Posts By: Charles Morris

German Environment Minister prefers a Model S

It’s not unusual for government officials to drive EVs. Elected officials in Norway, Switzerland, the US and several other countries proudly drive on electrons. Even the USA’s Climate Change Denier-in-Chief reportedly owns a Model S. However, when the Environment Minister for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia bought a Tesla Model S as his official… Read more »

Efficient Drivetrains expands California facility to support 5,000 drivetrains per year

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a provider of hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, will be moving its Dixon, California vehicle engineering and support operations into a new 10,000-square-foot space in February. The expansion will support the manufacturing of up to 5,000 drivetrains annually, as well as large numbers of vehicle engineering and upfit projects. The company… Read more »

Nanoscale measurement of lithium metal could lead to suppressing dendrite formation

Lithium metal, which can store more energy than carbon, would seem to be an ideal anode material, except for one serious flaw: dendrites, tiny needle-like branching structures that can grow through the battery, eventually causing a short circuit. Now, a joint team of researchers from Caltech and Carnegie Mellon University has measured the strength of… Read more »

Siemens offers free EV charging to German employees

Employees of electronics giant Siemens at 100 of the company’s locations in Germany will be able to recharge their EVs free of charge in 2017, using the company’s existing network of charging stations. The charging stations are equipped with smart charging technology and Siemens software that integrates metering, billing and user identification. Employees and family… Read more »

Finnish electric powertrain company Visedo raises €20 million

Visedo, a Finnish manufacturer specializing in electric powertrains and components, has secured a financing package worth €20 million ($21 million) to support its international growth plans. Founded in 2009, Visedo specializes in electric powertrains and components for heavy-duty machinery, commercial vehicles and the marine industry. Its powertrains are suitable for hybrid and electric systems in… Read more »

Yet another EV startup: Rivian buys Illinois Mitsubishi plant

Another secretive startup, another web site with pix of smiling multicultural techies and vaguely-worded flights of eloquence about redefining the automobile. But now Rivian Automotive has taken a concrete step towards realizing its dreams, buying a 2.4-million-square-foot former Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois. According to county records, the company paid $2 million for the 500-acre… Read more »

Batteryuniversity has the tools to test the biggest batteries

German firm Batteryuniversity (BU) has introduced new test benches capable of testing the largest EV batteries. BU’s new 120 kilonewton shaker can handle a weight of 800 kg, and can test random profiles, sine sweep, superimposed sine and shock impulses. Frequency can be set between 5 and 2,500 hertz. A large low-pressure chamber (8x3x3 meters)… Read more »

London to phase out dirtiest diesel buses, unveils hydrogen bus

London Mayor Sadiq Khan recently presided at the unveiling of a hydrogen-powered double-decker bus, as he committed to phasing out the procurement of diesel buses. No more pure diesel (non-hybrid) double-decker buses will be added to the capital’s fleet from 2018, and all new single-deckers for central London will be zero-emission. London already has 79… Read more »

EVgo selects Driivz as IT service provider

Charging network EVgo, which operates over 800 DC fast chargers in 66 markets, has chosen Driivz, which has offices in California and Israel, as its preferred IT solutions service provider in North America. Driivz offers a cloud-based software platform that manages operations, user grid integration, billing and driver applications. According to the companies, the new… Read more »