Automotive supplier Hella, which operates under the umbrella brand Forvia, is further expanding its European R&D network with two new facilities in the Romanian cities of Iași and Oradea. The focus will be on autonomous driving and electromobility.
The Chinese battery manufacturer and Daimler partner Farasis Energy is expanding its strategic network in Europe in the field of e-mobility with two new cooperations: New partners are the German supplier Hella and an unnamed commercial vehicle manufacturer.
The German automotive supplier Hella and China’s Evergrande Group intend to jointly push the development and production of battery management systems, particularly for the Chinese market, as part of their new joint venture Hella Evergrande Electronics.
The race for a better battery for the Formula E is on, and Williams might get some competition from Rimac, ElectricAutosport reports. So far, the British engineering company is the sole supplier, but the electric racing series is looking for someone building stronger batteries to be used during seasons 3 and 4. electricautosport.com
SK seeks access to China: The battery maker intends to grow its electric vehicle business in China by buying into the Chinese CIAM Group in exchange for selling off its SK (Chongqing) Lithium Battery Material Company. CIAM shares would enable SK to sell more EV batteries in China. businesskorea.co.kr
New motor line for Zoe and Twizy: Renault is introducing new trim levels for both the Twizy and Zoe in the UK to streamline its offering. The move serves to include the new electric motor known as the R240. It increases range and is more compact. electriccarsreport.com
Magna to acquire Getrag: The two companies signed a sales agreement for approximately 1.75 billion euros (1.9bn dollars). Getrag is the world’s largest (by volume) OEM-independent supplier of automotive transmissions, including hybrid systems. greencarcongress.com
Less conversion, more charge: A research team from Kettering University is working with Hella on a new level 2 charger that offers 97 percent efficiency (+3%) and features a 2- instead of 3-stage design. A prototype can be expected in October. greencarcongress.com
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