Infineon, Telefónica, Battery research, Tesla.
Infineon research project: Together with 26 research partners from six countries, Infineon is leading the 55-million euro (75.7m dollars) eRamp project. The project is aiming on strengthening and expanding Germany’s and Europe’s expertise in the production of power electronics.
Telefónica to connect Tesla: The mobile network provider and the Californian carmaker announced an agreement for M2M connectivity for the Model S. Telefonica and its partners from the M2M World Alliance will be able to provide services all over Europe. In Germany and UK, O2 will serve Tesla drivers.
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A new electrolyte developed by the universities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science is said to lower charging times for li-ion batteries by one third and to increase the nominal standard cell voltage from 3 to 5 volts. The new electrolyte contains a high concentration of lithium ion.
Tesla batteries from local sources: To make the battery production of its future Gigafactory as green as possible, Tesla is planning on sourcing raw-materials also from North America. Tesla hopes to offset the higher prices by the fact that far less transportation and logistics will be involved.