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Many of the best-selling EV charging stations on Amazon are not safety-tested and certified

  Most major retailers require that electrical products sold in their stores undergo third-party independent safety testing and certification, Amazon does not. After Charged encouraged the company to change its policy for EV charging stations, an Amazon spokesperson provided this official comment, “We monitor the products sold on our website for product safety concerns, and when appropriate, we… Read more »

Seaworthy EVs: Leclanché designs and manufactures Li-ion cells and systems

The advantages of electrifying transportation are far-reaching. Advanced energy storage systems are even making their way into the commercial marine industry. There are many marine applications in which adding a large Li-ion battery pack makes a lot of sense. The best-use case varies depending on the boat size and purpose. All-electric ferries, for example, are… Read more »

Chroma Systems Solutions invests in the next generation of EV testing products

One major challenge that the EV industry has had to overcome is figuring out how to test its new products. No matter how great and innovative you think your new design is, if you can’t adequately test it, how do you know it’s truly great? Until recently, there were no standard operating procedures for testing… Read more »

2017 Prius Prime: Toyota launches an all new PHEV that some call “the best Prius ever”

The Toyota Prius is a historic vehicle by any measure. It was the first hybrid to be mass-produced, and it remains the only one to achieve truly mass-market popularity – since it first went on sale in Japan in 1997, it has sold nearly six million units in over 90 worldwide markets. Toyota introduced the… Read more »

Turnkey drivetrains: UQM, Eaton and Pi Innovo collaborate to help build better heavy-duty EVs

We write about electric buses a lot at Charged. That’s because, as our July/August cover story pointed out, we think that e-buses will inevitably become the top choice for cities and municipalities. This could happen a lot quicker than many people realize, and some have predicted that transit buses will be the first segment in… Read more »

ITT Cannon introduces new fast charging hardware to the next generation of EVs

The future of the EV industry is bright. We’re losing count of all the planned EVs that automakers have in the pipeline. And it seems increasingly likely that they will follow through with those plans. If there’s one thing everyone agrees on, it’s that all EVs in the near future will have a range of… Read more »

An airbag for battery packs: PyroPhobic says its unique thermoplastics will stop thermal runaway

Engineers have been searching for ways to mitigate the risk of fire with Li-ion batteries since the technology was first commercialized. Chemists are creating new cell formulations that are less prone to problems, electronics experts are designing fail-safe battery management systems, and mechanical engineers are building complex cooling and fire suppression systems. A common rule… Read more »

Will America maintain its EV lead?

Here at Charged, we believe EVs are for everyone, regardless of political leanings. While we certainly comment on government policies that we feel are pro- or anti-EV, we avoid endorsing any particular candidate or party. However, America has elected a new president who has promised a radical change from the policies of the past eight… Read more »

VW to provide $2 billion for ZEV infrastructure, drawing criticism and praise from insiders

By now, the main events in Volkswagen’s dirty diesel scandal are familiar to Charged readers. For years, the world’s second-largest automaker opted not to produce hybrids or EVs, instead relying on “clean diesel” to meet government-mandated emissions standards. In 2015, scientists at the International Council on Clean Transportation were puzzled to find that they couldn’t… Read more »

LORD Corporation builds on its work potting electric motors, reducing hot spots by up to 40%

In 2013, Shafigh Nategh completed his doctoral thesis on the thermal management of high-performance electrical machines at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and by 2014, the results of his doctoral work had begun to pique the interest of some heavy hitters in the electric motor industry. For his thesis, Nategh designed… Read more »