Posts By: Charged EVs

DOE announces Energy Storage Grand Challenge

The DOE recently launched the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which will focus on the development of new energy-storage technologies. It’s part of the $158-million Advanced Energy Storage Initiative proposed in the 2020 federal budget’. The aim of the project is to develop a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain that is independent of foreign sources of… Read more »

SK Innovation and Glencore sign six-year cobalt supply deal

Global mining giant Glencore has signed a deal to supply Korean battery-maker SK Innovation with up to 30,000 tons of cobalt contained in hydroxide between 2020 and 2025. Glencore expects global demand for cobalt for EV batteries to reach 92 kilotons by 2025. The quantity of cobalt supplied under this contract will allow SK Innovation… Read more »

Mercedes-Benz and Geely register smart Automobile Co. joint venture in China

Automotive powerhouses Mercedes-Benz and Geely have formally established the global joint venture “smart Automobile Co., Ltd.” for the smart brand. Each company will contribute 2.7 billion RMB in capital. The new JV, headquartered in Hangzhou Bay, China, will design the new vehicles using the Mercedes-Benz Design network, while Geely Holding will be responsible for development… Read more »

Fastned to bring 13 new fast charging stations to Belgium

Flanders, Belgium, is about to become a whole lot friendlier to EV drivers. Fastned, a growing charging network operator, plans to add 13 new highway fast charging stations to its network. The new stations, featuring charging levels up to 350 kW, will be constructed at current highway parking facilities throughout the Flemish provinces of Limburg,… Read more »

Dominion Energy selects Thomas Built Jouley for electric school bus initiative

Dominion Energy has selected Thomas Built Buses (TBB) as the provider of 50 electric school buses, which will make up the initial phase of Dominion’s electric school bus replacement program in Virginia. According to TBB, this program represents the largest deployment of electric school buses in the US to date. TBB’s Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley is… Read more »

FCA aims to develop a more ethical cobalt supply chain

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) recently joined forces with the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network in a move to improve its sustainability efforts. The automaker will begin using blockchain technology to help ensure sustainable sourcing and production practices through audits that map the mining history of its raw cobalt supply. The first of these blockchain-powered audits is set… Read more »