BMW, University of South Wales, MW Motors, Leclanché & Litarion.
BMW plug-in 2.0: The Bavarian carmaker outlined its future platform “Power eDrive” for plug-in vehicles at the Vienna Motor Symposium. The Power eDrive system features an electric drive on both the front and rear axle and a combustion engine. According to BMW, some 80 percent of the average annual mileage of a typical commuter could be covered in all-electric mode.
Australian sun-powered EV: The record-holding solar-powered car eVe, developed by the University of South Wales, could be ready to become street legal as early as July. Students are currently working to further develop the car and promise a range of up to 800 kilometres.
Cute electric roadster for your buck: As part of an open source project, MW Motors is working on a street legal roadster with hub motors, called the Luka EV. The vintage-looking EV is said to have a range of up to 300 kilometres and will sell for less than 20,000 dollars.
Li-ion alliance: Litarion, which was recently acquired by Electrovaya, and Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché have signed a supply agreement for the manufacturing and commercialization of Lithium-ion storage systems incorporating electrodes from Litarion.
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