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New thermoelectric superlattice doubles rate at which waste heat is converted to electricity

Researchers from Hokkaido University and colleagues in Japan and Taiwan have improved the ability to transform wasted heat into usable electricity by narrowing the space through which spread electrons move, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Currently, more than 60 percent of the energy produced by fossil fuels is lost as waste… Read more »

Charging interoperability pioneer Hubject expands to US

Europe-based Hubject has officially launched its US operations from a new HQ in Santa Monica, California. Hubject was founded in 2012 to enable seamless charging for customers through an open B-to-B platform, and is now in use on four continents and in 26 countries. The company’s Intercharge platform allows charging operators and service providers to… Read more »

Toronto Transit Commission orders 10 electric buses from New Flyer

New Flyer Industries Canada has won an order from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for ten forty-foot electric Xcelsior CHARGE transit buses, with an option to purchase up to 30 additional buses over the next two years. TTC is the third-largest transit system in North America, operating more than 140 bus routes, as well as… Read more »

Germany’s innogy acquires EVSE maker BTCPower, with an eye on the US market

EV technology provider innogy e-mobility, a subsidiary of German electric utility Innogy SE, has announced the acquisition of California-based EVSE manufacturer BTCPower. The transaction is expected to provide innogy with a full DC product portfolio for the North American market, as well as access to increased production capabilities. innogy has already successfully collaborated with BTCPower,… Read more »

EVgo equips public fast chargers with second-life batteries

Charging network operator EVgo has integrated second-life BMW i3 batteries into a public DC fast charging station. The batteries will store energy from the grid generated during peak solar hours and later use that stored energy for charging during periods of high demand. Following a pilot program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD),… Read more »

New Dutch study recommends optimal EVSE rollout strategy

As the worldwide fleet of EVs expands, it’s becoming clear that governments around the world need to make significant investments in public charging infrastructure. However, there are few examples to follow in developing an effective rollout strategy. A new study, published in the journal Energy Policy, aims to guide policy makers in the deployment of… Read more »

ZF’s Axle Hybrid concept electrifies its AMT to improve shifting performance

German automotive supplier ZF has unveiled a new Axle Hybrid concept which uses an electrified Automated Manual Transmission (eAMT). This system combines ZF’s traditional electric axle drive system (eVD) with its automated manual transmission (AMT). The eAMT eliminates tractive force interruption and features AWD capabilities. “With eAMT, ZF has developed a fully-fledged plug-in hybrid drive for front-transverse vehicles,”… Read more »

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German government awards €50 million in subsidies to 31 municipal electromobility projects

The German government has announced €50 million ($58 million) in new funding for 31 municipal electric mobility projects under its aptly-named “Clean Air 2017-2020 Emergency Program.” Under this fourth phase of the program, municipal vehicle fleets (e.g. waste disposal vehicles and buses), as well as taxi and car-sharing companies will receive subsidies of from 40… Read more »

Southern California Edison proposes to install 48,000 more charging points

The Charge Ready network, launched two years ago as a pilot program by Southern California Edison (SCE), recently installed its 1,000th charging station. Now SCE has filed a plan with the California Public Utilities Commission to invest $760 million to expand the program to 48,000 (!) more charging points. Most of the charging stations added… Read more »