USA, joint venture, BMW, Ballard Power Systems.
U.S. gives EV technology a boost: The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it will support the domestic auto industry’s efforts to develop new technologies with 58m dollars. The bulk of the money will be spent on electric drivetrains, as well as charging and energy storage technology.
Franco-Canadian alliance: PSA Peugeot Citroën, Exagon Motors, Hydro-Québec and TM4 have formed a joint venture. With financial help from the Canadian government (16m Canadian dollars), they plan to develop a new electric drivetrain for light utility vehicles.
BMW’s first non-European engine plant: Working together with its Chinese partner Brilliance, the Bavarian carmaker has opened a new engine plant in Shengyang. Next to combustion engines, the site is said to also produce high-voltage batteries for hybrid vehicles.
Ballard Power Systems in Asia: The Canadian fuel cell experts received an order worth 12m dollars from China for the delivery of FCvelocity-9SSL fuel cell stacks for buses of the Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology. The joint research and development project with Japanese company Nisshinbo for the production of cheaper PEM fuel cell catalysts is meanwhile entering its seventh phase.
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