DS, Schaeffler, ZTE, Transfar Zhilian, Audi, Toyota.
DS 1 to DS 7: Expect seven new models from PSA’s performance arm within this decade. The DS1 may be the most surprising of the lot as insider Georg Kacher tells of a racy but compact and electric city car, designed to fight the Smart Fortwo and Forfour.
Schaeffler strengthens e-mobility biz: Compact Dynamics is now owned by Schaeffler, which acquired 51 percent of the electric motor maker. The shares were sold by Semikron International and the deal entails close cooperation with the German supplier in the field of power electronics. The new alliances shall serve to expands Schaeffler’s competence in electric drive systems.
On target to electrify transit in China is ZTE: Initially a smartphone maker, it has reportedly invested 560m dollars in inductive charging for transport and now ventures into vehicles. ZTE bought 70% of Granton Automobile and plans to set up facilities to produce up to 10,000 new energy buses.
More electric transport: Chinese logistics firm Transfar Zhilian is to hook up with JAC, Dongfeng and Foton to develop new energy logistics vehicles. Overarching Transfar Logistics Group will invest 13m dollars to set up the Zhejiang Transfar Eco-Friendly Logistics subsidiary.
Right-hand drive issue with Q7 e-tron: Delayed deliveries of Audi’s plug-in hybrid cause complain among British buyers, who were told months ago that their cars were on the way. Audi blames problems at suppliers for modified components that are specific to right-hand drive Q7 e-trons.
Toyota C-HR as proper hybrid? Toyota’s C-HR hybrid may soon come with a plug. The crossover’s PHEV variant would use the next-generation Prius drive, Autocar alleges.
Tesla, ZTE, WiTricity & CTEK, Nissan.
Tesla battery for the home: Tesla´s plans to not only power cars but also households seems to become more concrete. CEO Elon Musk said that the design for the in-home battery has been completed and that production could be launched in the coming six months. More technical details were not released.
Inductive deals, take 1: Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE wants to invest some 3.5 billion yuan (560 million dollars) in inductive charging technologies until 2016. Apparently, deals with over 20 Chinese cities to provide the technology for public transportation have already been made. According to its own accounts, ZTE is also in talks with several carmakers over possible collaborations.
Inductive deals, take 2: CTEK, a Swedish supplier of battery charging systems, announced a technology and patent license agreement with WiTricity, for the commercialisation of the latter’s inductive charging technology. CTEK plans to develop wireless charging systems for i.e. the automobile industry.
xconomy.com, digitaljournal.com, businesswire.com
Evening eye catcher: A newly introduced ‘ultraviolet-energised paint’ lets the Nissan Leaf glow in the dark. During the day, the paint absorbs UV energy from the sun and gives off an eerie glow at night. And that’s not all: At the Chicago Auto Show, the carmaker presented a Leaf with a ’self-cleaning’ paint.
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ZTE & Enel, Pod Point, XL Hybrids, Hyundai, Tesla.
New electric mobility alliance: Chinese communications provider ZTE will cooperate with Enel, Italy’s largest utility. The companies want to work together across different areas such as innovative solutions for recharging electric vehicles, smart grids and renewable energies.
Crowd-funded charging points: As we reported, the English provider of charging technology Pod Point had launched a crowdfunding campaign to expand its EV charging network across the UK – and they succeeded! The 1.2 million pound mark has been reached within just a few days.
XL Hybrids retrofits Boston vans: A total of four city-owned vans have been retrofitted with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. The U.S. city aims to replace ten percent of its fleet with alternative fuel cars every year, in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
Hyundai installs hydrogen station in Australia: It will be the country’s first hydrogen refuelling point. In other words, fuel cell technology won’t arrive on the country’s shores too soon. In order to further develop infrastructure, Hyundai says, the Australian government needs to step up to the task.
Supercharger update: Put together, Europe and Asia now count more Tesla-chargers than the U.S. So far, 109 Superchargers have been installed in Europe, 42 in Asia and 140 across the United States.