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California Air Resources Board breaks ground on new headquarters

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently broke ground on its new Southern California headquarters. The 380,000-square-foot building will be home to one of the world’s largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities. The new headquarters will include light-, medium- and heavy-duty test cells, space for onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement… Read more »

California eHighway demonstration uses overhead lines to charge trucks en route

In June 2016, Siemens launched a pilot eHighway system in Sweden – two plug-in hybrid trucks performing en route charging via an overhead catenary. Now the company, in collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), is conducting a one-mile eHighway demonstration near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The catenary… Read more »

Chinese EV startup Nio raises $1 billion in new fundraising round

Chinese EV startup Nio, formerly known as NextEV, has raised more than $1 billion in its latest fundraising round, led by existing investor Tencent Holdings, bringing the firm’s valuation to about $5 billion, Reuters reports. Nio, which was founded by Chinese internet entrepreneur William Li in 2014, plans to launch its first production car –… Read more »

Kansas City airport deploys 4 BYD 30-foot electric buses

Kansas City International Airport has taken delivery of 4 BYD electric 30-foot coach buses, which will serve as parking lot shuttles, bringing passengers to the airport terminals. BYD built the e-buses at its Lancaster, California manufacturing facility, and customized them to include luggage racks for passenger use. BYD offers 7 electric coach and bus models,… Read more »

Mitsubishi demonstrates new V2G system in Amsterdam

Mitsubishi has implemented a new Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) pilot in Amsterdam, based on its Outlander PHEV. Partners in the project include smart charging specialist NewMotion, Dutch grid operator TenneT, and V2G developer Nuvve. For the demonstration, Mitsubishi will provide services for capacity reserve and balancing services, using NewMotion’s charging infrastructure and an Outlander PHEV linked to… Read more »

European auto trade group: EVs are only selling in rich countries with incentives

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published a new report that correlates the market uptake of plug-in vehicles in the EU countries with both GDP and government incentives. Unsurprisingly, ACEA’s data shows that EV uptake is far greater in the richer countries – the only European countries that have a plug-in market share above… Read more »

Mayors of 12 major cities pledge to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025

The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, pledging to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and to create substantial zero-emission zones in their cities by 2030. The signatories also pledged to procure zero-emission vehicles for city… Read more »

UK government invests $86 million in battery research institute

A consortium of 7 prominent UK universities will form the Faraday Battery Institute, a new £65-million ($86 million) institute for battery research and technology. The Institute will cooperate with industry partners to accelerate fundamental research to develop battery technologies. The Faraday Research Challenge is divided into 3 streams – research, innovation and scale-up – and… Read more »

Multiforce’s FuelForce EV fuel management system for electric fleet vehicles

Multiforce Systems provides automated fuel management systems that help fleet operators control fuel costs. Now the company has launched a new line specially designed for EVs. FuelForce EV offers energy management and control for fleets of plug-in vehicles. In collaboration with Cyber Switching, a power management company based in Silicon Valley, Multiforce has developed the… Read more »