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New study: clusters of EV owners threaten to overload local electricity infrastructure

The growing energy demand created by EV charging could threaten the stability of electrical grids unless utilities take a proactive approach to planning their future networks, according to a joint study from management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting and Australia-based charging infrastructure company Tritium. “Preparing the Grid for the Uptake of Electric Vehicles” highlights a clustering… Read more »

Australian company turns mining waste into Li-ion batteries

Lithium Australia subsidiary VSPC has figured out how to make Li-ion battery cathode material, and Li-ion batteries, from tri-lithium phosphate produced directly from mining waste. The proprietary SiLeach process eliminates the need to generate high-purity lithium hydroxide or carbonate, which is one of the most cost-intensive and challenging steps in the manufacture of Li-ion batteries…. Read more »

Dana’s new e-Hub drive for heavy-duty vehicles

Dana, an Ohio-based company that designs propulsion systems for heavy-duty vehicles, introduced the Spicer Electrified with TM4 e-Hub Drive at the recent Bauma construction machinery trade fair in China. The drive is designed for underground mining trucks, large wheel loaders and reach stackers. It features Spicer axles, Brevini planetary drive designs, TM4 electric motors and… Read more »

VW heralds the last generation of ICE vehicles

Since its humiliation in the Dirty Diesel Debacle, the Volkswagen Group has been preaching the EV gospel with the zeal of the newly converted. Several automakers have forecast that substantial percentages of their sales would soon consist of plug-in vehicles, but as far as we know VW is the first to set a date for… Read more »

Freudenberg develops foldable and fireproof battery seals

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a seal for Li-ion batteries that not only resists fire but “folds” to offer extra protections. Here’s how it works: fixed aluminum elements are equipped with a sealing profile on their outer edges to not only provide stability but also integrate mounting points for the clips used to attach the… Read more »

Audi says flying taxis are on the way

During the recent Amsterdam Drone Week event, Audi, Airbus and design and engineering firm Italdesign presented a flying car prototype called the Pop.Up Next. The concept combines a self-driving EV with a passenger drone, and features a passenger capsule that can be removed from its wheels and picked up by the flying drone. The prototype… Read more »

Heraeus optimizes 3D printing of highly conductive copper

German material and manufacturing specialist Heraeus Additive Manufacturing has developed a new way to manufacture highly conductive copper components on a standard 3D printer. The new process produces components with 99.8 percent density of solid copper and conductivity of about 95 percent on the International Annealed Copper Standard scale – according to Heraeus, around 85… Read more »

AVEVAI reveals new IONA electric van and truck

Singapore-based AVEVAI (the name stands for Autonomous Vehicle, Electric Vehicle, Artificial Intelligence) has launched a range of electric light commercial vehicles called IONA. The IONA is built on a chassis developed in cooperation with Daimler and Chinese truck maker Foton, and is designed specifically for use by delivery and service businesses. The first two vehicles… Read more »

European Parliament to regulate carbon emissions of new heavy-duty trucks

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) recently adopted a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new heavy-duty trucks by 20 percent by 2025, and 35 percent by 2030. Manufacturers will also have to make sure vehicles with low and no emissions make up 5 percent of all sales by 2025, and 20 percent by… Read more »