Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Geely/Volvo, Energica Ego, EV West.
Shift in battery business: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will sell its li-ion battery manufacturing to Taiwanese Delta Electronics. Instead of focussing on batteries for vehicles, MHI will concentrate its efforts on grid-tied energy storage system (ESS) products.
Geely and Volvo getting even closer: Apparently, the two companies are discussing to set up a joint research and development centre with a focus on electric drive systems and their manufacture. A timetable has not been set yet.
3D-printed superbike: Most parts of the Energica Ego were 3D printed before they are put together to form a fully functioning electric motorcycle. The Italian-made Ego is said to reach speeds of up to 150 mph. Sales launch is set for 2015 with prices starting from 22,000 euros (30,000 dollars).
gas2.org (with video), 3diot.net
Oldtimer electrification: EV West specialises in electrifying classics. The company offers conversion kits for 16 models, among them the Beetle, Porsche 911, Karmann Ghia or the more recent Mazda MX 5. The kits cost under 7,000 dollars not including the battery.
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