Oct 5, 2017

DoE, NOW, FDG Electric Vehicles, VTOL, GKN.

German-American alliance for H2 safety: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office and the German National Organisation Hyrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) team up to do common research on hydrogen safety. Their R&D cooperation shall include areas such as refueling station equipment, liquid H2 and tunnel safety and contribute to advanced hydrogen safety worldwide.
greencarcongress.com, energy.gov

New cathode materials factory in China: EV supplier and manufacturer FDG Electric Vehicles and several cooperation partners are erecting a new production site in Guizhou Guian New District in order to produce cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The plant’s output shall reach 30,000 tonnes annually. FDG Electric Vehicles is also a partner in California-based Chanje, a start-up that recently presented its first electric transporter.
greencarcongress.com, acnnewswire.com

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VTOL with 16 electric motors: More and more manufacturers seem to be attracted by the electric aircraft market. Latest example is Passenger Drone, a company that successfully completed first test flights with the prototype of its two-seater VTOL. The aircraft, described also as drone capable of transporting people, is powered by 16 electric engines. More details about the start-up’s future plans shall be provided at CES in January.
electrek.co

GKN’s new UK innovation centre: Engineering specialist GKN inaugurated a centre dedicated to develop vehicle tech, including electrified drivelines, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. According to CEO Phil Swash, the company’s target is to develop next-gen tech that delivers benefits to EVs as well as motorsport and off-highway applications. Just recently, GKN announced to construct a new manufacturing facility in Tokoname City, Japan.
eurekamagazine.co.uk