BiLawE, Mitsubishi, GKN Driveline, Bühler.
Wireless charging: As part of the project BiLawE, Bosch, the Fraunhofer Institute and GreenIng are developing an inductive charging system with bidirectional capabilities. Using wireless technology, EVs would charge more often and could more easily be used as mobile energy storage devices. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs funds the undertaking with 2.4m euros.
Fixing instead of replacing: Mitsubishi will from now on repair faulty batteries of electric and hybrid cars in Germany, instead of replacing the whole pack. Damaged cells can i.e. be switched out for 1,000 euros and two hours of work.
elektroniknet.de, auto-medienportal.net, mitsubishi-motors.de (articles in German)
Compact EV drivetrain: GKN Driveline announced an optimised drivetrain system for PHEVs, which delivers as much as 65 kW and 2,000 Nm of torque. Measuring only 30 x 32 and weighing a mere 54 kg, the system is very compact. As is the price, since the Brits could leave out some components. The system will go into serial production with a European manufacturer from 2019.
Slurry manufacturing process: Swiss company Bühler will set up two production lines for electrode slurry manufacturing for Chinese battery maker Lishen. The deal is worth 5m francs (5.1m USD) nd already the second this year (we reported), with Lishen looking to open up three new production facilities in China.