Electric Pickup, Neodymium, Plug Power, Qualcomm, Preh.
Electric pickup in Morocco: Société nationale du transport et de la logistique (SNTL) presented the Aslan, an electric pickup at Cop22 in Marrakesh. It sits on a modular platform. The model shown at the UN Climate Conference features a 19 kWh battery pack that lasts for 180 km. It can carry up to 800 kilos. The prototype has been made in Morocco and is destined for the European market at a later date.
moroccoworldnews.com, osvehicle.com, lnt.ma (in French)
Rare earth market report: Neodymium will become even rarer as demand for neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets used in traction motors will grow rapidly, Roskill projects in its latest report. Overall, permanent magnet and catalyst sectors will remain the largest markets for rare earths until 2026.
roskill.com via greencarcongress.com
Looking for growth in China is fuel cell company Plug Power, who expect the Asian market to become the largest within this decade. According to CEO Andy Marsh, Plug Power is in talks with various business as well as public entities as it seeks partners for its eastward expansion.
Wireless agreement: Qualcomm and supplier Preh have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) license agreement. The firm that is part of the Joyson Electronics Group will include Qualcomm’s inductive charging system in its portfolio and concentrate on commercialising the technology for hybrid and electric cars, also with its own developments.