End-to-end H2 supply chain: Toyota, Toshiba and Iwatani will start testing an end-to-end low-carbon hydrogen supply chain this autumn with support from the Japanese government. The hydrogen will be produced from renewables and used to power 12 fuel cell fork lifts. Excess energy is to be stored in batteries from used hybrid vehicles.
Audi takes FCV lead: Audi will head the Volkswagen Group’s fuel cell efforts at a centre in Neckarsulm, Germany. The brand will pave the way for the whole corporation, says Audi’s new development chief Stefan Knirsch. Audi will presents its fuel cell vehicle, the H-tron quattro in Detroit next year, but has not given launch date.
autonews.com, heise.de (in German)
Sports car drive for C-segment: GKN Driveline launches a new version of its eAxle module derived from the one used in the BMW i8, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine PHEV. The revised drive will power mass market plug-in hybrids with up to 65 kW additional electric performance.
AirCon testing for EVs: Valeo operates a new high voltage test bed at its facility in German Bad Rodach. It will help to make air condition systems in electric cars as efficient as possible, while also looking to improve charging times. The endeavour is supported by the state of Bavaria, BMW and two regional universities.
np-coburg.de (in German)
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