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Universal Hydrogen completes first flight of fuel cell regional airliner

Universal Hydrogen has flown a 40-passenger regional airliner using hydrogen fuel cell propulsion. It is the largest hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft to take to the skies so far and the largest to cruise principally on hydrogen. It flew for 15 minutes and reached an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level. The flight, conducted under […]

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Audi launches limited-run mountain bike

Audi is expanding its range of e-mobility products with the launch of a limited-run electric mountain bike. Based around an enduro frame made from lightweight aluminium, it has a 36 V, 720 Wh Fantic Integra battery pack fitted within the frame, which supplies power to a Brose S-MAG 36 V, 250 W motor that delivers […]

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Airbus discusses role of hybridisation in aviation’s future

Airbus says it believes hybrid-electric power can reduce aircraft CO2 emissions by up to 5%, and by up to 10% for helicopters. It has already flight tested a hybrid-electric system that takes over from the thermal engine should it fail. Its Engine Back-up System is the forerunner of larger hybrid propulsion systems that will be […]

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Equipmake launches motor for harsh environments

Electrification specialist Equipmake has unveiled an ultra-lightweight, power-dense electric motor, designed for space, aerospace and marine applications. The HPM-400 is a short-duration motor that was originally specified as a rocket fuel pump for Australian company Gilmour Space Technologies, for use in its Eris rocket programme. It has a maximum motor speed of 20,000 rpm and […]

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KEB Automation uses Yokogawa power analyser to build more efficient motor drives

German automation and motion control specialist KEB Automation is using Yokogawa’s WT5000 Precision Power analyser to develop its latest generation of frequency converters for variable-speed drives, to ensure they meet the latest EU energy efficiency regulations in the Ecodesign Directive. KEB uses power analysers at several stages of a product’s lifecycle, including the development of […]

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Motor mode programming made easy

Synchronising motors and controllers is a key aspect of EV powertrain development, and Friwo’s electrification kits come with an algorithm that automates that potentially tricky process while enabling vehicle developers to program in their own modes to tailor motor output for economy or performance, for example (writes Peter Donaldson). Motors and controllers need synchronising to […]


Three-wheeler given new design

White Motorcycle Concepts (WMC) has started production of a new design of its electric-hybrid three-wheel scooter (writes Nick Flaherty). The WMC300FR uses a patented Venturi duct technology added to a Yamaha Tricity 300 platform with a 292 cc single-cylinder four-stroke motor. The hybrid power-assist unit consists of two 56 V, 12 Ah detachable lithium-ion rechargeable […]


Ariel Hipercar

Fast forward There’s more to this e-sportscar than its blistering acceleration, writes Peter Donaldson, it is also designed to advance EV technology “High performance carbon reduction” is a statement of intent for niche sportscar manufacturer Ariel Motor. Contraction of the phrase yields Hipercar, the name of Ariel’s road-focused, track-capable EV designed to reach 60 mph […]

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McLaren Applied subsidiary unveils electric scooter

Micro-mobility company Lavoie, a subsidiary of McLaren Applied, has announced its debut product, the Series 1 electric scooter. The scooter features Lavoie’s patented one-touch Flowfold system, in which a single press of a button folds the front and rear wheel hinges and collapses the stem. A 2-hour charge on a domestic three-pin plug provides up […]

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Vibracoustic introduces modular mounts for electric motors

NVH products supplier Vibracoustic has unveiled a modular thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) bushing and a polymer beam mount for electric motors in battery EVs. The company says they reduce weight and simplify assembly while also meeting OEM requirements for stiffness and isolation performance. Their integration ranges from bushings to a more sophisticated beam mount. The motor […]