SGL & Nio present lighter battery casing
The German manufacturer SGL Carbon and the Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio have developed a prototype of a battery housing made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for electric vehicles. It is around 40% lighter than comparable aluminum housings.
SGL Carbon preparing to make more batteries
SGL Carbon steels itself for surging demand for EV batteries. The supplier says it “significantly increased” production capacities for synthetic graphite anode material and will conclude the expansion in 2019, while also investing in their battery lab.
Hyperloop, Patents, Loop Energy, SGL Carbon.
Musk building “the entire thing”? Various start-ups working on concepts to realise hyperloops based on Elon Musk’s brainchild could be left empty-handed as it seems that he could develop the high speed transportation system and the according technology on his own, reports Bloomberg referring to a “person close to Musk”. Initially, he did not plan to execute the tech in order to remain focussed on Tesla and SpaceX. Besides, Musk also holds a trademark for “Hyperloop” through his company SpaceX, other companies would not be allowed to use the term.
Promising patents: InsideEVs has successfully dug for further patents targeting electric mobility evolution. This time eye-catching: Rollable solar panels for electric cars and Ford’s idea to enable the stowage of electric bikes in electric cars and to charge both at the same time.
Heavy-duty truck with FC range extender: Canadian company Loop Energy’s fuel cell range extender has been successfully implemented in a heavy-duty terminal tractor of China’s National Heavy-Duty Truck Company (CNHTC). In this case, Loop Energy’s system is combined with an electric battery system to enable peak power and to capture energy derived through regenerative braking.
SGL to take over JV with BMW? SGL Carbon is considering a complete take-over of a joint venture founded with BMW in 2009 and specialised in carbon fibre production. Exclusivity agreements have been expired, according to SGL CEO Jürgen Köhler, who assumes that “BMW does not want to become a manufacturer of carbon fibre”. His assessment derives from the fact that BMW did not make use of carbon fibre anymore in its new 5-series, whereas it still was utilized in its i3, i8 and 7-series.
automobilwoche.de, produktion.de (both in German)
BYD, Detroit Electric, U.S. carmakers, Norway, SGL Carbon.
Build Your Dreams in Europe: BYD plans to set up production in Europe “when the time is right.” The electric car and bus manufacturer considered at least one facility, but has not released any details yet.
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Detroit Electric expands: Ahead of the launch of the SP:01 electric sportscar, the company announces four more distributors: GreenCar LLC in Azerbaijan, Carpoint for both Iceland and Norway and GridCars in South Africa. More distributors recently signed in China and South Korea.
U.S. carmakers beg for CO2 bargain: General Motors, Ford, and FCA US are asking the EPA to grant them retroactive emissions credits for using technology like reflective paint, LED, or more obviously start-stop. They claim these technologies reduce CO2 off-cycle.
autonews.com via autoblog.com
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Integrated mobility and energy infrastructures: The new project of the leading edge cluster Electric Mobility South-West “IMEI” is analyzing two typical local scenarios of grid integration of e-vehicles in decentralized mode for home and commercial users and centralized for e-vehicle fleets. Taken into account are, amongst others, aspects of on-site generation and energy storage.
Norway is the leading EV nation, says the latest IHS Automotive Plug-in Electric Vehicle Index looking at the 1st quarter of 2015. It is followed by the Netherlands, where EV share grew to 5.7%. Germany is 6th out of 8 nations. In terms of volumes, the USA and China are in the lead.
SGL Carbon to restructure: The carbon specialist plans to move away from graphite electrodes as its core business, betting on the increasing demand for carbon fibre and lithium-ion batteries from Tesla’s Gigafactory, for example, from which it hopes to secure orders soon.
focus.de (in German)
Audi, BMW, SGL Carbon, Apple, Tesla, Honda, Mahindra, Infiniti.
New Audi A4 is late: Audi seems to have set its priorities right and is postponing the launch of the next A4 by six month until early 2015. According to German newspaper ‘Handelsblatt’, Audi wants to prepare the car for electric and hybrid drivetrain variants first. It seems like Ulrich Hackenberg, new head of development at Audi, is giving the right orders.
BMW to boost carbon production: The carmaker and its partner SGL Carbon said they will double output from 3,000 to 6,000 tons while building a second hall for carbon fibre production at their jointly run facility in Germany. The move comes after growing demand for BMW’s electric i-series and plans to use the material in other vehicles like the new 7 series.
Open to speculation: Andrian Perica, merger and acquisitions chief at Apple, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year, reports the SF Chronicle. While the meeting might have been (re-)fuelling speculations about Apple buying the electric carmaker, no new or feasible facts emerged.
sfgate.com via news.cnet.com
No more Honda hybrids: Due to low demand, the Japanese carmaker will stop offering its Insight and CR-Z hybrids in Europe. Only the Jazz hybrid (also known as Fit) will stay but could be discontinued in 2016.
Electric cab export: Mahindra will not offer its latest Verito Electric on its domestic market. The company is however looking into exporting it as an electric taxi and is currently researching potential markets.
Infiniti Hybrid tested: Autoweek set out to find out if the new Q50s hybrid is able to compete with its German competitors. Being “Prius quite” and with a “very good” overall quality, Infiniti is on the right track to become a serious competitor to the “established kings of lederhosen”.