Renault, LG Chem, BYD, Intelligent Energy, SemaConnect, Nissan.
Renault and LG Chem forged a strategic alliance to develop long-range Li-ion batteries for EVs. The partnership agreement will see the two companies combining their R&D efforts to produce a new vehicle using a high density battery to be developed by LG Chem which is said to double the current range of 93 miles.
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Long-lasting transducers: BYD Microelectronics (BME) announced that the multi-channel, current transducers, namely the BLX9, in BYD’s EVs have been running faultlessly for 130,000,000 miles in the last five years with each electric car running for more than 400,000 miles.
Air-cooled, compact fuel cell system: Intelligent Energy presented its Gen4 fuel cell power unit, which has been developed together with Suzuki, at the 2014 JSAE (Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan) Annual Congress in Yokohama. The unit is designed for smaller EVs but comes with an optional range extender for application in larger vehicles.
Google Glass to find charging stations: Charging station operator SemaConnect has developed an app to be used with Google Glass. Drivers can use Google’s wearable computer to locate the nearest charging point within a 20-mile radius. However, the app will only list ChargePro stations – currently over 300 in the U.S. and Canada.
Nissan ZEOD RC exposed: The Japanese carmaker released an explosion drawing of its hybrid race car. The CAD graphic shows most components of the ZEOD RC prototype which Nissan built to take to Garage 56 at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours competition.