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TE Connectivity announces new compact plug-in contactor for high-voltage applications

TE Connectivity has announced its new EVC 80 for hybrid and electric vehicles. The EVC 80’s crucial feature is its relatively low maximum amperage of 80 A, which allows it to be used as either a main or auxiliary contactor. Its compact design also features improved heat dissipation, and allows it to be used in… Read more »

Daimler forced to recall vehicles with diesel defeat devices

The German government has ordered Daimler to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany after they were found to be fitted with illegal software that conceals the true amount of emissions. Daimler said that some 774,000 diesel vehicles in Europe, including diesel versions of the Mercedes C-Class, Vito and GLC, contain “defeat devices,” and that it would… Read more »

CARB approves plan to invest $423 million from VW mitigation fund in zero-emission trucks, buses

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a plan to invest $423 million that the state will receive from the National VW Environmental Trust. The mitigation plan will invest primarily in zero-emission replacements for heavy-duty trucks, buses and equipment. There is also money to reduce emissions at freight facilities and marine projects, and for… Read more »

DOE: US plug-in vehicles consumed nearly 2 TWh of electricity in 2017

American drivers are plugging in, and they’re beginning to consume substantial amounts of electricity, according to new figures from the DOE. Plug-in vehicles in the US consumed 1.94 TWh of electricity in 2017 – nearly 100 times more than the measly 0.02 TWh consumed in 2011, says the DOE. Furthermore, the share of consumption from… Read more »

NewMotion expands European footprint, partnering with leasing firm Arval

Smart charging solution provider NewMotion, which currently has more than 30,000 private charge points across the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK, is expanding further into Europe in a new partnership with vehicle leasing firm Arval. Norway will be the next country to join NewMotion’s empire, followed by another four European countries in the second… Read more »

Electric autonomous container vessel to go into service in Norway

In 2017, fertilizer producer Yara announced a partnership with Kongsberg Maritime to build a fully autonomous, battery-electric container ship. Now Yara has made an agreement with cargo handling firm Kalmar, which will deliver equipment, software and services for a fully autonomous container handling solution at Yara’s Porsgrunn facility in Norway. All operations related to the… Read more »

Super B and Lithium Werks forge supply agreement to meet growing battery demand

Lithium Werks, a producer of Li-ion phosphate energy cells, and Super B, a specialist in lithium battery solutions, have agreed to work together to increase their overall battery production. The agreement calls for an expansion of Super B’s operations, including solutions for transportation and renewable energy needs, and a ramping-up of Lithium Werks’ nanophosphate cell… Read more »

Fiat Chrysler announces plans for 10 new EVs

You’ll never guess which of the Big Three just announced plans for 10 new EVs. Yes, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) plans to introduce the new models under its Jeep, Maserati, and Fiat brands within the next 4 years. Currently, Fiat’s only plug-ins are the e500, a compliance car that CEO Sergio Marchionne has asked customers not… Read more »

Even in the Nordic countries, car dealerships are a major barrier to EV adoption

It’s not really news that auto dealerships are a significant roadblock to wider EV adoption. A 2017 study found that most traditional dealers have few EVs in their inventory, and are unprepared to answer customers’ questions about EVs. In some cases, dealers actively discourage buyers from going electric. A new study from Aarhus University in… Read more »

BYTON raises $500 million in Series B funding, opens global headquarters in Nanjing

EV startup BYTON has concluded a Series B fundraising round, attracting a total of $500 million, which it will invest in mass production, R&D and product development. “The success of this funding round highlights how diversified strategic investors will further expand BYTON’s circle of friends and broaden our development opportunities,” said BYTON President and co-founder… Read more »