Iberdrola invests in solid-state startup Basquevolt

Iberdrola, a Spanish electric utility, plans to invest in the solid-state battery startup Basquevolt via its start-up program PERSEO. “Through PERSEO, Iberdrola carries out more than 25 real tests of technologies per year, which serve as a first step towards establishing a commercial relationship or partnership with startups,” says Iberdrola....

EvoCharge chargers to incorporate AmpUp’s charging management software

EvoCharge, a supplier of EVSE and cable management solutions, has formed a preferred network partnership with software provider AmpUp. AmpUp’s software is designed to allow EV owners to manage their charging infrastructure to simplify charging schedules and optimize energy consumption. AmpUp’s products are used by several Fortune 500 companies. EvoCharge...

New BMW i4 eDrive35 EV coming to the US in 2023

BMW’s new BMW i4 eDrive35 joins the i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50 as a more affordable model in the automaker’s electric sedan lineup. US deliveries are expected to start in the first quarter of 2023 with a starting base price of $51,400 plus $995 destination and handling. The eDrive35 is...

Daimler tests new eActros truck-and-trailer combo in the Black Forest

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has launched a new phase of practical tests for the eActros, which has now approved as a truck-and-trailer combination with a total weight of 40 tons. The combination has been handed over to transport firm Logistik Schmitt in the northern Black Forest for endurance testing. The vehicle is...

bp opens its first electric truck charging facility in Germany

For better or for worse, oil giant bp has become one of the major players in Europe’s public charging industry. Now the company’s Aral pulse brand has opened its first fast charging facilities aimed at the medium- and heavy-duty electric truck market. Aral’s retail site at Schwegenheim, Germany now has...

LG Energy Solution is hosting a competition to find battery startups

LG Energy Solution is hosting LGES Battery Solution 2022—an international competition aimed at finding battery startups. Up to 10 finalists will win funding and a collaboration opportunity. Startups can compete in the areas of materials, management and control and the smart factory. Up to $1,000,000 cash prize will be awarded...

The Proxima Powered by REE—a newly-designed electric walk-in step van

EAVX, Morgan Olson and REE Automotive (Nasdaq: REE) recently hosted live demonstrations and customer evaluations for the Proxima Powered by REE, a new drive-by-wire walk-in step van, which features a body designed by EAVX and Morgan Olson, paired with REE’s flat, modular P7 chassis and x-by-wire technology. “These events are...

Advanced charging solutions for next-gen commercial EVs

Sponsored by Litttelfuse Three scenarios with dedicated power electronic solutions As the electrification of heavy-duty or commercial vehicles gains more acceptance, charging larger batteries than the ones in electric passenger cars increases in importance. Because time is money, especially in logistics, the preferred options are increasing charging power or assigning...

Lithium supplier ioneer signs supply agreement with Toyota/Panasonic JV

Lithium-boron supplier ioneer signed a binding offtake supply agreement for lithium carbonate with Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (PPES), a battery company joint venture of Toyota and Panasonic. ioneer will produce lithium carbonate at its Ryholite Ridge operation in Nevada, and deliver 4,000 tons per year to PPES over the...

EnergyHub launches EV grid management solution for utilities

EnergyHub, a provider of distributed energy resource (DER) solutions for utilities, has announced a new grid management solution called EnergyHub EV, which is built on the core of EnergyHub’s Mercury DERMS platform. EnergyHub works with some 60 utilities to aggregate and manage more than 700,000 thermostats, EVs and chargers, water...

Improving EV powertrain testing and validation

Sponsored by Unico Welcome to the first installment of Unico’s Test Stand Tech Tips. Here, Unico will provide you with a brief introduction to its solutions and welcome you to watch the video below, where the Director of Engineering, Don Wright, will walk you through some of the benefits associated...

Nikola acquires Romeo Power to bring battery pack production in-house

Colorful electric truck startup Nikola Motor (NASDAQ: NKLA) will acquire energy storage specialist Romeo Power (NYSE: RMO) in an all-stock transaction. The deal values Romeo’s equity at approximately $144 million. Headquartered in Cypress, California, Romeo is focused on designing and manufacturing battery modules and packs for commercial vehicles. As Romeo’s...

Stellantis enters joint ventures for manufacturing in France

Stellantis has invested in two joint ventures for manufacturing in the Lorraine region of France. The company says it has “deployed a vertical integration strategy designed to increase control of the global electrification value chain.” Emotors, a 50/50 joint venture with French motor manufacturer Nidec Leroy-Somer, will start production this...

EV sales hit new record in Q2, as legacy vehicles struggle

The legacy auto industry is crying the blues—US new-vehicle sales in the second quarter were up only a tiny bit from the previous quarter, and down over 20% from Q2 2021. However, the new auto industry is doing very well, thank you. Kelley Blue Book tells us (via Cox Auto)...

A closer look at brushed AC motors in EVs

Everything old is new again: BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive features a wound-field synchronous AC motor Brushed DC (and AC/DC universal) motors are much maligned for a number of reasons, but one of the chief—if, perhaps, somewhat exaggerated—complaints is that the graphite brushes, and the segmented copper commutator they ride on, wear out over...

bp to invest £50 million in new UK battery R&D center

bp has unveiled plans to invest up to £50 million (around $60 million) in a new, state-of-the-art EV battery testing center and analytical laboratory in the UK. The new facilities, which are planned to open by the end of 2024, will be located at bp’s existing global headquarters for its...

BorgWarner acquires Rhombus Energy Solutions

Tier 1 automotive supplier BorgWarner has acquired Rhombus Energy Solutions. San Diego-based Rhombus provides EV charging and power conversion technology, including V2G applications. Rhombus supplies its patented technology to EV OEMs, including Proterra, as well as charging and grid service providers. The transaction has an enterprise value of up to...

EV Connect’s charging platform approved for US federal procurement process

The US General Services Administration (GSA) recently issued a government-wide, $220-million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), which establishes a streamlined procurement process for federal agencies to purchase electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and ancillary services to support the electrification of their vehicle fleets. The US government operates some 650,000 vehicles. Network...

Autonomy to offer up to 20,000 EVs through its subscription service

Autonomy, which offers electric vehicles to customers through a subscription model, has partnered with automotive retailer AutoNation in order to expand its vehicle offerings beyond the Tesla Model 3, and to expand its operations across the US. Over the next 12-18 months, AutoNation will supply Autonomy with up to 20,000...

Battery recycling firm SiTration raises $2.35 million for its separation technology

Battery recycling technology startup SiTration has raised $2.35 million in pre-seed funding for hiring and for the development of its patented separation technology for materials extraction in battery recycling. “By replacing the chemical and thermal separation methods used in battery recycling today with an electrified approach, SiTration is unlocking ultra-efficient...

ONE’s hybrid battery pack combines the best aspects of two chemistries to deliver 600 miles of EV range

There is a wide range of characteristics that describe the performance of any given battery chemistry: energy density, specific energy, specific power, discharge efficiency, self-discharge rate, cycle life, calendar life, and—not the least important—cost.  Some types of Li-ion chemistries are really good in a few characteristics but fall short in...

Geely launches new Radar EV brand

The Geely Holding Group has launched a new EV brand, Radar Auto, which it describes as an “electric outdoors lifestyle vehicle brand.” The first model from the new make will be an “adventure vehicle,” the RD6 pickup truck. The Radar brand is “starting with trucks, but is much more than...