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Tesla, Panasonic sign Gigafactory agreement July 31, 2014 Tesla, Panasonic sign Gigafactory agreement  Tesla Motors, Inc. has signed an agreement with Panasonic Corporation that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the USA, known as the Gigafactory which will employ about 6,500 people by 2020. Read more Wireless charging - a more cost-effective approach July 31, 2014 Wireless charging - a more cost-effective approach The prevailing solution in wireless charging for electric vehicles provides for inductor coils under the bottom of the vehicle; the corresponding charging coil typically is embedded in the ground. This concept has its disadvantages. Researchers from Fraunhofer IISB have devised an alternative approach ... Read more Infineon fires on all cylinders July 30, 2014 Infineon fires on all cylinders High demand for automotive electronics and semiconductors for renewable energies drove Infineon’s Q3 figures. The company increased overall sales by 8.6% year over year and expects the good development to continue in the foreseeable future. The strongest business segment was once again automotive electronics ... Read more Next-gen HiFi competition takes place in the car July 29, 2014 Next-gen HiFi competition takes place in the car Car radio? Old school. Infotainment? Better. Now the next generation of fine audio is preparing to start at Continental and Audi. Is the golden age for audiophile car lovers arriving? Read more BMW invoke fast battery chargers to spark EV sales July 28, 2014 BMW invoke fast battery chargers to spark EV sales BMW has launched the company's i DC Fast Chargers, which claim to be capable of charging the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes, to help spark growth in the company's electric vehicle sales drive. Read more Li-ion battery simulator spurs traction battery development July 28, 2014 Li-ion battery simulator spurs traction battery development CD-adapco has completed a development project targeting the automotive and lithium ion battery industries to enable faster design and development of advanced electric drive vehicle power systems. Read more Audi, BMW, Daimler drive open source measurement data management July 28, 2014 Audi, BMW, Daimler drive open source measurement data management To enable a correct interpretation and comparison of test data across the automotive industry, a number of carmakers and suppliers have joined and launched the openMDM (open Measurement Data Management) working group within the Eclipse Foundation. The group intends to promote open source tools for the ... Read more XCore architecture attracts Bosch investment July 22, 2014 XCore architecture attracts Bosch investment British fabless semiconductor maker XMOS Ltd, provider of multicore microcontrollers, has successfully completed a series D investment round with a total volume of $26 million. One of the investors is automotive supplier Robert Bosch through its venture capital subsidiary. The Germans were particularly ... Read more Li-ion batteries market for EVs to quadruple in a decade July 22, 2014 Li-ion batteries market for EVs to quadruple in a decade Worldwide revenues from Li-ion batteries for all consumer EVs will grow from $5.7 billion in 2014 to $24.1 billion in 2023, with BEVs accounting for $15.1 billion of that total forecasts market intelligence analyst Navigant Research. Read more Will laser ignition replace the venerable spark plug? July 21, 2014 Will laser ignition replace the venerable spark plug? Lowering fuel consumption and reduce the emission of pollutants - these aspects today are at the top of the design goals for new combustion engines. Not only for cars, but likewise for power plants and the like. So far, all concepts aiming at improving the combustion process have the side effect that ... Read more
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