Choosing and planning optimal sites for EV fast-charging corridors (Webinar)

As more fleets of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles go electric, there’s a growing awareness that building the necessary charging infrastructure will be a complex proposition, requiring specialized expertise and considerable capital. Fleet vehicle depots will need to incorporate not only charging stations, but energy management systems, and possibly energy storage...

Zeem Solutions provides Electric-Trucks-as-a-Service for Kuehne+Nagel

EV fleet-as-a-service (FaaS) provider Zeem Solutions has announced that client Kuehne+Nagel is successfully operating electric box trucks for air cargo freight forwarding at Los Angeles International Airport. Under Zeem’s FaaS model, Kuehne+Nagel fleet drivers arrive at Zeem’s Los Angeles EV depot, park their personal cars, and drive away with a...

Novel current collector is designed to stop battery thermal runaway

Researchers from Renmin and Tsinghua Universities in China have developed a novel shape-memory current collector (SMCC) that they say can stop battery thermal runaway in an overheated battery. Their paper, Early Braking of Overwarmed Lithium-Ion Batteries by Shape-Memorized Current Collectors, is published in the ACS journal Nano Letters. Unlike traditional...

bp pulse to install 900 charge points at Marks & Spencer stores

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) and bp pulse have signed an agreement to install 900 EV charge points at around 70 M&S stores across the UK in the next two years. The roll-out will significantly expand bp pulse’s network, growing the UK’s charging network and adding up to 40,000...

Vale Canada to supply GM with nickel for EV batteries

Vale Canada has signed a long-term deal with GM to supply the automaker with nickel sulfate, a chemical compound used for producing cathode active materials for nickel-based lithium-ion batteries. Under the agreement, Vale will supply GM with battery-grade nickel sulfate, equivalent to 25,000 metric tons of contained nickel per year,...

Hyundai-Kia lauds Eaton’s Breaktor technology

Hyundai-Kia has named Eaton’s Breaktor circuit protection technology “Best Technology” in its electrification category. Power management company Eaton developed Breaktor as a circuit protection system for EVs that combines the functions of fuses, pyro switches and contactors into one coordinated device. “Our technology fills a unique need in the growing...

GreenFlux and team energie partner to facilitate EV charging in Germany

Germany-based team energie provides customers with a variety of energy products, including both fossil fuels and electricity. The company has selected GreenFlux, a provider of EV charging software and services, to help it add e-mobility services to its offerings. team energie says it will add charging services to its fuel...

BrightDrop to supply DHL Express Canada with Zevo 600 EV delivery vans

GMs subsidiary BrightDrop has expanded to its first international market in Canada, agreeing to supply DHL Express Canada with Zevo 600 electric delivery vans.  The company has also begun production of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery van at GM’s CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario. To help meet customer demand,...

ORNL licenses liquid-to-solid electrolyte technology to startup Safire

The DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has licensed a new battery electrolyte technology to Safire Technology Group, a battery tech startup formerly known as BTRY. The collection of five patented technologies is intended to be a drop-in additive for lithium-ion batteries. It’s designed to prevent explosions and fire from...

MAHLE receives 1.4 million euros in e-compressor orders

German auto parts manufacturer MAHLE is increasingly becoming an e-mobility supplier. The company says its electric AC compressor is particularly sought-after thanks to its peak power of 18 kW, which makes it the most powerful e-compressor on the market at the moment. The company says it has already secured numerous...

ADS-TEC unveils its new ChargePost battery-based charging system

ADS-TEC Energy, a manufacturer of battery-buffered energy systems, has unveiled a new battery-based charging system. The new ChargePost is equipped with two DC fast charging points and two optional 75-inch monitors that can be used for advertising space. It’s aimed at gas stations, car dealerships, fleet operators, offices and commercial...

Airbus and Renault team up to advance research on electrification

Airbus and Renault Group have signed an R&D agreement under which their engineering teams will join forces to improve energy storage-related technologies. More specifically, the cooperation agreement will focus on technologies related to energy management optimization and battery weight improvement, including solid-state battery designs, which some say could double the...

Eaton showcases smart breaker EV charging technology

Power management company Eaton has expanded the residential demonstration area within its Experience Center in Pittsburgh. As vehicle electrification continues to have a cascading impact on energy infrastructure, Eaton installed its latest smart breakers and EV charging infrastructure to show visitors how these technologies can contribute to home energy management...

Canoo delivers its new LTV to US Army for testing

EV startup Canoo has delivered its new Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to the US Army for analysis and demonstration. Canoo says the electric LTV is engineered for extreme environments and includes stealth configurations. It incorporates carbon Kevlar for strength without added weight and is designed for passenger ergonomics and battery...

EV lithium consumption in Q3 2022 up 70% over last year

In Q3 2022, more than 77,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) were deployed in the cells of recently sold passenger plug-in vehicles globally, 70% more than was deployed in the same period the year before, according to Adamas Intelligence. In the Asia Pacific region, LCE deployment rose 100% year-over-year...

ENC’s new buses to use propulsion and power management systems from BAE

US-based bus manufacturer ENC, a subsidiary of the REV Group, will use propulsion and power management technology from BAE Systems in its new battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell transit buses. BAE Systems will supply its Gen3 power inverters and electric motors, Modular Power Control System (MPCS) and Modular Accessory Power...

EV charging company EnviroSpark secures $15 million in total funding

Georgia-based EV charging company EnviroSpark has completed a $10-million funding round led by Ultra Capital. The company announced its $5-million Series A funding earlier this year, bringing total outside investment to $15 million. EnviroSpark plans to use the additional funding to expand its services and increase its employee headcount nearly...

UK awards Electrified Automation £6 million to develop its motor manufacturing process

Electrified Automation, a robotic technology specialist based in England, has been awarded £6 million in government funding to develop its process for manufacturing electric motors. The grant was awarded through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) Collaborative Research and Development program, which supports the development of innovative low- and zero-carbon automotive...

Inside Exro’s all-in-one EV powertrain technology 

Exro Technologies is building a future in which an EV’s motor, drive, gearing and AC charging system are integrated into one highly compact and efficient system. Engineers are always looking for cost-effective ways to get the most range out of an electric vehicle’s battery pack. Exro Technologies is triangulating on...

A closer look at high-power interconnects and disconnects

In the electrical/electronic world, the terms interconnect and disconnect both refer to a means of joining two sides of a circuit together. The subtle—and entirely informal—difference is that an interconnect is directly or manually operated (inserting a plug into a jack, for example) while a disconnect is indirectly or automatically...

SK On to supply Hyundai North America with EV batteries from 2025

Hyundai has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Korean EV battery manufacturer SK On, to secure a battery supply for the North American market. Under the MOU, SK On will supply batteries to Hyundai’s US plants after 2025, as the Korean automaker aims to bolster its EV presence and sales...