Posts By: Ryan Austin

NYC to expand zero-emission fleet with 15 New Flyer e-buses

New York City Transit has announced it will add 15 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE low-floor, sixty-foot electric heavy-duty transit buses to its transportation fleet. Each bus will include New Flyer’s CONNECT 360 business analytics and reporting tool, which is designed to optimize performance and operations. The order supports NYCT’s efforts to develop a cleaner public… Read more »

ION Energy launches BMS for EVs and grid-scale storage

ION Energy, a battery technology company that specializes in battery management and intelligence, has launched the FS-XT, a battery management system targeted at EVs and grid-scale storage systems. To manage the high-voltage batteries needed in EVs, the FS-XT has a modular design based on a master-slave configuration. This allows manufacturers to use the BMS for… Read more »

Startup Canoo (formerly EVELOZCITY) to build subscription-only EVs

EVELOZCITY, a Los Angeles company working on EVs available only via subscription, has announced that it has changed its name to Canoo. Canoo hopes to offer four EVs in select cities by subscription only. In an effort to reduce design and production costs, it plans to use a single standardized EV platform. The company also… Read more »

XL produces plug-in hybrid Ford F-250 pickup

XL, a Boston-based manufacturer of electric fleet vehicles, unveiled a plug-in hybrid Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup truck at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. This hybrid F-250 joins XL’s XLP Ford F-150 that the company began shipping in 2018. XL reports that, on initial assessment, the XLP F-250 truck provides up to a… Read more »

VisIC publishes reference design for its GaN on-board charger

Israel-based VisIC Technologies, a manufacturer of gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor devices for the auto, data center and industrial markets, has published a reference design aimed at the EV industry for its on-board charger (OBC) that uses its GaN technology. The 6.7 kW OBC has a volume of 2.3 liters and weighs 4.5 kg, providing… Read more »

ABB and Volvo to deploy six electric buses at UK’s Birmingham Airport

ABB is partnering with Volvo Bus and Birmingham Airport in the UK to launch a passenger transport service in and around the airport beginning in November 2019. The service will include six Volvo 7900e electric single-deck buses. The buses will be in operation 24/7, and each will be recharged en route using ABB’s OppCharge, an… Read more »

Phillips & Temro acquires EVoCharge

Phillips & Temro Industries, a US-based company that manufactures heating and cooling systems for trucks, EVs, and other vehicles, has acquired a majority stake in EVoCharge, a manufacturer of charging equipment and the EVoReel cable management system. EVoCharge CEO Josh Kiewic said, “Consumers and fleets evaluating new electric and hybrid technologies will have the benefit… Read more »

Munich Re offers insurance for grid battery performance, says EV batteries are next

German reinsurance company Munich Re is now offering insurance that covers battery performance. It is primarily aimed at large projects, such as utility systems designed to ensure grid stability or cover peak demand periods. In a second phase, Munich Re plans to introduce the product into the mobility market, including for EVs. US battery manufacturer… Read more »

DOE researchers identify cause of cathode degradation in nickel-rich materials

A team of scientists that includes researchers at the DOE’s Brookhaven National Lab and SLAC National Accelerator Lab has identified the causes of degradation in nickel-rich materials for lithium-ion battery cathodes, as well as possible remedies. Researchers at Brookhaven are part of a DOE-sponsored consortium called Battery500, a group that is working to triple the… Read more »

Kia teams with Amazon to sell chargers and installation services

Kia has partnered with Amazon to provide EV and PHEV customers a one-stop shop for home chargers and installation services. On its website, Amazon will highlight Level 2 chargers selected by Kia and provide pricing for electrical services. Customers will be able to schedule installations directly via Amazon. Kia Executive Director Orth Hedrick said, “Being… Read more »