Waymo, Mitsui Chemicals, Visedo, Symbio.
New Google partner? Honda is in talks to partner with Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving spin-off, apparently. While Fiat already sent a hundred modified Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, it is unclear which vehicles Honda may offer.
Growing demand for Li-ion batteries led Mitsui Chemicals and partner Formosa Plastics to raise capacity at their plant in Chinese Ningbo from 1,500 to 5,000 tons/year. The plant shall work at full capacity by the end of 2017.
Expansion: Finnish manufacturer of e-drives, Visedo has collected 20m euros (US$21m) for its international growth plans. Visedo supplies electric powertrains and components for heavy-duty machinery, CV and the marine industry.
Hydrogen-powered skateboard: To mark its first appearance at the CES in Las Vegas, Symbio will present a fuel cell skateboard prototype. It shall however point to the firms much larger applications for buses, trucks or boats.
Jadéite, Intersil, Mitsui Chemicals, sodium-oxygen batteries.
Local sports EV for Marrakesh: On the occasion of the climate conference in the Moroccan capital, a local engineer unveiled the “Jadéite.” The turquoise two-door EV boasts 478 kW, has a top speep of 320 kph and features a unique front design.
moroccoworldnews.com, medias24.com (in French)
Controller for 48V hybrids: Intersil announced the allegedly first 6-phase bi-directional DC/DC controller for the automotive industry. The controller is designed for 12V-48V Power Supply Systems and is said to speed up the development of 48V hybrid drivetrains.
More electrolytes: Mitsui Chemicals finished construction of an electrolyte production facility in Japan. Production capacity is said to be around 5,000 tons per year and should meet the growing demand for electrolytes for Li-ion batteries – especially for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Progress for sodium-oxygen batteries: Researchers are one step closer to producing the high capacity battery. They previously used dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) as electrochemical applications, which reacted with the sodium to create problematic by-products. Scientists now found that adding an organic salt sodium trifluoromethanesulfonimide (NaTFSI) will stabilise the DMSO in the presence of sodium.