By Rachel Cooper, Marketing Executive
Earlier this month Hyperdrive launched our new modular battery platform – boasting 50% higher energy density – at Europe’s leading electric mobility trade show, EVS30, in Stuttgart. During the same week, two of our new customers showcased their first ever electric machines at Inter Airport Europe in Munich ahead of airport trials in 2018.
One common notion across both events, exhibitors and visitors alike, is that electrification is playing a bigger role in the transport sector than ever before. With government legislation rapidly changing to tackle air pollution in multiple European cities, manufacturers are now looking to electrify their fleets and create a clean energy alternative to the diesel combustion engine.
Hyperdrive was invited to be part of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) pavilion at EVS30, which was also supported by the UK Department for International Trade. Whether in mainstream automotive or the more specialist off-highway space, the switch to electric is gathering momentum and this is a massive opportunity for the UK to build an industry to support. We’re delighted to be at the forefront of developments, working with innovative businesses to get them first to market as [pardon the pun] demand truly takes off. On a personal note, being able to promote a business that’s at the cutting edge of energy storage technology is really exciting. I love where the industry is going and being such an integral part of its direction.
Here are our top 5 of new electric vehicle trends for 2018.
Airport Push Back Tractor (Inter Airport Europe)
We see a bright future ahead for the Hybrid Electric Push-Back Tractor by Douglas Equipment. It’s the first time li-ion batteries have deployed in an application of this type and with a downsized diesel engine and an electric driveline, it’s an alternative to heavy-duty diesel tractors currently used by airports and airlines around the world to move aircraft before taking-off and after landing.
Easymile Autonomous Shuttle (EVS30)
We had the pleasure of taking a short test drive in the new Easymile shuttle as it demonstrated its artificial intelligence controls to obstacle detection and avoidance. The mobility solution also features navigation, path planning and multi-sensors localisation techniques with previous projects taken place in Dubai, Singapore, Finland and even Australia.
We’re excited to be involved in similar developments within this industry, working with innovative developers at the forefront of this remarkable new industry – all to be revealed soon!
Automated Valet Parking Service (Inter Airport Europe)
Stan, the first outdoor valet parking robot from Parisian company Stanley Robotics, provides military grade GPS, 360 degrees laser scanner and 3D camera to automatically park your car. Equipped with artificial intelligence, the outdoor valet parking robot is the first in the world to transport vehicles outdoors with its driverless platform is designed to gently pick up, move and store your car. By the end of this year, the valet service will be in operation at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport aiming to convert 8,000 spaces into 12,000 automated spaces.
Mercedes Electric Truck (EVS30)
Daimler Trucks presented the Mercedes-Benz Electric Truck as the first fully electric truck with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes. The entire conventional drivetrain being replaced by a new electrically driven rear axle with electric motors directly adjacent to the wheel hubs and the power is supplied by a battery pack consisting of three lithium-ion battery modules to provide a range of up to 200 km – enough for a typical daily delivery tour.
VW Camper (EVS30)
Off the back of speculation that VW look set to take their ID Buzz electric concept van into production in 2022 one German bakery looks to have beaten them to it with a retrofit electric conversion of a classic model.
The first Kombi went into production in 1950 and although it was originally designed as an all-purpose van, it quickly became prominent throughout the hippie culture of the 60s. Fast forward into the twenty first century and a new electric model looks like a very good idea indeed!