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Shanghai Motor Show of the five seater SUV K550 and the seven seater SUV K750, the new four seater SUV K350 joins the range of environmentally friendly vehicles developed for Hybrid Kinetic Group, demonstrating once again Pininfarina’s ability to combine styling research to environmental sustainability. The electric concept car will be unveiled together with sedan H500 at Auto China 2018 on April 25 on the HK booth.

A futuristic, zero-emission new design of water taxi, called SeaBubbles, was demonstrated today on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The vehicle represents a milestone in the development of new forms of transportation that do not impact the environment or place any burden on urban infrastructure. The water taxi will soon be equipped with the ABB AbilityTM Marine Advisory System – OCTOPUS, a software solution that helps vessel operators gather and analyze all relevant data to optimize water travel.

Nissan today unveiled the Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission, Nissan's first electric car made in China for Chinese consumers, at Auto China 2018.

The new model offers the exciting performance of a 100% electric powertrain. Its advanced technologies and spacious cabin offer convenience and comfort. Drivers will be able to enjoy an extended drive range of 338 kilometers, according to official Chinese standards.

2GETTHERE SIGNS MOU FOR NTU2GETTHERE SIGNS MOU FOR NTU

Today, 2getthere, the Utrecht-based company specializing in autonomous transit systems, Nanyang Technological University and SMRT Services have joined forces to deploy fully automated Group Rapid Transit autonomous vehicles on the NTU Smart Campus by 2019. The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a ceremony, paving the way for the GRT to be integrated into NTU’s transport network. The new GRTs will be tested on NTU’s campus in a few phases, which will start around the last quarter this year. The vehicles are expected to operate a service route that connects NTU’s halls of residences with the main academic areas, serving 200 to 300 passengers daily.

The 2getthere silent roadster uses magnetic pellets on the road for autonomous navigation and can travel in both directions. It has a top speed of 40 kilometres per hour and can ferry 24 passengers with seating space for eight. The collaboration will also involve conducting research to improve autonomous vehicle technologies such as increasing the use of artificial intelligence, developing advanced sensors and sensor fusion algorithms, and improving fleet management technologies. The trial would be gradually expanded campus-wide, running alongside other autonomous vehicles that have already been undergoing tests since 2012. This latest testbedding of autonomous vehicles is part of the university’s Smart Campus initiative to develop rapidly advancing transport technologies to benefit the NTU community and society.

NTU KNOWS WHAT IT WANTS

Mr Sjoerd van der Zwaan, Chief Technology Officer of 2getthere, stated, “It is exciting to be able to work together with NTU and SMRT while capitalising on the synergy of an actual AV implementation and investing in research simultaneously. NTU has ample experience with autonomous vehicles and knows exactly what it wants and what it doesn’t want – in terms of availability, reliability, quality, safety and AV features such as comfort and user experience. In combination with SMRT’s operations expertise, all key ingredients are present to ensure a successful implementation of our AVs at NTU. We look forward to our continued cooperation.”

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, said, “NTU’s campus is not only a living testbed for innovative technologies, but also the first to test driverless vehicles on Singapore roads. Autonomous vehicles are an integral part of the NTU Smart Campus vision, which leverages tech-enabled solutions to create better living and learning experiences. This new collaboration with SMRT and 2getthere highlights our goal of developing cutting-edge transport solutions that will benefit Singapore and beyond.”

Mr Desmond Kuek, President and Group CEO of SMRT, said, “NTU is a leading research institution in AV technology. SMRT is proud to work with NTU and 2getthere to deploy the first operational AV service in Singapore. This MoU marks the commitment of the three parties in leveraging the latest AV technology for our public transport system and redefine the standard for a world-class transport service.”

The GRT had undergone preliminary tests along a 350-metre route between two NTU halls of residences since November last year. During the trials, close to 4,000 passengers were ferried between the two stops.

PART OF THE JOINT MAAS TESTBED

The GRT was introduced to NTU as part of the Mobility-as-a-Service testbed, a collaboration between NTU, JTC and SMRT last September. The testbed seeks to integrate multiple modes of transport, including shuttle buses, bike sharing systems, e-scooters and e-bikes, and the autonomous GRT into a single mobility platform called jalan-jalan, developed by mobilityX to improve connectivity and travel within NTU’s campus and JTC’s CleanTech Park in Jurong Innovation District, which will be the largest living lab in Singapore. Jalan-jalan is a Malay term for ‘going for a walk’.

The smartphone application jalan-jalan received strong support during its pilot run between NTU’s campus and JTC’s CleanTech Park from last August. Just for e-scooters alone, the app was used to book over 67,000 trips, clocking a total mileage of over 80,000 kilometres.

Edward Lim Xun Qian, President of NTU’s Student Union, said, “The app allows a seamless and convenient way to travel around NTU’s large campus, right from our halls to our classes. Not only does it help us book Personal Mobility Devices such as e-scooters, the app is also integrated with public and shuttle buses around campus, providing an all-in-one transport solution for students.”

Colin Lim, mobilityX CEO said, “The NTU and CTP community have a greater range of transport options, and have experienced improved connectivity through innovative first-and-last mile transport solutions like the AV and scooter and bicycle sharing. For example, the utilisation rate of each scooter at approximately 20 trips/day is one of the highest in Singapore.”

Glory Wee, Director, Aerospace, Marine and Urban Solutions, JTC said, “We are delighted by the positive response from the CleanTech Park community on the trial. Urban solutions, such as Mobility-as-a-Service, help us improve the travel experience of the communities in JTC’s estates and lay the foundation for next-generation connectivity and mobility infrastructure in our new estates.”

Currently serving 12 stops on NTU’s campus and the CleanTech Park area, the app will gradually include more stops and manage more mobility options based on users’ feedback and test results.

Commercial launch of the Terra HP fast charger places ABB at the forefront of EV-charging technology.

By operating at powers of up to 350 kilowatts, the newest model from ABB, Terra High Power charger, adds up to 200 kilometers of range to an electric vehicle in just 8 minutes. The new charger is ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and petrol stations.

Following assignments by Bluewaters Island (Dubai) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Brussels Airport and De Lijn have decided to partner with 2getthere for the Brussels Airport Autonomous Shuttle. 2getthere’s fully autonomous (self-driving) shuttles will link Brussels Airport with the long term parking area. Brussels Airport is the first European airport to use autonomous shuttles in fully mixed traffic.Following assignments by Bluewaters Island (Dubai) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Brussels Airport and De Lijn have decided to partner with 2getthere for the Brussels Airport Autonomous Shuttle. 2getthere’s fully autonomous (self-driving) shuttles will link Brussels Airport with the long term parking area. Brussels Airport is the first European airport to use autonomous shuttles in fully mixed traffic.

The vehicles are expected to hit the road in 2021, after an intensive pilot phase, starting in 2019. Four other constructors were in the race for this highly desirable assignment. Please find below the joint Press Release by Brussels Airport and De Lijn.Following assignments by Bluewaters Island (Dubai) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Brussels Airport and De Lijn have decided to partner with 2getthere for the Brussels Airport Autonomous Shuttle. 2getthere’s fully autonomous (self-driving) shuttles will link Brussels Airport with the long term parking area. Brussels Airport is the first European airport to use autonomous shuttles in fully mixed traffic. The vehicles are expected to hit the road in 2021, after an intensive pilot phase, starting in 2019. Four other constructors were in the race for this highly desirable assignment. Please find below the joint Press Release by Brussels Airport and De Lijn.

BRUSSELS AIRPORT AUTONOMOUS SHUTTLE

The board of directors of De Lijn and the management committee of Brussels Airport Company have given the go-ahead for the first phase with a self-driving electric bus on the airport. The vehicle that is being developed for this, will be one of the first to drive in Belgium in mixed traffic. After the summer of 2019, tests without passengers will begin at 2getthere’s testsite in Utrecht. The shuttle bus will arrive at Brussels Airport in the beginning of 2020 for further tests.The board of directors of De Lijn and the management committee of Brussels Airport Company have given the go-ahead for the first phase with a self-driving electric bus on the airport. The vehicle that is being developed for this, will be one of the first to drive in Belgium in mixed traffic. After the summer of 2019, tests without passengers will begin at 2getthere’s testsite in Utrecht. The shuttle bus will arrive at Brussels Airport in the beginning of 2020 for further tests.

PIONEERING

In 2015, Brussels Airport Company and De Lijn entered into a partnership with the intent to deploy self-driving shuttles at the airport. After further study and the choice of the constructor, both companies gave full support to the pilot project for testing an autonomous shuttle on the airport grounds.

“As intermodal hub where various means of transport connect seamlessly with each other, Brussels Airport is constantly studying new possibilities for expanding this hub in a sustainable way. This technologically innovative project deploying a self-driving electric bus operating a fixed route, also fits in with our environmental commitment to keep the impact on our surroundings as low as possible”, says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.

“Flanders is taking on the role of pioneer”, says Flemish Minister for Mobility Ben Weyts. “In other countries driverless vehicles are already operational, but that is often in a separate lane with a steward on board. Here, the aim is to have the self-driving shuttle drive autonomously on the public roads. This is cutting-edge technology that really appeals to the imagination. We are making an investment in the future, in greater efficiency and in a more attractive range of public transport.”

2 YEAR TESTS2 YEAR TESTS

2getthere will start the project in the coming weeks. The contract is divided into two phases. The first phase covers the development and thorough testing of the technology until the middle of 2020. In autumn 2019, 2getthere will be conducting the first vehicle tests at its testsite in Utrecht. Upon successful completion, the first self-driving bus will arrive at Brussels Airport in the beginning of 2020 for further test drives at the airport. The test route for this development stage is in the Brucargo business zone.

The first phase with tests and development of the self-driving bus will take two years. In this period, De Lijn and Brussels Airport Company can perform all necessary safety tests in various weather conditions and traffic situations. During the test period, no passengers, visitors or staff will be on board.
PASSENGERS BY 2021

Upon a positive evaluation of the first phase of testing, De Lijn and Brussels Airport Company can deploy the self-driving shuttle from 2021 onwards on the airport grounds for the transport of passengers, visitors and staff on the route between the terminal and Brucargo.

Brussels Airport Company and De Lijn are sharing the project costs. De Lijn is responsible for the costs associated with people who travel by public transport (De Lijn, MIVB, NMBS) to the airport. The airport operator will foot the costs for the transport of persons who come to the airport by other means of transport.

The new Nissan LEAF: the world’s best-selling zero-emissions electric vehicle now most advanced and accessible on the planet

  • A new Nissan LEAF sold every 12 minutes in Europe
  • 100% electric power and range, dynamic design and advanced safety technology
  • Packed with the best of Nissan intelligent Mobility technology: ProPILOT advanced driver assistance and the innovative e-Pedal for enhanced driving pleasure and freedom
  • Fresh interior design and connectivity offering drivers more space with optimum functionality

The electric hypercar will have level 3 autonomous driving system and will be capable of hitting 0-100 kmph in less than 2 seconds.

Iconic Italian design firm Pininfarina, owned by Mahindra & Mahindra, is branching out to manufacturing of electric luxury cars under the new brand Automobili Pininfarina. Its first model will be an electric hypercar scheduled for launch in 2020.

Canada is leading the charge with an innovative demonstration trial set out to test and showcase the interoperability of electric transit vehicles and standardized high-powered overhead charging systems.

For the demonstration, the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium assembled transit agencies, funding partners, research teams, technology tools and manufacturing stakeholders from across Canada to design, manufacture and deploy electric buses and charging systems in select Canadian communities. The project leverages clean energy grids in operation in British Columbia and Ontario to demonstrate how the country’s energy future can rely on clean-electricity for mass transit.For the demonstration, the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium assembled transit agencies, funding partners, research teams, technology tools and manufacturing stakeholders from across Canada to design, manufacture and deploy electric buses and charging systems in select Canadian communities. The project leverages clean energy grids in operation in British Columbia and Ontario to demonstrate how the country’s energy future can rely on clean-electricity for mass transit.

Participating cities are scheduled to start the trial by the end of 2018. Vancouver’s public transport agency, TransLink, will deploy four electric buses and two charging systems on one of its busiest transit routes. TransLink will also own and operate both charging systems. The city of Brampton, which is the first municipality to join the consortium, through the Brampton Transit agency, is set to deploy 10 electric buses and four charging systems on several of its transit routes. ABB will ensure operation of the charging systems on behalf of Brampton Transit. In addition, the municipality of York will integrate six electric buses and one charging system in the town of Newmarket. York Region Transit, in partnership with Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Limited, will carry out the implementation of the demonstration trial. The NTPDL will own and operate the charging system on behalf of York Region Transit, a first in North America.

This project is very significant as it marks the first time ever competing bus and charging system manufacturers collaborate to deliver an electric bus technology demonstration trial. As part of the trial, New Flyer Industries and Nova Bus Inc. will supply 20 electric buses while ABB and Siemens will supply the interoperable OppCharge bus charging infrastructure. Having developed its fast-charging technology in partnership with leading vehicle manufacturers, ABB has designed a modular power solution that meets future requirements for electric vehicles. This future-proof design allows for less complex and cost-effective field upgrades for operators to increase power ratings from 150 kW to 600 kW.

This project ties in with multiple efforts set in motion by federal, provincial and municipal governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Funding from government bodies is paramount in the execution of the project as it helps fast track the integration of cutting-edge technologies and allows for their standardization. Furthermore, it positions Canada as a global leader in low-carbon transit by supporting the country’s climate change commitments with emissions-reducing transportation technologies.

ABB is proud to participate in this innovative and world-first initiative and to play an active role in bringing cleaner and more energy efficient transport to Canada’s ecosystem. The Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration Trial will be supported by a dedicated team of sales, project managers, engineers and service personnel from ABB’s Center of Excellence for E-Mobility in North America, which is based at Campus Montréal.

ABB has provided charging solutions as part of its drive to promote sustainable mobility since 2010 and has sold more than 6,500 cloud connected DC fast-chargers around the world for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

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