Continental, Energy Observer, Williams Engineering, India.
Continental expands in the Valley: The Germans just opened a new R&D centre in Silicon Valley, where they want to employ up to 300 experts for sustainable transport. 6,000 sq metres in San Jose are reserved for offices and labs busy with projects ranging from electric to autonomous driving and mobility service. Conti has earmarked a million dollars for the new complex.
Dreamboat: This electric catamaran is anything a green heart could wish for as it not only sails but also runs with zero emissions self-sufficiently. Its power sources are the sun and sea, literally, as it uses solar power to produce hydrogen on-board that in turn fills its fuel cell system. The Energy Observer has been launched in sea at Saint Malo, from where it is to catch the wind to circumnavigate the globe at about 19 kph. Halts at 101 ports in 50 countries are planned for the 30 metre boat.
British battery making: As Williams Engineering has benefitted from the APC’s latest round of funding, details emerged on that 100m pounds. The money will help set up a battery production facility on the Isles and the Aston Martin RapidE could be first to use the cells.
Indian battery making: Toshiba, Suzuki and Denso want to set up a joint venture this year to build batteries in India. Capitalisation stands at 2bn yen (18.4m dollars) with Suzuki shouldering 50 percent and Toshiba and Denso 40% and 10% respectively. Manufacturing shall start as early as possible.
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