Freudenberg buys majority of XALT Energy
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has increased its stake in the US battery specialist XALT Energy from 31.8% to 50.1% and is now the majority shareholder of the Michigan-based company, which develops and produces lithium-ion technologies for the commercial vehicle industry.
Tesla, research chair, XALT Energy, Toyota.
Autopilot update 8.0: Tesla will update its system next week, from which point forward the Autopilot will rely more on radar sensors than camera data. Moreover, the system will hand over the wheel sooner and for a longer period of time, should the driver not pay attention.
EV professorship: French École Centrale de Nantes and Renault are launching the first research chair focusing on propulsion performance of electric vehicles. The project is said to run for five years and has a budget of 4.6m euros. Malek Ghanes will take over the lead.
High performance batteries for buses: XALT Energy has presented a new Lithium Titanium Oxide (LTO) cell, said to improve cell life performance compared to other Li-ion cells. The LTO cells are currently used in battery-electric buses that fast-charge more than once a day.
Energy storage: Toyota has installed stationary hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity at its energy management facility in Honsha, Japan. The plant also features solar power and stationary batteries made from recycled batteries for the Toyota Prius. Back in 2015, the carmaker announced an effort to make its recently constructed facilities CO2 emission free.
Bosch, Berkeley lab, Xalt Energy, Efficient Drivetrains.
E-Mobility diagnostics: A Bosch-led consortium has come up with DINA, a project on diagnosis and repairs for electric vehicles. The system is able to detect and localise faults in the EV powertrain, including the high-voltage battery, inverters and charging equipment, thus making full replacements redundant. The project is funded with 2.8 million euros by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
New electrolyte for solid-state batteries: Researchers from Berkeley Lab and the University of North Carolina developed a hybrid electrolyte that combines polymer and glass. It is said to show high conductivity at room temperature and excellent electrochemical stability.
Batteries for PHEV trucks: XALT Energy and Efficient Drivetrains (EDI) forged an agreement that will see XALT supply EDI with its NMC graphite lithium-ion battery packs. They will be first used in EDI’s plug-in hybrid power utility vehicle. Shipment of the order has already begun.
XALT Energy, California Energy Commission, Sanya Sihai.
Electric bus deal: XALT Energy, manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, signed a global exclusive agreement with Chinese Hybrid Kinetic Group for the supply of its Lithium Titanate batteries from its Michigan facility for electric buses in China. The deal is believed to be worth more than a billion dollars.
The California Energy Commission granted 24.9 million dollars to nine demo projects concerned with medium and heavy duty technology, primarily from the battery-electric and fuel cell segment. Funded projects run from electric yard tractors over electric school buses to electric refuse trucks.
Printed China EV: Chinese Sanya Sihai now presented its 3D-printed electric car, the Tyrant Gold. It took five days to print it but is very cheap as it only costs 11,000 yuan (1,770 dollars).
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was U.S. manufacturer ZEV Electric presenting three new electric scooters.
GM, Yamaha, Williams & XALT Energy, Local Motors.
Autonomous Humpty Dumpty: GM will present its podcar concept called Chevrolet EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) at the ITS World Congress in Detroit. Version 2.0 of the egg-like vehicle has an all-wheel drive and features cameras as well as laser sensors for semi-autonomous driving.
Yamaha to lean in there: The Japanese company has filed patents for an electric trike in both Europe and the United States. The scooter has two rear wheels and an electric motor in each. Its front however, closely resembles the existing Yamaha EC-03 electric scooter.
Collaboration extended: Williams Advanced Engineering and Li-ion battery maker XALT Energy, which both work with the Formula E, will widen their cooperation. A new agreement will see them reach into applications beyond motor sport and makes XALT an official Williams partner.
3-D printed electric car: Local Motors says it will print out and assemble its ‘Strati’ at the International Manufacturing Technology Show that started yesterday. While the vehicle will come out out the printer in one piece, components like the battery, wiring, or the motor are sourced by suppliers and also taken form the Renault Twizy.
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Most clicked link on Monday was McKinsey’s latest Electric Vehicle Index looking at worldwide EV sales and production activities.
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