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Number of public chargers in Germany increases by 50% in 2019

The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) says that the number of public EV charging stations rose more than 50% from summer 2018 to summer 2019. Germany currently has 20,650 charging stations, up from 13,500 the previous year. Of those, 12% are rapid charging stations. The country now has more EVs on the… Read more »

California launches $40-million incentive program for zero-emission off-road freight

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is launching a $40-million program called the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), which is designed to aid in the purchase of zero-emission off-road freight technology. CORE will offer vouchers for buyers to offset the higher initial costs of zero-emission equipment, including the following: On- and off-road terminal… Read more »

Musashi invests in 3D-printed solid state battery startup KeraCel

Japanese auto and motorcycle parts maker Musashi Seimitsu has invested in KeraCel, a Silicon Valley-based company that is developing solid-state batteries using 3D printing technologies. KeraCel says its 3D printing can create safe, low-cost, compact and flexible solid-state batteries. The company plans to commercialize these technologies and products in the near future. This long-term partnership… Read more »

Ford’s collaboration with Rivian is just one of three paths to electrification

The American automakers’ plug-in programs may seem to have stalled, but both GM and Ford have exciting things bubbling beneath the surface, which are expected to burst forth sometime in the next couple of years. Ford has said it plans to invest $11.5 billion to introduce 40 electrified vehicles by 2022, of which 16 will… Read more »

Daimler and BAIC partner on second-life energy storage systems

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Energy and BAIC’s Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. will partner to establish second-life energy storage systems in China. The companies plan to set up the first second-life energy storage unit in Beijing, repurposing retired batteries from BAIC’s BJEV models. Gordon Gassmann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy, said, “The extension of regenerative and thus high-fluctuation energy… Read more »

Renesas’s new battery management IC maximizes range for hybrids and EVs

Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics has announced its fourth-generation Li-ion battery management integrated circuit (IC). The company says its new ISL78714 IC provides accurate cell voltage and temperature monitoring, cell balancing, and extensive system diagnostics to protect 14-cell Li-ion battery packs, all while maximizing drive time and range for hybrid and electric vehicles. The ISL78714… Read more »

BMW to bring wireless charging pilot program to US

BMW plans to bring its Induction Charging Pilot Program to the United States. The company launched the program in Germany in 2018. BMW’s Wireless Charging allows for automated charging via an induction GroundPad when a CarPad is fixed to the underside of the vehicle. The system has a charging power of 3.2 kW, which is… Read more »

Colorado adopts California zero-emissions vehicle mandate

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted 8-1 to approve the state’s adoption of the zero-emissions vehicle mandate. Colorado became the 10th state to join California’s ZEV program. According to the state’s Air Pollution Control Division (yes, this is a separate agency from the AQCC), automakers will be required to make ZEVs 4.9% of the… Read more »