Rasa FCV update: Welsh company Riversimple Engineering says its fuel-cell-powered two-seater Rasa with wheel hub motors is ready to hit the road. A prototype ready for series production will be tested from autumn. Meanwhile, the company is in talks with the Welsh government to build a production plant with an annual production capacity of 5,000 units.
Bosch gets state aid: The company is looking to expand its production plant in Hatvan, Hungary, investing some 19bn Hungarian forint (about 69m dollars). The Hungarian says it will support Bosch’s effort with a 4.7bn HUF (17m USD) non-refundable grant. The expansion will create 601 more jobs, and lead to production of high-tech products, such as control units for new generation electric and hybrid cars, new radars and sensors.
Manufactured by Google? Despite previously denying that it wanted to get into the car making business, Google is advertising about 36 new jobs related to its self-driving vehicle project – 12 with a special focus on manufacturing. It seems as though the internet giant may not partner with a traditional carmaker, but build much of the hardware itself.
Hidden electromagnetic wheel: German company Lightweight has developed a prototype e-bike with so-called ‘Maglev Transrapid Technology,’ incorporating a hidden electromagnetic wheel. Some 200 magnets are embedded in the wheel trim that pass through coils, creating energy and allegedly 500 watts of assistance. The coil can also be used as an electromagnetic brake.
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