EMBATT, Hyundai, Ronn Motor Group, Novel Ionic Conductors.
1,000 km range close? Fraunhofer IKTS and partners claim to have found a way to widen EV range towards the 1,000 km mark. The EMBATT project transferred the bipolar principle known from fuel cells to lithium batteries, meaning single cells are not packed side-by-side in small sections but stacked on top of each other across a large area. First lab tests showed promising results, says Fraunhofer.
Hyundai chose Chinese battery supplier: Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is to become Hyundai’s first battery supplier in China. The company based in Fujian province will start with an order for Hyundai’s Sonata PHEV, which shall enter the Chinese market in the first half of 2018.
Roadster with fuel cell Rex: Ronn Motor Group wants to evolve its Scorpion into an electric roadster with hydrogen range extender. The model then called Phoenix may go for up to 600 miles (965 km). To make this happen, the Arizona-based company launched a Regulation A+ Mini-IPO that enables anyone to invest. In future, the EV platform shall also serve electric mini buses and trucks.
greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com, ronnmotorgroup.com
Lithium successors: The Novel Ionic Conductors project searches new materials for batteries. Scientists supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) now suggest to replace lithium with sodium and magnesium. Both substances could also make it into solid-state batteries.
EMBATT, BMW, Stanford University.
1,000 km battery: As part of the EMBATT project, Thyssenkrupp, IAV GmbH and Fraunhofer IKTS hope to develop EV batteries that are fully integrated into the EV chassis and enable a range of 1,000 km. Funding comes from the German state of Saxony. The partners will start developing concepts for lithium-batteries with energy density of 450 Wh/l, as well as production technologies.
ikts.fraunhofer.de (in German), techsite.io
Energy Management by BMW: Working with Viessmann Group, BMW embarks on a joint venture. Digital Energy Solutions will help small and medium enterprises to optimise energy use. That includes electric mobility, as BMW looks into EV batteries as stationery storage solution.
press.bmwgroup.com (in German)
Secure shut down: Stanford researchers have developed a battery that automatically shuts down before its overheats. They achieved this by using a protective polymer that stops conducting electricity at high temperatures and immediately comes back on once the battery is cool enough.
eandt.theiet.org, valuewalk.com, mirrordaily.com