VW secures battery supplies to support major EV expansion

Volkswagen says it has lined up 20 billion euros ($25 billion) worth of battery supplies to support a significant increase in EV production over the next few years. The world’s largest automaker will equip 16 factories to produce EVs by the end of 2022, compared with the three it has today. VW says it plans… Read more »

FlixBus tests electric buses on long-distance European routes

FlixBus, which operates a network of long-distance buses in Europe, plans to test electric buses on some of its routes. Beginning in April, the first Flix-E-Bus will begin test operations on the route between Paris and Amiens, France. A second Flix-E-Bus will hit the road between Hessen and Baden-Württemberg, Germany, this summer. Long-distance buses are… Read more »

GM CEO Mary Barra: Congress should expand the federal EV tax credit

Mary Barra says GM plans to boost production of its Chevrolet Bolt in response to strong demand, and called on Congress to expand the federal EV tax credit. “We feel tax credits should be expanded so our customers continue to receive the benefit going forward,” Barra told an energy conference in Houston. “We believe in… Read more »

Workhorse reports 2017 earnings, receives $7-Million electric truck order

Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) has received a $7-million repeat order for all-electric delivery trucks, to be deployed by “a major delivery company in the San Diego area.” Workhorse all-electric trucks are powered by Panasonic batteries, and deliver a 100-mile range. According to Workhorse, its e-trucks can improve fuel efficiency from an average of 5.5 MPG… Read more »

E-bus maker Proterra orders 57 fast chargers from Tritium

US electric bus builder Proterra has placed an order with Australian EVSE manufacturer Tritium for 57 Veefil-RT 50 kW DC fast chargers.  The chargers will be manufactured at Tritium’s recently opened manufacturing facility in Torrance, California, and will be available to Proterra customers across the US. Tritium worked closely with the Proterra team to provide… Read more »

2018 Renault ZOE uses new electric motor

Renault’s 2018 ZOE uses a brand new electric motor. The R110 motor is derived from the R90 motor, to which it is identical in both size and weight, but offers increased output of 80 kW. Renault attributed the extra output to a combination of electrical machine- and power electronics-related innovations, but provided no further details…. Read more »

Saft joins forces with European partners to develop advanced Li-ion and solid-state tech

Battery manufacturer Saft, a subsidiary of oil giant Total, has announced that it will join forces with a handful of European partners to form a development R&D partnership focused on creating cutting-edge batteries. Saft CEO Ghislain Lescuyer recognizes that “batteries are at the heart of the current technological revolution. Their development and production play a… Read more »