GM, Google, Greenwich, SolidEnergy.
GM creates electric car division: The manufacturer has formed a dedicated team for electric and self-driving cars to speed up advancement. Doug Parks takes the lead as vice president and will oversee research and development of new electrical and battery systems, as well as software.
Google to expand EV testing: The internet corporation says it will bring its self-driving electric cars to four more U.S. cities. Testing is to start this March. Only Ann Arbor, Michigan, has so far been named as potential location for the Google cars.
Driverless pods in Greenwich: This summer, electric, self-driving pods will begin roaming the roads of the London borough. They will resemble the electric passenger shuttles already in operation at Heathrow Airport, but are currently being adapted for use on public roads.
bbc.com, businesscar.co.uk, ibtimes.co.uk
12m for battery start-up: The MIT spinoff SolidEnergy has raised 12m dollars in a Series B round led by an undisclosed mayor car company from the United States. The firm’s promise is to bring a battery said to double EV range to market by next year.