Monday matters

September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Craig Henderson has driven his Avion concept the length of the USA – without stopping to refuel. The Avion, originally designed in 1984, is an ultra-lightweight, streamlined hypermiler with an 800cc diesel engine, an aluminium frame and a Kevlar/fibreglass/carbonfibre body shell. Over four days and 1,478 miles from Blaine, Washington to Chula Vista, California, it averaged 119.1mpg and burned just 12.4 litres of fuel. Henderson hopes to put it into limited production.

  • Chinese manufacturer Foton Motors is to collaborate with Freescale Semiconductor of Texas. The two companies are to build a joint lab to develop software and electronic control tech for hybrids and electric vehicles.
  • Chinese collaboration #2: Chery is to team up with the battery-making BenQ Corporation of Taiwan in a joint venture to manufacture lithium-ion battery separator  films. They’re building a JV factory in Wuhu, eastern China.

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