Green light for LG facility in Poland: Rumours that LG Chem is setting up shop in Europe to build EV batteries have been circulating for a while. The Polish government now says the supplier will invest 1.3bn zloty (339,000,000 USD) in a facility in Kobierzyce near Wroclaw, which will churn out batteries for 100,000 EVs per year from 2019.
Sweden has big plans: The country kicked off the “Research and Innovation Platform for Electric Roads,” aimed at further developing Electric Road Systems (ERS). It has been testing roads with overhead contact lines for electric trucks and now wants to look at how the system could be introduced on a larger scale, as well how interfaces can be standardised.
Very individual EV: Honda has developed the prototype of a platform to produce 3D-printed, small electric cars. A big plus is the adoptable layout, which could enable clients to design their EV based exactly on what they need and want.
New Valeo mild hybrid: The automotive supplier presented a 48 Volt mild hybrid system in Paris. The 48V e4Sport can be used in all types of vehicles with petrol or diesel-powered engines and supports all-electric driving.