NXR presents development platform for PEVs
The high performance processing platform called GreenBox by semiconductor manufacturer NXP, is designed to support the development of hybrid and electric vehicles. It allows manufacturers and suppliers to test next-generation applications early on.
Nissan, Renault, NXP, Ehang.
Making H2 stations redundant? Nissan is working on an ethanol-based fuel cell technology. The SOFC system uses organic ethanol to produce hydrogen inside the vehicle, which is said to give it a range similar to petrol versions. The technology could hit the market by 2020. Its biggest advantage is that hydrogen filling stations would become redundant. It is also cheaper, as it does not use precious metals and does not need expensive hydrogen tanks.
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EV research in Israel: Renault has signed a cooperation with the Institute of Innovation in Transportation from the University of Tel Aviv. It is said to i.e. give start-ups the opportunity to test their technologies using electric vehicles from Renault.
NXP sells semiconductor business: Dutch company NXP has sold its standard business product to a group of Chinese investors for 2.75bn dollars. The business is said to continue under the name of Nexperia.
Passenger drone: An electric drone by Chinese manufacturer Ehang, designed to fly autonomously and carry people (we reported), will actually be tested in Nevada from the end of the year. An agreement was now signed with the dem Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS).
LG Chem, NXP & Freescale, Qualcomm, Hero Electric.
LG Chem is to “change the future” by pouring considerate resources into research and development of new materials for EV batteries, LG Chem vice chairman and CEO Park Jin-soo announced. He continued saying the company already had technology that would enable electric cars to go for 400 to 500 kilometres and that it would “not take long” for these products to be market-ready.
New industry leader: NXP Semiconductors is to merge with Freescale Semiconductor in a deal worth 11.8 billion dollars. Both companies offer several components for hybrid and electric vehicles. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2015. NFX and Freescale will then become the market leader in automotive semiconductors with a combined revenue of more than 10 billion dollars.
Qualcomm enters Formula 1: The company has now been named as official technology partner for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. According to the press release, the introduction of inductive charging technology is among joint development plans for the future of the racing series.
Hero Electric motorcycle: The Indian manufacturer has developed a prototype electric bike that features a 2000-Watt electric motor and a 48V lead acid battery. It has a maximum speed of 60 kph and a said range of 50 kilometres. A possible launch is at leat 8 to 12 months away.
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