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DOE revises petroleum equivalency factor for EVs, tightening CAFE requirements

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has revised its procedures for calculating the petroleum-equivalent fuel economy of EVs. The Petroleum Equivalency Factor (PEF) is used by the EPA to assess automakers’ compliance with the DOT’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Savvy consumers are familiar with MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) figures, which are designed… Read more »

SK Siltron wins $544-million DOE loan to expand production of SiC wafers for EV power electronics

The DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, which supports domestic manufacturing of fuel-efficient vehicles, components and materials, has given a conditional commitment to SK Siltron CSS for a $544-million loan to expand manufacturing of silicon carbide (SiC) wafers for EV power electronics at the company’s two Michigan manufacturing plants. SiC semiconductors potentially enable higher efficiency… Read more »

American Battery Solutions wins $166-million DOE loan to expand Ohio and Michigan EV battery plants

The DOE has offered American Battery Solutions (ABS) a $165.9-million loan under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program.  The company plans to use the funds to expand its battery pack assembly facilities in Springboro, Ohio and Lake Orion, Michigan. The project will support the company’s goal of delivering standardized and customized battery packs… Read more »

DOE releases $131 million in funding for EV batteries and other transport-related projects

The latest round of funding to be announced by the US Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office includes support for a wide range of projects designed to advance low-carbon transportation technologies, including several EV-related initiatives. A big chunk of the money—$60 million—will go to the United States Advanced Battery Consortium to further develop pre-competitive vehicle-related… Read more »

Does China really mean to reduce its EV exports in response to trade complaints?

Governments in Europe and the US are increasingly alarmed about the rise of China’s EV industry, which has benefitted greatly from government subsidies (to say nothing of low-cost labor, technology transfers from Western automakers, and those same automakers’ reluctance to commit to electrification). Policymakers may invoke global trade rules to try to stem the tide…. Read more »

DOE announces $32.5 million in funding to advance transportation electrification

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of 16 projects totaling $32.5 million to advance electrification of the transportation sector. Spanning nine states and Washington DC, the selected projects will focus on expanding EV deployment and supporting EV charging infrastructure by reducing installation costs, educating consumers and implementing regional deployment. Funded through… Read more »

Plug In America receives DOE funding to expand its EV education programs

EV education and advocacy organization Plug In America has received a grant from the DOE for a three-year, $5-million consumer education project, the largest grant in the organization’s 15-year history. This grant is part of a slate of 16 projects to advance transportation electrification that will be funded throught the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office to… Read more »

Transport Canada, US DOT and DOE issue joint statement on action to reduce rail-sector emissions

The US and Canada have created a Rail Decarbonization Task Force to explore ways to reduce emissions from the rail sector. According to a joint statement from the US DOT and the Canadian Transport Ministry, “The decarbonization of the rail sector is a crucial component of our global efforts to reduce emissions and meet the… Read more »

Does frequent DC fast charging shorten an EV battery’s life?

Too-frequent DC fast charging can theoretically damage an EV’s battery, causing it to lose capacity, and thus driving range, faster than would otherwise be the case. However, there’s little hard data on the long-term effects of frequent fast charging. Now battery data specialist Recurrent has made a substantial contribution to the literature on the subject…. Read more »

6K Energy wins $50-million DOE grant for PlusCAM battery material production plant in Tennessee

6K Energy, a provider of critical materials for lithium-ion batteries, has won a $50-million grant from the DOE’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains for its PlusCAM battery material production plant located in Jackson, Tennessee. The company will apply the 50 big ones to the estimated $200-million construction cost for the factory. The PlusCAM… Read more »