Fox plans to revive Mia electric car with Lion battery
Swiss manufacturer Fox Automotive has commissioned the battery system developer, Lion Smart, to make a “light” battery to fit their EV series, Mia. According to Fox, a fully automated production line for the model already exists and the new component is expected to be included by spring 2019.
Used Model 3 for 150,000 dollars.
That was fast: Just a few weeks after Tesla started delivery of its Model 3, an employee put his own one up for sale – for not less than 150,000 dollars. Meanwhile the offer has been removed from the internet. Maybe because Tesla explicitly forbid his employees to resell their cars for more than the original price.
BASF, Munich, Continental, Lion Smart.
BASF to produce cathodes in Europe: The German company wants to invest 400m euros to build production plants for cathode materials in Europe. The material for those parts will come from Russia and Finland however, where BASF has signed an MoU with Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) to provide nickel and cobalt. BASF already supplies cathodes in Asia as well as the States but will then be able to include the European market as well.
The future of energy found a new home in Munich, where the Technical University (TM) inaugurated its Research Center for Energy and Information (ZEI). It houses various disciplines, including engineering and with the focus on energy transition (Energiewende), electric transport as well as smart grids are areas the up to 100 residing scientists will look into. Electric cars and charging equipment are regulars on campus too and batteries will be another area of research.
Efficient hose and lines: Continental will bring a range of hose and lines designed to make EV batteries last longer to the IAA. The weight of oil hoses for battery tempering was reduced by 25 percent and acoustically optimised fluid solutions ensure quiet inside the passenger compartment.
Kreisel Electric secured its supply of battery management systems from Lion E-Mobility. Its German branch Lion Smart will deliver the BMS for Kreisel’s stationery storage unit Mavero on a global scale exclusively until 2021 with an option to continue the contract.
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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