Megawatt electric racer: The eO PP03 by Drive eO is said to put out 1,020 kW. Designed and built in Latvia, the all-electric racer is to compete at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the U.S. this June, powered by six electric motors that are fuelled by a 50-kWh Li-Ion battery.
German paint shop for Tesla: The Californians have asked specialist Eisenmann to build two fully automated painting lines at Tesla’s Fremont facility. The 9-figure deal is the biggest in the German company’s history to date. One line will be used to paint car bodies, the other for components.
Fuel for fuel cells in Japan: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization is to grant another 3 billion yen (25m USD) for the development of fuel cells until 2019. The aim is to improve efficiency, durability and functionality of fuel cells and to make them cheaper, of course.
japan.ahk.de (in German), itmedia.co.jp (in Japanese)
Fairchild broadens automotive portfolio: The company has introduced the automotive-qualified SuperFET II MOSFET and High Voltage Rectifier product families. According to Fairchild, both are suited for increasing the power ratings of onboard chargers and DC-to-DC converters.
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