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Ford to assemble next-gen EVs at plant in Valencia, Spain

Ford has chosen its plant in Valencia, Spain, as the site where it will assemble vehicles based on a next-generation EV platform. The company says production could begin “later this decade.” Ford is also moving forward with a $2-billion conversion of its Cologne Electrification Centre in Germany, which is scheduled to begin producing electric passenger… Read more »

California grant money going to diesel and natural gas vehicles, not EVs

As regular Charged readers know, California, which suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the US, has an alphabet soup of incentive and grant programs intended to promote adoption of zero-emission or low-emission commercial vehicles. However, many may be surprised to learn that a substantial amount of this grant money has been used… Read more »

Hyundai and Michelin to develop next-gen tires for EVs

Hyundai and Michelin have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop next-generation tires optimized for EVs. The agreement is a follow-up to a five-year partnership the companies formed in 2017 to jointly develop an exclusive tire for Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 and to carry out experiments related to tires. Over the next three years, the companies… Read more »

BASF introduces new color-stable plastic for EVs

BASF has introduced a new PA66 engineering plastic, which is designed for EVs. It’s part of the Ultramid product line. Ultramid A3U44G6 DC OR features high electrical insulation, flame retardancy and color stability. “High-voltage components are usually exposed to significant temperature fluctuations,” said BASF Manager of Product Development Tina Weller. “This repeatedly leads to strong discoloration… Read more »

BrightDrop delivers first 150 Electric Vehicle electric delivery vehicles to FedEx

FedEx has received its first 150 electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop, GM’s new commercial EV brand. The first 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s were delivered throughout Southern California to FedEx Express. Powered by the Ultium battery platform, the Zevo 600 is designed for last-mile deliveries. GM says the Zevo 600’s time to market has been the… Read more »

ABB E-mobility opens its largest DC fast charger production facility in Italy

ABB E-mobility has opened the company’s largest DC fast charger production site to date. The 16,000-square-meter E-mobility Centre of Excellence in Valdarno, Tuscany has an annual production capacity of more than 10,000 DC chargers. The company has invested some $30 million at the new site, where it will produce the full range of ABB DC… Read more »

NIO selects onsemi’s VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-gen EVs

Power and sensor technology company onsemi (formerly ON Semiconductor) has announced that NIO selected its VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-generation EVs. The SiC VE-Trac Direct is a 900 V power module with integrated single-side direct cooling that incorporates onsemi’s second-generation SiC MOSFET technology. onsemi says “An integrated pin fin baseplate enables direct… Read more »