Saturday, June 15, 2024

New steps toward the electric mine of the future

New steps toward the electric mine of the future

The three companies Boliden, Epiroc and ABB have implemented the first fully battery-electric powered mine trolley system on a test track in a mine in Sweden with a length of 800 meters and a 13 percent gradient. The achievement represents a key moment for the mining industry, which is being called upon to respond to growing pressures to balance increased production of key minerals and metals with reduced carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption. Demand for minerals essential to society’s evolution toward clean energy is projected to increase 1.5 to 7 times by 2030.

Another step toward the electric mine of the future

Electrification of mining also promises to improve the health and safety of workers in an environment without emissions, noise and vibration while reducing the total cost per ton.
“Over the past three years, we have been working closely with ABB and Epiroc teams to take another step toward the electric mine of the future. The most important thing for us, of course, is that the technology works in our own facilities, but we also see added value in the fact that we, together with our partners, can drive the development of the technology so that the system can be used in other mines,” said Peter Bergman, General Manager Boliden Area, Boliden.
Each partner provided a unique package of expertise for the development process. Epiroc added dynamic charging to its proven Minetruck MT42 SG battery-electric truck, equipping the solution with ABB’s DC converter, HES880 inverters, and AMXE motors to increase power.

Jaecoo’s new 279-hp electric compact SUV

Jaecoo's new 279-hp electric compact SUV

The launch of the new Jaecoo 6 electric compact SUV expands the range of Jaecoo, a brand of the Chery Group. Already on sale in Australia and New Zealand, as well as several Asian countries, the SUV has a design inspired by the typical shapes of traditional off-road vehicles, with sharp, square lines. Speaking of the powertrain’s technological choice, we find a system power output of up to 279 hp by 375 Nm, which allows it to get from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The car is equipped with two permanent magnet motors, one on each axle. Installed on the front axle is a 95-hp, 165 Nm torque powertrain, while the rear axle has a 184-hp, 220 Nm motor. The installed battery is a 69.8 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of providing a range of 470 km, and fast charging is possible thanks to compatibility with up to 85 kW DC: in 30 minutes recharging allows going from 30 percent to 80 percent charge.

Silence nanocars and electric scooters available in Italy and France

As part of Nissan‘s business plan The Arc, which focuses on the company’s growth and competitiveness, a partnership has been formed between Nissan and Silence, a company of the Acciona Group that produces micro-mobility vehicles, including nano-cars, suitable for getting around the city. Nissan will distribute Silence Nano S04 and electric scooters through its sales partners in Italy and France from June 2024 and in Germany from September.
‘Nissan customers have access to new electric mobility solutions, including the S04 Nanocar, a compact and lightweight quadricycle available in two variants, L6e and L7e, that meets the needs of those who need to move around the city in an agile and practical way. The S04 Nanocar L6e has a range of 175 km and a top speed of 45 km/h. The L7e version, on the other hand, has a range of 149 km and a top speed of 85 km/h. Both versions are powered by two 5.6 kWh batteries with quick, simple and convenient recharging options. In fact, the batteries can be removed from the car to be recharged at home or in the office, and can be recharged at public and private charging stations or replaced at dedicated stations,’ reads the press release.
Carlos Sotelo, CEO Acciona’s Mobility Business and Silence, said: ‘The mobility needs of modern citizens are constantly and rapidly evolving. To meet these needs, we have to think smarter, ‘smaller’ and lighter. Silence electric vehicles, combined with Nissan’s distribution network, offer new solutions for urban mobility, shaping a more sustainable future’.

Lamborghini expands High Performance Electrified Vehicle range

The Lamborghini 634 will be equipped with a twin-turbo V8 engine combined with a hybrid system with three electric motors and the 8-speed dual-clutch transmission that recently debuted on the Revuelto, optimised for the new model and capable of developing a system output of over 900 hp. The new motor has been designed from scratch in Sant’Agata Bolognese with the aim of offering performance and driving emotions that surpass those of the current Huracán range, combining the high linearity of progression that has made Lamborghini’s V10 famous with the high power and specific torque of a new-generation turbocharged engine.
The rear-mounted electric system, designed and developed for the new V8, is positioned between the combustion engine and the dual-clutch gearbox and includes the inverter as well as the axial-type electric unit; it is capable of generating high torque and power values, with a maximum peak of 300 Nm and 110 kW at 3,500 rpm, while maintaining compact dimensions and low weight.
The launch of the 634 is scheduled for 2024 and is part of the ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’ plan, the path that is leading Lamborghini towards the progressive electrification of the range, which began in 2023 with the premiere of the Revuelto and continued with the presentation of the Urus SE in April 2024.

Koelliker presents the new Maxus eDeliver 5 in Europe

8 May 2024 - Automotive - Maxus eDeliver 5

Koelliker presented the new Maxus eDeliver 5, a modern medium-small vehicle designed for the needs of the contemporary ‘door-to-door’ and to move easily in the restricted spaces of LTZs. Koeliker said that the eDeliver 5 is equipped with an electric motor that delivers almost 20 per cent more power than the reference models. The fully electric Maxus eDeliver 9, on the other hand, offers a large load capacity with a range of up to 405 km in WLTP City, while the Maxus eDeliver 7 is the innovative electric van with a range of up to 485 km in WLTP City and a load capacity of 1200 kg and two battery packs of up to 88 kWh. By the end of the year, the Maxus range will also expand with the arrival of the new GST full-electric 4×4 pick-up, equipped with a dual 250 and 150 kW motor. “Our partnership with Maxus started only three years ago but has quickly become a success story. This has led us on the one hand to compete with brands of great tradition and presence on the Italian market, and on the other hand to be today the first in Italy in full-electric commercial vehicles,” said Marco Saltalamacchia, Executive Vice President & CEO of the Koelliker Group.

Askoll widens the range of electric scooters

A new model joins the XKP range by Askoll. It is XKP 80, conceived to meet the requirements of commuters who from the hinterland villages reach big cities to work, reaching a range of 101 km thanks to the presence of a couple of batteries featuring 1.7 kW each, which take 6 hours for a complete charge. The electric powertrain reaches a power of 4.1 kW and 160 Nm of torque directly transferred to the wheel.
There is a special “booster” to reach the maximum speed of 80 km/h for a short period, for instance in case of surpass. The lighting is entrusted to Led lights, while a digital LCD display is not missing and provides the most relevant information about the status of the scooter, including the residual autonomy. It is worth highlighting that also this model provides the reverse mode.
Askoll XKP 80 is approved as moped in category L3 and therefore it may be driven by the holders of an A1 driving licence at least.

Neodymium-free motor featuring 100,000 rpm from Australia

From the University of New South Wales in Sidney comes an electric potentially revolutionary motor that can reach 100,000 rpm. According to official documents, the maximum power and speed reached exceed and double the current records of permanent magnet synchronous motors. Researchers state it is the fastest ever manufactured by using lamination materials available on the market. Its potential of generating and extremely high-power density, decreasing the total weight and increasing the range of each charge, is very interesting. This electric motor can be used in high-precision CNC machines, highly demanded by the aeronautical and robot industry. Moreover, the solution developed by Unsw allows high-precision machines to mill or to drill with minimum diameters.

A new electric outboard, carried out by the motorcycle industry

The innovative concept of Honda outboard presented by Honda derives from the research in electric motors carried out by the motorcycle industry and is based on Honda Mobile Power Pack (MPP). Honda outboard stands out for some key characteristics that make it a key element in the struggle to reach the carbon neutrality in boating. This motor zeroes the COemissions and will grant actually null noise and vibration levels through the MPP that allows using a single portable battery pack to power a broad range of products, from the propulsion of boats to scooters, from snow blowers to lawn mowers. The real innovation resides in the versatility and motion freedom that this system offers to users. The light easily transportable motor allows charging the battery everywhere, eliminating the need of displacing the motor. This means that boat owners will be no longer limited by specific charge points and will be allowed enjoying an unprecedented ecologic independence.

The best-selling electric SUV to date in Italy?

According to what disclosed by Jeep, March results confirm that Jeep Avenger is the best-selling electric B-SUV in Italy in 2024, and it ranks in the top 3 considering all segments. According to the processing by Dataforce, in the month of March Jeep® brand scores the 4.31% market share in Italy, reaching the eighth place of the absolute ranking. Designed in Italy and manufactured in Europe, the Avenger encloses the Jeep DNA in a compact SUV, 4.08 metres, offering the typical performances of Jeep. The new powertrain group includes a 400-volt electric motor that offers a range up to 400 km in the WLTP cycle and up to 550 km in city. Moreover, due to its fast charge performance, three minutes are enough for the daily fuel tank to travel 30 kilometres. In its press release, the automotive company has also mentioned Renegade, “the hybrid plug-in 4xe B-SUV is renovated by the Model Year 2024, the great stride in terms of multimedia due to the upgraded TFT digital 10.25-inch cluster and to the new infotainment 10.1-inch system, with a five-time higher processing power than the previous generation”.

Italy, a Tesla vehicle enters service as the first electric patrol car

On the motorway sections managed by CAV-Concessioni Autostradali Venete, Tesla Model X is circulating, set up for traffic police services. In Italy, it is the first electric vehicle devised for patrol services. CAV and the Traffic Police will experiment with the use of an electric car, set up for particular road surveillance services, on the motorway network licensed to CAV, namely the Padua-Venice, Mestre passing road, Mestre ring road and Marco Polo ring road, travelled every day by over 200,000 vehicles. The car has been purchased by Concessioni Autostradali Venete through a tender launched for the supply of a zero-emission vehicle, which complied with the necessary operational requisites of the Police vehicles currently in use: it is in fact a car featuring high operational efficiency, equipped with a 100 KWh battery that allows the operation of all on-board devices and that can reach a maximum speed of 262 km/h, with an acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds. “The service start of this vehicle represents the synthesis of the two primary targets pursued by this Company, because it combines the need of optimizing vigilance services, to the ends of road security, with the research and development of environmental sustainability solutions, which partially involve all of our activities”, declared the President Monica Manto and the Managing Director Maria Rosaria Anna Campitelli of CAV.