Rotary hybrid in the works? Mazda issued a teaser picture showing a new sports car concept which will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. No official details have been released on the concept yet, but according to media reports, the study expected to be called RX-9 will feature a rotary engine with a two-stage electric turbocharger, mated to a hybrid system with a total power output of around 450 hp.
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Brilliance teams up with Bosch: BMW’s Chinese joint venture partner Brilliance has agreed to enter into a strategic R&D partnership with Bosch. The cooperation between the two companies also includes the joint development of alternative energy automobiles.
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Akasol batteries for e-buses in Cologne: Akasol is supplying the Li-ion battery systems for eight all-electric articulated 18-meter buses, manufactured by VDL Bus & Coach. The e-buses will be operated by the public transport company Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe in the German city of Cologne.
IC for electrified vehicles: Toshiba announced the mass production start of “TB9042FTG”, a system regulator IC for the motor control system of electric and hybrid vehicles. The new IC features a strengthened monitoring function to reduce potential risks that threaten the security of the system.
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