New LMP1 racer: Audi presented its redesigned R18 e-tron quattro racer for the 2016 season. It features a modified hybrid system with Li-ion batteries, as well as an efficiency-optimized TDI engine. Moreover, the LMP1 race car is more lightweight and aerodynamic than its predecessor, ready to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
greencarcongress.com, electric-vehiclenews.com, audi-mediacenter.com
BASF bets on battery materials: The chemical company wants to increase revenue from the automotive industry by five percent per year. BASF has high hopes for its business with battery materials for electric cars in which the company believes annual revenue to reach at least 500m euros by 2020.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
Smart electric shuttles unveiled: French manufacturer Lohr has presented the prototype of a small bimodal electric bus during the COP21. The Cristal can be used for individual transport, as well as part of a multi-unit configuration for public transportation. First trial runs are expected to kick off in early 2017.
Tesla heating technology: Keeping the inside of an EV cozy on a cold day can quickly drain the battery. Tesla holds the patent for technology that uses waste heat from electronics and the traction motor, making the system much more efficient.
insideevs.com, google.com (Patent)
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