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The Faraday Battery Challenge: Cleaner, Greener Transport

We all know petrol guzzling cars are wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, the transport sector is guilty of contributing to most of the greenhouse gas emissions in the UK!

That’s why making the move to rechargeable, battery-powered, electric vehicles is so important.

While electric cars and scooters are becoming more popular, electric vehicles still aren’t dominating our roads just yet.

This is about to change with The Faraday Battery Challenge; a government initiative aiming to develop new, high-performing battery technology to boost the electric car industry.

What’s the Faraday Battery Challenge All About?

The Faraday Challenge vows to make 50% of cars electric by 2030.

Announced by the government last year, £246 million is being invested into research and innovation to drive the implementation of electric vehicles throughout the UK.

Competitions have been set up to encourage research, and a Battery Institute brings together the top minds in science, engineering and battery technology.

Innovate UK are investing in research to fund the development of cell manufacture, battery pack design and vehicle application among other things.

The project requires the collaboration of many different sectors to convert this innovative research into real-life results that we can see on our roads.

Creating a Super Battery

The problem with current batteries on the market, is that they’re not quite powerful and long-lasting enough to cope with modern-day transport demands and large scale implementation.

That’s why scientists and researchers have been given the task of developing a new battery which is more light-weight, durable and cost effective than ever before. Another important consideration for this new technology is that it needs to be recyclable, to help make the future of transport as green as possible.

Rolling Out Electric Transport

It’s all well and good developing a super battery, but what then? In order for electric vehicles to be common across the board, transport infrastructure needs to change too to be compatible.

That’s why the government introduced the Vehicle-to-Grid competition, a £20 million drive to fund projects aiding the adoption of electric vehicles by working with the grid.

Transforming the World of Transport

The benefits of developing new, high performing battery technology stretch further than cars. Rail, marine and aerospace systems could all be improved and made more sustainable with these advancements.

Even the way we use energy in our homes could be transformed, resulting in more eco-friendly ways of living.

Automated Transport of the Future

Driverless cars may sound like a gimmick dreamt up by sci-fi writers. But in fact, automated transport could revolutionise different sectors such as mining, construction and farming, making them safer and more sustainable.

For the first time, the government has made funding available for off-road, driverless cars. So this new technology isn’t as far off as you might imagine.

Funding and Support

The Faraday Challenge is being backed and funded by The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which aims to encourage science and innovation across UK industries.

Innovate UK is helping the UK become leaders in battery science through funding and support.

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the national funding agency investing in science and research projects around the UK.

Subscribe to the Innovate UK YouTube channel to find out about the other exciting projects they’ve helped fund, support and connect to build a greener tomorrow.

 

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The Smartest Electric Scooter for 2019

Inboard Technology, the creator of the best-selling M1 Electric Skateboard, recently announced its newest product, the Glide Electric Scooter Inboard recently raised $8 million in Series A funding to develop pioneering urban transportation solutions.

The Glide Electric Scooter will be the most technologically advanced electric scooter on the market, featuring regenerative braking, a swappable battery, pneumatic tires, a headlight and rear brake lights. The Glide’s wide makes it easy to ride, and the foldable design make it convenient to carry and store also the Inboard’s phone app allows for wireless firmware updates.

The Glider was specifically designed to improve upon the shortcomings of the most popular electric scooters on the market, such as the Xiaomi M365 scooter used by companies like Bird and Lime.

The Glider is one of the few electric scooters that allows user-swappable battery packs. Each battery should be good for 12 miles (20 km) of range.

It also sports a higher power 750W motor, which should help it conquer hills that have stalled out scooters from other manufacturers which are usually rated for just 250 W. On flat ground, the motor is enough to reach speeds of 18-20 mph (29-32 km/h) It is a suitable scooter for heavy riders, which many other electric scooters in the space currently never consider.

The Glider also sports oversized pneumatic tires, which roll over bumps and potholes easier than smaller wheels and help absorb bumps and holes in the road.

But to add an even smoother ride, Inboard has included coilover suspension in the design – another feature rarely found in electric scooters.

“We believe that small electric vehicles are the future of urban transportation,” said Inboard co-founder and CEO, Ryan Evans. “Our goal with the Glide was to create the safest and most innovative scooter on the market. Owning a scooter means you don’t have to worry about finding a rental, and it’s a truly fun way to flow through an urban environment.”

Inboard is offering both a consumer model electric scooter and a fleet version for companies. Inboard say that the Glider can connect to any network, so they’re catering to businesses looking to offer scooter rentals and people wanting to build apps and fleets of scooters. They have also built an open API which will allow developers to build their own apps – the possibilities really are endless. The Inboard Glider is set to be one of the smartest electric scooters released in 2019 and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

Inboard’s Glide Scooter will launch in February of 2019 coming to Europe by March/April 2019, we expect to offer presale orders by February 2019. Full specs and most important price still not confirmed, stay tuned

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Peugeot kick scooter concept

The concept of this three-wheeled electric kick scooter is to rethink urban mobility, in order to improve accessibility to the city in a pleasurable and easy way.

Three wheels give more stability, even at low speed and with an electric motor in the rear wheel it is both fun and effortless to ride. With all the compactness and portability of a classic scooter, it is a must in the city.

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The design is sporty: crisp lines are combined with subtle and elegant volumes. It is equipped with LED lights front and rear. Every function is fully integrated into the design and there is even a dock in the handlebars to connect your mobile phone.  With a dedicated application, it can display all the necessary information: speedometer, battery, GPS

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Electric Unicycle Terminology

 
 

EUC” (for Electric UniCycle)

 

The usual term used for the electric unicycles has usually been an “EUC” (for Electric UniCycle) More informally refer to them as “wheels”.

EUC Riding

Idling

Idling is the term for staying pretty much in place by moving the EUC back and forth. This is taxing for the motor (constantly changing direction) and eats up your battery fast, but can be useful for example to wait for a traffic light to change or such.

Leaning

 Leaning refers to using your body to move your center of gravity and control the EUC. You lean forwards and backwards to accelerate/decelerate or change direction. To turn the EUC, you usually lean to the direction you want to turn to (left or right), although you can also use your hips to “swivel” around for tight in-place turns.

Out-lean

Out-lean is a term used to refer to a situation where the rider leans (usually) forwards so much that the wheel cannot keep him/her balanced anymore, and usually ends up with the rider dismounting (or falling). Out-leaning usually occurs in uphills, where the wheel motor cannot keep producing enough torque to keep the wheel upright as the rider keeps leaning forward. Usually it occurs only after the full tilt-back, so most people shouldn’t be able to do it accidentally, unless it’s due to low battery (if the tilt-back is based on speed).

Overpower

Overpowering a wheel refers to similar situation as with out-lean, but seems to be more commonly used to describe a situation where the wheel cannot keep you balanced on level ground, for example when hitting a pothole that causes the wheel to tilt too much to forward or simply out-leaning.

Overspeed

 “Overspeed” is the speed where the mainboard cuts the power to the motor. I’m not certain why the cut-off occurs, but suspect that it would either require too much current to accelerate the motor faster (risking of burning components or voltage dropping too much) or the motor is very near it’s maximum rpm (where the torque drops so much that it cannot keep balancing the rider anymore). Some people suggest that the motor should never cut-off and instead let the pedals tilt forward once the motor cannot run any faster, leaving the rider at least a chance to try to recover, as shutting down the motor surely leads to a fall.

Power braking

This is a type of braking where you push the wheel in front of you with your legs while simultaneously leaning back and pushing the pedals down to brake as fast as possible. Requires some practice, but not that difficult, and a useful skill when you need to stop “on a dime”.

Tilt-back

Tilt-back is a safety measure, where the wheel starts to tilt the pedals backwards at higher speeds to warn and prevent the rider from leaning more forwards. While it is possible to lean more and try to get more speed, it might not be wise, as you can trigger a mainboard induced cut-off due to overspeed. Most wheels have this (some let the user adjust the tilt-back speeds with app), but some don’t have it at all.
 

The always recommend source: forum.electricunicycle.org/

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The Citysurfer, MINI concept, a collapsable urban electric scooter

MINI has presented an innovative urban vision that provides increased flexibility for individual mobility in congested areas; the MINI ‘citysurfer concept combines the riding properties of a kick scooter with an electric drive and thanks to its compact structure, it collapses and folds in half. weighing just 18 kilograms, the electrified two-wheeler has been developed for use on its own and in combination with other means of transportation – for example in a luggage compartment, or on buses and trains.

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the auxiliary electric drive boasts a thumb-operated accelerator and gearless hub motor in the rear wheel – the electric motor power reaches a top speed of 25 km/h (15 mph) and isn’t activated until a minimum speed is reached from the rider’s own physical thrust. the power supply is connected via a lithium-ion battery permanently installed in the frame, which can be charged by a 12-volt automobile socket or household socket. The MINI citysurfer concept integrates large wheels with pneumatic tires which makes it suitable for bumpy paths. its stable frame and height-adjustable handlebars complements three brake systems which operate independently of each other.

Hydraulic disc brakes are situated at the front and rear wheels the folding concept features a safety function for correct engagement when unfolding.

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all images courtesy BMW group

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E-Twow electric urban scooter now selling in UK

Electric scooters for kids and adults. Why should our kids have all the fun!

Light is great for lots of reasons, better handling and acceleration and unprecedented portability. Carry it into your office, upstairs to your flat, into a bus or tube. The newest Electric Scooter weigh less than 24 pounds a range of 22 miles per charge and up to 19mph top speed, you’ll change how you think about Electric scooters for urban transportation.

The philosophy behind the E-TWOW is to make life easier and to stop wasting our precious time and resources by simply pushing a button, scooting around and rediscover how easy is to reach your destination with an ecological, yet powerful and easy to handle vehicle!

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CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM

Press the acceleration right thumb for 5 seconds and the cruise control will automatically enter.

ZERO START FUNCTION

This function is for safety . When you want to ride the scooter, you should use your foot to slide it for a little distance, then press the right thumb accelerator, the scooter will go ahead. When you don’t use the scooter, if you press the right thumb accelerator by mistake, the scooter can’t go ahead.

THE MOST PRACTICAL ELECTRIC SCOOTER EVER

In addition to being an amazing ride, it’s also the perfect newest electric vehicle. When it comes to short trips, you can finally stop worrying about parking, traffic, garages, gas stations, pedaling, bike locks and pushing. With E-TWOW electric scooter, you can run quick errands, go to work and shopping, go to park, or link up with public transport. But most importantly, you’ll enjoy the ride every day.

POWER AND BRAKING

We can electronically limit the top speed without sacrificing the power you need to go on hills. On top of that, we’ve added regenerative braking by using KERS technology. It’s easy to learn, easy to handle and easy to control your speed using the brake, while recharging the battery.

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Top quality, innovative technologies and unique features, E-TWOW represents the best choice for you!

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Acton “Blink-Board” electric skateboard controlled with your phone.

Acton is now entering the growing electric skateboard market and hoping to cruise to success on the strength of an iPhone-based remote control system.

The company’s new Blink-Board, which it unveiled here at CES 2016, is far smaller than many of the electric skateboards on the market today. While they’re modeled on so-called long boards, Acton’s Blink-Board, which is just 26.5 inches long, is designed to be more like tiny “Penny Boards.”

“It’s quite small so you can take it anywhere you want to go,” Peter Treadway, Acton’s CTO, told Mashable, adding that the board weighs 10 pounds, which might be just light enough to sling over your shoulder. It comes with a carrying strap for when you’re not riding it.

He said that most of the long boards are designed for longer commutes. “We wanted to get more people to ride the short distance who wouldn’t normally be doing it,” said Treadway.

The all electric Blink-Board comes with a remote control, but if you leave the remote behind, your iPhone, with the Acton app, of course, can double as a remote.

To ride it, you hop on the maple wood deck and hit go on the app or use the throttle toggle on the remote. “There’s no soft push start,” explained Treadway. The board charges in a couple of hours and can ride, claims Treadway, six miles on a charge. The app will keep track of the board’s charge and let you connect with the Blink-Board riding community.

With a max speed of 12 mph and a max load of 250 pounds, the Blink-Board’s wheels — or “trucks” as they’re called in skateboard lingo — are very close to the front and back edges of the board for better stability. The board is also equipped with some LED accent lights.

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Via: Mashable

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