SK Innovation, Google, Auro Robotics, Carla Cargo.
SK innovates: Korean energy solution company SK Innovation intends to increase production of lithium-ion battery separators, a core EV battery component, by 30 percent before 2020. After expanding two production lines next month, SK hopes to become the worldwide leading LiBS manufacturer.
Google tech: Fiat Chrysler is reportedly in late-stage talks with Google over a technology partnership and the deployment of Google’s driverless car technology. The deal would start with Chrysler’s Pacifica minivans. An announcement could come as early as this Friday, but details are still under wraps.
Campus shuttles: Autonomous campus shuttle service Auro Robotics secured 2m dollars in a funding round led by Motus Ventures. The money will allow Auro Robotics to roll out a shuttle service using multi-sensor clad electric vehicles at an unnamed American university later this year.
Bike haul: The German-designed Carla Cargo electric bicycle trailer prepares bikes for 150 kg loads. It can be powered to trail behind a bike or unhitch and operate as a powered hand truck. The motor generates 250 watts of power and can go up to 23kph. The Carla Cargo starts at 4,000 euros before tax and shipping.