LG Chem, Sony, Ford, Terrafugia.

LG-Chem-CellsLG Gigafactory: According to Navigant Research, LG Chem’s manufacturing plant in Holland, Michigan, could increase capacity to three GWh within a few years. The plant’s present capacity with three fully utilized production lines is 650 MWh, a fourth line is under construction. LG Chem produces batteries for the Chevy Volt and Spark EV, as well as the Tesla Roadster.
autonews.com via gas2.org, ecomento.com

Sony develops superbattery: Sony is working on a Li-S battery based on sulphur and lithium electrodes, which could increase the battery capacity by 40 percent over existing technology. It will initially be used in smartphones and robots and is said to replace Li-ion batteries by 2020. Another battery type Sony is working on is based on magnesium and sulphur (Mg-S).
techon.nikkeibp.co.jp, dailymail.co.uk

Ford without wheel: A self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid prototype will be road-tested in California next year. Ford is also testing the Fusion at the University of Michigan’s Mcity full scale simulated urban environment. Kia and Hyundai meanwhile received permission to test driverless cars on public roads in Nevada. Kia hope to bring the Soul EV’s Advanced Driver Assistance System to market by 2020.
greencarcongress.com (Ford), autoevolution.com (Kia), automotive-business-review.com (Hyundai)

EV takes flight: Massachusetts-based aircraft company Terrafugia has received special permission to run in-air tests of a small scale model of the TF-X flying car. The company plans a four-passenger hybrid that can be charged either via the engine or plugged in. It will be small enough to drive on regular roads. The flying part will be computer operated, so that no pilot’s license is required.
sciencealert.com, fortune.com


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