be believed, the Tesla Model S was far ahead in the #1 spot, the Chevy Bolt held tight at #2, the Toyota Prius Prime rose to #3, the Tesla Model X dropped to #4, and the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF retained their places at #5 and #6, respectively. Ah, gone are the days of the neverending LEAF vs Volt battle at the top of the charts (which was a super tight competition for years).


If you look at the January through August stats (which are educated estimates** but certainly not exact), the Model S is crushing it (despite its high price tag). That hints at how extremely competitive the car is in its niche segment. The Volt has a slight lead over the Model X, which has an even slighter lead over the Toyota Prius Prime. The Chevy Bolt has a gap to cover to catch up with any of those models, but now that sales are picking up and availability is nationwide, it has potential to climb up the ranking and perhaps even land on the podium by the end of the year.

Bmw i3
BMW i3
Chevy Bolt
Chevy Bolt
Prius Prime and Nissan Leaf
185th Tesla Model S ever sold
185th Tesla Model S ever sold
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
We can surely expect electric car sales to keep increasing as Tesla Model 3 production ramps up, the next-generation Nissan LEAF arrives on dealer lots, and overall EV awareness rises. I would be surprised if our report one year from now doesn’t show a more dramatic electric car sales increase of 82% at this point in time.

New York’s Hudson Valley Revs Up for Electric Vehicles with New Campaign – Green Transportation – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

While this story is from 2016, aka I wrote it a year ago, I’m still Program Manager with Drive Electric Hudson Valley and we are expanding from this post. 

Here’s a portion of the story. 

The first electric vehicle (EV) consumer education program in the Hudson Valley goes live this fall. For the growing population of consumers who are curious about EVs and want to learn more, Drive Electric Hudson Valley will provide consumer workshops, informational materials, and test drive opportunities throughout the fall.

A project of Sustainable Hudson Valley (SHV), Drive Electric HV is supported in part by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). It’s led by Seth Leitman, author and consumer advocate who reaches tens of thousands on social media and at special events as the Green Living Guy.

Leitman has worked for the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and NYSERDA on developing and implementing major marketing and infrastructure programs for electric vehicles. In addition, he test drives the greenest cars for reviews for other major publications regularly (including Mother Earth New).

Seth will partner with mechanical engineer and clean technology-bilingual outreach expert Hugo Jule to inform and inspire green living and technology enthusiasts throughout the Hudson Valley.
For the entire please visit. 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-transportation/electric-vehicle-campaign-zbcz1610

FUTURE-TYPE CONCEPT: JAGUAR’S VISION FOR 2040 AND BEYOND

– FUTURE-TYPE concept is Jaguar’s vision for an on-demand autonomous vehicle
– Fully autonomous but driveable, too

– In a future world of on demand and shared mobility, you may only fully own the steering wheel, not the car itself 

– Jaguar Land Rover explores the future with ‘Sayer’ – the connected, intelligent, removable steering wheel you can talk to 


– FUTURE-TYPE offers either autonomous or assisted driving because you may still want to enjoy the thrill of driving yourself. 

– Advanced technologies will make for safer driving with a human behind the wheel 

– Innovative narrow-body with semi-tandem 2+1 seating to optimise urban driving & parking 

– To maximise the social opportunities offered by autonomous driving, FUTURE-TYPE features face-to-face ‘social’ seating

 

London, UK, 7 September 2017: The Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE is a premium compact on-demand vehicle concept, designed to meet the mobility needs of future generations.

The Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE is a fully autonomous concept that imagines mobility in a world where Jaguar customers can summon a fully-charged FUTURE-TYPE on-demand. Offering a glimpse into the future, It is a car for a world of autonomous, connected, electric and shared mobility (ACES). 

At the heart of the concept is the world’s first intelligent and connected steering wheel. This steering wheel lives in your home and becomes your trusted companion. Sayer – named after the designer of the E-type – is the first voice-activated Artificial Intelligence (AI) steering wheel that will be able to carry out hundreds of tasks. It can summon your car, play music, book you a table and even knows what’s in your fridge. Sayer signals your membership of our on-demand service club. A club which offers either sole ownership or the option of sharing the car with others in your community, meaning that you need only fully own the steering wheel, not the car itself. 


Need to be at a meeting two hours away from home by 8am tomorrow? Simply ask Sayer from the comfort of your living room and it will work out when you get up, when a car needs to autonomously arrive at your door and even advise which parts of the journey you might enjoy driving yourself. 

Sayer is the heart of an advanced HMI system that will keep you connected to your world throughout your journey – or not, if you want to be alone and concentrate on the thrill of driving. Occupants can summon information from different orbits of their world and bring them to life through the system. Pull up your home, family, friends or work orbits to check what’s happening and stay connected with all parts of your life. Select different orbits one by one, all at the same time or nothing at all, allowing you to dial up the information you do want to see and dial down what you don’t. 

“FUTURE-TYPE offers an insight into the potential for driving and car ownership in the future. It’s part of our vision for how a luxury car brand could continue to be desirable, in a more digital and autonomous age,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. 

“Our FUTURE-TYPE Concept is an advanced research project looking at how we can ensure an on-demand Jaguar will appeal to customers in 2040 and beyond. Whether it’s commuting to work, autonomously collecting children from school or enjoying driving yourself on the weekend in the countryside, if there’s a choice of on-demand cars driving around city streets, we need to ensure customers desire our 24/7 service over our competitors.”  

In the connected world of tomorrow, a fleet of fully-charged FUTURE-TYPEs could be available for customers on-demand. If you are taking your child to school, and only need two seats, you can summon a FUTURE-TYPE with 2+1 social seating, so you can chat face-to-face as the car autonomously drives you to your destination using the most time and energy efficient route.


The FUTURE-TYPE will communicate with other cars and use co-operative driving technologies. This collaboration will enable shorter distances between vehicles and make lane changing and exiting from junctions safer and more efficient. This will also increase road capacity and prevent accidents, while the narrow width of FUTURE-TYPE will mean it takes up less space on the road and in car parks. 

The driver could ask the FUTURE-TYPE to drive autonomously during the stressful and tedious parts of the journey, such as in heavy traffic or roadworks, or if they prefer to do some work or choose to watch a film. But for the occasions when a driver wants to enjoy the thrill of the open road, the concept retains a steering wheel.

This dual approach will allow drivers to choose either autonomous or assisted driving, with the assisted driver benefiting from the same advanced technologies that allow the FUTURE-TYPE to drive itself. These technologies will work in the background to make driving in the future safer and more enjoyable than ever, with the car always alert and aware of situations developing over the horizon.

“Today, Jaguar offers customers a dynamic, emotional experience. Whether it’s the exhilarating way they drive, the way they sound, the iconic design or the connection drivers feel with the road, customers tell us that their Jaguar makes them feel special. With the FUTURE-TYPE we’ve been investigating how we can keep this emotional connection in a future world where people may choose not to own a car, or when a Jaguar is an autonomous, on-demand vehicle,” added Ian Callum.

“In a future age of on-demand services and car sharing, our research shows there will still be a place for luxury and premium experiences – and enjoying the drive. People will still want to travel in style and comfort, while the growth of car sharing actually increases the opportunity for people to experience what a Jaguar has to offer, even if they chose not to own one.”

Source: Jaguar / Land Rover