Marubeni invests in Skeleton
The ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies from Estonia has entered into a strategic partnership with the Japanese trading company Marubeni, which is also investing an undisclosed amount in Skeleton.
Byton wins fresh financing in round 3
Byton electric car startup has received round C financing with the stake purchased by Japanese conglomerate Marubeni. At the CES in Las Vegas, both companies announced a strategic partnership but gave few details about the partnership. Byton also announced other partnerships, such as for content on the big screen in the M-byte.
Hitachi, Sunswift, Marubeni, EnerG2, Hitachi Automotive Systems.
Li-ion research: Hitachi announced a new development in the field of lithium-ion cells, saying an energy density of 330 Wh/kg at a capacity of 30 Ah are possible, which could translate into doubling the curent range of EVs. The cells are said to go into serial production by 2020.
japan.ahk.de (in German), itmedia.co.jp (in Japanese)
Street legal record holder: The Sunswift team at the University of New South Wales has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the development of a street legal version of its solar-powered car. The eVe had set a new world record, driving an average of 107 km/h on a 500 km route.
pozible.com via electric-vehiclenews.com, gas2.org
Distribution deal for carbon materials: Marubeni Corporation will have the exclusive distribution rights in Asia for EnerG2’s advanced carbon materials which are used for lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries as well as ultracapacitors. Two weeks ago, EnerG2 had partnered with BASF to improve and to scale-up the production of proprietary carbon materials (we reported).
Power electronics for Daimler: Hitachi Automotive Systems has begun to supply Daimler with inverters and DC/DC converters for use in the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in and S550 Plug-in long version.
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