Posts By: Ryan Austin

Electrify America launches app, membership plans, lower introductory charging rates

Electrify America, the EV charging network operator and VW’s state-mandated penance for Dieselgate, has launched a mobile app for Android and iPhone as well as new membership plans and lower introductory charging prices. All of this is on top of the organization’s plan to install 484 charging stations in the US by July this year…. Read more »

E-Force One customizes its e-trucks for different use cases

E-Force One, a supplier of 18-ton e-trucks, will begin equipping its vehicles with batteries from Swiss manufacturer ecovolta. The batteries are part of a concept E-Force One developed to individually tailor each vehicle to the route type and distance it must travel, as well as the charging technology available. The e-truck maker can outfit each… Read more »

Silicon Valley airport purchases 10 Proterra e-buses to replace CNG fleet

San José International Airport (SJC), which provides services for the Silicon Valley area, is purchasing a fleet of 10 Proterra e-buses to transport passengers between SJC’s parking lots, rental car center and terminals. Funded in part by a $5-million zero-emissions grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, the electric buses will replace the aging CNG fleet… Read more »

GROB prepares for EV boom with new R&D site and acquisition of Italian engineering company DMG meccanica

German machine and tool manufacturer GROB says it’s preparing for the rapid electrification of the car industry by developing manufacturing equipment for the mass production of EVs, specifically for motors and batteries. To speed up the development of its own equipment, GROB acquired Italian mechanical engineering company DMG meccanica in 2017, renaming it GROB Italy…. Read more »

Electrify America to install 30 ultra-fast charging stations at Krogers and other businesses

Charging network operator Electrify America, VW’s government-mandated penance for Dieselgate, is working with nine companies to host more than 30 ultra-fast charging stations across the US. The companies include grocery chains Kroger and Save Mart, a handful of real estate investment trusts, and real estate company Pan-Cal. More than 20 of the new charging sites… Read more »

DuPont’s new thermal-conductive adhesive for battery assemblies

DuPont has introduced a new adhesive, BETASEAL TC, for EV and hybrid battery assemblies. The material is designed to ensure retention of thermal conductivity between battery cells and cooling plates by creating a strong, long-lasting contact with no gaps. DuPont says that BETASEAL TC, part of its AHEAD (Accelerating Hybrid-Electric Autonomous Driving) initiative, has a… Read more »

SAE updates J2954 wireless charging standards for EVs up to 11 kW

SAE International has published a second version of Recommended Practice (RP) SAE J2954, its standard for wireless power transfer (WPT) for EVs of up to 11 kW power levels. The RP establishes specifications for interoperability, electromagnetic compatibility, EMF, minimum performance, safety, and testing for wireless charging of light-duty electric and plug-in EVs. SAE is seeking… Read more »

Silicon Lab’s new isolated amplifiers ensure precise current and voltage measurements with ultra-low temperature drift

Semiconductor company Silicon Labs has introduced a family of isolated analog amplifiers, voltage sensors and delta-sigma modulator (DSM) devices designed to provide accurate current and voltage measurement with very low drift across temperature. The Texas-based company says the Si89xx family provides flexible voltage, current, and output options to help developers reduce BOM cost and shrink… Read more »

Power Sonic introduces line of Bluetooth-enabled lithium batteries

US battery manufacturer Power Sonic has introduced a new series that adds Bluetooth connectivity to its LiFePO4 batteries. With the free app, users can monitor the state of charge, voltage, temperature, capacity, and overall health of any Power Sonic Bluetooth battery within 10 meters. The app also records any conditions detrimental to the health of… Read more »

San Francisco Airport purchases six Proterra Catalyst e-buses as it moves to 100% carbon neutrality

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has purchased six Proterra Catalyst E2 e-buses and three 60 kW Proterra plug-in chargers. SFO says the e-bus fleet will help it reduce operating costs, and supports the airport’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2021. The e-buses will replace six diesel buses in SFO’s current fleet. The buses, each of… Read more »