New battery factory in China: Samsung SDI officially opened its latest battery facility in Xi’an in Shaanxi province. Operation was initiated in September with a planned annual output of power packs for 40,000 EVs. Samsung expects to invest another 600m dollars in the factory until 2020.
Hot Cafe-Racer: Saroléa presents the Manx 7, an electric racer homologated for street use. It hopefully keeps its full carbon bodywork and is expected to deliver around 150 hp. The Manx 7 comes after the SP7, that raced in the TT Zero on the Isle of Man (we reported).
Acer all-terrain EV: MPS Energy, a subsidiary of the Taiwanese computer maker launched a prototype EV. The X Terran uses MPS Energy’s battery management system (BMS) and is a first step into the terrain of connected vehicles, Acer said.
Batteries made in Britain might become a thing of the past as Nissan relocates production of the new 30-kWh Leaf battery to Japan. The British Sunderland facility is thus left with assembly only.
eurekar.co.uk via insideevs.com
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