Nissan Leaf, Mahle, TM4, H2 Safety.
Nissan extends U.S. battery plant: The company’s battery factory next to its U.S. assembly plant Smyrna, Tennessee shall get an additional surface of 2,500 square metres. The Smyrna Planning Commission just gave its approval. The Japanese opened the factory in 2012, but announced meanwhile that they will soon sell its complete battery business to Chinese financial investor GSR Capital in order to focus solely on EV designing and production, as reported.
Thermal management alliance: German car supplier Mahle and its French equivalent Faurecia team up to jointly develop interior thermal management tech for EVs. Both agree on a collaboration in areas such as air distribution, air conditioning and personalized thermal management. Just recently, Mahle presented its demonstrator vehicle MEET (Mahle Efficient Electric Transport) at the IAA in Frankfurt.
New TM4 powertrain for hybrid heavyweights: With the SUMO HP HV900 drivetrain, TM4 introduces its new SUMO HP line, which targets the commercial heavy-duty hybrid market. The HV900 is a motor/generator and inverter combination with 190 kW and 915 Nm in a casing of only 200 mm in length. It is designed for series and parallel-hybrid configurations and works with diesel engines, multi-speed gearboxes or integrated to axles for ultra-low floor buses
Another alliance for H2 safety: After the announcement of a German-American alliance for hydrogen safety, the US Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office partners now also with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Both organisations agree on a collaboration to share data about early-stage R&D and safety of hydrogen and fuel cells.