Tesla, Samsung, RDM Group, OXIS Energy, Nano One Materials.
Tesla exclusive: Elon Musk confirms Panasonic as sole supplier for the cells in the Model S, X, and 3 power packs. Media reports had purported otherwise as the EV maker had ordered cells from Samsung. The latter are most likely destined for the stationery Tesla batteries instead.
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Autonomous electric shuttle: Coventry-based RDM Group presents its self-driving EV that carries up to 8 passengers at 15 mph. The firm claims it has had “massive interest” potentially worth 15m GBP for its pod that may eventually serve at airports or university campuses.
Li-S batteries for scooters: British OXIS Energy partners with Lithium Balance to bring its prototype Lithium-sulfur battery system for electric scooters to China. The current power pack holds 1.2 kWh and is to improve in terms of chemistry and costs in the second half of this year.
Li-ion battery pilot plant: Nano One Materials from Canada is on track to open a pilot factory at the beginning of next year, where it will simulate full scale production of various lithium-ion cathode materials.
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Chinese cooperative: Geely and battery manufacturer Hunan Corun New Energy are working on a new technology platform for electric and hybrid cars, which will be open to all Chinese manufacturers. Nine unnamed carmakers have expressed interest. This is the second cooperation between the companies, as they are also working on a hybrid car project set to go into production next year.
H2 research in Hamburg: The new ZAL TechCenter of Applied Aeronautical Research in the Hanseatic city and was launched in cooperation with the city of Hamburg, Airbus, Lufthansa, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), four universities, and twelve other partners. The R&D facility houses the Fuel Cell Lab, which will look into hydrogen applications in aviation, public transport and the automotive industry.
Hybrid VTOL plane: Beating competitors like Boeing, Aurora Flight Sciences received 89m dollars from the U.S. Pentagon to develop an aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion, capable of vertical take-off and landing. Called LightningStrike, it will travel at up to 740 kph once airborne.
Battery pilot plant: Canadian Nano One Materials received a 2m dollar grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to commercialise its lithium-ion battery cathode materials. A pilot factory will be set up to showcase the technology to potential investors and large scale producers.
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