Geneva Motor Show saw a rash of new electric vehicles and concepts from Honda, Nissan, Fiat and Volkswagen, as auto industry enters the era of mass electrification. By Paul Fisher. Honda e Prototype Honda’s so-called EV for Europe made its debut at Geneva. Positioned as an “urban commuter”, the car features a range of over 200km Read More..
Faraday Future has formed a partnership with LG Chem to develop battery technology for its planned electric sports car. The US electric-vehicle company said LG Chem, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of battery systems, will supply lithium-ion cells for its cars’ power units. The two companies said theyÂ want to develop higher-density batteries to be Read More..
Johnson Controls is exploring strategic options for its automotive business, whose core products are seatingÂ and interior systems. The US-based automotive supplier, which is among the top providers of seating systems to the auto industry, said a possible divestment would let it focus more directly on its other two business areas; energy storage and building efficiency. Read More..
Tesla and Panasonic, seeking to lower costs for a core component of electric vehicles, will jointly build a large-scale battery plant in the US, the two companies said in a press statement. Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings and utilities, while Panasonic will manufactureÂ cylindrical lithium-ion cells. The Japanese electronics group will also Read More..
A new battery partner for Daimler may come from Asia, following the likely dissolution of the premium car maker’s joint venture with Evonik, industry insiders say. Daimler and Evonik founded their Li-Tec battery joint venture in 2008, but the two partners indicated earlier this year that they planned to change or end the cooperation. Evonik Read More..
The University of Michigan, working closely with Ford Motor, has opened a new 8 million dlr battery lab designed to help the US carmaker develop batteries that are smaller, lighter and less expensive. The cooperation is especially aimed at speeding up the development of electric vehicles. Ford said in a press release that the lab Read More..
Better Place filed a motion to dissolve the company this weekend, having failed to build a commercially viable electric-vehicle battery switching infrastructure. The Israel-based company said that, despite several measures taken in recent months, it had not managed to raise additional funds needed to continue operations. Better Place also said it hadn’t succceeded in finding Read More..
Ford Motor will double its battery-testing capacity next year as it accelerates its plans to bring more hybrid and full electric vehicles to market. The US-based automaker also said it now has more than 1,000 engineers working on vehicle electrification. It added 60 engineers in the past year and plans to employ “dozens” more in Read More..
Renault will join forces with Qualcomm in a London trial of the US company’s wireless electric vehicle charging technology. The two companies said the purpose of the trial will be to see whether Qualcomm’s Halo technology is commercially viable and can be used in electric vehicles built by Renault and other carmakers. The French automotive Read More..
Boston Power will provide lithium-ion batteries to Beijing Electric Vehicle Company (BJEV) in a multi-year agreement that is expected to put thousands of its battery systems in Chinese electric vehicles. The batteries will first be used in BJEV’s C70 sedan, a model that is based on the Saab 9-5 platform BJEV’s parent,Â Beijing Automotive Industry Company Read More..