Great Wall does research in Austria: Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motor is about to open its first R&D centre outside of China in the Austrian city of Kottingbrunn. With this step, the company wants to create 100 new jobs and put its focus on the development of powertrains for both, electric and hybrid cars. A few month ago, Great Wall announced its plans to invest a total of 60bn yuan (8,7bn USD) to develop new energy vehicles.
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Inductive charging tech for Japan: American engineering company WiTricity signed a licensing agreement with Shindengen, allowing the Tokyo-based car supplier to license its patented technology to develop and commercialize high-performance wireless charging systems in Japan. The system enables inductive charging through parking above a charging pad.
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Meritor’s electric solution platform: Utility car supplier Meritor says it develops a platform of electric drive axles, suspensions and supporting systems for city-delivery, medium-duty and transit bus as well as off-road and severe-duty applications. The platform shall serve as foundation for various drivetrain configurations, including full electric, hybrid, single or tandem axles.
Platform for peer-to-peer energy models: The Prosume Energy Foundation presents a blockchain-based platform to exchange electricity from renewable and fossil sources and promotes its application among others for EV management as well as for data collection and identity management to empower EV rentals with energy barter systems. The company says it is currently negotiating pilot projects in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.