Shell converts London petrol station to EV charging hub

For better or for worse, oil companies are pushing into the EV charging business. Shell currently operates a network of nearly 8,000 EV charging points, and now it has built its first “EV hub” in the UK. The new charging hub is expected to open later this year or in...

SABIC’s new resins for battery modules and housings boast lighter weight, enhanced flame resistance

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is offering two new types of NORYL resin for the battery modules and housings of EVs. Reinforced by fiberglass and composed of a proprietary Polyphenylene Ether (PPE), the NORYL NHP6011 and NHP6012 resins “deliver enhanced robust flame retardancy and impact strength to meet stringent industry-related...

ZF and CATL partner to develop battery-related aftermarket services

German component maker ZF and Chinese battery supplier CATL have signed a partnership agreement to develop new aftermarket services. The agreement will include service networks, battery-related training, connectivity, recycling and reuse. ZF, which currently has more than 10,000 workshop partners in its global aftermarket, will be considered the preferred option...

Fifty utilities form group to coordinate EV infrastructure efforts

More than 50 US electric utilities have formed a new group to coordinate their efforts to expand the nation’s EV charging infrastructure. The Edison Electric Institute, a utility trade group, announced the formation of the National Electric Highway Coalition, which includes 50 EEI members, as well as the Tennessee Valley...

Syrah Resources to supply Tesla with natural graphite active anode material

Australia-based Syrah Resources has signed a binding offtake agreement with Tesla to supply natural graphite Active Anode Material (AAM) from its vertically integrated AAM production facility in Vidalia, Louisiana. Tesla will buy the majority of the proposed initial expansion of AAM production capacity at Vidalia at a fixed price for...

Amprius’s Si-Nanowire anode shortens charging time

Battery manufacturer Amprius Technologies is on a mission to reduce EV charging times. The company’s Amprius Extreme Fast Charge feature is enabled by its proprietary Si-Nanowire anode, which is thinner and lighter than conventional graphite anodes, and has much higher conductivity due to the high electrical continuity between silicon and...

Stanford study: 100% renewable US grid is feasible and reliable

How many times this week have you read that renewable energy is unreliable, and will never be able to completely replace fossil fuels on the electrical grid? Well, there is at least one group of scientists who don’t agree. A study led by Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson has found...

Shell stations in Indonesia use ABB Terra 54 chargers

Oil giant Shell is installing EV chargers at its gas stations around the world. Three Shell stations in the Indonesian cities of Pluit, Antasari and Jagorawi will soon offer public charging using ABB’s Terra 54 DC fast chargers. Customers can charge free for 30 minutes if they buy a pastry...

Goodyear’s new ElectricDrive GT tire is specially tuned for EVs

Goodyear has launched its first replacement tire in North America tuned for EVs. The Goodyear ElectricDrive GT is “an ultra-high performance, all-season tire that delivers long-lasting tread wear and a quiet ride for EV drivers and passengers.” The ElectricDrive GT features Goodyear’s SoundComfort Technology, which acts as a built-in sound...

Li-S Energy and Janus Electric to develop lithium-sulfur cells for swappable battery packs

Australian battery specialists Li-S Energy and Janus Electric are working together to develop lithium-sulfur and/or lithium metal battery cells for Janus’s swappable battery packs. Janus Electric offers products for converting heavy diesel trucks to EVs, based on an exchangeable battery system. Li-S Energy’s lithium-sulfur cells feature a cathode made of...

FlixMobility and MTRWestern to launch Seattle-Eugene electric bus line

FlixMobility, a transit company that operates electric buses on several intercity routes in Europe, has teamed with motorcoach operator MTRWestern to explore the possibility of launching a new electric bus line in the Pacific Northwest. The planned FlixBus route will stop at Seattle, Portland, Corvallis and Eugene, and the companies...

Stellantis to display several new EVs at CES in January

Stellantis, which manufactures cars under no less than 14 separate brands, will be showing off several new plug-in models at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, on January 5-8. “Electrification, with our 30 electrified models available including fuel cell vans, connectivity and autonomy are all important facets of [the] future, but...

US installing workplace chargers at an impressive pace

Based on a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the DOE says that between the last quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2021, 9,894 workplace chargers were installed in the US. The DOE defines workplace chargers as private charging stations for the use of employees only....

STMicroelectronics releases SiC MOSFETs for 800 V drive systems

STMicroelectronics has released its third generation of STPOWER silicon-carbide (SiC) MOSFETs, intended for 800 V drive systems. ST’s new SiC devices are designed for traction inverters, on-board chargers, DC-DC converters and e-climate compressors. The new components are designed to boost the efficiency of motor drives, renewable-energy converters and storage systems....

OBE Power selects Driivz platform for its charging network

OBE Power, which operates a private network of smart, distributed EV chargers, plans to adopt Driivz’s end-to-end charging and energy management platform. Miami-based OBE Power offers an owner-operated Charging as a Service (CaaS) business model for host customers and charge point operators, including software that enables cross-platform integration, fleet operations...

Deutsche Bahn orders 44 Stadler battery-electric trains

DB Regio, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn which operates regional and commuter train services in Germany, has ordered 44 battery-electric Flirt Akku multiple units from Swiss manufacturer Stadler. The first of the 44 multiple units are to go into passenger service on eight routes in the Pfalz region December 2025,...

Ford launches zero-carbon home charging initiative in California

Ford has launched a new sustainable charging program that allows plug-in vehicle owners in California to opt for carbon-neutral home charging. Ford is participating in the California Air Resource Board (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program, which allows customers to match the use of electricity for charging with 100-percent...

DOE study examines how plating causes battery degradation

A new study from DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory seeks to identify the reasons that DC fast charging accelerates battery degradation. The researchers gained some new insights into a process that can cause damage to the anode during charging and discharging. A paper based on the study, ​“Increased disorder at graphite...

Sandia National Laboratories study voltage loss across battery interfaces

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories may have discovered a way to make a longer-lasting, more efficient battery. The team used Kelvin probe force microscopy to locate places where electron flows get stuck.  Solid-state batteries use solid electrolytes instead of electrochemical gels and liquids. Researchers suspected that there was a loss...

Stellantis and Foxconn to design and build chips for new STLA Brain product line

Automaker Stellantis and electronics manufacturer Foxconn are teaming up to design and produce purpose-built semiconductors for the automotive industry. “With Foxconn, we aim to create four new families of chips that will cover over 80% of our semiconductor needs, helping to significantly modernize our components, reduce complexity, and simplify the...

Cummins releases new electric powertrain for terminal tractors

Big engine specialist Cummins has released the new PowerDrive 8000 system for terminal tractors. Cummins will begin field tests of the new product with Kalmar, one of Cummins’ lead customers, in early 2022, and the two companies will partner to offer battery-electric terminal tractors globally. Terminal tractors (aka drayage tractors...

ITECH’s four new power supplies can supply up to 1,020 amps

ITECH has released four new IT-M3900 power supply products: the IT-M3900B for  regenerative power systems; the IT-M3900C for bidirectional DC power supplies; the IT-M3900D for DC high-power supplies; and the IT-M3800 for regenerative DC loads. The maximum power of a 1U unit is 6 kW, and the maximum of a...