Plug Power/Hyundai Hysco, Toyota, eCarriage, Bosch.
Fuel cell cooperation: Plug Power Inc. has just signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Hysco Co. Ltd. for the creation of a five-year joint venture. If the deal which is to be finalised this July goes ahead, the partners will develop and sell hydrogen fuel cells with Hysco’s stack and plate technology throughout Asia.
One-two for Toyota: At the Six Hours of Silverstone, Toyota’s TS040 Hybrid with 1000PS (986bhp/736kW) four-wheel-drive took the first and second place. The Porsche 919 hybrid, which also had its WEC debut at the race, “only” came in third. Both Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars retired due to accidents.
The end of an era is “neigh”: The Creative Workshop presented its ‘eCarriage’ in New York. What looks very much like an oldtimer is designed to replace an even older institution: the Big Apple’s horse-drawn carriages the mayor wants to dispose of. Meanwhile, a poll has revealed that 64% of the New Yorkers are against this modernisation.
Toyota in China: The Japanese plan to produce its hybrids entirely in China and fitting them with locally made components including the batteries to save high import taxes. Furthermore, Toyota announced the launch of hybrid versions of its Corolla and Levin for China next year. They will complement the Prius and Camry currently available there.
NHTSA looks at Bosch EVSE: The U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation of the Bosch Power Xpress 240V charging unit after a Nissan Leaf owner reported smoke emitted while charging. Nissan said the car was not to blame for the incident but they would assist in the investigation as needed.