Cell production, Faurecia, Ballard Power, World Solar Challenge.
Battery cells made in Germany? Plant manufacturers ThyssenKrupp, M+W and Manz want to join up with cell hosts Litarion, BMZ and Streetscooter to kick off a large-scale serial production of battery cells in Germany. German Tagesspiegel broke the story and further reports that the German Ministry of Science already pledged financial support.
tagesspiegel.de (in German)
Reorientation at Faurecia: The automotive supplier is rebranding its business group “Emissions Control Technologies” as “Clean Mobility.” On the agenda are i.e. the development of new technologies for more efficient hybrid drivetrains, as well as innovative solutions for electric vehicles. The focus will be on lightweight solutions including composites and battery thermal management.
Ballard bags new deal: Canadian fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems received an order from the Zhuhai Yinlong Energy Group to equip ten buses with its fuel cell modules FCveloCity-MD 30. The Chinese manufacturer wants to build no less than 35,000 battery-electric buses this year, and will now amend its portfolio to include FCVs.
Raining funds: Solar Team Great Britain kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise a minimum of 20,000 pounds. The money will be used to finance at least part of the development of a solar-powered vehicle, with which the team will compete in (and hope to win) the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Tesla, World Solar Challenge.
Video tip I: Tesla has released three videos that show the new Autopilot functions Autopark, Auto Lane Change, and Autosteer, of its software update 7.0. The short films also encourage non-Tesla drivers to sign up for a test drive.
youtube.com (Autopark), youtube.com (Auto Lane Change), youtube.com (Autosteer)
Video tip II: The 2015 World Solar Challenge concluded on October 25th, after 40 teams from some 20 countries completed 3,000 km on nothing but pure sun power. The competition takes place every two years in Australia. Here are some highlights from this year’s challenge.
youtube.com via greencarreports.com
Tesla, VW Golf, Nissan, Honda, Formula E, World Solar Challenge.
Tesla made in China? The Californian EV maker negotiates with the Chinese government on domestic EV production. CEO Elon Musk believes that Tesla models made in China could lower prices by a third. Demand has been slow as only 3,025 Model S were sold from January to September.
Golf SUV electrified: A new VW Golf scheduled for 2017 is to grow longer to sit between the Polo SUV and the Tiguan. Autobild reports that first a scalable mild-hybrid is planned, followed by a PHEV, which might become quickly replaced by a fully electric version for the Chinese market.
autobild.de (in German)
New Nissan EV: The Japanese carmaker teased a new concept ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. An illuminated grille and some shadows reveal the car as rather compact. All Nissan gave away so far, is that it will definitely be electric.
3 in 1: Honda has talked about a new PHEV and EV to be introduced in 2018, but has not leaked anything. Autoblog thus suspects that maybe the FCV to debut in Tokyo will hide more under its hood than just a fuel cell and could in fact serve a model for the hybrid and battery-electric drivetrain, too.
Formula E series season 2: Sebastien Buemi dominated the Beijing race course from pole position start to finish. Second came Lucas di Grassi, who benefited both from Prost suffering a rear wing collapse in the closing stages and Nick Heidfeld fighting off Dragon Racing before coming in third.
Dutch double-bill: The winner of the World Solar Challenge in Australia is the Nuon Solar Team which has beaten the Solar Team Twente with only three minutes difference. Both from the Netherlands, the teams dominated the 3,000-km race from early on. Third position is held by the Japanese team Tokai.
World Solar Challenge.
There are 46 solar-powered cars from 25 countries involved in this year’s World Solar Challenge. They race under the burning Australian sun on a 3,000-kilometre (1,864 mile) course that leads them across the continent from Darwin to Adelaide. The first finishers are expected next Wednesday.