Posts By: Ryan Austin

Proterra’s new multi-dispenser charging system for heavy-duty EV fleets

Proterra has added a useful new offering to its charging solutions – a multi-dispenser system that enables Proterra stations to have up to four low-profile charging dispensers paired to a single Power Control System (PCS). The solution enables automated, sequential vehicle charging, which allows multiple vehicles to charge one after the other automatically and at… Read more »

Altair adds virtual battery software to Hyperworks simulation platform

Software specialist Altair has added a new battery simulation software, Sendyne’s CellMod Virtual Battery, to the Altair Partner Alliance (APA), its suite of 3rd-party software products available to customers of its Hyperworks product simulation platform. CellMod is a virtual lithium-ion battery that can predict cell and pack behavior, including thermal behavior It accepts inputs including… Read more »

EV maker Aptera partners with Elaphe for in-wheel motors

Aptera Motors, a start-up building an ultra-efficient EV, has teamed up with Elaphe Propulsion Technologies, a manufacturer of in-wheel motors. Aptera says in-wheel motors offer it advantages that would be impossible to achieve with other propulsion systems, including enhanced aerodynamics, lighter overall vehicle weight and improved handling, all of which result in better mileage and… Read more »

Enel X and Washington utilities to add 550 Juicebox chargers to grid

Enel X, formerly EnerNOC and now the energy services arm of Italian energy company Enel, has partnered with two Washington utilities, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Seattle City Light, to launch new smart charging programs in the Bellevue and Seattle areas. In total, the two projects will provide more than 550 Enel X JuiceBox smart… Read more »

ABB to commission chargers for autonomous EVs at Singapore’s new mega-port

Swiss electronics company ABB has won a contract from Singapore-based ST Engineering Land Systems to deliver and commission integrated smart charging points for a fleet of fully-electric Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) in Singapore’s new Tuas port. The autonomous vehicles, provided by Dutch manufacturing company VDL, will transport heavy shipping containers at the port terminal. The… Read more »

BYD’s articulated e-bus passes Altoona test, now eligible for FTA funding

The K11M, BYD’s 60-foot electric articulated transit bus, has passed durability road testing under the Federal Transit Authority’s (FTA) new Pass/Fail guidelines at the Model Bus Testing Program in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It is the first electric transit bus of its size to complete the full 15,000-mile durability test. Once Altoona and the FTA finalize the… Read more »

VW and Northvolt join to build battery facility in Germany

Volkswagen and Swedish battery maker Northvolt have created a 50/50 joint venture to build a factory for lithium-ion batteries. Construction of the production facility is scheduled to start in Salzgitter, Germany in 2020. The companies plan to start production by the end of 2023 and initially produce 16 GWh per year. VW has invested €900… Read more »

NewMotion and Chargepoint networks sign UK roaming partnership

NewMotion, Shell’s charging network subsidiary, and ChargePoint have announced a roaming partnership that will enable EV drivers in the UK to access both charging networks without the need to create a new account. ChargePoint users will gain access to NewMotion’s public charging network both in the UK and across Europe. The agreement also includes the… Read more »

BMW launches local assembly plant in Thailand for PHEV batteries

In July of this year, BMW launched a high-voltage battery production plant in Thailand, in partnership with parts maker DRÄXLMAIER. The investment, worth a total of 500 million baht ($16 million), was supported with incentives from Thailand’s Board of Investment. The assembly lines, located at the DRÄXLMAIER plant in Chonburi assemble both battery modules and… Read more »

Top-secret government facility orders third EV ARC solar charger

San Diego-based Envision Solar, which manufactures solar-powered EV chargers, has received a third order for its EV ARC product from a US government facility. The facility will use the EV ARC to charge fleet vehicles and provide an emergency source of electricity. This is the third order Envision has received from this facility, but it… Read more »