BASF, Nissan, TU Delft, Uni Michigan.
Closer connections: BASF and Toda Kogyo are to collaborate in cathode active materials (CAM) and its respective precursors in the USA. The deal would entail a broad range of CAM for Li-ion batteries for use in the automotive and other markets. The two firms already entertain a similar partnership in Japan.
Nissan fuel cell research: Vanderbilt University and the Georgia Institute of Technology are working with Nissan North America on low-platinum-metal-group electrocatalysts with a proton-conducting binder. The project is funded by the Doe with 4.5m dollars and aims for improved FCV.
The Forze VII has become what its design specc promised as students of the TU Delft presented the hydrogen-powered racer to the public. Two electric motors give the car a peak power of 320 kW, accelerating it from 0 -100 kph in less than 4 seconds. A 100 kW fuel cell stack provides the energy.
Solar car wins for 6th time: The Uni Michigan team has won the American Solar Challenge for the sixth consecutive time. It led the field of 23 college competitors with its solar-powered car that carried the team for 1,975 miles over eight days. Sponsors include Siemens and GM.