LG Chem, Tesla, Hyundai, KIT.
LG-Chery deal: The Korean manufacturer says will provide batteries for China’s mass produced EV brand Chery and claims to have captured more than half of the rapidly expanding EV battery market in China. Market research firm HIS expects more than 110,000 non-fossil vehicles to be sold in China this year.
1000 km range? Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes the major obstacle for EV uptake is range, adding that batteries produced at the Gigafactory could allow the Model S to travel 1000 km under normal driving conditions in one to two years. A Jefferies analyst’s report predicts the price of Model S batteries to fall to 88 dollars/kWh with the use of a nickel cobalt aluminium cathode and silicon synthetic graphene anode.
greencarreports.com (with video interview), ecomento.com
Hyundai fuel cell SUV: Frank Meijer, Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles at Hyundai Motor Europe, told motoring.com.au at the Frankfurt Motor Show that the Korean carmaker will introduce a dedicated SUV with fuel cell technology by 2018. No details were revealed, other than that the SUV might be based on or will be similar to the Tucson.
Real-time data for EVs: Researchers at the German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing an open, flexible platform for real-time data exchange for electric vehicles. The project called ELISE aims to create opportunities for new services and business ideas. It could i.e. enable emergency charging between EVs.
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