Panasonic, BMW, PCT & NEI, Ziehl-Abegg.
Gigafactory update: Tesla’s primary partner for its Gigafactory, Panasonic has created a new company called Panasonic Energy Corp. of North America. It will be based at the soon to be built Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada and entirely focus on Tesla battery production.
Sudden loss of power: Consumer Reports said it has discovered an acceleration problem with the BMW i3 REx. As one of its drivers attempted to pass a vehicle after almost depleting the main battery, the i3 with range extender suddenly began to lose power without warning. BMW is reportedly working on a fix for the issue, that will be available next spring.
New Li-ion collaboration: PneumatiCoat Technologies (PCT) and NEI Corporation (NEI) have initiated a collaboration. The partnership intends to jointly develop, produce, and market new coated battery materials – cathodes, anodes, and solid electrolytes.
New ZAwheel revealed: German electric motor manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg has shown the second generation of its in-wheel hub motor ZAwheel. The gearless electric drive for city buses now offers more power up from 99 to 113 kW per wheel, while torque has increased from 2,100 to 2,700 Nm.