BMW/Toyota, ETL, Airbus.
Joint-forces sports car: The first project between the alliance of BMW and Toyota will be an all-wheel drive hybrid sports car, marking a new generation to the Z4 and Supra model line. The two-seater will feature a hybrid drivetrain using supercapacitors based on Toyota’s Le Mans expertise and lightweight solutions from BMW’s i brand.
autocar.co.uk, greencarreports.com, autoblog.com
ETL for inductive charging: The Plugless L2 system is the first wireless electric vehicle charging system to carry the ETL safety mark, says the manufacturer Evatran. The Plugless system is currently available for the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. The Intertek ETL safety mark appears on billions of products across North America as evidence of compliance to product safety standards.
Electric maiden flight: The Airbus E-Fan is a technology demonstrator of a fully electrically-powered aviation training aircraft. The all-composite airplane has now successfully completed its maiden flight.