Honda & Sony establish SHM joint venture
Sony and Honda have established their announced joint venture for electric cars and mobility services. With the founding of Sony Honda Mobility (SHM), the new company has revealed its production location and timeline, starting with pre-orders in 2025.
Sony presents 2nd BEV at the CES
Sony presented its second electric car prototype at this year’s CES – an enhanced electric SUV of the well-known sedan. Unlike in 2020, the chances of series production are now much better – Sony says it wants to examine this step soon.
Sony presents their own concept EV at CES
Sony has surprisingly presented their very own prototype of an electric car at the CES, though the electronics giant has been keeping any production plans to themselves. Sony’s electric limousine named Vision-S is based on a specially developed electric car platform for which international suppliers were involved.
Daimler, Sony, battery production, Tianqi Lithium Industries.
Vision van: Daimler presented its idea for future transportation. The Vision Van has 75 kW power and a modular battery system that can deliver up to 270 km of range. It connects all involved in the delivery chain and comes with integrated delivery drones. The EV is part of the ‘adVANce’ initiative, which will receive 500m euros investment over the next five years. The new unit called Future Transportation Systems also works with start-ups in Germany and the USA.
Sony to make EV batteries: The Japanese are to enter the electric car market “soon” with the small VC7 cell. Sony were the first to commercialise a lithium-ion battery back in 1991. The firm also applied to deliver batteries for the 2018 Formula E season along with other competitors.
As the battery business gears up so do suppliers like Sumitomo Chemical. The firm will invest 20bn yen (195m USD) to increase production capacity for its separators to be able to supply batteries for 500,000 electric cars. Toray Industries also plans to spend 20bn yen as it raises separator production by 70 percent for delieveries to Panasonic and LG Chem.
Chinese battery plant Down Under: Tianqi Lithium Industries is to produce material for EV batteries in Australia comes 2018. The 306m dollar plant will take ore from the Greenbushes mine and would be able to produce 24,000t of lithium hydroxide annually, thus doubling Tinaqi’s processing capacity.
LG Chem, Sony, Ford, Terrafugia.
LG Gigafactory: According to Navigant Research, LG Chem’s manufacturing plant in Holland, Michigan, could increase capacity to three GWh within a few years. The plant’s present capacity with three fully utilized production lines is 650 MWh, a fourth line is under construction. LG Chem produces batteries for the Chevy Volt and Spark EV, as well as the Tesla Roadster.
autonews.com via gas2.org, ecomento.com
Sony develops superbattery: Sony is working on a Li-S battery based on sulphur and lithium electrodes, which could increase the battery capacity by 40 percent over existing technology. It will initially be used in smartphones and robots and is said to replace Li-ion batteries by 2020. Another battery type Sony is working on is based on magnesium and sulphur (Mg-S).
Ford without wheel: A self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid prototype will be road-tested in California next year. Ford is also testing the Fusion at the University of Michigan’s Mcity full scale simulated urban environment. Kia and Hyundai meanwhile received permission to test driverless cars on public roads in Nevada. Kia hope to bring the Soul EV’s Advanced Driver Assistance System to market by 2020.
greencarcongress.com (Ford), autoevolution.com (Kia), automotive-business-review.com (Hyundai)
EV takes flight: Massachusetts-based aircraft company Terrafugia has received special permission to run in-air tests of a small scale model of the TF-X flying car. The company plans a four-passenger hybrid that can be charged either via the engine or plugged in. It will be small enough to drive on regular roads. The flying part will be computer operated, so that no pilot’s license is required.
Aleees & Sony, Eaton, Nissan, Arctrike.
Is BYD getting competition? On top of wanting to build electric buses with Siemens, Taiwanese company Aleees is cooperating with Sony in building lithium-ion batteries. Aleees wants to first introduce its electric buses in China, but aims to enter markets across the world in the long-run.
Eaton looks elsewhere: The U.S. drivetrain specialist says that it will no longer offer its diesel-electric hybrid in the States, due to low demand. Instead, Eaton plans to concentrate on the Chinese and the European markets and is looking into hybridizing city buses.
e-NV200 Evalia crashes poorly: The passenger-carrying variant of Nissan’s all-electric van got a mere three out of five stars in EuroNCAP crash testing, just like the non-electric version did before. The main shortcoming is the lack of safety assist technologies, such as lane departure warning, city assist and electronic speed limiter.
Lay back and peddle: London designer John Zoccano has started a crowdfunding campaign for his Arctrike – a trike with an electric drivetrain, which you can ride lying down. It has a top speed of 75 kph, while a more jovial version is capped at 32 kph.
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