LIGHTYEAR a Dutch startup introduces energy positive solar car! Yes Energy Positive

Energy Positive means the car produces more energy than it consumes

The company is founded by alumni of Solar Team Eindhoven which built Stella and Stella Lux to participate in Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

“The Lightyear One is a statement to show that electric cars are ready for every corner of the planet”, Lex Hoefsloot clarifies. “It is the first step in our mission to make electric cars available for everyone”. Since the car does not require any charging points, it is especially well suited for area’s where the adoption of electric cars is held back by the lack of charging points. The attractively shaped four-wheel drive sedan will even handle rough terrain, so you can take it almost anywhere.

The company’s mission is to help the world in faster adoption of electric vehicles by eliminating the limitations of adoption of electric vehicles. The limitations they are trying to address are

  1. Availability of charging stations
  2. Faster recharging of the car
  3. Range on one complete charge
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Lightyear is trying to address these issues by developing a car that continuously charges itself using solar power and doesn’t require external power source for months to refuel it. The car is designed to be very light, aerodynamic and so efficient that it is energy positive!

The Car

The first vehicle, the Lightyear One, is an electric four-wheel drive car that can handle rough terrain and has a battery range of 800 kilometers, charged by the sun. Production of the car together with industry partners will start from 2019 onwards. Of this first version, a limited number of models will be produced. Pricing starts at 119,000 Euro excluding tax; reservations start today.

“You can think of the Lightyear One as being as an electric car redesigned from the ground up to combine the best of solar cars and electric cars.”, says Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear. “It’s a revolutionary step forward in electric mobility because we are able to combine a great look with extreme efficiency. This first model makes science fiction become reality: cars powered using just the sun”. At night or on a cloudy day the Lightyear One can drive up to 800 kilometers on a fully charged battery, depending on your battery configuration.

In sunny climates, Lightyear One is able to drive for months without charging

The integrated solar cells on the roof of the car will generate enough power to recharge the battery during the day and will render charging virtually unnecessary. In sunny climates, like most parts of the US and the south of Europe, the car can drive for months without charging. For very long trips an overnight-charge using an ordinary power socket will suffice – no need for electric car charging infrastructure.

Media Contacts:

Company Name: Lightyear
Full Name: Tessie Hartjes
Phone: +31 612 849 937
Email Address: tessie.hartjes@lightyear.one
Website: www.lightyear.one


Source & reference links

  1. Press Release Jet
  2. Lightyear
  3. World Solar Challenge
  4. Solar Team Eindhovan

GM Fleet and MapAnything partnered to improve fleet productivity

MapAnything Live will combine OnStar connectivity and real-time Salesforce data to automate key business processes for GM Fleet customers.

Detroit — General Motors Fleet’s customers can spend more time interfacing with clients thanks to a strategic agreement with MapAnything, Inc., the “Where” Company and leader in geo-productivity and intelligence for business.

MapAnything, a Salesforce Ventures Portfolio company, has launched MapAnything Live to GM Fleet customers – a new connectivity solution that combines telematics fleet management and customer relationship management (CRM) software to streamline routes and automate critical business processes. The solution is available by subscription, and is powered through GM’s OnStar embedded hardware.

“In-vehicle 4G LTE is fueling double-digit annual growth in the multi-billion dollar market for fleet management software, and it’s helping Chevrolet and OnStar win new business. We are expanding our relationships with technology companies because customer interest is so high,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “The reasons are simple and compelling. Inside the data streams are the critical insights fleet managers need to help their drivers stay safe and productive, and their operating costs as low as possible.”

Nearly a third of sales managers estimate their representatives spend less than half their time actively selling, due to time lost to scheduling and commuting to customer meetings, according to data from a survey conducted by MapAnything and Selling Power.

MapAnything Live, powered by OnStar, aims to increase active selling and/or service time for sales representatives, field service and delivery drivers by helping fleet managers optimize fleet and field team productivity through:

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

  • Automate key business processes including work order creation, case status changes and invoice creation based on the vehicle’s proximity to a customer.
  • Enable geo-productivity intelligent routing and scheduling based on Salesforce and telematics data.

Telematics

  • Track vehicle use and diagnostics such as vehicle location, idle time, fuel tank capacity, speed, ignition state, hard braking/acceleration and more.
  • Optimize routes based on traffic, time of day, business priorities, etc.

“By coupling our geo-productivity expertise with General Motors’ extensive fleet scale and vehicle connectivity, we’re bringing our solutions to even more businesses,” said MapAnything CEO John Stewart. “Using MapAnything Live, they’ll be able to harness their fleet location within CRM to unlock new levels of efficiency.”

MapAnything Live is another example of how GM Fleet has the most comprehensive offering of fleet connectivity services in the industry. Last month, GM Fleet announced an AT&T connected car data plan for business customers that includes data pooling, unlimited data and corporate billing. For more information on GM Fleet’s full portfolio of vehicle connectivity and telematics offerings, please visit GMFleet.com/ConnectedServices.

This strategy agreement comes on the heels of MapAnything’s $33.1 million dollar funding round in February, as well as a strategic partnership and full integration with ServiceNow, announced in May. MapAnything also recently released a suite of new geo-productivity products, including MapAnything Guide, which allows companies to manage scheduled visits for sales or field service personnel. To learn more about how geo-productivity applications can improve your business, visit www.mapanything.com.

About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

About OnStar

Launched in 1996, OnStar is a wholly owned subsidiary of GM Holdings LLC (“GM”) and offers emergency, security, navigation, connections and vehicle manager services in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Opel and Vauxhall models. Totaling more than 12 million customers in North America, Europe, China and South America, OnStar offers a range of standard, subscription and a la carte services such as Advanced Diagnostics, Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, OnStar Smart Driver, 4G LTE Wi-Fi and the AtYourService marketplace. For more information about OnStar services and features, visit www.onstar.com.

About MapAnything

Combine today’s global economy with a mobile workforce, and you get a lot of moving parts. CRM alone can’t help you answer the critical business questions: Where is my business? Where do I need to go? Founded in 2009, MapAnything is an innovator and pioneer in Geo-Productivity Software. With more than 1,800 customers globally, ranging from Large Enterprises to Small Business, we believe that “Where Matters.”

MapAnything is a Salesforce Gold App Innovation Partner, and a ServiceNow Technology Partner. They have received Ventana Research’s 2016 Technology Innovation Award for Location Analytics and been named a Customer’s Choice – Highly Reviewed App by users of Salesforce. To learn more, visit www.mapanything.com.

Via: MapAnything

Toyota Mobility Foundation begins Bus Service, and Park & Ride System to promote multi modal transportation in Vietnam

Danang, Vietnam (June 30, 2017)―Today, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and Danang People’s Committee (DPC) started the operations of the TMF Bus Service and associated TMF Park & Ride system, marking the occasion with an opening ceremony.

The city of Danang, resting at the center of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, is the entrance of the Indochina East-West Economic Corridor that commercially connects the countries of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Because of this location and the vision of the city officials, the population of Danang is increasing, with rapid and sustained economic growth. With this growth come concerns regarding future traffic congestion and the changing mobility needs of the public.

Anticipating these potential issues, TMF offered to support the DPC in developing a more robust public transportation network through the Project on Urban Transit Corridor Improvement. This project uniquely aims to prevent a future congestion problem by promoting the behavior change of citizens. The project encourages the people of Danang to shift from singular, private modes of mobility to multiple transportation modes integrating private and public transportation. The DPC is the grantee of the project that runs from July 2015 to March 2019, with a budget of 320 million Japanese Yen (about 2.9 million USD) sponsored by TMF.

TMF Bus Service

This feeder bus service links to the larger Danang city bus route. The TMF Bus Service has two routes: a shorter route covering the urban center, and a longer route connecting a residential area to the urban center. To present the bus as an efficient solution and promote its usage, the service has the following features

  • First year free travel
  • Comfortable and clean facilities
  • Hospitality and professionalism in service
  • Punctuality per a fixed timetable
  • Safety as the fundamental priority

TMF Park & Ride System

Located at the TMF bus terminal at the intersection of Bui Duong Lich and Tran Thanh Tong Streets, the Park & Ride facilitates easy access to the bus services. It is equipped with an auto-gate, camera surveillance system, and an IC card to ensure the security and safety for the bus passenger. In addition, there is no charge for parking when the service is launched.

On-Road Parking Management Pilot on Bach Dang Street

Most developing countries face parking crises as a result of rapid, dense urbanization and motorization, making parking policy an important component for sustainable transport management. This pilot model of mobile parking management on Bach Dang Street applies advanced technology such as time-based parking, fee collection software, and parking vacancy advisories, in order to reduce traffic congestion. This pilot model intends to illustrate the benefits of parking management, and help formulate an ideal transport management policy.

Mr. Dzung, the Vice Chairman of the DPC, said “It is important to establish a multi-modal transportation system in Danang in order to improve the quality of life of our citizens in the mid- to long-term. The TMF Bus, Park & Ride System and the on-road parking management pilot are significant steps forward for our city. The TMF Bus and Park & Ride Services, which are linked to our city bus services that were initiated last year, help improve the mobility options for citizens. We thank TMF for this great contribution to the current and future development of Danang.”

Osamu Nagata, President of the TMF Secretariat and Executive Vice President, Member of the Board of Directors of Toyota Motor Corporation, said “This project could only be initiated with the great support from the DPC and many other stakeholders, including Hai Chau District, Almec, and Toyota Motor Vietnam. TMF seeks to find mobility solutions by using our experience and know-how and partnering with the ownership and skills of local communities across the world. We would like to learn from Danang’s citizens and continuously improve service based on actual customer experiences, ultimately leading to a more mobile society with opportunities for all.”

Mr. Toru Kinoshita, President of Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) said “Participating in this project to promote multi-modal transportation is a significant opportunity for us to contribute to the city of Danang in addition to the traffic safety programs we conduct across the country. For this project, we donated two 28-seater vans to serve as the TMF buses, and we will also provide maintenance to ensure their safe operation. We hope Danang’s citizens experience our vehicles and recognize them as their transportation solution. We are happy to extend our support to supplement the activities of TMF and the DPC.”

About Toyota Mobility Foundation

TMF was established in August 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to support strong mobility systems while eliminating disparities in mobility. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working in partnership with universities, governments, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world. Programs include resolving urban transportation problems, expanding the utilization of personal mobility, and developing solutions for next generation mobility.

Via: Toyota Global Newsroom

Toyota Motor Corporation announces executive and personnel changes

Toyota City, Japan, June 30, 2017―On July 1, Toyota Motor Corporation will make changes to executives’ areas of responsibility, as well as personnel changes at the sub-executive managerial level.

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  1. Managing Officers’ Areas of Responsibility
Name Current New
Hiroaki Okuchi
  • Frontier Research Center
  • Advanced R&D and Engineering Company
    (Executive Vice President, in charge of Model Based Development and Battery)
  • Frontier Research Center
  • Advanced R&D and Engineering Company
    (Executive Vice President, in charge of Model Based Development and Battery)

    • Electronics Control System Development Div. (concurrent General Manager)
Yoichi Miyazaki
  • BR Product・Cost Planning Reform Promotion Dept.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Corporate Strategy Div.
  • Business & Operation Planning Div.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Marketing Div.
  • East Asia & Oceania Region (CEO)
  • BR Product・Cost Planning Reform Promotion Dept.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Corporate Strategy Div.
  • Business & Operation Planning Div.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Marketing Div.
  • East Asia & Oceania Region (CEO)
    • East Asia & Oceania Div.
      (concurrent General Manager)
  1. Personnel changes at the sub-executive managerial level effective
Name Current New
Koichi Shirozu Electronics Control System Development Div. (General Manager), Advanced R&D and Engineering Company Strategic Top Executive Meeting Office (Project General Manager)
Masakazu Yoshimura East Asia & Oceania Div. (General Manager) Strategic Top Executive Meeting Office (Project General Manager)
Naoaki Nunogaki
  • Corporate Citizenship Div.
    (General Manager)
  • Community Relations Dept. (General Manager), Corporate Citizenship Div.
Corporate Citizenship Div.
(General Manager)
Jun Wakabayashi Temporary External Transfer to Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. TPS Promotion Center (Project General Manager)
Shoji Kimura
  • Vehicle Logistics Div. (General Manager), Logistics Field
  • Strategy Planning & Administration Dept. (General Manager), Vehicle Logistics Div., Logistics Field
Vehicle Logistics Div. (General Manager), Logistics Field
Shinya Kono Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div. (General Manager)
  • Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div. (General Manager)
  • Sales Promoting Dept. (General Manager), Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div.
Akihiko Ootuka MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div.
(General Manager),
Mid-size Vehicle Company
  • MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div.
    (General Manager),
    Mid-size Vehicle Company
  • Vehicle Dynamics Development Dept. (General Manager), MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div., Mid-size Vehicle Company
Tetsu Yamada
  • Engine Design & Engineering Div. (General Manager), Powertrain Company
  • Engine Development Management Dept. (General Manager), Engine Design & Engineering Div., Powertrain Company
Engine Design & Engineering Div. (General Manager), Powertrain Company

Via: Toyota Newsroom