Akasol lands big deal: The German battery specialist will deliver Li-ion battery systems for the entire e-bus fleet of an unnamed North-European manufacturer. According to Akasol, the deal is worth hundreds of millions of euros and includes the delivery of 4,500 battery systems until 2023.
press-n-relations.com, energate-messenger.de (in German)
New Autopilot with restrictions: Tesla began with its over-the-air update of its Autopilot software last week. However, the new Autosteer function designed to keep the Tesla in its lane on highways, will only work at speeds below 45 mph. Restrictions could be dropped once the carmaker collected enough data about the systems safety. Also, the cameras of some cars will need to be readjusted following the update.
Ford Transit electrified: Companies New Eagle and Inventev from Michigan presented an electrified version of the Ford Transit. The retrofit kit used is also available for other utility vehicles. The companies want to kick off selling the EV from early 2018.
Hyperloop copycat: Eight Korean research organisations want to work together to come up with a similar high-speed train system. This one will be called Hyper Tube Express (HTX) and is said to enable people to travel at speeds of up to 1,000 kph in Hyperloop-like tunnels or tubes.
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