European Interoperability Centre, Mitsubishi, ZF, Mahle.
Harmonising EU/US standards: The European Commission inaugurated the European Interoperability Centre in Ispra, Italy. Together with its partner facility in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (we reported), it aims to ensure that the next generation of electric cars and smart grids are fully interoperable, based on harmonised standards, technology validation and testing methods.
Meet the eX: Mitsubishi unveiled its electric crossover concept in Tokyo. The eX features a 70-kW electric drive in each axle, which are fuelled by a 45 kWh battery pack that allows for a range of up 249 miles. Connected to a V2H device, the eX can serve as power source as well.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com (visual)
ZF spreads in Japan: A new R&D centre with a focus on electric drivelines will be founded in Yokohama, ZF announced. Over the next two years, about 70 engineers will start working at the Japan Tech Center in close cooperation with ZF’s recently created e-mobility division in Germany.
Electric motorcycle motors: German Mahle brings electronically controlled, brushless DC drives to Tokyo. Such electric motors are already being used by European motorcycle manufacturers. Mahle strengthens its electric transport division and holds the majority in Japanese company Kokusan Denki.
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