New Johnson Matthey plant will produce samples of eLNO battery material

Johnson Matthey is currently building a demonstration plant with a capacity of 1,000 metric tons to showcase its proprietary eLNO lithium nickel oxide battery material. The plant will be used for R&D and will also produce material samples. The company intends to use the facility to build its market presence and commercialize its eLNOs, which claim… Read more »

WVU creates research facility for rare-earth metal extraction from mining waste

West Virginia University (WVU) is currently building a research facility intended to develop rare earth metal recovery processes for acid mine sludge. The $3.38 million-dollar project will test the technological scalability of these recovery processes and develop US supply chains from acid mine sources and treatment. WVU will partner with Rockwell Automation, a sensor and control… Read more »

With new order for electric school buses, Motiv Power Systems sees East Coast opportunities

New York-based Educational Bus Transportation has purchased two new Trans Tech eSeries Type A school bus electric school buses featuring electric chassis from Motiv Power Systems. The company deployed one of the Motiv-powered e-buses in 2014. The market for electric school buses in California is already growing – Trans Tech delivered 13 electric buses to… Read more »

Xtalic materials extend charger connector life

Nanotech specialist Xtalic Corporation has created alloys and coatings that increase battery connector lifespans from 250 charge cycles to 10,000 at temperatures of 150° C and above. In order to do this, the company places certain elements in its primary material’s grain boundaries to create alloys with higher stabilities at various temperatures and accurately controlled… Read more »

Faraday Future’s FF 91 starts down the assembly line

EV startup Faraday Future (FF) has announced that the first complete body-in-white for its upcoming FF 91 luxury EV has initiated full-vehicle assembly at the company’s new factory in Hanford, California. FF 91, first introduced at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, has undergone over two years of validation testing. “It is honestly inspiring to see… Read more »

BYD sells 9 electric buses to Montreal and neighboring Longueuil

Montréal, Canada’s second-largest city, and the neighboring city of Longueuil have ordered nine electric buses from BYD. The Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) will purchase four 30-foot BYD buses, and the Réseau de Transport de Longueuil (RTL) is buying five. The new e-buses are expected to deliver a reduction in carbon emissions of more… Read more »

WattZilla’s drop-in replacement for obsolete PEP 1500 charging stations

LiquidSky Technologies has introduced a drop-in replacement solution for those with existing PEP 1500 charging stations. A simple adapter allows you to re-use the PEP 1500’s concrete bollard and mount a WattZilla Uno or Duo on top. The product is shipping now. “PEP Stations was an early manufacturer of EVSE,” WattZilla’s Frank Gangi explained to… Read more »

Seattle to deploy two BYD Class 8 electric refuse trucks

Seattle solid waste hauler (sorry, “resource recovery company”) Recology has ordered two electric refuse trucks from BYD. The two BYD 8R Class 8 trucks, fitted with New Way Viper Rear Loader refuse bodies, will serve customers in the City of Seattle, and are scheduled to be delivered in early 2019. “By combining the innovative design… Read more »