Mercedes-Benz EQC electric crossover makes US debut at CES 2019

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The first Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle from the EQ brand made its US premiere at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me connect, which makes electric mobility convenient and suitable for everyday driving. In the EQC the powerpacks are isolated by rubber mounts at two points: where the powerpack connects to its subframe and where the subframe connects to the body.

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Seven-Eleven Japan, Toyota launching next-gen convenience store project in 2019; fuel cell trucks and generators

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Seven-Eleven and Toyota entered into a basic agreement in August 2017 regarding considerations toward energy conservation and carbon dioxide emission reduction in store distribution and operation. Toyota has been investigating the use of newly developed fuel cell trucks and fuel cell generators, and the project will be implemented in stages starting in 2019. The in-store FC generator will generate electricity from hydrogen for store use.

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Hyundai Motor Group introduces industry-first smartphone-based EV performance control technology; blockchain

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In the process of uploading and sharing custom settings, the system encrypts major performance parameters in a blockchain network by creating new data blocks and stores them in the distributed data storage system to block unauthorized manipulation. Blockchain Connected vehicles Electric (Battery

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Mercedes-Benz introduces #MoveSafety initiative with two-day hackathon; new app based on Chinese app

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Within the target group, the app has received a five-star rating in the app-store. Connected vehicles Mobility services SafetyWith a two-day hackathon, Mercedes-Benz started the brand’s #MoveSafety initiative which in a first step focusses on creating a contextual application helping users to get where they want to be, as safely as possible.

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Electric Volvo XC40 features new infotainment system powered by Android with Google technologies built-in

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Volvo Car Group is the first company to team up with Google on integrating an infotainment system powered by Android, with the Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store built-in. Technology and services created by Google and Volvo Cars developers are embedded in the car, while additional music and media apps optimized and adapted for cars will be available through the Google Play Store. Connected vehicles Electric (Battery) HMI

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Researchers develop wave-energy-driven CO2 reduction system for production of carbon-based liquid fuels

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The system, described in an open-access paper in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , mainly consists of a spherical spring-assisted triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) to convert the mechanical energy of the wave to electrical energy; a power management circuit with a supercapacitor to temporarily store the harvested electrical energy; and a electrochemical setup to reduce carbon dioxide to formic acid.

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Continental, Hewlett Packard Enterprise launch blockchain-based data monetization platform for sharing vehicle data

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In the case of connected and autonomous vehicles, data sharing across automotive brands is key to providing driver-assistance services that help drivers avoid traffic hazards and find the most convenient, practical and efficient travel routes—for example real-time traffic warnings and locating available parking. Participants, such as car manufacturers, continue storing the data in their own data centers and only share specific data sets upon purchase directly with the buyer.

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chark in-car delivery service expands to Berlin

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Drivers of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and the V-Class of model year 2015 and newer can use the Mercedes me connect service to have parcels or purchases delivered directly to their parked vehicle in the German capital. Prerequisites for using chark is the Mercedes me connect ability in vehicles as of model year 2015 and the associated app which is available free of charge from the App Store (iOS). Connected vehicles Mobility services

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Gogoro introduces VIVA ultralight electric smartscooter; battery swapping

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VIVA leverages Gogoro’s Smartscooter electric powertrain, smartphone connectivity and battery swapping in a lightweight urban design for shorter, quicker trips. Loaded with more than 21 liters of storage, VIVA provides enough space to store a helmet and other essentials. VIVA is optimized with Gogoro’s iQ System that provides smart connectivity and intelligence that continues to evolve with the rider so VIVA keeps getting better.

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Honda, American Electric Power developing 2nd life applications for used EV batteries

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Storing additional power in used EV batteries can help utilities meet demand by using renewable energy resources. —Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business, American Honda Motor Co., At CES 2019, Honda introduced its prototype Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) bi-directional energy management system that has the potential to reduce CO2 and create new value for Honda customers.

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Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid available for order in Europe, deliveries by year-end

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FordPass Connect on-board modem technology features as standard, enabling operators to maximize vehicle efficiency and utilization. EV Now prioritizes usage of stored battery energy for emissions-free driving, deactivating the range extender until battery levels reach a minimum state of charge. In combination with the standard FordPass Connect on-board modem, the FordPass mobile app enables drivers to remotely monitor their vehicle’s charge status.

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Audi introduces A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e quattro PHEV

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Comprising 104 pouch cells, the lithium-ion battery stores 14.1 For optimal temperature control, its cooling loop is connected to both the coolant loop for the climate control system and the low-temperature cooling loop into which the electric motor and power electronics are also integrated. Market introduction begins in the third quarter of 2019.

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KU Leuven team creates solar panel that produces hydrogen from moisture in air

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It is not connected to the gas grid. The hydrogen gas produced in the summer will be stored and converted into electricity and heat in the winter. The hydrogen gas produced in the summer can be stored in an underground pressure vessel until winter. Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven have created a solar panel that produces hydrogen gas from moisture in the air.

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INRIX: shared bikes and scooters could replace nearly 50% of downtown vehicle trips

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Analyzing trillions of anonymous data points from hundreds of millions of connected devices, INRIX ranked the top American, British and German cities where micromobility services have the most potential to reduce vehicle trips. With congestion tolling and the expansion of protected bike lanes in New York City, shared micromobility services could safely provide critical first- and last-mile connections to neighborhoods throughout the city.

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Mitsubishi unveils twin-motor 4WD PHEV Engelberg Tourer crossover concept in Geneva

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The combination of the PHEV system with connected car technologies helps the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer be driven in all weather and over all types of road with greater reassurance. When the driver enters the destination in the onboard navigation system, the Connected Car System uses weather, temperature, topography, traffic and surface condition information to select the optimum drive mode and to tailor torque split through drive battery energy management and the S-AWC system.

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Audi’s performance SQ5 diesel features electric compressor with mild hybrid system

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Energy is stored in a compact lithium-ion battery with an electrical capacity of 10 Ah located beneath the luggage compartment floor. An AC/DC converter connects the conventional 12-volt electrical system. At its core is a belt alternator-starter (BAS) connected to the crankshaft. This electrical energy is stored in the lithium-ion battery, from where it is dynamically distributed to the consumers in the electrical system.

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Solaris to supply electric buses to Paris

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The energy needed to drive it will be stored in 160 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries. A plug-in connection, through which the bus will connect to an external stationary charger will be used to top up the energy. Paris-based Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) has signed a contract with Solaris Bus & Coach for the supply of the Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE 8.9-meter electric bus to Paris.

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Four engine variants of updated Audi A5 to be equipped with 12V and 48V mild hybrid systems

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A belt alternator starter, which is connected to the crankshaft, recovers energy during deceleration and stores this in a compact lithium-ion battery. The Audi A5 models and the S5 models with a TDI engine and sporty new look can be ordered in Europe from fall 2019. Audi is updating the A5 sedan. At market introduction, four A5 engine variants will be equipped with a mild hybrid system (MHEV).

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Hyundai introducing 48V mild hybrid system with 1.6L diesel in Europe

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In addition to the 48V electrical system, the vehicle is equipped with the conventional 12V electrical system, which is connected via the DC/DC converter to the 48V system. Thus, parts of the energy stored in the 48V battery system can also be used to stabilize the 12V on-board power supply. A belt connects the MHSG to the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine.

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Volkswagen Group sets up new group company for energy and charging: Elli

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Elli Group GmbH , with headquartered in Berlin, is to develop products and services connected with energy and charging for the brands of the Group. The comfort version also operates with 11 kW but also offers connectivity via attractive payment arrangements and update options. It will be possible to store power generated by customers’ photovoltaic systems in the car and to use it later in the household—or to feed it to the power grid in order to earn revenue.

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Hyundai Motor Group develops smartphone-based Digital Key; deployment starts later this year

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The user’s preferred vehicle settings are stored in the vehicle. Car Sharing Connected vehicles HMI Vehicle SystemsHyundai Motor Group has developed a “Digital Key”, which allows users to unlock and start their Hyundai or Kia vehicle via their smartphone. Replacing a traditional physical key, the new Digital Key can be downloaded via an app and used by up to four authorized people.

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New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel-cell bus achieves 350 miles of zero-emission range in a test demonstration for OCTA

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The demonstration was completed on OCTA’s Route 47 operating from Fullerton to Newport Beach in April 2019 with a payload representing fully-seated passenger capacity. The fuel cell with stored hydrogen performed ideally as an on-board battery charger, allowed the bus to reach 350 miles without refueling or connecting to the electric grid.

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XL to launch plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-250 pickup at NTEA Work Truck Show

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XL, a provider of connected vehicle electrification solutions for commercial, utility and municipal fleets, will unveil a plug-in hybrid electric version of the popular Ford F-250 pickup truck at the NTEA Work Truck show, 5-8 March in Indianapolis. The truck will also feature regenerative braking, enabling it to store energy in the battery while slowing and then use that energy to help propel the vehicle during acceleration.

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MIT and Lamborghini file patent on new MOF material for supercapacitors

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More broadly, this result is part of the shift towards electric vehicles technology Automobili Lamborghini undertook in 2017 with the presentation of the Terzo Millennio, and most recently with the Sián hybrid super sports car, unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Rather than a lithium-ion battery, the Sián uses supercapacitors—a technology pioneered originally in the Lamborghini Aventador but significantly enhanced to store ten times the power.

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Georgia Tech team develops conversion-type iron-fluoride Li battery cathode with solid polymer electrolyte

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Conversion-type cathodes, especially transition metal fluorides (MFs), are thus becoming of the highest interest due to their very high specific and volumetric capacities, which allow storing 1.5-2 times and 2-3 times more energy per given unit stack volume and mass, respectively, than those using conventional electrodes.

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DOE awards $5.5M to apply machine learning to geothermal exploration

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Improving geothermal reservoir management by using machine learning in conjunction with physics-based subsurface flow paths and interwell connectivity models. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $5.5 million for 10 new projects to apply machine learning techniques to geothermal exploration and production.

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Mercedes-AMG 2L, turbo four-cylinder pushes out up to 421 hp, 500 Nm

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Together with the intercooler connected in series, the coolant flow through the radiators is assisted by a high-performance electric pump. Comprehensive digitization improves both the efficiency and flexibility of the manufacturing process: Each tool is connected to the WLAN of the engine assembly shop—enabling and torque settings for the relevant assembly stage can therefore be automated by indoor tracking.

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Porsche expanding Charging Service in Europe; more than 49,000 charging points

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The service searches for suitable charging stations and performs invoicing via centrally stored payment details. Registration is possible via www.porsche.com/connect-store. Just a few months after the launch, Porsche is expanding its charging service for plug-in and electric vehicles ( earlier post ) by five countries and additional functions. The platform now has more than 49,000 charging points in twelve countries.

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Ford Europe bringing 48V mild hybrid tech to Tourneo van; new diesel engines

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The BISG also acts as a motor, using the stored energy to provide torque assistance to the engine under normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle’s electrical ancillaries. With FordPass Connect on-board modem technology, the Tourneo Custom serves as a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices, while advanced new technology features help drivers park, tow, prevent collisions and even avoid speeding fines with greater confidence.

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Audi unveils MEB-based Q4 e-tron concept EV; production version in 2020

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There is no mechanical connection between the axles. The battery in the vehicle floor stores 82 kWh, which allows for a range of more than 450 kilometers (280 miles) according to the WLTP standard. Sales of the Audi e-tron have already started, and the first vehicles will be delivered to the customers before the end of March 2019. Audi unveiled the Q4 e-tron concept compact electric SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Audi introduces Q5 55 TFSI e quattro plug-in hybrid; first of new PHEVs

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It is made up of 104 prismatic cells and stores 14.1 For optimal temperature control, its cooling loop is connected to both the coolant loop for the climate control system and the low-temperature cooling loop into which the electric motor and power electronics are also integrated. Market introduction begins in the third quarter of 2019. The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro with 270 kW (367 hp) system output (combined fuel consumption: 2.4 – 2.1

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Volkswagen introduces near-series design study of the MEB-based flexible quick charging station at Geneva

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Connected to the grid or even off-grid, the station can charge up to four electric cars simultaneously, based on the principle of a ‘power bank’, two with DC quick charging. The charging station can be used as interim storage for eco-power; however, when connected to the mains power grid, it becomes a permanent charging point. By contrast, when it is permanently connected to the mains power grid, the battery pack continuously and independently recharges itself.

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BMW Group spare parts logistics center piloting autonomous transport platforms

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The aim of the AutoBox pilot project is to automate long distances in the Dynamics Center using the transport platform and to connect more distant parts of the building. The transport platform then moves through a roller shutter door in the direction of the order-picking warehouse, where the parts are temporarily stored before being dispatched to the customer.

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Paks, Hungary orders 10 electric Solaris buses

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The energy necessary to drive it will be stored in Solaris High Energy batteries with a total capacity of 250 kWh. LE electric will be equipped with 200 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries which will be charged using a plug-in connection. The city of Paks, located in the central part of Hungary, has ordered 10 zero-emission electric buses from Solaris: six Solaris Urbino 12 electric vehicles and four 8.9-meter electric buses with five stationary chargers.

Volkswagen’s ID.3 debuts for the European market

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electric vehicle, the first model from the MEB product line for electric vehicles, is making its debut at IAA 2019 in Frankfurt. The power electronics control the high-voltage energy flow between motor and battery and in this process, the system converts the direct current (DC) stored in the battery to alternating current (AC) for the drive motor. With App-Connect, you can also connect the ID.3 Volkswagen’s ID.3

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2020 Range Rover available with 48V mild hybrid in-line 6

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Based around a new start-stop system, the latest 3.0-liter engine is paired with an electric motor that can harvest energy through deceleration and store it in a 48V battery. Connectivity has been enhanced with the addition of a new Smartphone Pack, fitted as standard across the range.

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Ford introduces North America’s largest electric vehicle charging network for its EV customers; Greenlots led buildout

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New Ford all-electric vehicles, including the Mustang-inspired SUV arriving next year, will come standard with a Ford Mobile Charger that can charge regardless of outlet power (120- and 240-volt outlets); for those with longer commutes or who want greater peace of mind, a Ford Connected Charge Station can fully power a vehicle overnight while they sleep. Ford is collaborating with Amazon in the US for all installation services from 240V outlets to the Ford Connected Charge Station.

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Supercap-based e-KERS for ICEV delivers approx. 20% reduction in fuel consumption

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The system was conceived to recover the vehicle kinetic energy during braking phases by charging the supercapacitor, whose stored energy is employed by the MGU for the successive vehicle acceleration. The MGU is mechanically connected to the drive shaft via a fixed gear ratio and converts the vehicle kinetic energy into electric energy and vice versa.

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Buick launches VELITE 6 PLUS MAV EV with increased range of 410 km

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As Buick’s first global all-electric vehicle and SAIC-GM’s first electric vehicle for the mass market, the VELITE 6 integrates resources and advanced technology from GM and SAIC for new energy and connected vehicles. kWh and its energy density has been increased to 140 Wh/kg, allowing it to store more energy with the same volume. Buick launched the VELITE 6 PLUS MAV (multi-activity vehicle) electric vehicle in China.

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Audi unveils e-tron Sportback electric SUV Coupé; market intro spring 2020

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The battery system of the Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro stores 95 kWh of gross energy (86.5 The standard compact charging system is suitable for a simple 230-volt connection and for a 400-volt three-phase outlet with an output of up to 11 kW. The optional charging stem connect will be available for ordering at market launch. Audi unveiled the second model in its e-tron product line.

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Updated Audi Q7 SUV has 48V MHEV as standard, new PHEV option

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Its central component, the belt alternator starter (BAS), powers a 48-volt main electrical system in which a compact lithium-ion battery stores the energy. Audi connect and assist systems. The MMI navigation plus features LTE Advanced, a Wi-Fi hotspot, natural voice control and the extensive Audi connect portfolio. Audi’s updated Q7 SUV will have the company’s 48V mild-hybrid system (MHEV) as standard. In customer operation, this technology can reduce consumption by up to 0.7

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Lexus presents LF-30 Electrified concept

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Headlining this was the debut of the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept, which made its world premiere at the 46 th Tokyo Motor Show 2019. The steer-by-wire system eliminates a mechanical connection to allow more flexible turning control depending on driving conditions, and a more precise steering feel aligned with the driver’s intention. Onboard AI distinguishes the voices of vehicle occupants, and uses personalized information stored on the driver’s control key to serve as a partner.

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3 Norwegian operators order 7 more Solaris electric buses

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The energy needed to power the vehicle will be stored in 160 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries. The charging of the batteries will take place via a plug-in connection, while the vehicle will be mechanically and electrically prepared for the subsequent installation of the fast-charging pantograph. Three Norwegian operators have ordered another 7 Solaris electric buses. Four Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses will be included in the Norgesbuss operator fleet from Oslo.

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