Volkswagen, California NanoSystems Institute, University of Michigan.
One battery cell for all? VW is thinking about a single cell design for all batteries of its various electrified models, head of development Heinz-Jakob Neusser said. This could lead to cost reduction of 66 percent. At the moment, cells for VW’s e-Golf and Golf GTE as well as the Audi A3 e-tron are delivered by Panasonic, while Samsung SDI supplies cells for the new Passat GTE and upcoming Audi e-trons.
Hybrid supercapacitor: Researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute have developed what they call a hybrid supercapacitor. It combines the virtues of supercaps like fast charge/discharge rates with a high energy density – six times as much as commercially available supercapacitors.
Promising H2 storage: The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) awarded researchers at the University of Michigan with 1.2 million dollars to continue their work with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as those prove promising as efficient materials for high-density on-board hydrogen storage for FCVs.
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