Panasonic onboard with Tesla Gigafactory in China?
The Japanese battery manufacturer says that it thinks about producing cells for Tesla in a new Gigafactory in Shanghai, China in a comparable deal that they have regarding the so-called Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. That is what “Nikkei” learnt on the sidelines of CES.Weiterlesen
Tesla launches recruiting campaign for Gigafactory
The California-based EV maker stepped up efforts to find employees for its huge battery factory that it runs together with Panasonic in the desert of Nevada – first of all engineers and production assistants.Weiterlesen
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Reading tip: Anup Bandivadekar from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) still believed in the future of diesel tech when the diesel emission scandal just got public. In the Guardian he admits now that he was wrong and furthermore, what exactly made him change his mind.
Video tip: The Gigafactory 1 in Nevada is rapidly growing – a new video made by a drone shows to what extent the mega project of Tesla and Panasonic has progressed.
Tesla, Purdue University, Boreas Project, Jungheinrich.
Gigafactories worldwide: In the long term, Tesla could operate between 10 and 20 Gigafactories all over the world, CEO Elon Musk suggested at the Annual Shareholder Meeting. Besides the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada und the solar facility in Buffalo called Gigafactory 2, Tesla is looking for three more sites at the moment and wants to come to a decision before the year’s end. Musk also mentioned that the Fremont facility would soon reach its capacity limit and so the Model Y will need an extra site, too.
Charge as you fuel? Researchers from Purdue University say they found an “instantly rechargeable” battery. If battery’s core technology is a membraneless battery, which can be charged with fluid electrolytes in the same time it takes to refill an ICE. It is pretty much the same approach that NanoFlowCell promotes, so we remain sceptical for the time being.
express.co.uk, futurism.com, purdue.edu
Spanish hybrid hyper car: The Boreas Project has the next plug-in hybrid with more than 1,000 hp. It is going to be at Le Mans this June, before moving on to Goodwood in Great Britain. No more than twelve cars will be made.
Jungheinrich extends warranty: The German manufacturer provides a free 5-year warranty on its Li-ion batteries. If capacity falls below 65% of its nominal capacity in this period, Jungheinrich will replce or repair the pack for free.
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Honda, Gigafactory, Delta, Patents.
Honda prototypes three-wheeled HEV: According to an emerged patent, Honda is currently working on a hybrid electric trike. If this motorcycle with two wheels in the front will ever go serial remains to be seen, esp. as the patent emphasises motor cooling. Talking about hybrid motorcycles – we have to admit that BMW got us good and fooled us this April. Yesterday’s “news” of a hybrid BMW Enduro due for mass production was nothing but a joke. We apologise for what must have been too much wishful thinking from our side.
rideapart.com (Honda), press.bmwgroup.com (fake news BMW)
Job campaign for Gigafactory: Tesla partner Panasonic is to hold a job fair in Reno today as it wants to recruit 2,000 new employees for battery production in their Gigafactory this year. So far, 1,000 workers are employed in Panasonic’s plant in Nevada. Until 2020 both partners want to reach a production capacity of 150 GWh – achieved by up to 10,000 helping hands.
Delta focuses on wireless charging: Delta is currently impressing the expert audience of the ProMat in Chicago with its wireless charging systems for industrial EV. It can be applied to a wide range of vehicles from forklifts to AGVs with up to 30 kW.
Promising patents: Countless new patents present the dynamic pace of the EV branch and Inside EVs picked a few favourites like the DC fast charging system of Ludic Motors. A particularly creative solution is from Hon Hai alias Foxconn, which aims to put an end to ICEing.
Hydrogen council, Mini, Gigafactory, Tesla, JSW, Porsche.
Pushing FCVs: The World Economic Forum saw the introduction of a new hydrogen council. Companies such as BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Air Liquide, Linde, Shell and Total will work together to help fuel cell technology take off. During the launch event, members confirmed their intent to invest even more than the current 1.4bn euros per year in further development and commercialisation of hydrogen and fuel cell technology.
greencarcongress.com, .autonews.com, daimler.com
Mini presented its Countryman in detail, announcing that it will launch in Europe in February. The Plug-in-Hybrid drivetrain of the Mini Copper S E Countryman ALL4 combines a 100 kW petrol engine and 65 kW electric motors and can drive fully electric at speeds of up to 125 kph. The all-electric range is set at 40 km. While Mini has no listed a price, the Countryman PHEV was shown with a price tag of 36,000 euros at the Brussels Motor Show.
bmwgroup.com, automobile-propre.com (price; in French)
Gigafactory production: It’s not a secret that Tesla wants to produce components other than battery cells at the Gigafactory, but those plans are finally shaping up. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said Tesla will invest another 350m dollars in the production site and create 550 new jobs, as the EV maker will being building electric motors and drivetrains for its Model 3 there.
Tesla recall: The carmaker is calling all Tesla Model S build in 2012 back to the shop to replace possibly faulty Takata airbags. While only U.S. build cars are concerned, Tesla extended the recall worldwide on a voluntary basis. A recall for Model S from 2013 to 2016 could follow. All cars produced after the end of 2016 are not concerned, Tesla says.
JSW update: The Indian company wants to venture into the electric car market from 2020 (we reported) and initially said it would purchase batteries externally. Now, JSW is considering building batteries themselves as part of a joint venture. Moreover, the son of JSW CEO Sajjan Jindal wants to open his own company selling electric two-wheelers.
Driving the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Autocar calls it “better in almost every measurable way” than its predecessor, saying it is “absolutely lovely” to drive in electric mode. Still, the tester misses a bit of that Porsche feel when driving it, saying it “appeals more to the head than the heart.”
Bosch, Gigafactory, Umicore, ARPA-E.
World premiere: Bosch premiered its electric axle drive system (eAxle) at the motor show in Detroit. The modular system fits multiple platforms and brings together powertrain components in one compact system.
Gigafactory details: Elon Musk spilled some beans at an investors’ event at the Gigafactory 1, such as that a recycling unit is currently under construction. It will use materials from old Tesla batteries and use them in new cells. The Gigafactory also makes due without any energy from conventional sources. It instead gets its power for a solar roof, said to be seven times the size than any other solar roof currently installed.
Patent purchase: Company Umicore has bought patents for three Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt (NMC) cathodes from 3M. The cathodes are the reference in a wide range of lithium ion rechargeable batteries, including in the automotive sector. The patents cover South Korea, China, Japan, Europe and the U.S. and are valid between 2021 and 2024.
New subsidy programme in the U.S.: As part of its programme “Circuits,” the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has earmarked up to 20m dollars in subsidies for the development of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters based on wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. These will be used in electric cars, hybrids and charging stations.
Honda, Gigafactory, Renault, Proterra.
Cube on wheels: Honda showed its NeuV (New Electric Urban Vehicle) at the CES in Las Vegas, which is aimed at commuters and ridesharing services. The cube on wheels seats two is designed for autonomous driving and equipped with artificial intelligence, as well as an electric skateboard for the last mile. The NeuV can be charged wirelessly and feed energy back into the grid.
inverse.com, theverge.com, techcrunch.com
New cells from the Gigafactory: Tesla and Panasonic have kicked off serial production of their new type 2170 battery cells (21×70 mm) at the Gigafactory. The cells will be used in the Model 3 from Q2 2017. Starting now, the technology will also be featured in Tesla’s stationary battery packs Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2.
Individual mobility: At the CES in Las Vegas, Renault showed an open-source platform based on the Twizy chassis. The POM (Platform Open Mind) can be used by customers, research institutions and start-ups to create unique EVs. The carmaker also presented a new charging cable that shows the state of charge through pulsing lights. The shorter the intervals, the emptier the batterie. When the EV is charged, the lights shut off.
Cash injection: EV bus maker Proterra has generated 140m dollars in its last financing round. It says it will use the money to speed up the increase production capacities at its plants on the East and West Coast in the U.S., as well as further develop the next generation of electric utility vehicles.
SolarStratos, Lucid Motors, Chile, Gigafactory.
Soaring with the sun: PC-Aeros now officially unveiled its SolarStratos (we reported), a 8.5 meters long plane that runs on solar-power and is fitted with a 32-kW electric drive and 20 kWh Li-ion battery. Adventurer Raphael Domjan wants to be the first to take a solar plane on a stratospheric flight. Take-off is scheduled for 2018.
Samsung SDI to supply Lucid Motors: The Korean electronics giant will supply battery cells for Lucid Motors’ first production EV, said to arrive in 2018. The two companies previously collaborated, saying they have develop the next-generation of cylindrical cells that “are able to exceed current performance benchmarks in areas such as energy density, power, calendar life and safety.”
Lithium factory in Chile? The country’s government is allegedly in talks with Chinese and Korean investors to harvest the Chile’s lithium reserves and build a 2bn dollar lithium factory in the north of the country. Initial production capacity of lithium-carbonate is estimated at 1,000 tons – but could grow to 10,000 tons by 2018.
Bowling for the Gigafactory: Finnish harbour town Vaasa is considering throwing its hat in the ring to host the European Gigafactory. The town’s proximity to i.e. Europe’s richest lithium mines could definitely push it to the top of the list of possible locations.
Gigafactory, Linear Technology, LION Smart, Cenelec.
Gigafactory 2 will be in Europe: At a press conference following the Grohmann Engineering acquisition announcement, Elon Musk said that Europe will be home to the ‘Gigafactory 2’, and that Tesla will choose a location sometime next year. According to Musk, the European factory will combine both the production of batteries and complete EVs. He added that “long-term Tesla will have at least one – and maybe two or three – vehicle and battery factory locations in Europe.”
Wireless BMS: Linear Technology together with design partner LION Smart are demonstrating the industry’s first wireless automotive battery management system in a BMW i3 at the Electronica Show this week in Munich, Germany. Wireless connectivity enables more flexible placement of battery modules, and makes possible the installation of sensors in locations previously unsuitable for a wiring harness.
Safer LEV batteries: The European standardization organization Cenelec has published the standard EN 50604-1: 2016, which specifies safety requirements for lithium-ion batteries of light electric vehicles.
cenelec.eu via voltimum.de (in German)
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the new drone footage, that shows the Gigafactory growing.
Tesla Model X Review, Gigafactory.
Video tip I: The Tesla Model X got a review by the boys from Top Gear, informing viewers that Tesla are “not compliance cars.” They also added a drag race against a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Gigafactory, Helmholtz, Local Motors, Semcon.
Gigafactory more costly and delayed? The cost of operating the giant battery facility in Nevada might exceed current expactations, Tesla told the SEC in a filing. The EV maker further stated that the start will likely be delayed as well. Although the Gigafactory officially opened last week, only 14 percent are complete to date. Partner Panasonic previously voiced its readiness to increase its 1.6bn dollar investment if needed (we reported).
Just a little silicon has the potential to increase Li-ion battery capacity by six times, researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) find. They looked at the migration of lithium ions into silicon. It showed that thin silicon films would suffice to achieve the max load of lithium.
EV ready to go to print: Local Motors is to start selling its 3D printed electric cars this September. Prices for the LM3D series start at 12,000 dollars but can go up to 60,000 if all options are chosen.
Investor wanted: Semcon is actively looking to finance the commercialisation of its electric drive that turns any bicycle into an e-bike (we reported). The system can connect to yet to be developed apps.
Gigafactory, Mitsubishi, Tesla, Toyota, Jaguar, Cadillac.
Gigafactory opens its doors: Tesla’s battery factory celebrated a symbolic opening Friday, even though only 14 percent of the production site have been completed. At least production of the stationary Powerwall has already kicked off. Starting 2018, the factory is said to churn out batteries with a total capacity of 50 GWh per year and 150 GWh form 2020. Panasonic says it will raise 3.9bn dollars through corporate bonds, most of which will be invested in the Gigafactory. The supplier had promised 1.6bn dollars but already said that it would invest more if needed.
electrek.co (opening), youtube.com (Video), reuters.com, electrek.co (Panasonic)
U.S. Outlander debut delayed: The kick off for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in North America has again been pushed back – for the sixth time. The plan is now for it to debut in summer of next year. The plug-in’s premier in Canada and the U.S. had originally been scheduled for January 2014. Mitsubishi did not give an explanation for the new delay.
Tesla bus build on Model X: Tesla’s announced bus will use the Model X’s chassis, Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter. That means it could hit the road sooner than later. Moreover, the design is said to be inspired by the old VW buses.
Toyota faces range complaint: The Japanese manufacturer is being taken to court in the U.S. for false range advertising. The plaintiff says that instead of the promised 15 miles, the Toyota Prius can only go 8 miles electrically, and only during summer – not enough for his 12-mile commute to work. Toyota has yet to comment on the allegations.
Camouflaged Jaguar EV: New images are said to show a disguised prototype of the British electric SUV. Jaguar is planning to release two electric models (we reported) in 2019. The SUV in question will then go head to head with the Tesla Model X and Audi Q6 e-tron.
Cadillac CT6 PHEV is coming: The plug-in hybrid will arrive at Chinese dealerships this fall, before becoming available in the U.S. in 2017. The battery pack is still being made in the U.S. and shipped to China, but GM considers moving production to China in the future.
Gigafactory, reading tip.
Click tip: The Gigafactory will officially open its doors today. For all who can’t wait, Wired has already uploaded the first video.
wired.com (with video)
Reading tip: Markus Lienkamp for the Technical University Munich has presented his new book called “Status electric mobility or how Tesla will win.” The book is now available in English and can be downloaded.
Gigafactory, Nissan Leaf.
Click tip: The Gigafactory won’t officially open its doors until tomorrow, but a group of journalists already got a first peak behind the curtain. You can also take a virtual tour. The links below contain a number of pictures from the in – and outside.
Video tip: Car Key UK drove the 30 kWh Nissan Leaf, giving it a “3.5 out of 5,” also because of the price and “odd styling.” They unfortunately also play into common arguments against electric mobility such as range anxiety and the wish to “just fill up and go.”
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Gigafactory, Nissan REx, WiTricity, 24 Technologies.
Gigafactory to start cell production: Tesla plans to complete the installation of battery cell manufacturing equipment by July 20, so production could start as soon as the Gigafactory opens at the end of July. Furthermore, a fifth section is in the making in Nevada and valued at 63m dollars. Rumours that Tesla is building a similar factory in China however, have now been denied by Elon Musk.
electrek.co (Gigafcatory), electrek.co (China)
Nissan REx by 2017: The Japanese firm readies its range extender technology to debut in a new PHEV for Japan next March. First presented in the Gripz concept last year, the e-Power generates 80 kW. It is unclear if the REx will become available outside Nippon and it is also unlikely to feature in the Leaf.
25 kW inductively: WiTricity is scaling up ever higher without wire as the company introduces an 11 kW wireless charging system with the ability to scale to 25 kW and more. A 7.7 kW version that was developed with Nissan has been tested and validated. Efficiency is given at up to 94 percent.
Scaling up as well is 24M Technologies that has been awarded 7m dollars by the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium and the DoE to come up with a manufacturing process for its novel cell design. The A123 spin-off has 36 months to show how to scale its prismatic Li-ion cells to mass production.
Gigafactory, ABB, Inspired, Hy-Nets.
Final stretch for the Gigafactory: Due to the high demand for the Model 3, Panasonic wants to step things up a notch. There will be a job fair tomorrow to fill open positions at the Tesla battery plant and the promised 1.6bn dollar investment will flow quicker than originally planned. Cell production is said to begin in November.
ABB technology for e-ferries: The huge vessels Tycho Brahe and Aurora that will soon operate between Helsingør (Denmark) and Helsingborg (Sweden) will be fitted with a 4,160 kWh battery pack. The electric drivetrains and charging stations on both ends of the route will also be provided by ABB.
FCV inspired: The three-year, EU-funded project Inspire is working on the validation of the next generation of fuel cell stacks to be used in vehicles. BMW is also on board. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is funding the project with 7m euros.
Efficient hybrids due to connectivity: The research project Hy-Nets has kicked off. Partners dSpace, Denso, RWTH Aachen and the University of Paderborn want to make hybrids more efficient by allowing the cars to connect to information from other vehicles and infrastructure (V2X), and therefore drive more proactively.
springerprofessional.de, elektroniknet.de (articles in German)
Samsung, Daimler, Tesla, Gigafactory.
Tesla-Samsung alliance? Inside EVs has gotten a hold of leaked letters of conveyance, reporting that Tesla has received a large order of battery cells from the Korean supplier. The noted weight of 113 tonnes corresponds to 1.74 cells – way too many to just want to test them. It therefore seems that next to Panasonic, Samsung is Tesla’s new battery partner.
Daimler eyes storage market: With the launch of the Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, Daimler professionalises the development and sale of its own stationary energy storage devices, which will be built by battery subsidiary Accumotive. The carmaker has already acquired know-how in the field with its two mega-projects in Lünen and Herrenhausen in Germany.
Tesla wins “Engine of the Year” – again: This is the second time in a row that Elon Musk and the Tesla gang were handed the International Engine of the Year Award from Green Engine. The BMW i8’s 1.5 litre hybrid engine came in first in the category of “1.4-Litre to 1.8-Litre.”
Gigafactory has capacity to grow: Musk told shareholders that the battery factory’s production capacity could be increased to 150 GWh – three times the current global production capacity. Moreover, it will build a new, bigger 20700 cell format and due to the high demand, only 33 percent will be allocated to the storage market, instead to of the originally planned 50%.
VW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Gigafactory, Chemchina, Tesla, Victory RR.
VW battery factory? The Volkswagen Group is considering building their own battery factory in the same vein as the Gigafactory. The project could cost up to 10bn dollars and reduce reliance on external suppliers. VW has not yet commented on the speculation, but they may be looking at the city of Salzgitter. The head of IG Metall Peine Salzgitter suggests existing buildings may be used in the project.
insidedevs.com, derwesten.de, handelsblatt.de (in German)
Mitsubishi-Nissan venture: Mitsubishi and Nissan want to jointly develop the successor of Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV. The car could launch as early as 2018, under both Mitsubishi and Nissan brand names. Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn also alluded to further cooperation in vehicle platforms and electric vehicle technologies.
Gigafactory opens doors: Tesla’s battery plant will celebrate its grand opening on July 29th. All Model S owners who referred five or more sales during the EV maker’s second referral programme from October and December last year, received an invitation.
Chemchina eyes SGL Carbon: According to Manager Magazine, Chinese Chemchina is looking to take over German company SGL Carbon, which has worked with BMW on building the i3 and i8. SGL has been battling financial difficulties for a while now and also sent out information package to other companies to receive tentative offers. Share prices for SGL rose on Friday, following information about a possible takeover.
manager-magazin.de, automobilwoche.de (in German)
Spain loves Tesla: The local government of Paterna, near Valencia, Spain, has penned an opened letter to Tesla, nominating their town as a candidate for the location of Tesla’s European factory. The group even made a brief promotional video under the catchphrase “Spain Loves Tesla” to grab the carmaker’s attention.
electrek.co (with video)
Victory RR racing: Victory Motorcycles has entered the Isle of Man TT Zero race with William Dunlop confirmed as the driver. The electric Victory RR was developed using data gathered at last year’s TT Zero, where the company’s Empulse RR bike placed third. The race is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th.
Gigafactory, Riversimple Rasa.
Click tip: Motortrend peeked into the Gigafactory and did an extensive photoshoot with the Model 3. They’ve got details, first-hand Gigafactory experiences, and beauty shots galore.
Reading tip: The Riversimple Rasa hydrogen car prototype may look cool, but is it the future? Ars Technica gives the FCV a full review, examining fuel cell, drivability, and market plausibility. The company hopes to offer an auto leasing programme to increase long-term reusability, but is it enough?
Gigafactory, Tesla Model X, events.
Video tip I: Above Reno, a drone video and photography company, has shot a new 4k ultra-high-definition video of Tesla’s Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada. The exterior has not changed much, as the interior is being prepared for the start of battery cell manufacturing later this year.
Video tip II: Translogic host Jonathon Buckles took the Tesla Model X for a spin. His review includes comparisons to the Model S, and very practical observations with Sebastian Blanco, editor-in-chief of AutoBlogGreen. Conclusion: Buckley loves the Tesla SUV – except for the price.
Events for the upcoming week: Battery Experts Forum (April 05-07; Aschaffenburg, Germany) ++ Battery Forum Germany (April 06-08; Berlin, Germany)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Tesla Gigafactory, Mary Nichols and her Toyota Mirai.
Click tip: Want a sneak peek into Tesla’s new Gigafactory? The Reno Journal Gazette has some of the first footage from inside the 800,000 square foot factory. It is the first time that local media was allowed to see the manufacturing area.
Reading tip: Mary Nichols is the chairman of the California Air Resources Board, and a proud owner of a brand new Toyota Mirai. Los Angeles Magazine met up with Nichols to talk fuel cells and more.
Rimac, Toyota, Tesla, Bugatti, Gigafactory, India.
Rimac Two: The Croatian brought a second EV to Geneva as previously suggested. The Concept_S is even more powerful than the Concept One, boasting 1,018 kW and AWD. The 82 kWh battery should last for a race or two – top speed stands at 365 kph – and the carbon model is also lighter than the original Rimac.
autoblog.com, electricautosport.com, hybridcars.com
Quirky Toyota: The Japanese carmaker’s latest hybrid seems to pay homage to the film Mad Max. The Kikai sits three people and all inner workings of the microcar are clearly visible – even for the driver, who can watch the wheels turn at his/her feet. Careful though, there is no autopilot mode yet.
Model X ready for Europe: Tesla has opened the configurator for European buyers of the ‘Signature’ edition and thus reveals pricing. Prices vary from country to country but are considerably higher (around 172,000 dollars) than in the U.S., due to VAT applied on the continent.
For the few: The Chiron debuted in Geneva as anticipated. Its price of about 2.6m dollars could be a hurdle for some, but Bugatti says it received about 150 orders for the super hybrid. The Veyron successor sports 1,479 hp and a top speed of 261 mph despite weighing 2 tons. Production of 500 units is set for autumn.
Strike: Gigafactory construction came to a halt, as about 100 workers refused to continue working in protest of out-of-state employees hired by Tesla contractor Brycon Corp. The EV maker has denied the allegations and says the majority of workers are from Nevada.
SUV tax: The Indian government plans to levy a 4 percent tax on cars that are longer than 4 metres and have a high engine capacity. Trikes, as well as electric and hybrid vehicles and FCV are exempt.
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Proterra buses logged more than 2 million electrical miles in the U.S.. The milestone was reached during revenue service by 63 electric buses in 9 different states. Proterra plans to double its production capacity this year.
Tesla, Gigafactory, events.
Click tip: The Reno Gazette Journal is closely following the construction of the Gigafactory at its doorstep. Its photo series tells of fast progress but admonishes that Tesla might lack behind in promised job creation and capital investment.
rgj.com via insideevs.com
Event for the upcoming week: Advanced Automotive & Industrial Battery Conference (25 – 28 Jan, Mainz, Germany)
MIT, Gigafactory, BAIC, Toyota.
Autonomous MIT trike trial: The Persuasive Electric Vehicle was launched in Taiwan, swiftly following the previous concept. The tricycle weighs only 40 kilos and is said to roam for 40 km on one charge. In a first round of testing, 50 pieces at 6,000 dollars each will be distributed to Hamburg, Singapore, Taipei, and two cities in the U.S.
Second Gigafactory? Tesla might erect a battery factory in South Africa, Timeslive reports, as the EV maker appoints South African Evan Rice as business development manager in the country. The tip of Africa would lend itself for Tesla Powerwalls, as energy distribution is often scarce.
Second BAIC R&D: Detroit saw the opening of a second U.S. testing centre built by the Chinese automotive corporation. The new R&D centre will serve BAIC in gathering information on the overseas market, building brand value, and obtaining EV technology. The firm recently opened its first research facility in Silicon Valley and expects synergies.
Star-studded future: Toyota presents a research vehicle with satellite communications function by Kymeta at NAIAS in Detroit. The concept is based on the fuel cell Mirai. Kymeta’s flat antenna uses software and liquid crystal technologies instead of mechanical components.
Tesla accuses two journalists of the Reno Gazette-Journal of trespassing on the Gigafactory. When caught by workers, the two paparazzi attempted to flee in a Jeep and allegedly run over a Tesla employee. The latter was slightly hurt and the driver arrested.
Mitsubishi, Toyota, Gigafactory, Chevrolet, Kenguru, Porsche.
The eX electric crossover is Mitsubishi’s latest concept due to appear at the Tokyo Motor Show for the first time. The all-electric SUV with 400 km of electric range looks pretty dynamic to say the least and will give rise to more electric Mitsubishi’s to come – hopefully.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com
Fuel cell reloaded: The FCV Plus is Toyota’s vision of a future fuelled by hydrogen and will be presented late this month at the Tokyo Motor Show. The fuel cell stacks does not only power the car but also serves as an external energy source if connected to a (smart) grid or home.
Battery rush: Tesla is pushing completion of its Gigafactory in Nevada. Already, works on the interior and data centre are underway and rumour has it that production could start in as little as four months.
rgj.com via insideevs.com
Talking about interior, new pictures of Chevrolet’s Bolt reveal insights on the inside. The next GM EV will feature a big centre touch screen (hello Tesla) and a shifter that reminds of those known from BMW.
Accessible: Kenguru, the wheelchair-accessible EV, has launched its new reservation system as it prepares for a 1,000-unit production run next year. Recently acquired by KLD Energy Technologies, the Kenguru will be on display at the Rehacare show in Dusseldorf (Oct 14-17).
prweb.com, kenguru.com (reservation page)
Porsche PHEV reviewed: The Porsche Cayenne SE-Hybrid is taking a bit of a backseat in this review as it initially only served as a backdrop for a photoshoot with ultra-fashionable Moti Ankari. Still, Hannah Elliot got to take a few rounds in the hybrid and was intrigued, by the interior in particular.
Gigafactory, Formula E.
Click tip: A recent flyover Tesla’s Gigafactory shows that the Gigafacory that will open next year, is only a fraction of the size of the project planned for (probably) 2020. The current building occupies 500 by 150 metres and is two stories high. The final project will measure somewhere around 1,000 by 425 metres,
Formel E on TV: Eurosport secured the exclusive rights to air the second and third ePrix season, bringing the electric racing series to free-TV in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Eurosport also hold broadcasting rights in Iceland, though not exclusively.