Apple, Samsung, Ricardo, BASF Toda Battery Materials, Graphene ESD.
Apple vs. Samsung: Not a day goes by without more news or rumours about the iCar-project. Now it seems that Apples was interested in taking over Magna’s battery division, before Samsung SDI got the green light. Moreover, Korea Times reports that Apple continues headhunting Samsung employees, including battery experts.
faz.net (in German), businessinsider.sg, koreatimes.co.kr
New electric motor: British company Ricardo has developed a rare earth element free prototype 85 kW synchronous reluctance motor designed primarily for electric vehicle traction applications. The development was part of the research and development project RapidSR (Rapid Design and Development of a Switched Reluctance Traction Motor).
greencarcongress.com, theengineer.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com
Japanese joint venture: BASF and Toda Kogyo officially established a joint venture, specializing in cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. The cooperation was originally announced back in October. BASF Japan owns 66 percent of the new company BASF Toda Battery Materials.
Supercap cooperation: Graphene ESD and the Research Foundation of Stony Brook University (SBU) will work together on the development of new supercapacitors designs. Target applications are grid-tied inverters, grid-stabilization systems, as well as automotive and locomotive drivetrains.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the Technology Review report on BASF researchers exploring the possibilities of nickel-metal hydride batteries.