Flood-proof electric car: Japanese company Fomm has developed a water-resistant electric car which in case of an emergency would be able to float and even move thanks to water-jet generators. Also, with only 2.49 metres in length the manufacturer claims that the ‘Concept One’ is the world’s smallest electric 4-seater. Prices will start at 1 million yen (9,800 dollars, battery excluded).
Keeping cool: Johnson Controls, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) want to develop a new cooling system for EV-batteries. Initially, the trio will focus on a 48-volt micro-hybrid battery.
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Two ENGEL moulding machines for BMW: The two large-scale machines will be delivered to BMW’s production plant in Leipzig, where the same technology is already being used to manufacture body shell components for the BMW i3. Both machines can be synchronised to produce identical components at the same time, ensuring the same material aging process.
Superconducting graphene: Researchers at Stanford University and University College of London (UCL) have discovered that graphene in combination with calcium turns into a superconductor. When studying samples of CaC6, they found that the interaction between the two is what increases conductivity.