Tesla opens 100th Supercharger site in NJ, expands to new manufacturing facility in CA

Tesla has opened its 100th Supercharger site, in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, and will commemorate the milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning. The new station, which has six charging stalls and will be open 24/7, is located in the Hamilton Market Place mall, just off Interstate 195, about 40 miles northeast of Philadelphia. Supercharger… Read more »

Saft to supply lithium-ion batteries for Stockholm electric ferry

Industrial battery manufacturer Saft has received an order from Swedish ferry operator Ballerina for lithium-ion battery systems that will power a new electric ferry for the city of Stockholm. When it starts operation in September, Ballerina’s ferry will carry foot passengers and cyclists between 10 stops on a 50-minute route of Stockholm’s waterways. The batteries… Read more »

Tesla and Daimler: Is the honeymoon over?

The partnership between Tesla and Daimler, which dates from 2008, has been advantageous for both companies, with the stodgy Germans enjoying a little of Tesla’s bad-boy chic, and the Silicon Valley upstarts benefiting from Daimler’s old-world respectability. However, it’s sounding as if Daimler has lost that lovin’ feeling. Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told reporters at… Read more »

Kyocera Solar Cycle Station enables use of EV batteries for backup power

Kyocera Communication Systems (KCCS) has installed a Solar Cycle Station for EVs at the headquarters of Shintec Hozumi in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The system uses solar-generated power to charge plug-in vehicle batteries, which can then be used as backup power in times of disaster. Kyocera’s Solar Cycle Station is a solar-powered recharging station that uses… Read more »

Hybricon’s Arctic Whisper electric bus demonstrates Ultrafast Charging (Updated)

(Updated 4/19/2014 -12:00PM EDT  with added comments from Boh Westerlund, Hybricon Founder & CTO, clarifying technical details.) Hybricon Bus Systems has been testing its new Arctic Whisper electric bus in its hometown of Umeå, Sweden, near the Arctic Circle. Using the company’s Ultrafast Charging system with the Opbrid Bůsbaar, which features a pantograph and an overhead charging rail…. Read more »

Volvo to show gas PHEV in Beijing

Underscoring the growing importance of China as a market for “new energy” vehicles, Volvo has announced that it will reveal its S60L PPHEV concept car at the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show. The gas/electric plug-in hybrid will be launched in China in early 2015, and will be produced at Volvo’s Chengdu plant. There’s no word… Read more »