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JCI in European battery technology collaboration

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:34 -- Anonymous
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Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer Institute have entered into an agreement for developing lithium-ion batteries for vehicles.

R&D staff from JCI will work with the Fraunhofer's Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM). Under the agreement the group will investigate technologies and thermal management strategies for lithium-ion battery packs.

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EV sales rocket in France

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:21 -- Anonymous
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Sales of electric vehicles rose by 55% last year in France with a total of 8770 vehicles sold. 

The best selling model was the Renault Zoe, sales of which reached 5511, or a 62.8% share of the EV market. The figures are up from 5663 EVs in 2012. 

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Honda gets into V2G

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:26 -- Anonymous
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Honda is involved in a demonstration project for vehicle-to-grid technology. The project is based on research from the University of Delaware, supported by NRG Energy, to show the controls, regulatory requirements and market participation rules for selling energy storage from vehicles into the regulation market.

Honda’s role includes supplying an Accord plug-in hybrid that has V2G capabilities to the University for investigations into the benefits the technology could bring both for vehicle owners and the electricity grid.

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China unveils a new round of electric car subsidies

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 09:28 -- Anonymous
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China has unveiled a new round of subsidies for fuel-efficient vehicles in a bid to combat rising air pollution in its major cities.

The government will provide up to 60,000 yuan ($9,800) to buyers of all-electric, "near all-electric" and hydrogen vehicles until 2015, according to the BBC. The policy is expected to boost Chinese automakers such as BYD, which makes electric cars and batteries. However, the programme does not include gasoline-electric hybrid cars.

In a statement, the government said the policy was aimed at "accelerating the development of new-energy vehicles, promoting energy saving and reducing air pollution". China aims to put five million "new-energy" vehicles on the road by 2020.

According to the state-owned Xinhua news agency, there were about 27,800 new-energy vehicles being used last year, mostly buses. China's last electric vehicle subsidy programme expired at the end of 2012, but failed to provide a large boost to electric car sales.

Nissan unveils world's fastest racing EV

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:47 -- Anonymous
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Nissan has unveiled the Zeod RC – the world's fastest EV – at Le Mans 24-Hours one year before the racing car will take on the endurance race.

The all electric racing car capable of reaching speeds of 300km/h was displayed to fans in the public area of the Le Mans circuit. "The Nissan Zeod RC will allow us to further develop zero emission automotive technology capabilities using the toughest endurance race in the world as a mobile test-bed to test the potential of our planned LM P1 power train," said Andy Palmer, Executive VP and Executive Committee member at Nissan Motor Company Limited.

Palmer said Nissan is to showcase the battery technology developments it has been working on at Le Mans next year as the first company using battery powered cars in endurance racing. “The technologies developed through the Zeod RC programme will form part of future innovations for Nissan road cars,” Palmer added.

Nissan will test options for electric-petrol hybrids as well as pure electric power for road cars. The Zeod will make its testing debut this summer and its debut race will be at Le Mans 2014 in the “Garage 56” grid spot, an entry for vehicles that showcase innovative technology.

Second team announced for E-racing series

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:36 -- Anonymous
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China Racing has announced it will be taking part in the Formula E Championship electric vehicle race series in 2014. China Racing is the second of ten teams to be confirmed for the zero-emission race after UK-based Drayson Racing Technologies.

The teams will race on street circuits in ten cities across the world in electric cars. The cars for the inaugural year are being designed by McClaren, Spark Racing Technology and Dallara. All teams have the opportunity to use the customer car for the first year and encouraged to build their own cars for races in the following years. With support from Chinese automotive makers China Racing hopes to build a team car within three years.

(L-R): CEO Team China Racing – Steven Lu, Chairman Team China Racing - Yu Liu, FIA President - Jean Todt, First Secretary of the Chinese Embassy - Mr. Liang JianSheng, CEO Formula E Holdings - Alejandro Agag.

Alejandro Agag, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E Holdings said: “China has enormous potential for the expansion of electric vehicles as a tool to fight pollution in cities. We think the FIA Formula E Championship can be a powerful tool to make electric cars popular with the Chinese public, particularly the younger generations. Having a Chinese team with us in the Championship will be key to succeeding in that challenge.”

BASF entering electric vehicle market

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:02 -- Anonymous
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Europe’s lone wolf in cathode material provisions, Umicore, is to have competition in the form of German chemical maker BASF.  BASF will invest heavily to become a leading supplier in automotive battery materials based on market predictions for developments in the EV market to develop vehicles with a range of 250km in the next five years.

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