Manchin agrees to energy bill that could include new EV incentives

Joe Manchin is nothing if not unpredictable. He reportedly receives more money from the fossil fuel industry than any other senator, and he’s become a bête noire for fans of EVs and renewable energy. However, his opposition to new transport and energy technology is not absolute—in April, he attended a...

Littelfuse acquires C&K Switches

Littelfuse, a circuit protection specialist, has acquired electromechanical switch company C&K Switches. C&K Switches designs and manufactures switches and interconnect systems for the industrial, transportation, aerospace and datacom markets. “The combination of our companies significantly expands our technologies and capabilities, enabling us to deliver comprehensive solutions offering to our broad...

New Jersey to expand commercial EV voucher program

The Garden State is expanding its New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP) to support businesses and institutions that are purchasing zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) recently decided to double the amount of funding dedicated to the program, to $45 million; to...

Nuvve and San Diego Gas & Electric launch Electric School Bus V2G project

Vehicle-to-grid specialist Nuvve (Nasdaq: NVVE) is working with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to support local school districts by pairing Nuvve’s V2G technology with the utility’s Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP). Through this partnership, electric school bus fleets equipped with V2G charging through Nuvve’s GIVe platform can provide energy...

FREYR Battery to build gigafactory in Norway

FREYR Battery is replacing its plan to build two gigafactories with a plan to build a single gigafactory which increases capacity by 150%. The estimated construction cost will be $1.7 billion. “FREYR is increasing the nameplate capacity of Giga Arctic to 29 GWh in response to improving battery supply-demand dynamics,...

Bosch announces new Level 2 and DC chargers

Automotive supplier Bosch has released two new EV chargers, both fully UL and cUL compliant to ensure safety. The EV300 Level 2 charging station is “an affordable compact indoor/outdoor EV charger.” It has a short 16-foot cable to reduce clutter and the potential for tangling in areas with limited space,...

New study details UK EV and battery production potential

In an update to its 2020 study, the Faraday Institution examines the UK EV market and forecasts future demand for battery production. The new report, “UK Electric Vehicle and Battery Production Potential to 2040,” predicts that by 2030, the UK will need around 100 GWh of annual supply to satisfy...

New Scania battery lab to include Keysight’s battery test system

Keysight Technologies, a test and measurement technology company, has announced that bus and truck manufacturer Scania has selected products from its Scienlab Battery Test System for Scania’s new battery lab in Södertälje, Sweden. The lab will add to Scania’s existing climatic-chamber facility for battery pack testing. The Keysight products Scania...

Custom high-power connectors for EV batteries, test systems and more (Whitepaper)

Sponsored by Staubli Today’s advanced connectors open new applications for high-powered electrical transmission, signal, data, hydraulics, pneumatics and more – in a single, compact connector. Stäubli is leading the way with our patented MULTILAM technology which creates long-lasting, field-tested, stable connections in the most demanding environments. This whitepaper will showcase...

First of Amazon’s Rivian electric delivery vehicles hit the road

In 2019, Amazon ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian. It was an impressive vote of confidence in the startup EV-maker, and it remains one of the largest orders for commercial vehicles in the US market. Now those vehicles have started hitting the road in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City,...

Renault and Managem Group partner on cobalt sulfate supply

Renault and Moroccan mining company Managem Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the sustainable supply of battery materials. According to Renault, “In 2019, the responsible production of cobalt by Managem Group was confirmed by certification according to the standards of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), as well...

Albemarle introduces a new lithium plant in Chile

Albemarle, a specialty chemical firm, has announced a new lithium production plant in Antofagasta, Chile, which it says will be its third chemical conversion plant. According to Albemarle, “the plant is expected to double lithium production.” The company says it has invested more than $500 million in the plant, which...

News flash: EV buyers prefer rebates to tax credits

A new survey has confirmed something that Charged and other EV media have been saying for years: the US federal EV tax credit is about as inefficient a way to encourage EV adoption as could be imagined. Providing a “cash on the hood” rebate instead could have resulted in more...

Could Vietnamese startup VinFast be the next Hyundai?

Vietnamese automaker VinFast, which was founded in 2017, has global ambitions. The company recently raised $4 billion to support market launches in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the US. It has opened 6 stores in California, and is building a $2-billion manufacturing plant in North Carolina. The VinFast VF 8,...

Marelli launches a new 800 V silicon carbide inverter platform

Marelli has developed a new 800 V silicon carbide inverter platform. “The new inverter platform based on our 800-volt silicon carbide power module technology allows it to serve applications where energy use is optimized, the performance is maximized and efficiency is dramatically improved,” says Dr. Razvan Panati, Head of Power...

Independent experts confirm NOVONIX’s life-cycle assessment of synthetic graphite product

NOVONIX has announced that a life-cycle assessment of its GX-23 synthetic anode graphite product has been reviewed and confirmed by independent experts as compliant with ISO-14040:2006 and ISO-14044:2006 standards. Minviro, a sustainable mining specialist, performed the life-cycle assessment. According to NOVONIX, the “GX-23 synthetic anode graphite Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)...

How to measure EV current and voltage in confined spaces

Sponsored by CSM For tests drives of electric vehicles, high-frequency currents and voltages must be measured in the high-voltage vehicle electrical system. The installation options for the necessary measurement equipment can be very limited due to confined installation spaces. This example shows how currents and voltages can nevertheless be measured...

Will Herbert Diess’s departure damage Volkswagen’s EV strategy?

Volkswagen Group Chief Executive Herbert Diess will leave the company, to be replaced by Porsche Chief Executive and former VW head Oliver Blume, at the start of September. Diess’s departure follows a vote by VW’s supervisory board, which includes representatives of employee organizations and the state of Lower Saxony, the...

MAHLE Powertrain completes two new testing facilities for EVs and FCEVs

MAHLE Powertrain has completed two new testing facilities designed for EVs and hydrogen vehicles in Northampton, England. MAHLE Powertrain has used £15 million ($17.7 million) in investments over a 5-year period to build the new facilities, which will provide engineering services to support its customers. Manufacturers can rely on the...

Osprey’s Volo charging software enables hardware-agnostic interoperability

The UK-based Osprey Charging Network prides itself on its open and accessible network, and emphasizes roaming and interoperability features. The company has developed a proprietary software platform called Volo, which it uses to operate its network of public charge points, and to integrate directly with roaming partners and fleets. “We...