Hyundai and Kia invest 80 million euros in Rimac
Hyundai and Kia are together investing 80 million euros into Rimac Automobili. The Korean carmakers and the Croatian company are also entering into a strategic partnership for the joint development of both battery electric and fuel cell, high-performance EVs.Weiterlesen
Pininfarina christens its e-sportscar ‘Battista’
The Automobili Pininfarina e-super sports car – previously known as PF0 – will now bear the name Battista and celebrate its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. In the meantime competitor Lotus is following suit with its own fully electric super sports car.Weiterlesen
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Seat teaming up with Rimac for CUPRA e-Racer
Since Seat decided to get into electrification of their performance segment, they found a powerful partner. Croatia’s super car maker Rimac Automobili will drive the technology behind the Cupra e-Racer in order to “introduce a whole new E TCR category,” says CEO Mate Rimac.Weiterlesen
Porsche buys stake in Croatia’s super carmaker Rimac
Porsche is taking a stake in Rimac Automobilii, Croatia’s supercar powerhouse as they buy a 10% minority share. The Germans hope for a development partnership as they are gearing up for the coming of the Mission E that will be sold as Taycan.Weiterlesen
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Rimac to build electric motors & batteries in China
Croatian super carmaker Rimac Automobili and China’s Camel Group have agreed to start building electric motors and batteries this year. The facility in Chinese Xiangyang is to churn out 50,000 units annually with construction to cost about 128m euros.Weiterlesen
Rimac’s hypercar C_Two faster than Tesla Roadster
The second vehicle by the Croatian EV manufacturer Rimac Automobili, the C_Two, will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show. The successor to the electric hyper-car Concept_One received a serious performance boost compared to the prior incarnation.Weiterlesen
VW, Voltabox, Rimac, Indium Coating.
VW’s strong demand for cobalt: To prepare its recently presented electrification strategy (so-called Roadmap E), Volkswagen intends to secure long-term supplies of raw materials. Reuters reports for example, that the German car group contacted cobalt producers and asked them to submit proposals on supplying the material for up to 10 years from 2019. VW is willing to invest not less than 50bn euros as its electric vehicle fleet will need more than 150 gigawatt hours of battery capacity annually by 2025.
Details about Voltabox’ initial public offering: The German Paragon subsidiary’s shares are going to be priced between 20 and 24 euros, accumulating to up to 151.8m euros placement volume. The subscription period will open this Wednesday (27th of September) and is likely to run until 10th of October. Voltabox is a specialist for lithium-ion-based battery systems in specific electric utility vehicles, supplying e.g. BMW, Knorr-Bremse or Kuka.
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Rimac plans new electric super car: The Croatian EV maker intends to reveal a second super sports car by the first half of 2018. COO Monika Mikac told Autocar that the model will provide two seats just like its predecessor Concept One, but shall offer more comfort and power. The edition is going to be limited to just 100 vehicles.
Indium coating to stabilise batteries: American Researchers have found out that indium coatings can improve the performance of high-capacity lithium metal anodes in rechargeable batteries. According to the scientists’ results, the coating enables very fast surface diffusion of lithium ions and high chemical resistance to liquid electrolytes. Furthermore, the new technique undergoes reversible alloying reactions with lithium ions. Indium could thus contribute to form a stable, passivating layer that prevents further contact between the reactive metal electrodes and the electrolyte, the researcher team states.
Electric Hummer, VW, China, Mitsubishi, Gogoro, Rimac.
Electric Hummer by Kreisel Electric: Arnold Schwarzenegger has presented a fully electrified Hummer that has been developed by Austrian company Kreisel Electric based on the model H1. The prototype comes with two electric motors (360 kW output), 100 kWh battery capacity and close to 300 km range. However, serial production is not planned.
Golf 8 without all-electric version: The next-gen VW Golf will hit the stores in about two years, but according to Jürgen Stackmann, head of VW sales and marketing, it will be available either with combustion engine, either in PHEV version. An all-electric Golf 8 won’t be produced as the company’s MEB-based all-electric I.D. will enter the market in 2020 almost parallelly.
China to relax rules for foreign carmakers? The Chinese government considers permitting foreign manufacturers to produce EVs in its free-trade zones without a local JV partner, reports Bloomberg referring to sources that do not want to be named. Thus, international carmakers could start to set up wholly owned EV businesses. The relaxation could come as soon as next year, but is still far from being definitively approved.
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Mitsubishi presents EV concept: With a teaser photo, the Japanese carmaker draws attention to its e-Evolution Concept that shall be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in late October. It is supposed to be a fully electrified SUV coupe concept, further details are not yet available.
Gogoro raises additional 300m dollars: The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer receives 300m USD from a group of investors including Sumitomo and French energy company ENGIE. In the previous two investment rounds, Gogoro raised already a total of 182m dollars. The fresh money shall support the company’s R&D unit and help to realise its expansion plans. In Europe, Bosch’s sharing service Coup uses Gogoro’s electric scooters with replaceable batteries.
greentechmedia.com, forbes.com, gogoro.com
Also Rimac with new investor: Asian battery manufacturer Camel Group invests 30m euros in Croatian EV maker Rimac. The new financial resources shall enable the company to develop new products and to extend its production capacities.
Rimac Concept One crash.
The rare Croatian super hybrid has just become even rarer after former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond crashed a Rimac Concept One while filming for Amazon. He made it out of the car unharmed before it burst into flames. The show’s success will have to tell if the 1m dollar stunt was worth it allegedly.
Audi, Rimac, Borgward, Yudo, Forsee Power, Ukraine.
Audi opens order books in Norway: The German carmaker surprises with the announcement to accept pre-orders for its electric SUV in Europe’s leading EV market. The e-Audi will roll off the lines from next year on. Norwegians who want to get registered for purchasing the EV have to pay 20,000 Norwegian Krones (2,150 euros) in advance, however in case of cancellation this down payment will be given back. It remains to be seen if this strategy to start in Norway will work for Audi as it did for GM with the Opel Ampera-e or Tesla.
audi.no (in Norwegian) via insideevs.com
30m euros for Rimac: Chinese battery manufacturer Camel Group will invest a total of 30m euros in the Croatian EV maker – 27m euros to boost the electric car business and 3m to promote Rimac’s electric bicycle unit Greyp Bikes. Camel and Rimac signed a framework agreement a few days ago but the Croatians are still in the process of collecting further offers of investment.
index.hr (in Croatian) via total-croatia-news.com
Impressions of Borgward’s BX7: First photos show the electric version of Borgward’s BX7 that will be produced in Bremen as planned. The traditional German brand has not yet revealed tech data, but the batteries will be delivered from LG Chem.
Yudo concept with wing doors: Shanghai’s Motor Show sees the third model created by China’s new EV brand Yudo. After the Pi 1 and Pi 3 the company unveiled its X-Pi, a concept car with wing doors that gives an outlook on how the fully electrified crossover planned for 2019 will look like. Yudo has a production licence for China and wants to open 110 dealerships still this year.
E-mobility investment: Several firms, among them EDF and Forsee Power, have founded NEoT Capital, an investment company specialised in electric mobility and renewable energies. The company intends to launch an investment programme called NEoT Green Mobility in the second quarter of 2017 and thus raise several hundred million euros to promote electric mobility within the next five years.
Ukraine to remove taxes: The Ukrainian government intends to eliminate VAT and excise duties on the import of EVs, their components and charging stations from now until January 2023.
Rimac Concept_One, Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
Video tip: In this Valentine’s episode of Translogic, Jonathon Buckley test rides Croatian hyper car Rimac Concept_One and interviews CEO and inventor Mate Rimac.
Audi, Rimac, Honda, Infiniti, Mahindra, Cezeta.
Three Audi EV by 2020: The electric SUV due in 2018 will be just the start for Audi’s electric line-up. Two more electric cars are planned, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told Auto Express. Following on from the SUV, Audi will most likely launch an electric sports car and lastly a compact electric car which is expected to share some technology with the VW I.D. once it arrives in 2020.
900 kW racer: Rimac brought an update of its Concept_One to Geneva. Performance increased by 100 kW to now 900 kW, while the battery received another 8 kWh and now stands at a total of 90 kWh. Moreover, the Croatian company has won over three new distributors. Manhattan Motorcars will be the to go partner in the U.S., PACE Germany took responsibility for Europe and the Alzarooni Group is to sell the hyper cars in the United Arab Emirates.
electrek.co, carscoops.com, rimac-automobili.com
Clarity triple: Honda will present two more variants of its Clarity FCV at the New York Auto Show, where a battery-electric as well as a plug-in hybrid model are set for display. Details on technology or a possible launch date have not been revealed.
electriccarsreport.com, carscoops.com, hondanews.com
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Infiniti Q60 in Black S: Developed with Renault’s F1 team, the concept Q60 Black S is now live in Geneva as expected. The hybrid coupe has 400 hp and features an energy recovery system said to increase performance by 25 percent.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com, infinitinews.com
More affordable EVs come from Mahindra as the Indian carmaker plans to build three to four electric models costing less than 1m rupees, about 14,000 euros. Mahindra reasons that in order for EVs to help clean the air they need to be “mass affordable” and not a luxury niche segment or even SUVs, which the firm sees as “image” rather than breadwinner.
Affordable exclusivity: Cezeta is for Eastern Europeans what the Vespa is to Italians (and Germans) – cult. The torpedo-formed scooter is about to be reissued and this time it is electric. The Czech company celebrates its 60th jubilee with a limited edition of 600 Cezeta 506 that can be customised online with two motor and battery options (for 150 – 250 km range) and of course colours. Prices start from 7,640 euros if one leases the battery and orders will be taken until the end of this month.
scooterlab.uk, ots.at, cezeta.com
Rimac, vintage electric cars.
Click tip: The festive season invites to contemplate and this collection of vintage electric cars is an interesting and quirky way to unwind.
BMW, Renault-Nissan, Rimac, Daimler, Chevy.
100,000 BMWi sold: Three years after launching the i-series, BMW has sold more than 100,000 electric and plug-in hybrid models worldwide. The BMW i3 sold 60,000 times, with the i8 billing another 10,000. The remaining 30,000 PHEV were sold via the iPerformance label.
8,000-dollar EV for China: Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn plans to tackle the Chinese market with an ultra-low priced EV. 8,000 dollars without incentives would redefine the idea of a low-cost or competitively priced electric car and would indeed “change the game,” as he put it.
Rimac is serious about its “Automobili” and intends to build a facility to serially produce electric cars, as well as batteries. Details remain scarce, as the Croatians are in the middle of a new round of financing and will wait until its completion to make further announcements.
poslovni.hr (in Croatian) via total-croatia-news.com
Daimler distributes its stationery batteries in the U.S. through Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas. The new firm is to develop and sell energy storage units for both households as well as industrial appliances and will offer first products in the U.S. from spring 2017.
greencarcongress.com, solarnovus.com, daimler.com
Bolt financing terms: Chevy dealerships have received financing terms for GM’s EV at 2.9 percent APR for 60 months. That means the monthly payment is about 18 dollars for every 1,000 dollars financed. After down payment and before subsidies, the monthly payment for the Chevy Volt would thus be around 600 dollars.
Rinspeed, Detroit Electric, Toyota, Mahindra, Electric GT, Rimac.
Rinspeed shows rolling oasis: Swiss company Rinspeed already announced a new EV concept for the CES 2017, showing first pictures. The two-seater Oasis features large glass and solar panels, while its interior is said to have a living room feel to it. The front windscreen doubles as screen for virtual reality, while a small patch of green allows for drivers to plant flowers or radishes. The future has wheels.
Detroit Electric goes to China: The U.S. manufacturer says it is talking with Chinese authorities about setting up shop there and that it found 120 potential buyers for its SP:01. In Hong Kong, the electric roadster can already be ordered. Detroit Electric wants to build a total of 950 units by the end of the year.
EPA rated: The U.S. agency has rated the all-electric range of the Toyota Prius Prime at 25 miles (around 40 km), while average fuel consumption is 133 mpg. The figures were released by Toyota in a press release and mean that fuel consumption of 2017 model is 26 percent better, than that of its predecessor.
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New Mahindra EV: Mahindra has launched the electric variant of its small transporter Supro in India. The e-Supro is available for about 12,500 dollars. A version fit for passenger transport costs around 450 dollars more.
GT drivers get ready: The Electric GT racing series that will launch next year, has named its first drivers. Next to Stefan Wilson, Vicky Piria and Dani Clos, Leilani Münter, herself a Tesla owner and environmental activist, will get behind the wheel. The series is the first of its kind and features modified Tesla Model S.
Two-wheeled Rimac: The Croatian company presented its power e-bike Geryp G12H. Able to go 150 miles on one charge, it has double the range of its predecessor, the Greyp G12S. Details about a release date or pricing were not announced.
Rimac Concept One, Zero Motorcycles
Video tip I: To be fair or not to be fair is not the question here as this race is surely spectacular. Race driver Archie Hamilton put a Rimac Concept One against a Tesla Model S P90D and the Ferrari LaFerrari on the quarter mile.
Video tip II: Mark Kane went on a factory tour – not to Fremont but to Zero Motorcycles. The electric motorcycle maker shows it all, from batteries and battery tests, through frames, chassis and electric motors to bike assembly, and more tests and even more questions.
livestream.com (account required) via insideevs.com
Old EV patent, Rimac.
Reading tip: The blog Paleofuture has found an article about a patent for an electric car charged via overhead wire in a Scientific America edition from 1889. It’s definitely worth a read.
Video tip: Rimac thanks the Croatian Ministry of Defence with this video, as they were allowed to use an exclusive runway to test the Rimac concept One. With a top speed of 354 kph (220 mph), drivers needed a bit of a straight stretch of road for testing.
youtube.com via carscoops.com
BMW, eHighway, Faraday Future, Rimac.
BMW i home energy storage: The Bavarian’s i division announced a stationary energy storage system for the home at the EVS 29 in Canada. Just like Tesla and Mercedes, BMW uses high-voltage batteries from the i3 and could also incorporate second-life batteries.
eHighway launched: The world’s first eHighway kicked off in Sweden. Two kilometres of the E16 motorway north of Stockholm have been fitted with a Siemens overhead contact system for trucks. It will fuel two hybrid trucks from Scania that were especially conceived for the two-year testing phase.
Faraday allowed to drive autonomously: The California ministry of transport has approved autonomous test drives for Faraday Future’s electric racer. Later this year, the company hopes to also test the EV on public roads before launching the model in the U.S. next near.
Rimac to the top: Rimac will take part in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an updated version of its E-Runner Concept One. The electric racer is fitted with four electric motors and boast a whopping 1.1 MW (1,475 hp) of power.
Rimac, Toyota, Tesla, Bugatti, Gigafactory, India.
Rimac Two: The Croatian brought a second EV to Geneva as previously suggested. The Concept_S is even more powerful than the Concept One, boasting 1,018 kW and AWD. The 82 kWh battery should last for a race or two – top speed stands at 365 kph – and the carbon model is also lighter than the original Rimac.
autoblog.com, electricautosport.com, hybridcars.com
Quirky Toyota: The Japanese carmaker’s latest hybrid seems to pay homage to the film Mad Max. The Kikai sits three people and all inner workings of the microcar are clearly visible – even for the driver, who can watch the wheels turn at his/her feet. Careful though, there is no autopilot mode yet.
Model X ready for Europe: Tesla has opened the configurator for European buyers of the ‘Signature’ edition and thus reveals pricing. Prices vary from country to country but are considerably higher (around 172,000 dollars) than in the U.S., due to VAT applied on the continent.
For the few: The Chiron debuted in Geneva as anticipated. Its price of about 2.6m dollars could be a hurdle for some, but Bugatti says it received about 150 orders for the super hybrid. The Veyron successor sports 1,479 hp and a top speed of 261 mph despite weighing 2 tons. Production of 500 units is set for autumn.
Strike: Gigafactory construction came to a halt, as about 100 workers refused to continue working in protest of out-of-state employees hired by Tesla contractor Brycon Corp. The EV maker has denied the allegations and says the majority of workers are from Nevada.
SUV tax: The Indian government plans to levy a 4 percent tax on cars that are longer than 4 metres and have a high engine capacity. Trikes, as well as electric and hybrid vehicles and FCV are exempt.
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Proterra buses logged more than 2 million electrical miles in the U.S.. The milestone was reached during revenue service by 63 electric buses in 9 different states. Proterra plans to double its production capacity this year.
VW, Bee Bee, Rimac, ICAO, Tesla, Ather Energy.
VW to take on the Prius? According to German Auto Bild, Volkswagen is working on its own Prius-fighter. Scheduled for 2018, the XL3 will get its own body design, while adopting some elements from the XL1. The hybrid will boast 140 hp, a 25 kW electric motor and a small battery that allows only for a short all-electric range. Pricing will start at 30,000 euros.
Vintage EV from France: French manufacturer Bee Bee Automotive presented its vintage looking electric car. The Bee-Bee XS weighs a mere 660 kg and sports a 20 kW electric motor. The 7.2 kWh or 9.6 kWh battery pack allow for a range of 80 or 120 km. Thanks to subsidies in France, the car will start at 21,180 euros, battery included.
avere-france.org (in French)
Rimac update: The Croatian EV maker will present a series production version of its Concept One in Geneva, while saying that it will build only vehicles for now. CEO Mate Rimac also hinted in an interview that he could be taking a second model to Geneva, but did not give any details.
carscoops.com (Concept One), total-croatia-news.com (Interview)
No battery on board: Starting in April, anything containing a Li-ion battery will no longer be allowed in the cargo hold of a passenger plane. The International Civil Aviation Organisation says the risk of the battery catching fire is too great. That only applies to commercial shipments, however. Nothing changes for passengers.
Tesla expands team: The EV maker signed on Karim Bousta as new Vice President of Global Services. Bousta previously held an executive position at General Electric and worked for Symantec.
New electric scooter: Bengaluru-based Ather Energy introduced its S340 electric two-wheeler. The so-called smart scooter comes with a touchscreen dashboard, fast-charging capabilities, a top speed of 72 kph and a range of 60 km. Moreover, the company wants to set up its own infrastructure.
Rimac, Ford, Tesla, Honeywell.
Rimac Greyp update: Rimac presented the Greyp G12S, a further developed version of its electric super bike. When in ‘Street’ mode, its 1.5 kWh battery provides enough power to go 120 km on one charge. The bike even comes with regenerative braking technology.
Ford gets smartwatch app: Drivers of electric and hybrid Fords can soon get information about range or charging status with a flick of their wrist. They can also locate or unlock doors via the smartwatch app – much like with the app for BMW’s electric cars.
Local lithium: Tesla could get part of its needed lithium from a mine near the Gigafactory in Nevada. At least Canadian mining company Pure Energy Minerals says that it has signed a deal of that nature with the carmaker.
Honeywell to showcase developments: The developer of automotive turbochargers says it is working on several applications involving electric boosting, which it says, will play a major role in electrification. Honeywell’s electric air compressor for fuel cells, for example, increases clean air supply in smaller engines, thus improving fuel economy.
Rimac, CIAM, SK, Renault, Magna, Getrag, Kettering University, Hella.
The race for a better battery for the Formula E is on, and Williams might get some competition from Rimac, ElectricAutosport reports. So far, the British engineering company is the sole supplier, but the electric racing series is looking for someone building stronger batteries to be used during seasons 3 and 4.
SK seeks access to China: The battery maker intends to grow its electric vehicle business in China by buying into the Chinese CIAM Group in exchange for selling off its SK (Chongqing) Lithium Battery Material Company. CIAM shares would enable SK to sell more EV batteries in China.
New motor line for Zoe and Twizy: Renault is introducing new trim levels for both the Twizy and Zoe in the UK to streamline its offering. The move serves to include the new electric motor known as the R240. It increases range and is more compact.
Magna to acquire Getrag: The two companies signed a sales agreement for approximately 1.75 billion euros (1.9bn dollars). Getrag is the world’s largest (by volume) OEM-independent supplier of automotive transmissions, including hybrid systems.
Less conversion, more charge: A research team from Kettering University is working with Hella on a new level 2 charger that offers 97 percent efficiency (+3%) and features a 2- instead of 3-stage design. A prototype can be expected in October.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was ELIX Wireless’ 10 kW wireless charging solution, using the company’s patented Magneto-Dynamic Coupling (MDC) technology.
New York, Rimac Automobili.
Reading tip: Starting next Monday, the city of New York will ban cars from park drives in Central Park north of 72nd street on weekdays, as well as in Prospect Park in Brooklyn one week later. Cars are already prohibited to enter the parks on weekends. The idea is to create safe zones for bicyclists and pedestrians and for kids to play in.
Video tip: Rimac Automobili recently tested the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, the racing car with 1.1 MW under the hood, on the dyno. Nobuhiro Tajima will be taking this “monster” to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2015.
youtube.com via electriccarsreport.com
Hitachi Chemicals, Rimac, LG Chem, KTH & Stanford.
Hitachi Chemicals is planning to set up an US plant for battery materials in 2018, spending about 10 billion yen (83m USD). The Japanese company already supplies anode materials for batteries in the Nissan Leaf and hopes to also supply Tesla’s and Panasonic’s joint Gigafactory in the future.
1,100 kilowatts for Pikes Peak: Now it´s official: Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima teams up with Rimac on a megawatt Pikes Peak racer. The Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One is powered by four independent electric motors, giving the car a total power of over 1,1 MW and a maximum torque of 1500 Nm.
Chinese bus manufacturers are betting on batteries by LG Chem, the Korean company reports. Nanjing Golden Dragon Bus and Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle will use the LG batteries in their large- and small-sized electric city buses. LG Chem said its battery factory in the Chinese city of Nanjing will begin operating next year.
Batteries from wood pulp is what researchers from Sweden and the U.S. cooked up in their laboratories. The new wood-based aerogel material can be used for three-dimensional structures and stores significantly more power in less space than conventional batteries. According to the researchers, the aerogel batteries could be used in electric car bodies.
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Most clicked link on Monday was the Tesla Model X, which was recentley spotted in California next to a Nissan Leaf.
Audi, Rimac, Formula E, Shell Eco-Marathon Europe.
Audi autonomously and electric: Audi presents the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept at CES Asia. While the EV is essentially the same that was shown in Geneva earlier this year (two electric drives with 170 kW and a said range of 450 km), the current model is able to drive autonomously.
Battle of Megawatts: Croatian Rimac Automobili is working on an all-electric racer said to deliver more than 1,000 kW, Electric Autosport reports. It is designed to compete at this year’s ‘Pikes Peak International Hill Climb’, where the EV will meet its Latvian megawatt counterpart: the eO PP03 by Drive eO. Rimac allegedly chose Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima to make a run for victory.
One battery for all? At least until the fifth season of the Formula E begins in 2018/19, CEO Alejandro Agag advises the teams to collectively develop an improved battery. This would keep costs down while ensuring technological advances and longer races at the same time.
863 km per kWh is the new efficiency benchmark and was claimed by the TUFast Eco Team of the TU Munich at the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe in the BEV prototype category. The winning FCV prototype came from the Eco-Runner Team from the TU Delft which delivered a range of 1,227 km/m3.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV featuring a range extender by VW (unofficially) which surely is not the cleanest but truly among the most creative solutions to fight range anxiety.
Rimac secures investment.
Substantial 10 million euros (12.5m dollars) have been secured by Rimac Automobili in its Series A investment round from three main investors. The Croatian supercar maker is now ready to increase production capability for its Concept_One sports EV as well as developing more models.
Technology transfer can come in many forms and this one is especially beneficial. Croatian Rimac has adapted the battery from its Concept_One supercar to be used in wheelchairs. With the new technology, the range went up from 10 km to 60 km, the battery weighs ten kilos less and lives 10x longer, thus enabling the user to roll for longer, lighter and better.