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Posts By: Dyllan Furness

America’s biggest cities could save up to 60% on fuel by electrifying buses

America’s largest metropolitan areas could save an average of 37 percent on fuel costs by electrifying buses and light-duty fleet vehicles, according to a report by EV charging company AMPLY Power. The report also found that charging regimes focused on off-peak hours can save up to 60 percent compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles… Read more »

DOE to offer $59 million for advanced vehicle technology research

The DOE has announced $59 million in new funding for research on advanced vehicle technologies, including advanced batteries, electric drive systems and materials for more efficient powertrains. Funding opportunities fall within six topic areas. Those directly related to EVs include: Solid State Batteries – Up to $12.5 million available for projects aimed at developing new solid electrolytes. Projects should address… Read more »

SK Innovation to build battery separator plant in Poland

Korean energy company SK Innovation will invest nearly $376 million to build a Li-ion battery separator (LiBS) plant in Województwo Śląskie, Poland. The plant will contain four LiBS units and three ceramic coated separator (CCS) units. The plant will break ground in the third quarter of this year and is scheduled to begin mass production in the third quarter of 2021…. Read more »

AxleTech launches new line of electric powertrain systems

AxleTech is exhibiting a new line of electric powertrain systems for off-highway applications at the Bauma construction machinery trade show in Munich. AxleTech’s new AFE Series eAxle integrates interchangeable water-glycol cooled motors and a single-, 2-, or 4-speed gearbox. The eAxle also includes the company’s new modular eCarrier system. The AFE Series eAxle is compatible… Read more »

EU awards $4.5 million grant to UpScale Project to reduce EV development time using AI

UpScale, an EU project aimed at using AI for more efficient EV production, has received a €4 million ($4.5 million) grant from the European Commission to develop computer simulations to aid in the development of EVs. UpScale (Upscaling Product development Simulation Capabilities exploiting Artificial intelligence for Electrified vehicles) consists of 11 companies and European entities… Read more »

Maxwell Vehicles retrofits RAM ProMaster vans with plug-in powertrains

What does a PHEV become when it grows up? And do we need yet another electrified-vehicle acronym? Technically, a hybrid with a plug is a PHEV, but some argue that a vehicle with a substantial electric range is a different animal. Chevy called its Volt an EREV, and Seattle-based startup Maxwell Vehicles is calling its… Read more »

USABC awards $4.8-million battery tech contract to Zenlabs Energy

Battery company Zenlabs Energy has received a $4.8-million contract from the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to develop low-cost, fast-charging batteries. The goal of the contract is to develop optimized cell designs and a scalable pre-Li method for high-capacity silicon oxide anodes. The 50 percent share contract funds a 30-month project. USABC is a subsidiary… Read more »

Sacramento County to award up to $15.5 million in EV charger rebates

Sacramento County, California will award up to $15.5 million for businesses and nonprofits to install commercial-grade Level 2 chargers and high-powered DC fast chargers. The Sacramento County Incentive Project is led by the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). CALeVIP is accepting applications for DC fast charger installation rebates of up to $70,000 per charger,… Read more »

University of Georgia orders twenty electric buses

The University of Georgia has ordered 20 Proterra Catalyst E2 buses. A $10-million grant awarded to the university by Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority made the purchase possible. The Catalyst E2 features two electric motors, 510 horsepower and 24.6 MPGe. Catalyst buses have previously been ordered by Florida State University, University of Montana, Duke University… Read more »