Tesla, FEV, McLaren, Texas Instruments.
Tesla drivetrain fail? Green Car Reports reports that the Tesla Model S built in 2012 and 2013 could be subject to a drivetrain failure. An analysis by Plug-In America of 327 Tesla owners showed that two-thirds of these early models will need to have drivetrains replaced within the first 60,000 miles.
Plug-in battery pack: German FEV has developed a plug-in battery pack complete with a 10 kWh battery and the BMS. The technology is ready to hit the market and can help different vehicles to drive as far as 50 km purely electric.
automobil-produktion.de, fev.com (in German)
No new McLaren P1: The manufacturer has stopped production of its hybrid supercar after exactly 375 models – just as planned. Those interested in owning the car will have to look on the used-car market. Each vehicle took 17 days to complete on average.
electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk, worldcarfans.com
Li-ion monitor: Texas Instruments’ newly developed bq76PL455A-Q1 provides highly accurate cell-voltage monitoring for large batteries with up to 256 cells in a series and can enable a more intelligent battery management in electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and grid energy storage systems.
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