Google, Formula E, Lazareth, Loop Energy.
Growing Google team: According to Reuters, at least 170 people are already working on the autonomous Google car. More than 40 experts were recruited directly from other automotive companies, such as Tesla, GM and Ford. And there are new job openings on the production side. Still, Google is not looking to mass produce its vehicle. It is more likely that it is looking to build more prototypes and that it will corporate with i.e. Foxconn for serial production.
No car changes for Formula E: FIA is looking for new battery and chassis suppliers for the 2018/2019 season of its electric racing series. From that 5th season, the cars are said to have enough battery to last the whole race. Drivers currently need to swap vehicles half way through.
Electric Sports-Quad: French tuner Lazareth presented the prototype of its latest EV-creation. The E-Wazuma is part motorcycle and part quad, powered by two 30 kW in-wheel electric motors. The company’s main objective – fun behind the wheel.
E-FC-trucks: Loop Energy has been awarded 7.5m dollars from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to develop two zero emission powertrains for heavy duty trucks. It combines a battery and fuel-cell drive, as well as the patented eFlow technology that enables more durability and higher peak power.