Hitachi Chemicals is planning to set up an US plant for battery materials in 2018, spending about 10 billion yen (83m USD). The Japanese company already supplies anode materials for batteries in the Nissan Leaf and hopes to also supply Tesla’s and Panasonic’s joint Gigafactory in the future.
1,100 kilowatts for Pikes Peak: Now it´s official: Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima teams up with Rimac on a megawatt Pikes Peak racer. The Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One is powered by four independent electric motors, giving the car a total power of over 1,1 MW and a maximum torque of 1500 Nm.
Chinese bus manufacturers are betting on batteries by LG Chem, the Korean company reports. Nanjing Golden Dragon Bus and Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle will use the LG batteries in their large- and small-sized electric city buses. LG Chem said its battery factory in the Chinese city of Nanjing will begin operating next year.
Batteries from wood pulp is what researchers from Sweden and the U.S. cooked up in their laboratories. The new wood-based aerogel material can be used for three-dimensional structures and stores significantly more power in less space than conventional batteries. According to the researchers, the aerogel batteries could be used in electric car bodies.
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