Cell production, Faurecia, Ballard Power, World Solar Challenge.
Battery cells made in Germany? Plant manufacturers ThyssenKrupp, M+W and Manz want to join up with cell hosts Litarion, BMZ and Streetscooter to kick off a large-scale serial production of battery cells in Germany. German Tagesspiegel broke the story and further reports that the German Ministry of Science already pledged financial support.
tagesspiegel.de (in German)
Reorientation at Faurecia: The automotive supplier is rebranding its business group “Emissions Control Technologies” as “Clean Mobility.” On the agenda are i.e. the development of new technologies for more efficient hybrid drivetrains, as well as innovative solutions for electric vehicles. The focus will be on lightweight solutions including composites and battery thermal management.
Ballard bags new deal: Canadian fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems received an order from the Zhuhai Yinlong Energy Group to equip ten buses with its fuel cell modules FCveloCity-MD 30. The Chinese manufacturer wants to build no less than 35,000 battery-electric buses this year, and will now amend its portfolio to include FCVs.
Raining funds: Solar Team Great Britain kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise a minimum of 20,000 pounds. The money will be used to finance at least part of the development of a solar-powered vehicle, with which the team will compete in (and hope to win) the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Apple, Daimler, Ballard Power, Solvay.
Lane change at Apple? The company has signed Dan Dodge, former head of automotive software at Blackberry. While Apple has not abandoned plans to build an electric car, the focus of project Titan is said to have shifted to autonomous driving. The new strategy would make it easier to find a partner in the automotive industry or even to acquire one.
New Daimler factory: The manufacturer is building a second car factory in Hungarian Kecskemét, for which it will invest about 1m euros. The site is said to also be suitable for the production of electric and hybrid cars. Whether these will then also be build there has yet to be confirmed.
Ballard Power gets new investor: The Canadian fuel cell specialist has signed a strategic partnership agreement with electric motor manufacturer Broad-Ocean. The latter will acquire 9.9 percent of Ballard Power for 28.3m U.S. dollars.
Clean battery making: Solvay has announced the successful completion of the EU funded project Life + Glee that uses water instead of organic solvents during the production of Li-ion batteries. As part of the research project, Solvay has opened a pilot plant in Bollate, Italy, to develop an innovative cathode protection technology.
GreenGT, Volkswagen, Bentley, Lugano, Ballard Power.
Fuel cell racer unveiled: GreenGT presented its race car powered by SymbioFCell fuel cells as expected in France, despite previous delays. The GreenGT H2 features two hydrogen tanks (350 bar) and 18 stacks fuel cell that deliver 340kW. Maximum speed is said to be 300 kph and it weighs just 1,240 kg.
What is behind that “quantum leap” VW CEO Martin Winterkorn mentioned, wondered TransportEvolved and came up with an explanation: the solid-state battery by QuantumScape. Volkswagen recently acquired 5% of the Stanford spin-off and says it is impressed with the latter’s progress.
Sports car vs SUV: Bentley will have to make a tough decision, since it can only develop one car at a time. Will either the concept EXP 10 Speed 6 get the go-ahead or a smaller SUV that would sit under the Bentayga? A final decision is due only in 2016 or 2017. We hope for the mighty hybrid concept.
Lugano fast forwards Formula E: Mayor Marco Borradori has handed over the Swiss city’s official application to host a Formula E race next season. Lugano thus overtakes Zurich, where a new initiative also considers applying. Now, Lugano has to find 10 million euros from sponsors.
nzz.ch (in German), cdt.ch (in Italian)
Ballard Power Systems will acquire Protonex Technology Corporation, manufacturer of power management products and fuel cell solutions. The deal is valued at 30 million dollars. Ballard hopes to scale up and broaden its offering, while keeping staff and teams at Protonex intact.