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WiTricity collaborates with Nissan on wireless charging

WiTricity’s DRIVE wireless charging system features a charging pad on or under the ground and a matching device on the underside of a vehicle. It charges an EV automatically, using magnetic resonance technology, and requires no cables or moving parts. WiTricity and Nissan have announced a collaboration that aims to ensure that wireless charging systems… Read more »

Automotive suppliers not so keen on watering down fuel economy rules

It’s pretty clear where the major automakers stand on federal emissions and fuel economy standards. Barely two days after his election, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers sent a letter to Trump urging him to “reform” federal fuel economy, emissions and safety regulations. Last week, executives of 18 automakers sent a second letter reiterating the request… Read more »

Tesla earnings report shows progress, but stock market is unconvinced

As expected, Tesla’s Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2016 Update depicts steady progress toward the company’s ambitious goals. Compared to Q4 2015, almost all the numbers are soaring. Vehicle deliveries are up 27%, gross margins are up 110 basis points, and revenue is up 88%. Of course, expenses are way up, but losses are down,… Read more »

Chinese battery-maker and Finnish manufacturer partner to supply battery packs to Europe

Chinese battery builder Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) and Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive have formed a strategic partnership to develop electric automotive solutions. As part of the deal, CATL has taken a 22% ownership position in Valmet. CATL currently offers NCM and LFP Li-ion chemistries in cells, modules and packs. The companies’ strategy is… Read more »

PG&E PHEV will help keep the lights on during power outages

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated (EDI) have unveiled a new Class 6 PHEV utility truck with exportable power capacity that can be used to manage both planned and unplanned outages. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain offers an electric range of 50 miles, and reduces emissions by 80 percent compared to legacy vehicles…. Read more »

Prototype images of next-gen Nissan LEAF published by Motor Authority

The Nissan LEAF has earned a place of high honor in the plug-in pantheon. Until Tesla’s Model S started to take off, it was the unchallenged top seller among pure EVs, and it remains the only mid-priced EV to achieve anything resembling mass-market sales. However, the respected elder statesman has been overtaken by younger rivals…. Read more »

Billionaire Carlos Slim to launch a made-in-Mexico EV

Giant Motors, part of the business empire of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu, is developing a made-in-Mexico EV, and plans to launch it commercially next year, Forbes Mexico reported. Giant Motors will design the new vehicle, and will manufacture it in a joint venture with Moldex, a subsidiary of giant Mexican bread maker Grupo Bimbo…. Read more »

UL certifies WAVE’s 50 kW wireless charging system

Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) makes a wireless charging system that provides in-route charging for transit buses, using a pad embedded directly into the roadway (see the March/April 2016 issue of Charged). Now the company has earned a Field Evaluation Certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for a 50 kW system that it has deployed for… Read more »

Miltec UV announces pilot plant for coating Li-ion battery separators

Miltec UV, a manufacturer of UV curing systems, has announced that a pilot plant is now available for testing its CX400 product on customer’s substrates at the company’s Maryland facility. CX 400 is a high-speed coating and UV curing system specifically designed for applying ceramic coatings on polyolefin separators. It can coat any separator films… Read more »