Domestic disturbance? Tesla turned to LG Chem to supply the upgraded battery for its Roadster. The Califonian EV maker confirmed the contract but did not say why it would not use Panasonic cells. The Japanese usually are Tesla’s trusted partner and biggest investor in the Gigafactory. LG Chem however, acts increasingly competitive, as it reportedly will supply GM with batteries at 145 dollars/kWh.
Vision Tokyo unveiled: Mercedes presents its newest autonomous concept in Japan. The Vision Tokyo uses the fuel cell system from the F 015 as presumed. Range is given at almost 1,000 kilometres. Batteries last for 190km and can be charged inductively while the fuel cell generates energy for the remaining 790km. Up to five passengers are invited to lounge on the wrap-around couch.
Strategic partners: Ballard Power Systems will receive a 5-million-dollar investment by Nisshinbo. The deal between the firms that have worked together for over 20 years, is expected to close in early November. Nisshinbo provides the fuel cell industry with carbon plates used in MEA.
The Science Award Electrochemistry by Volkswagen and BASF goes to Dr. Bryan McCloskey from the University of California, Berkeley, for his “outstanding research results” in lithium-oxygen batteries.
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