Hybrid racer debut: Audi releases technical details of its R18 set to debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue this week. The LMP1 car features a new hybrid system with a total output of more than 736 kW (1,000 hp). Energy is stored in a Li-ion battery instead of a flywheel as was the case in previous versions.
Battery race: Four Formula E manufacturers plan to place a bid to build a battery for the electric racing series in season 5. So far, the privilege belongs to Williams Advanced Engineering alone but the firm might soon be joined by Mahindra, DS and Renault, who hope to gain valuable experience.
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Electromobility powered by Siemens – Siemens is presenting its drivetrain solutions for hybrid and electric cars on the “Vehicle Show Electromobility” in Bad Neustadt a.d.S on 16th and 17th. Find Siemens at the fairground of the demo city for electromobility and take a glance on the latest innovations.
Solid-state advance from Japan: A team of researchers from Toyota and two institutes in Tokyo developed new solid-state batteries. They synthesised two crystal materials that exhibit exceptionally high conductivity as well as stability and could thus be used as solid electrolytes for Li-ion batteries.
Improved lithium storage capacity: Researchers at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory find that some graphene metal oxide nanocomposites increase Li-ion capacity and cycling performance. They synthesised the GMOs by using a two-step solvent-directed solgel method.