Mercedes-Benz is cooperating with the Norwegian aluminium manufacturer Hydro to significantly reduce the CO2 footprint of aluminium in the automotive supply chain. As early as 2023, aluminium with a CO2 footprint reduced by almost 70 per cent is to be used in Mercedes EQ models, among others.
The Norwegian metal producer Elkem has announced external investors for its battery materials subsidiary Vianode, which was founded last year. Norwegian aluminium producer Hydro and investor Altor will each take a 30 per cent stake in Vianode.
German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has teamed up with electric car brand Polestar, aluminium manufacturer Hydro and electric motorcycle maker Cake to create a concept of a multifunctional electric cargo vehicle for the city of the future called ‘Re:Move’.
Lightweight body for EVs: In order to go the extra mile, EV components have to lose the extra weight. For the project ‘Light e-body,’ Hydro and the fka Institute are working on an all-aluminium body for electric cars. It weighs only 199 kg and is on par with traditional concepts when it comes to safety and rigidity. hydro.com
Mobile battery for parked airplanes: Swiss company Designwerk has successfully tested the world’s first ground power unit with battery storage for airplanes. The unit has a maximum output of 120 kW and, because it makes almost no noise, it can even be used inside the hangars. design-werk.ch (in German)
Japan’s clean energy offensive: The country wants to increase spending on green technology research to about 90bn yen (811m dollars) by 2021. On top of solar cells and hydrogen, the country is also looking to develop EV batteries that would allow for a rage of 700 km. nikkei.com
Apple – king of investments: Yet an another clue to the iCar puzzle. Apple has spent 4.7bn dollars on automotive research since 2013. According to Morgan Stanley, that is ten times more than Tesla and twentyfold of what the big U.S. carmakers are willing to invest. reneweconomy.com.au