Meet the new Audi R18 e-tron: The German diesel-hybrid racecar for Le Mans is to compete in the 4-megajoule class this WEC season and will feature a stronger electric drive, now delivering an output of more than 200 kW. Audi has increased the capacity of the energy storage system as well.
Packing peanuts as anodes? Researchers from Purdue University say they have developed a process to make carbon-nanoparticle and microsheet anodes for Li-ion batteries from polystyrene and starch-based packing peanuts. The up-cycled material is said to be even better than graphite.
Sino-American electric racer: U.S.-based Advanced Battery Technologies announced its strategic partnership with Chinese Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile. The latter intends to produce 20,000 electric sports car this year for which ABAT will supply its batteries.
Jaguar Land Rover now laid the foundation stone for the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) located at Warwick University. Electrification will be one of the research area at the 150-million pound centre in Coventry that will open in 2017.
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