Every week we’ll share a selection of the most recent news that grab our attention. Here are our favorite picks of the week:
Business Insider – Cadie Thompson
Several electric cars are expected to hit the market by 2020, many of which will be made by luxury automakers. These will cost upward of $50,000, but many brands are also currently working on EVs with a range of more than 200 miles with a much friendlier price tag. This article is a breakdown of the long-range electric cars that are coming to market in the next few years and that people would be able to afford.
Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. are close to confirming a partnership that will see them invest into each other to build a new joint-owned factory and joint development of electric vehicle technology in the US. The forward-looking manoeuvre would see Toyota take a five per cent slice of Mazda, while Mazda would take around 0.25 per cent of Toyota; the maker of the Prius is a much bigger, much more valuable entity, after all.
Interesting Engineering – Kathleen Villaluz
The Baojun E100 may look like a compact smart car, but the EV is still equipped with a 7-inch display and a Wi-Fi infotainment system so that passengers can still be connected on their journeys. According to SAIC-GM-Wuling, the EV is also packed with multiple safety features.
“The E100 has an independent front-wheel suspension and single-arm rear suspension. Its impressive list of safety features includes antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, electric power steering, an electronic parking brake, parking sensors, ISOFIX locks for child safety seats and a pedestrian alert system”.
Bloomberg – David Stringer
Observations by Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk on the key role nickel plays in the electric vehicle boom helped inspire the world’s top miner BHP Billiton Ltd. to invest in new capacity to target rising demand. Amid efforts to improve performance at its nickel operations in Australia, Eduard Haegel, asset president of BHP’s Nickel West unit, said he “stumbled across” a video of Musk’s comments in 2016 highlighting that EV batteries typically contain higher quantities of the metal than lithium. As a result, BHP approved a $43 million project to begin production at its refinery from April 2019 of nickel sulfate, a product needed for lithium-ion batteries. The move will make BHP the top exporter of the material, Haegel said in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.