Advanced military tech could be headed to a car near you, as Mitsubishi Motors taps its sister company's defense tech to adapt to driverless vehicles.
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed construction of its 21,500-square-foot commercial lithium-ion battery plant. The facility, located on the same grounds as MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Japan, has enough capacity to produce and validate up to 66 MWh (megawatt hours) of commercial-grade batteries per year. That's about the equivalent of 400,000 individual medium-sized cells.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has developed a new hybrid turbocharger that could further enhance the possibilities for improving fuel efficiency through downsizing. Turbochargers have traditionally be used as a way of to recycle some of the thermal and mechanical energy that normally flows out the exhaust pipe and to force more air into the engine. The exhaust gases spin a turbine that sits on a common shaft with a compressor that blows air into the intake.
The big announcement regarding battery swapping in Japan came just days ago as Better Place officially kicked off its taxi battery-swapping station. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has tried to steal a bit of the thunder by casually announcing its own swapping plans. No ribbon cutting or a bunch of hoopla for this one, but that doesn't make Mitsubishi's announcement – that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (former parent company of Mitsubishi) is developing electric buses that are capable of battery