ZF, Umicore, Canadian Niagara College, DOE.

ZF strengthens Chinese division: German automotive supplier ZF aims to electrify China by 2020. The newly formed e-mobility division has already set up development and distribution channels within the country. ZF will offer components as well as whole drive systems in China.

Capacity expansion for cathodes: Belgian Umicore will invest 160m euros in two nickel manganese cobalt producing facilities in Jiangmen, China and Cheonan, South Korea, over the next three years. The move is due to increased demand triggered by growing sales of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Clean tech college: Canadian Niagara College received 1.4m dollars to set up its ‘green technology automotive lab’ with the help of Ontario’s government. The facility provides students with the opportunity to work on electric and hybrid vehicles, experiment with simulators and test EV charging equipment.

Funding opportunity: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted another 22.3m dollars to vehicle technology projects. One focus is on medium- and heavy-duty plug-in electric vehicles, especially those with V2G capability. Infrastructure initiatives are excluded from the programme.



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