Williams Advanced Engineering partners with Italdesign for EV production

Italdesign and Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) have announced a partnership that will provide the automotive sector with a complete high-performance EV production solution.  Combining WAE’s composite EV rolling chassis with vehicle development services from Italdesign, the joint venture will support automotive OEMs in the creation of a range of premium...

CARB proposes new rules for defining EV battery health

Buying a pre-owned EV presents a new concern for buyers to beware of—the health of the vehicle’s battery. All batteries degrade over time, and there’s no simple way for a buyer to know how much of its original range a used EV retains. Some older EVs—notable the air-cooled Nissan LEAF—have...

Ford EV head: “We are not in this to build a couple of trucks.”

Over the years, Charged has reported on many EV initiatives from major automakers. These have always been announced with great fanfare, and promises of “commitment” to electrification, but after a couple of years and a couple thousand EV sales, most of these “new eras” have quietly faded away (Ford’s 2012...

Proposed Texas EV tax would be the nation’s highest

In Charged’s home state of Florida, two separate proposals to impose special taxes on EV drivers were narrowly defeated in the legislature’s recent session. The latest battleground is Texas, where the legislature is considering an EV tax of up to $400 per year, which would be the highest rate in...

AMPLY Power to manage charging of electric school buses in Palermo, California

AMPLY Power offers managed charging services to operators of EV fleets. Its newest customer is the Palermo Union Elementary School District in Northern California. AMPLY helped to secure funding from the Butte County Air Quality Management District, and local utility PG&E provided charger rebates and “make ready” EVSE incentives, eliminating...

EV maker Endera acquires school and shuttle bus OEM Metro Titan

Commercial EV specialist Endera has acquired Metro Titan, a school and shuttle bus manufacturing company.  The acquisition gives Endera the capability to deliver electric commercial vehicles in all 50 states. From its Ohio-based facility, Endera will manufacture electric Type A school buses, shuttle buses, and paratransit vehicles for the DOT,...

DC fast charger for electric boats deployed in Norwegian harbor

Norway is the world’s EV capital, and it’s not just land vehicles that are going electric. A couple of electric utilities and an electric boat manufacturer have teamed up to install a fast charger for boats at the harbor of Floro on the country’s rugged west coast. The new charger...

Porsche Taycan EV on course to outsell the classic 911

For those who were wondering whether Porsche buyers would embrace an electric car, here’s your answer: last quarter, sales of the new Taycan EV were only a hair below sales of the iconic 911 model. Porsche delivered 9,072 Taycans during the first quarter of 2021, trailing the 911 by 61...

First Model Y megacasting produced at Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas

Tesla has taken a major step towards implementing an innovative new chassis design—the first Model Y megacasting has come out of the enormous Idra “gigapress” at Gigafactory Texas. Front and rear megacastings will be combined with the company’s new structural battery pack to form the underbody of Model Y. Current...

Raising the bar in EVSE infrastructure

Sponsored by Starline Track Busway Automakers have taken bold steps forward in the development of rapid and robust electric vehicle offerings.  Those efforts have not gone unnoticed. The combination of more competitively priced electric car models and improvements in battery technology have provided peace of mind for consumers looking to...

Allison Transmission to supply Emergency One with electric axles

Allison Transmission and Emergency One have agreed to integrate the Allison eGen Power 100D electric axle into Emergency One’s fire rescue and emergency vehicle platform. This builds on a successful current relationship, under which 90% of the units Emergency One sells are equipped with an Allison automatic transmission. The eGen...

Kia releases official specs for US-market EV6 electric crossover

In March, Kia teased us with some exterior and interior images of the EV6 electric crossover, the automaker’s first dedicated (that is, not adapted from a legacy vehicle) EV. Now the automaker’s American division has confirmed official specs for the version destined for the US market. The EV6 will be...

Swiss city of Basel orders 62 electric buses from Mercedes and Hess

The city of Basel, located on the Rhine at the confluence of Switzerland, Germany and France, plans to fully electrify its bus routes, and power them with 100% renewable energy, by 2027. Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB)’s fleet currently includes 115 buses serving 14 routes (there are also 135 trams serving 9...

Wevo potting compounds used in supercapacitors

WIMA, a maker of film capacitors, employs Wevo potting compounds in its supercapacitor PowerBlock—a cascaded, double-layer capacitor module whose capacitance, rated voltage and dimensions can be individually adapted to a desired application. This allows a range of mobility applications, such as engine starter modules in large construction and agricultural machinery,...

SVOLT to scale production of batteries with Soteria’s safety tech

SVOLT will begin commercialization of lithium-ion batteries using safety technology from Soteria Battery Innovation Group (BIG), which, the company says, eliminates the root cause of thermal runaway and improves battery safety.      SVOLT’s new portfolio, which will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2021, uses thin metalized film current...

Mazda MX-30 coming to US market in fall 2021

Mazda unveiled its first battery-electric vehicle, the MX-30, at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Now the company plans to bring it to the US market, beginning with California, in fall 2021. It’s scheduled to roll out in additional states in 2022. The MX-30 is built on Mazda’s Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture platform....

NASA at the forefront of electric airplane development

Aircraft are responsible for a substantial amount of air pollution, but building an electric airplane presents several physical and institutional problems that automobile designers don’t have to worry about. NASA has been working on electric planes, and grappling with these problems, for at least a decade, and has begun to...

Electric vehicle charging interfaces around the world

Sponsored by Keysight Technologies Learn Trends in Verification of Interoperability Today! Although differences are found among countries and regions, global diffusion of electric vehicles (EVs) is still in its development process. While China and some European countries have established EV policies and the penetration rate of EVs is expected to...

Duke Energy wins approval for major e-mobility initiative in Florida

The Florida Public Service Commission has approved Duke Energy Florida’s latest rate settlement agreement, which includes plans for a new multi-part EV initiative that the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy calls “the largest electric transportation program in the state’s history.” Duke secured approval for a $7-million EVSE pilot called Park...