Public money into private pockets: The German government wants to pour at least 60m euros into e-mobility research, DPA reports quoting a paper by the Ministry of Economy. The latter wants to spend 20m a year throughout 2020 to eliminate “technical and regulatory obstacles” for electric transport. Another ten millions are allegedly earmarked for the development of electric trucks for inner city driving and five million euros shall help the industry to make its electric drives more efficient.
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Suzuki erects battery facility in India: Together with JV partners Toyota and Denso, Suzuki wants to produce Li-ion batteries in the Indian state of Gujarat. The facility is set to go into operation by 2020 and will first deliver packs for Suzuki’s electric and hybrid models before selling on to other OEMs.
A123 invests in solid-state batteries: Based in the States but owned by Chinese Wanxiang A123 Systems has taken a stake in Solid Power, a spin-off from the University of Colorado Boulder. Solid Power’s battery materials are inorganic and possess no flammable or volatile components.
Zero emission package for Ford: Lightning Systems and New Eagle developed a battery-electric upfit system for all Ford Transit models as part of Ford’s eQVM programme. Depending on battery option and drive cycle, a retrofitted Ford EV will have a range of up to 200 km.
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