Oliver Wyman research, Honda, Gedore

OEMs vs. tech giants: Management consulting company Oliver Wyman did a research on 85,000 mobility patents from Daimler, BMW, Audi, VW, GM and Tesla as well as from Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Uber between 2012 and 2016. Its results show a considerably unequal development. While the technology groups increased the amount of their patents at a rate of 70 percents annually, OEMs lost 7 percents. For Wyman this leaves OEMs with just one option – partnerships and additional acquisition rather than to seek tech leadership in all sectors of mobility through own research.
automobilwoche.de, oliverwyman.de (both in German)

honda-mugen-e-rex-motorcross-konzept-250x125Emission free motocross: Honda tuner Mugen took the framework of the Tokyo Motorcycle Show to put the concept of its new electric motocross bike, dubbed E.Rex, in the spotlight. The vehicle is based on Honda’s CRF250R crosser. However, the Japanese manufacturer has not published the motocross bike’s technical details nor production plans yet.

Tool kit for electrified vehicles: Tools that explicitly match the requirements of electrified vehicles is Gedore’s niche. The Germans just launched a set of tools which can be used to repair and maintain EVs of all manufacturers. The so-called L-Boxx contains 53 pieces, all of them VDE-insulated to 1,000 volts.

How to alleviate battery’s capacity fading: Researchers at Yale University developed an ultrathin dendrimer-graphene oxide composite film that can be applied to any sulfur cathode in a Li-sulfur battery system. The film is capable to alleviate capacity fading over battery cycling without compromising the energy or power density of the entire battery.



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