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Utility ENGIE to acquire charging provider EV-Box

EV-Box, a charging solution provider with over 40,000 stations in service, has agreed to be acquired by the French multinational electric utility ENGIE. Netherlands-based EV-Box sells charging stations, charging management software and services to business, public sector and residential customers. It has grown rapidly since 2014, expanding into Belgium, France, Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and… Read more »

Detroit Electric signs deal to manufacture electric SUVs in China

Detroit Electric, maker of the the SP:01 limited-edition electric two-seater, has formed a three-way joint venture with China Smarter Energy Group (CSE) and the China Yixing Environmental Technology Industrial Park Development Corporation (ES&TP) to manufacture electric SUVs in China. The new company, Emperor Electric Car, has a total investment of around $1.8 billion, and will… Read more »

Scania starts trials of battery-electric buses

Scania plans to make its first field tests of battery-electric buses in the northern Swedish city of Östersund. Three Scania Citywide LF buses will begin operations at the end of 2017, and an additional three buses will be added in early 2019. The e-buses will be operated by Norwegian firm Nettbuss. Scania presently offers a… Read more »

NEVS secures battery supplier for a quarter million Chinese EVs

Swedish/Chinese EV-builder NEVS has signed an agreement with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) to secure the battery supply for its new EV in the Chinese market. And what a market it is. NEVS has received from the Beijing auto leasing firm Panda New Energy for 250,000 EVs (for comparison, the total number of plug-in vehicles sold worldwide last… Read more »

California utility orders 500 Workhorse PHEV pickup trucks

Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) has received a Letter of Intent from Southern California Public Power Authority for 500 W-15 Plug-In Electric Pickup trucks. The Workhorse W-15 light-duty platform design is an extension of the E-Gen electric technology used in Workhorse medium-duty delivery trucks.  It uses Panasonic 18650 Li-ion battery cells, and is expected to offer… Read more »

The Tesla of lawn mowers

Electrification is coming to vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from buses to ferries to aircraft. The humble lawn mower is no exception – for a couple of years, your correspondent has been happily tending his humble brown patch with a battery-electric mower, and will never go back to gas. My Worx mower cost only… Read more »

Black Diamond Structures opens new battery testing facility in Texas

Black Diamond Structures, a manufacturer of nanomaterial products for the lead-acid and Li-on battery markets, has opened a new Battery Testing Laboratory in Austin, Texas. The new lab will provide comprehensive performance data on the company’s proprietary technology, Molecular Rebar. Black Diamond Structures is in various phases of testing and product commercialization with over 100… Read more »

Renault acquires commercial EV specialist PVI

Groupe Renault has acquired the French company Power Vehicle Innovation (PVI), which specializes in the conversion of commercial vehicles to electricity or natural gas. PVI worked with Renault on the development of the upcoming Renault Master Z.E. This large electric van, which was unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in January and is due to… Read more »