Posts By: Paul Beck

Kraft Heinz adopts electric terminal trucks at Ohio distribution center

Food company Kraft Heinz has replaced five diesel terminal trucks with EVs at its distribution centre in Groveport, Ohio. The Orange EV T-Series electric terminal trucks will be operated by Firefly Transportation Services. “This decision by Kraft Heinz demonstrates thoughtful mitigation of the extremely high operational, economic, and environmental costs of using diesel trucks,” said… Read more »

Tritium’s 350 kW DC charger introduced in Australia

EV charging equipment manufacturer Tritium has introduced its Veefil-PK 350 kW DC charger to Australia. Two Veefil-PK chargers are installed at the Toombul Shopping Center in Brisbane, operated by charging network provider Chargefox. The Veefil-PK can charge two EVs simultaneously and is equipped with CCS2 plug types. According to Tritium, the charger can add up… Read more »

Mullen Technologies’ Qiantu K50 EV to be built in Spokane facility

EV manufacturer Mullen Technologies has signed a Letter of Intent with the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority (PDA) to build a new manufacturing facility in Spokane County, Washington. The 1.3 million square foot facility will produce Mullen’s Qiantu K50 sports coupe EV. The facility will be built by the PDA and leased to… Read more »

Plugsurfing and EasyCharger Partner to Expand Charging Network in Spain

European EV charging network Plugsurfing has partnered with Spanish charging point operator EasyCharger to expand the Plugsurfing network in Spain. The Plugsurfing network currently has 333 charging points throughout Spain, which users can access through the Plugsurfing app. EasyCharger currently operates 10 charging stations with 40 charging points, which will be accessible through the Plugsurfing… Read more »

24M surpasses 250 Wh/kg on the road to 400+

Battery company 24M has announced that it has developed commercially viable Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) cells with an energy density above 250 Wh/kg. The company has also delivered similar NMC cells with an energy density above 280 Wh/kg to an industrial partner. 24M’s new NMC cells were built with the company’s SemiSolid lithium-ion battery design,… Read more »

China leads global market in nickel for EV batteries

The Chinese market for EV battery nickel increased 253 percent in January 2019 compared to January 2018, according to a report from research firm Adamas Intelligence. China is now the largest market for battery nickel in passenger EVs. The growth is being driven by a shift from Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) to Nickel Cobalt Manganese… Read more »

New conductor could lead to high energy all-solid-state batteries

Researchers have developed a conductor material that could lead to all-solid-state batteries with the highest energy density achieved to date. Current batteries employ organic liquid electrolytes that are prone to leakage, flammability, and limited energy density, issues which could be eliminated with all-solid-state batteries. The researchers developed a complex lithium superionic conductor that showed high… Read more »

FTA to offer $85 million in funding for low emission buses

The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program, a funding opportunity for recipients to purchase electric and low-emission buses. The program has $85 million in competitive grant funds available for public transit agencies, state transportation departments, and tribes. Program applicants will be evaluated based on their need,… Read more »

Easelink successfully tests conductive charger prototype

EV charging technology company Easelink has announced a successful test of its Matrix Charging technology, an automatic conductive EV charging system. Easelink has been testing the technology since September 2018 at the employee parking lot of Energie Steiermark, an Austrian energy supply company. Matrix Charging consists of a stationary conductive charging pad installed in a… Read more »

24M unveils Dual Electrolyte System for next-generation cells

Battery company 24M unveiled its Dual Electrolyte System at the International Battery Seminar & Exhibit last month in Florida. According to 24M, the system permits cells with compositionally distinct electrolytes to be manufactured at scale, enabling next-generation cell chemistries. These cells can provide energy densities exceeding 350 Wh/kg as well as improved cycle life and… Read more »