Rescar 2.0, BASF & Toda Kogyo, LG Chem, Reevolt.
For the project Rescar 2.0, Infineon, Audi, Bosch, Elmos and the FZI Research Centre for Information Technology wanted to find a way to make electric components for electric cars more robust. The result is a cross-industry solution that enables more efficient upgrading of electronic control units (ECU).
BASF sets up joint venture in Japan: Together with Japan’s Toda Kogyo Corp., the chemical group wants to research and develop a range of Li-ion cathode materials that will also be used in electric vehicles. Called “BASF Toda Battery Materials,” the joint venture is ready to kick off in February.
LG Chem production site in China: Building of the new factory in Nanjing has begun. There, the battery manufacturer from South Korea hopes to produce enough batteries for 100,000 electric vehicles per year, once the site begins operating at the end of 2015.
Reevolt retrofit transformer kit: German energy supplier Wemag offers standardised kits to electrify vehicles that can be installed by any garage. And according to the company, the 13,000 euro investment will have paid off after 50,000 km driven.
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Continental/Zytek, BASF/Toda Kogyo, Volkswagen, DoE.
Continental take over: German company fully acquired its British joint venture partner Zytek Automotive. The two companies have been working together on electric and hybrid drivetrains and will continue to do so with Zytek now operating as part of the Continental Engineering Services (CES) in the UK.
New battery joint venture: Currently, BASF is in negotiations to join forces with Toda Kogyo, a specialist for cathode materials. The focus is on production, marketing and sales of active cathode materials (CAM) used in li-ion batteries in Japan.
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VW’s modular platform: Most plug-in hybrid electric vehicles of Volkswagen are based on the same modular toolkit called MQB. Now technical details emerged and have been avidly summarised by our colleagues over at Green Car Congress.
16 million dollars are left as loans in the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) programme of the U.S. DoE. The scheme which has already supported company’s such as Fisker and Tesla has now been improved to include part makers and has received a simplified application processes.