Kandi & ZTE, LG Chem, University of Waterloo, Hitachi.
Chinese inductive charging: Kandi has entered a strategic alliance with Chinese ZTE Corporation and Zhejiang ZuoZhongYou Electric Vehicle Service (ZZY), a leasing firm. The JV was set up to research and develop inductive charging technologies while also renting out electric cars.
LG Chem in Tesla range: Bigger battery packs providing a range of up to 300 miles are currently offered to LG Chem partners, the company said. Capacities between 80 and 120 kWh are well within reach and Chevy has already signed up to use the new battery technology for its upcoming Bolt EV.
Sodium-air battery decoded: Chemists at the University of Waterloo have described a key reaction responsible for sodium-oxygen batteries’ efficiency. The key lies in the so-called proton phase transfer catalyst. The discovery might pave the way to develop more powerful Li-air batteries.
Hitachi EV battery: After Chevrolet chose the Japanese power pack for its Malibu Hybrid, Nissan now jumped on the bandwagon as it puts the pack with prismatic cells into its just released X-Trail Hybrid.
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