Batteries made in USA: Built by former engineers of SpaceX, Tesla, Apple, Amazon, and Samsung, Romeo Power got access to investors that just trusted the start-up with another 30m dollars to finalise its Californian facility. Here it wants to concentrate on cylindrical cell just like Tesla and says it has received orders worth 65m dollars already. Romeo Power battery packs are modular and can thus be used in various vehicles, including forklifts.
Bosch will bring the e-Axle, an integrated drive system for hybrid and electric cars to the IAA. The electric motor, power electronics, and transmission are integrated in a compact unit which directly drives the vehicle’s axle. Its power output can be scaled between 50 and 300 kilowatts.
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Bye-bye hybrid, hello EV: Former Williams engineer Nicolas Perrin has shifted his focus from an open source LMP1 racer to a fully electric one. He now aims for Garage 56 at Le Mans and wants his electric race car to not only drive without emissions but autonomous too.
Battery research: Leclanché has opened a new research and manufacturing facility located within Purdue University’s ‘Polytechnic Center’ in Anderson, Indiana. Leclanché is working on three projects in North America, including a recently announced network of EV fast-charging stations along a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway.