Toshiba subsidiary Kiel-Toshiba Railway Europe unveiled its first European hybrid shunting and short-line locomotive. The company showcased the HDB 800 locomotive demonstrator in its pantograph version alongside other modular diesel-electric hybrid locomotives at a recent trade show.
The new HDB 800 has the following features:
Series hybrid system consisting of two diesel engines and the SCiB Li-ion battery system
High-efficiency permanent magnet synchronous motor
Optional catenary operation via pantograph
The SCiB is the first rechargeable Li-ion battery recognized as compliant with the SIL4 safety integrity level (less than 1×10-8 probability of failure per hour) of the European Norm 50126 standards for rolling stock, according to Toshiba.
Toshiba Managing Director Sei Shigeoka said, “The demand for new environment-friendly technologies in rail freight transport is increasing. We are delighted to present our latest hybrid shunting locomotive jointly developed by European and Japanese engineering talents.”
Update: Apple has confirmed to Axios that it has acquired Drive.ai. In the process, it has hired dozens of self-driving engineers, most of which will work on engineering and product design.
According to a new report from the San Francisco Chronicle, Apple has hired a “handful” of hardware and software engineers from self-driving car startup Drive.ai – which is planning to close its doors later this week.
Siemens is set to sell its eAircraft unit to Rolls-Royce – the companies expect the move to take place in late 2019.
Siemens eAircraft develops electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the aerospace industry. At locations in Munich and Erlangen in Germany as well as Budapest, Hungary, it cooperates with partners such as Airbus to create prototypes for propulsion systems like Airbus’s CityAirbus, with power ratings ranging from less than 100 kW to several thousand kW. eAircraft entered a development partnership with Airbus in 2016, but Siemens has been researching and developing electric aircraft propulsion systems for about ten years.
“Our eAircraft team is a pioneer in electric and hybrid-electric systems for aircraft,” said Siemens CTO and COO Roland Busch. “With Rolls-Royce, we’ve found a perfect home for this business and have placed its expertise in the hands of one of Airbus’s close partners. We will continue to cooperate with Rolls-Royce, in particular by making our digital solutions portfolio available in order to facilitate this major step toward sustainable, lower-emission aviation.”
Fiat has partnered with EVBox, a charging station manufacturer and subsidiary of the energy company ENGIE, to provide charging systems for its new EVs.
ENGIE will set up Fiat’s online platform, and will install and maintain charging stations for customers and approximately 2,800 dealers in 14 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
Last June, Fiat Chrysler announced plans to invest €9 billion (about $ 10.24 billion) in developing 10 new EV models. The company currently offers two plug-in models: the Fiat 500e and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The deal with ENGIE is intended to serve the new models, some of which are scheduled to appear in 2020.
Tesla’s Sentry Mode and TeslaCam features have become incredibly popular – and are helping owners capture some crazy things. The biggest limitation to these features is how you view the footage, but thanks to iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, things are about to get easier for iPhone and iPad users.