Seat, Toyota, Fisker & Quantum Fuel Systems, Dana Holding Corp.
A plug-in from Spain? According to Autoevolution, Seat is planning to introduce an SUV named “Prostyle” in 2016. It is said to be based on the IBX concept, which was presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and will most likely also be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
Toyota bets on magnesium: The Japanese carmaker is working together with U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop cathodes for rechargeable magnesium-ion batteries. Toyota sees the technology as a promising post-Li-ion solution.
Fisker comeback getting closer: Fisker Automotive officially signed Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies as the exclusive software development partner for the new Karma and Atlantic. Fisker will pay four million dollars for Quantum´s plug-in hybrid control software.
Thermal management: Dana Holding Corporation has developed a new aluminum cooling technology for electric and hybrid vehicles to limit the maximum temperature of the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) junction. Production of the aluminum cooling plates is set to start in early 2015.
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