Fuel cell, Continental, BMW, Tesla.

Fuel cell mass production? The German transportation ministry is planning to fund fuel cell production for vehicles in Germany and is looking to work with the automotive sector to set up serial production lines. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said that as the car nation, German will have to be at the forefront of this promising technology.
welt.de (in German)

Continental’s 48-Volt hybrid system is in the starting blocks. It will be built in Nurnberg and be used in the diesel-powered Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic. That also makes the ‘Hybrid Assistant’ the first 48-Volt-hbrid system to be used in serial production.

Futuristic BMW concept: The Bavarian carmaker will show off its ‘i Inside Future’ concept at the CES in Las Vegas in January, which is said to give a first glimpse at the connected and automated driving technologies of the future. The new control concept ‘Holo Active Touch’ resembles a virtual touchscreen and floating display.
bmwgroup.com, theverge.com, techcrunch.com

Usable battery capacity: Tinkerer Jason Hughes hacked into Tesla’s battery management system to find out the actual usable capacity of Tesla’s battery packs. Like other carmakers, Tesla list the battery pack’s total energy potential. It turns out that i.e. the 90D and P90D actually boast 85.8 kWh total capacity, with a usable capacity of 81.8 kWh.


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