PSA wants to dive into sustainable mobility in Africa and has just agreed to work with five universities in Morocco. Two American and one French university are on board as well and operate branches in the North African country already. For PSA it is the 18th so-called OpenLab with others active in Brazil, China and France. The researchers’ agenda lists electric vehicles, renewable energy as well as future logistics and they got four years to progress and to take advantage of PSA’s network.
Three more U.S. Gigafactories: The next few years might witness the rise of two to three more Gigafactories in the States, said Elon Musk during an interview with the National Governors Association. His statement was well placed given that Tesla is currently scouting locations and wants to take a decision before the year’s end, so this is the call on states to put out favourable conditions.
Goodbye WEC? Porsche ponders its exit from the WEC series after winning it three times in a row. If the VW brand follows Audi indeed, it would leave Toyota as sole contender in the hybrid LMP1 category. Porsche will decide this July and is also looking at the Formula E or making motors for the Formula 1.
Novel solid electrolyte: Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have found a low-cost, scalable approach for solid-state batteries. The team substituted germanium in the solid electrolyte for two more readily available elements: tin and silicon.
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