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NIO’s Battery as a Service (BaaS) brings down up-front EV costs, allows battery upgrades

Battery leasing has often been proposed as a way to bring down the up-front cost of an EV, and to allay consumers’ fears about battery degradation. Chinese EV-maker NIO has embraced this concept, and launched Battery as a Service (BaaS) for customers in China. NIO BaaS users can purchase a car without owning the battery,… Read more »

Tarform’s electric motorcycle is built from recyclable and biodegradable materials

A Brooklyn-based startup is building electric motorcycles that are made from recyclable and natural biodegradable materials. “The idea was to create the motorcycle of tomorrow,” Tarform founder Taras Kravtchouk told the New York Times. “If you were to build a bike with sustainability in mind, what principles would it be [based on]? Electric, but also… Read more »

Hitachi establishes new EV motor company

Hitachi Automotive Systems recently established a spinoff—Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems America—for the development, manufacture and sale of EV motors. The new company, led by President Shingo Nakamura, will utilize the existing 260,000 square-meter Hitachi office and manufacturing facilities in Berea City, Kentucky. Full production is expected to start in 2022, depending on the effects… Read more »

Proterra to supply battery tech to Australian bus manufacturer

In addition to manufacturing its own electric buses, Proterra licenses its powertrain technology under the brand name Proterra Powered. It has collaborated with OEMs such as Thomas Built Bus, Van Hool, Freightliner and Optimal Electric Vehicles to electrify their buses and other heavy-duty vehicles. Proterra’s newest partner is Bustech, a major Australian bus manufacturer. The… Read more »

Moscow’s fleet of 450 e-buses to grow to 2,600 by 2024

Electric buses are proliferating, many of them far beyond the expected early-adopting cities. Russia is hardly an EV hotspot, but there are already 450 electric buses on the streets of Moscow, running on 36 routes. The capital prides itself on having one of the largest e-bus fleets outside of China. Mosgortrans, the city’s major bus… Read more »

teamtechnik software applies Industry 4.0 optimization to End-of-Line EV system testing

End-of-Line (EOL) testing of EV powertrains now generates more data than ever, thanks to the ubiquity of smart sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  With a focus on testing and measurement, teamtechnik applies Industry 4.0 tools and techniques to optimize production and testing processes.  Sometimes called “the fourth industrial revolution,” Industry 4.0 expands… Read more »

GM to debut wireless EV battery management system

General Motors will use an almost completely wireless battery management system (wBMS)—the first of its kind, according to GM—for production EVs. This wireless system, developed with Analog Devices, will allow GM to power many types of EVs from a common set of battery components.   The wBMS is expected to drive GM’s Ultium-powered EVs to market… Read more »

VW’s ID.4 electric SUV will have towing capability; Elon Musk drives an ID.3, calls it “pretty good”

Volkswagen’s ID.3 is all very well, but we Americans are more excited about the ID.4, an electric SUV that’s slated to go on sale here in the US in late 2020 or early 2021. Production has started in Germany, and VW recently revealed some details of the interior. Now VW has released a new video… Read more »

Lucid Air unveiled – new electric luxury sedan to be delivered in spring 2021

In a year packed with new EV launches, few vehicles have been as eagerly anticipated as the Lucid Air. Lucid had already been around for over a decade when we profiled the company in our March/April 2018 issue. The company has built some impressive prototypes, including a converted delivery van that beat a Ferrari and… Read more »