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Daimler reveals inductive charging intentions

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:40 -- Paul Crompton
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German vehicle manufacturer Daimler has signalled its intention to bring inductive charging technology to market with its latest deal.

The strategic partnership with Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, will see the company focusing on implementing the U.S. firms technology in its EV and PHEV vehicles.

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Daimler to expand li-ion battery production capacity

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:30 -- Laura Varriale
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Daimler is to invest €100m ($125m) in its lithium-ion battery system manufacturing subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive over the next years.

The subsidiary will produce lithium-ion batteries for new electric versions of Daimler’s Smart cars in 2016 and new Mercedes Benz hybrid models. An expansion of the subsidiary’s manufacturing facility in Kamenz, Germany, is currently under construction and is set to be completed mid-2015, increasing the production space to 20,000 sq. m.

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Tesla considers setting up a battery plant in Germany

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:02 -- Laura Varriale
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Tesla is to open up a battery production plant in Germany “within five to six years”, according to the carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk.

In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel Musk called for more effort in the development of batteries in Germany and criticised the German automotive industry for the lack of technological commitment despite “fulfilling all qualifications for it.”

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Daimler stops li-ion battery production

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:21 -- Laura Varriale
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German OEM Daimler’s subsidiary Li-Tec is to cease the production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV) at its plant in Kamenz, Germany, by the end of 2015.

According to the carmaker, the production of battery cells for electric and hybrid cars is not economical. "Our cells are very good, but at current production figures, far too expensive," Harald Kröger, head of EV research at Daimler, told German media outlet Der Spiegel. "We have realised that a car manufacturer does not have to produce the cells themselves," he added.

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Motor giants collaborate on fuel cells

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams
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Daimler, Ford and Nissan have signed a three-way agreement to collaboratively develop fuel cell electric vehicles to accelerate getting the technology onto the road. The deal will see each company developing its own vehicle but with a common fuel cell system, sharing development and investment costs.

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The companies hope to have affordable fuel cell EVs ready by 2017 with common components to standardise and define global specifications for the technology and encourage faster commercialisation.

(L - R: Raj Nair of Ford, Thomas Weber of Daimler and Mitsuhiko Yamashita of Nissan)

“Working together will significantly help speed this technology to market at a more affordable cost to our customers,” said Raj Nair, group Vice President, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “We will all benefit from this relationship as the resulting solution will be better than any one company working alone.”

Each company will invest equally to develop a common fuel cell stack and fuel cell system that each company can use in their individual FCEVs. This work will be done at several sites around the world to speed up engineering development.

A similar agreement was made by Toyota and BMW in June 2012, and extended in January 2013, to develop a fuel cell system for a lightweight sports vehicle.

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