Mahle says the acquisition will expand its expertise in the powertrain as a whole to include the transmission, a key component of the integrated drive systems being increasingly used by electric vehicles.
Pollster Roy Morgan says overall consideration for electrified vehicles – hybrid or fully electric – has reached 56.1%, an increase from 52.4% last year and well ahead of diesel, the nearest alternative to gasoline, at 45.5%.
Nissan is working with stakeholders including the Metropolitan Electric Authority and the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand to ensure Leaf buyers will be able to charge their vehicles, Nissan Thailand President Antoine Barthes says.
August Achleitner, the German automaker’s head of sportscar development, confirms work is progressing on a hybrid version of the powerplant that will provide the new 911 with the capability to run exclusively on electric power for limited distances.
The vehicle, which goes under the internal working title I.D. Lounge, is being developed as a luxurious range-topping model with exterior and interior dimensions like those of the German automaker’s new third-generation Touareg.
Freudenberg intends to make every component of the fuel cell stack in-house, including the catalytic membrane and gas diffusion layers. The supplier has set a late-2019 target to have a fuel-cell stack ready for the market.