TÜV Süd invests $44 million in Michigan EV testing facility
The German standards testing company TÜV SÜD has announced that it will invest 44 million US dollars in an approximately 7,400 square meter test facility for electric vehicle batteries near Detroit in the US state of Michigan. This is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2023 and will create 40 jobs.
TÜV SÜD opens new emission testing centre in Germany
After two years of construction and a total investment of more than 20 million euros, TÜV SÜD opened the new Centre for Mobility and Powertrains near Stuttgart today. Besides combustion engines, they also offer emission testing for hybrid and electric vehicles there.
TÜV SÜD to help build battery lab in Thailand
TÜV SÜD is participating in the construction of a battery test centre near Bangkok in Thailand. The German testing and certification service provider has now signed a corresponding cooperation agreement with the local Ministry of Industry and the Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI).
Hydrogen Fuelling station boom in Germany
According to information from TÜV Süd, Germany had the largest growth in hydrogen fuelling stations in the world last year. A total of 24 public fueling stations were installed in Germany, while the global market managed to construct a total of 64.
Riversimple, Volker Blandow.
Participate: The sporty and rare Rasa made by Welsh Riversimple is looking to recruit 100 test drivers to test the FCV for one to three months. You need to live in or near Monmouthshire and will have to go to Abergavenny nearby, where the hydrogen station will be set up.
Reading tip: Volker Blandow, who heads TÜV Süd’s e-mobility branch, opens what might feel like an age old question of hydrogen vs batteries but he systematically shed lights on each argument and adds some perspectives.
TÜV Süd, Colorado River Discovery, Siemens.
PHEV lifecycle analysis: TÜV Süd took a closer look at the Mercedes GLE 500e PHEV. While CO2 emission during the plug-in hybrid’s production is about one fourth higher than for the ICE, savings over the course of 155,000 miles drop emissions nearly 37% under the EU electricity mix.
insideevs.com, media.daimler.com (lifecycle analysis)
Electric raft: Colorado River Discovery has entered the final testing stage of its electric raft. If all goes well, the company will take tourists up and down the Colorado River in Arizona this summer. The raft is charged hydroelectrically at its own charging station and was funded by a share of each guest’s fee.
Siemens EV platform: Siemens CT NTF RACE is developing electronic architecture for electric cars. Standardised hardware is combined with the PikeOS Hypervisor, which enables different software functions. The computing architecture is designed for electric cars made by Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter.
General Motors, Apple, TÜV Süd, Schaeffler.
Battery costs go down: For the first time GM has mentioned concrete cost figures for their batteries at a recent conference. According to the car company, the costs for the LG batteries of the all-electric Bolt, which will go into production next year, will contribute only 145 dollars/kWh. GM believes that the barrier of 100 dollars/kWh will be breached by 2022.
Apple expansion for EVs? While Apple is already building the mighty Campus2 project in Cupertino, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that the IT giant has signed a lease for a huge new site in Sunnyvale. The development of Apple’s electric vehicle could possibly be located at this new site, but no official confirmation was made.
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TÜV to test EV batteries in Japan: Together with ESPEC Corporation, TÜV Süd has inaugurated a testing center for the safety of EV batteries north of Tokyo. It is the first testing facility of its kind, and will offer battery manufacturers comprehensive testing facilities for safety and conformity with the more stringent UN-ECE regulation 100.
japanmarkt.de (in German)
Automatic Clutch: With their e-clutch Schaeffler wants to pave the way for the manual transmission into hybridisation. The automated clutch will make fuel-saving driving strategies, such as coasting or electric assisted driving possible for cars with manual transmissions.
TÜV SÜD, Tesla, BASF, EnerG2, Electrovaya.
TÜV goes Japan: TÜV SÜD has entered a business alliance with the Japanese ESPEC Corporation. Together the two testing institutes plan to expand ESPEC’s existing battery testing facility to accommodate for bigger battery packs. By 2015, TÜV and ESPEC will thus be able to offer testing in accordance with UN Regulation ECE-R100, Series 2, Part II, which will become mandatory in July 2016.
Accelerated production: Tesla has issued more information on its upgraded Fremont facility. Ten of the world largest robots that can lift and manoeuver entire cars will soon be installing one million battery cells a day instead of 800,000. Furthermore, new welding machines have been installed on a revamped floor.
Strategic supercap partnership: BASF is now cooperating with Seattle-based EnerG2 to improve and to scale-up the production of proprietary carbon materials. Those can be used in supercapacitor electrodes and in start-stop lead-acid batteries.
Electrovaya to buy plant: The Canadian Li-ion battery manufacturer plans to acquire a production facility with an annual capacity of about 0.5 GWh. Electrovaya that claims to use a non-toxic production process calculates with a revenue capacity of up to 250 to 550 million dollars.
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