When Toyota announced its decision to enter into a joint
venture with California-based Tesla Motors Inc., it was a boon to lithium-based
battery technology. The venture is likely to deliver lithium battery technology
to a wider audience than the high-end specialty market. Nissan has also made a
commitment to lithium technology with its all-electric Leaf
which starts as low as $20,000 after rebates. The technology was first
mass-produced in the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid which arrived in U.S. showrooms last
year. Toyota and Nissan are expanding the use of this technology by adding lithium
batteries to lower-end vehicles.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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