Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Amazon, billionaire investment to electrify the fleet

For the deliveries in Europe, Amazon has announced it is going to spend 1 billion Euros to electrify its fleet in the next five years. At present, the American giant counts about 3,000 zero emission lorries that deliver about 100 million packages in one year for last-mile deliveries in Europe. The target is relying on at least 10,000 zero emission vans by 2025.
In the future, Amazon will also buy larger and heavier trucks for longer travels: vehicles such as electric Tesla Semi, Freightliner eCascadia and Volvo VNR that move large freight quantities from ports to distribution centres. Amazon’s investment provides also for the installation of charge stations for its electric vehicles inside the company’s structures located in the whole European Continent.

Electric motors, big changes in the market are incoming

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Astride the first decade of August and the first of September, three important takeovers by Weg, Abb and Bosch Rexroth were announced, operations that might modify the balances and the dynamics in electric motors’ market. What is at stake? Weg has accomplished the takeover, worth 23 million Euros, of Gefran’s motion control business, a move that – as stated by market analysists – will allow Weg to expand its drive and motor business outside Americas. It is likely to expect, in particular, a greater expansion of the Group towards the European and Asian market because four main factories will pass under Weg control, in Italy, Germany, China and India.
Abb’s strategy has instead brought together the business of low-voltage Nema motors by Siemens. It seems that this operation – expected to end in the second 2023-quarter – will enhance Nema market share held by Abb, bringing it into forecast from 35 to 40% globally, with particular development in North America where Nema industrial electric motors are particularly used.
Finally, in early September, Bosch Rexroth completed the takeover of the Israeli Elmo Motion Control, with its motion control solutions and its decentralized electric drives. Elmo Motion technologies particularly suit the sector of semiconductors, the electronic production, the electric industry, robotics, medicine, Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), automated warehouses and the packaging and food industry.
With this operation, Bosch Rexroth expands and integrates its product portfolio, whose core is the unceasing development of the ctrlX Automation platform. It further strengthens in the industrial automation field, meeting the requirements of technologies increasingly conforming to the Industry 4.0 paradigm for the smart and flexible factory of the future.

Audi, electric under test at Morocco rally

Absolute first in the race for the evolution of the innovative electric protype with range extender. Audi RS Q e-tron E2 is in fact engaged in Morocco Rally, with all official Audi Sport crews, for which very challenging conditions are expected: high temperatures, dunes, rocky stretches and fast tracks on compact ground.
The car is equipped with three electric powertrains: two MGU (Motor Generator Unit), one close to each axle, perform traction, whereas a third unit acts as generator to share in the recharge of the high-voltage battery.

Arnau Niubó Bosch, project leader track operations explained «The programme provided for nine days of test, so that each crew could test the car for three days. The main targets were two: developing the car in view of Dakar and making drivers and navigators become acquainted with the novelties introduced by the E2 evolutionary step. The car lightening, in fact, opens new opportunities for the trim and suspension setting. We are going towards the correct direction, to the extent that the electric traction discharges power to the ground more smoothly than in the past».

The car seems to differ notably from the past: the overall lightening allows opting for a less hard calibration of shock absorbers, to full benefit of comfort.

Twike, its model number5 is incoming

The German electric continues its positive dynamism. This time the issue at stake is Twike, which has undertaken the necessary crowdfunding to start the production of the fifth generation of its electric pedal tricycle, established at 2 million Euros.
The name Twike has already been present since the Nineties, when they launched a pedal tricycle, highly appreciated in Germany and Switzerland. The release of the new number-5 model is expected by 2023: a two-seater tricycle with aerodynamic bodywork and a propulsion system resembling pedal assisted bikes, then the legs’ force operates the electric motor that provides the propulsion to rear wheels. The motor has maximum power of 70 kW and a top speed of 190 km/h.

Relevant should be the autonomy supplied by 36 kWh lithium-ion batteries, estimated in 500 km thanks to a foreseen average consumption of 7.2 kWh/100 km. The top version should be joined by a cheaper one with speed limited to 130 km/h and accumulators’ halved size, as well as the mileage. Among the provided technologies, it is worth highlighting the sidestick steering composed by two “joysticks”, one for each hand, and the possibility of “power supply” also from CCS fast-charge columns. Moreover, the Twike 5 should be prearranged for the Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and for the Vehicle to Home (V2H), that is to say batteries’ connection to the national or domestic energy grid.

Hipercar, in nome omen

The English Ariel Motor Company is about to release Hipercar, fully electric car with hypercar-like performances, which will be manufactured in limited series.

It is a car that features excellent performances: 1200 HP, able to reach 0-100 Km/h in 2 seconds.

The car will be equipped with four electric motors, one for each wheel, to which it will combine a 1197 HP propulsion system with very advanced weight/power ratio and 1800 Nm of torque maximum for the most powerful model.

The most powerful all-wheel drive version can reach 60 Mph (96Km/h) in just 2.09 seconds and 160 km/h in only 4.4 seconds. The batteries that supply thrusters have a capacity of 62 kWh and a maximum voltage of 800V, whereas the certified autonomy for the wltp is 240 km.

Hipercar stands for High Performance Carbon Reduction Car: the bodywork will be fully made of carbon fiber, material that also partially makes up the floor, together with aluminium. Superlight materials that let the car weigh just 1600 Kg and have exceptional performances, in particular in the standing start.

Growths up to almost 100% The race of electric motorbikes goes on

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Last August, the Italian Association Ancma – National Association of Bicycles, Motorbikes and Accessories has cast its spotlights on the market of two-wheeled motor vehicles in Italy. Global provisioning problems overall weaken vehicles’ availability, whereas the annual cumulative is stable. In a scenario where the global registrations of mopeds, scooters and motorcycles in July are affected by the 7% downturn versus the same 2021-month, it goes on the race of electric vehicles that, in July, grow by 79.4% and achieve 2,184 units. The yearly cumulative trend was similar, with 11,356 vehicles placed on the market, corresponding to the 81.7% growth. Particularly lively the segment of scooters that, with 6,644 units, grazes the doubling versus the previous year (+97.4%).

New Ardemagni factory is in operation: four slitting lines and three packaging lines

Founded in 1946 by Ardemagni family, the steel service center was established in the market and developed further to become a brand recognised by customers and suppliers in all Europe.
Today Ardemagni is one of the biggest competitors in the market, in the future focused also on E-Mobile projects with high frequency grades. The company is further growing and the most recent implementation by Ardemagni is the installation, at the beginning of June, of the last slitting line. With this last step, the new plant in Monfalcone street, at Cinisello Balsamo (Mi), is operating with four slitting lines and three packaging lines.
The daily production capacity of strips is 500-ton, working on a single shift.
To grant the operation of the service centre and to assure supplies to customers according to their programmes, Ardemagni has rented an external warehouse equipped with 25-Ton bridge crane that allows it to increment its storage capacity to 30 KTons.
This logistic solution protects the company against eventual problems connected with congestion of ports and lack of means.

Audi, electric strategy in Hungary

The shift towards the full electric is collective and is involving all European Countries. As proven by the last piece of news by Audi, which is strongly staking on Hungary, protagonist of an investment worth 301 million Euros for the production of electric motors in Gyor factory on MEB platform, intended for Volkswagen Group’s all models.
It is a strategic step that will materialize in 2025, an operation confirmed by the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, who has revealed the extent of the Government’s grant allocated to Audi for such operation: 21 million Euros.
Due to this step, Gyor factory – which achieved the carbon neutral certification in 2020 – will open around 500 new workplaces. Last gem: to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet by 30%compared to 2015, Audi will make its production at zero carbon emissions in all sites within 2025.

Renault, the “electric transformation” of Cléon plant

Renault has invested over 620 million Euros in its Cléon site to industrialize 100% full electric and hybrid motors of the Group. The new line is dedicated to the production of the electric “ePT-160kW” motor that boasts a configuration of synchronous wound-rotor type and supplies 160-kW power and 300-Nm torque.
Jose Vicente de los Mozos, Industrial Director of Renault Group, stated: « Cléon plant, emblematic site at the core of Renault Group’s industrial ecosystem, is the major manufacturing centre of electric motors in France. Today, we take a further step forward in its conversion to electric. Producing this new electric motor for Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric is great reason of pride for 3,228 employees of the factory. Cléon is the perfect example of the Group’s industrial transformation towards electric vehicles and their value chain».
The factory will have a manufacturing capacity of over 1 million electrified motors yearly starting from 2024, of which 500,000 electric motors and 510,000 hybrid motors.

Electrification of heavy vehicles: the race of Daimler Truck

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Daimler Truck is accelerating the electrification of its vehicle fleet: The Mercedes-Benz eEconic for municipal use is going into series production at the Wörth site in the southern Rhineland-Palatinate. Within a short period of time, the second model of the battery-electric Mercedes-Benz trucks will roll off the production line in Wörth, following the series launch of the eActros for urban distribution transport in October 2021. The eEconic was developed together with customers and, following intensive test series, has been undergoing practical trials with customers since May 2022. The first vehicle from series production will be handed over to Urbaser A/S, a company operating in the waste disposal sector in Denmark. Other customers have already opted for the series-production eEconic. The vehicles are to be delivered successively over the course of the year.
«From the sketch to the finished vehicle, from the prototype to the production truck – now the time has come: with the eEconic, we are putting the first electrically powered and series-produced Mercedes-Benz Special Truck on the road. The exchange with our customers has shown: cities and municipalities want CO2-neutral vehicles for their fleets. Especially with regard to large cities, there is a need for quiet, clean and safe logistics and waste disposal solutions. And we offer just the right truck for this» said Dr. Ralf Forcher, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks.
The eEconic will be manufactured in the existing Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks assembly line, in parallel and flexibly alongside the trucks that will be powered by internal combustion engines. After the vehicle has been largely assembled, the eEconic’s electrification continues in the Future Truck Center, where – just like the eActros – it is equipped with the electric drive components. In several production steps, the high-voltage batteries and the charging unit are installed, among other things. Once all high-voltage components have been assembled, the entire system can be put into operation and the truck is ready to drive.
The key technical specifications of the eEconic are largely identical to those of the eActros. The eEconic as a waste collection is designed to cover the vast majority of typical waste collection routes operated by an Econic in a single shift without intermediary charging. The electric drivetrain enables a level cab floor to be implemented – this facilitates moving through the cab and is particularly advantageous when the driver wishes to leave the vehicle through the folding door on the co-driver’s side, well out of the way of the traffic.