Byton contracts manufacturing in South Korea
The automotive parts manufacturer MS Autotech has just become a contract manufacturer for Byton in South Korea. Through its subsidiary Myoungshin, MS Autotech will produce more than 50,000 electric cars annually – in a former General Motors factory.
Nikola, Ricardo, FMC, BEI, Rice University.
Nicola has received 8,000 reservations for its hydrogen truck with a 320 kWh battery so far and wants to name the fleets involved in the next two months. In the meantime, the Nicola One is being tweaked to accommodate for wide ranging autonomy once it rolls off the lines by 2020. Weight is also undergoing a diet so to speak, while more storage and two doors shall make the utility FCV fit/ter for service.
Strategic cooperation: Ricardo has agreed to support Chinese Future Mobility Corporation (FMC) in engineering a range of EVs for customers around the world. Led by former BMWi manager Carsten Breitfeld and backed by Foxconn and Tencent, the first concept is due this year allegedly and should be, if the firm wants to deliver by 2020 as planned.
Batteries made Down Under? Boston Energy and Innovation leads a consortium, that is in talks with Townsville in Australia to discuss a financial framework for the construction of a 15 GWh battery plant. If the MoU proves feasible, up to 250,000 EV batteries or about 1m “home battery units” could be made.
Spare the platinum: Scientists at Rice University and colleagues from China have made a durable catalyst for fuel cells by attaching single ruthenium atoms to nitrogen-doped graphene. They shall replace expensive platinum catalysts eventually.
Panasonic, FMC, Albemarle, Ballard, XL Hybrids.
The Gigafactory will be set in motion by “hundreds” of Panasonic employees from Japan this autumn. They are there to help to start the production of lithium-ion batteries at what is to become the biggest battery plant to date. In the wake of the expected boom in lithium demand, Albemarle and FMC are considering to set up dedicated factories for lithium production for the Gigafactory.
reuters.com (Panasonic), detroitnews.com (FMC, Albemarle)
Ballard Systems closed deals over 10 million dollars with Chinese Nantong Zehe New Energy Technology and Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology. Ballard is to deliver its fuel cell technology for 33 buses which will be deployed in Rugao and Yunfu by 2016.
XL Hybrids expands: The company now introduced the GM Cutaway/Cab Chassis into the product lineup and is thus able to retrofit the Ford E350and the new Ford Transit passenger van among others with its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. The XL3 can be installed as a retrofit or a new upfit.
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