EU-LIVE, 24M Technologies, Saft, Honda.
Light vehicle development: The project EU-LIVE (Efficient Urban Light Vehicles) led by the Virtual Vehicle Research Center in Graz has kicked off. It aims at developing a comprehensive solution for the next generation of electrified light vehicles. A modular development approach will provide a complete range of different electrified powertrains and vehicle bodies with different designs that are cost-efficient and easy to produce.
New Li-ion cells: After five years of research, the A123 spinoff 24M Technologies has presented a new battery cell design that will allegedly cut production costs in half. 24M uses a semi-solid form of electrolyte, allowing for a much simpler design. 10,000 prototype cells were built so far and 24M expects to be producing limited quantities of batteries in 2017, and to begin high-volume production in 2020.
News deal for Saft: The company will deliver two Li-ion battery systems with a capacity of 800 kWh for a new hybrid ferry in Scotland. Saft’s Seanergy system can be scaled to meet requirements of up to 750 V and are based on the company’s nickel-based Li-ion Super Phosphate (SLFP) cell chemistry.
Honda gets ready to climb: The Japanese manufacturer will take part in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with its CR-Z Hybrid. The hybrid drivetrain features Electric SH-AWD, believed to use two electric motors to power the rear of the car – similar to a technology used in supercars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder.
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