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Groupe Renault launches stationary energy storage system using EV batteries

Groupe Renault has launched a stationary storage system for energy developed exclusively from EV batteries. Renault’s Advanced Battery Storage will eventually have a storage capacity of at least 60 MWh, provided by 2,000 EV batteries – equivalent to the daily consumption of 5,000 households. The first facilities will be developed in early 2019 at the… Read more »

Volvo to demonstrate electric trucks with an eye to commercialization in 2020

Volvo Trucks plans to introduce all-electric truck demonstrators in California next year, and commercialize them in North America in 2020. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $44.8 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project, which will involve 16 partners…. Read more »

Gilbarco Veeder-Root invests in charging manufacturer Tritium

Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a provider of technology for retail and commercial fueling operations (and a division of Fortive Corporation), has made a minority investment in charging manufacturer Tritium. DC fast charger manufacturer Tritium was established in 2001, and now has installations in 26 countries. Gilbarco Veeder-Root will sell all Tritium solutions, including Veefil-PK high power charging… Read more »

Heliox delivers multi-standard bus charging system to Luxembourg

Fleet EVSE manufacturer Heliox has delivered a multi-standard charging solution to Luxembourg bus operator Sales-Lentz. The new system allows electric buses from different manufacturers to charge with different interfaces. Vehicles using the Bus-Up and Oppcharge interfaces can charge with one Heliox OC charger, and automatically switch from one standard to the other. Heliox delivered a… Read more »

Continental’s thermal management solutions aim to increase EV range in cold temperatures

Automotive tech specialist Continental has introduced several thermal management (TM) technologies for increasing EV efficiency during summer and winter. This portfolio includes sensors, BLDC-driven pumps, hydraulics and valves. The company also produces smart lines and hoses paired with special sealing solutions. Continental claims that its systems can increase EV range by up to 25% in… Read more »

Zunum’s plug-in hybrid plane will use a turbine from Safran Helicopter Engines

Washington-based Zunum Aero is developing a plug-in hybrid aircraft, which it believes will revolutionize the regional short-haul air travel market. Now Zunum (profiled in the July/August 2017 issue of Charged) has announced that its ZA10 aircraft, which it plans to launch in the early 2020s, will use a turboshaft from Safran Helicopter Engines. Safran’s new… Read more »

EU Parliament votes for stronger emissions regulations, German automakers lobby for weaker rules

The European Parliament has voted to mandate a 20% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans in 2025 and a 40% reduction in 2030. The EU’s elected chamber rejected the European Commission’s more modest proposal of a 30% cut in 2030 compared to 2021 emission levels. The Parliament’s plan includes penalties for automakers… Read more »

Momentum Dynamics to deliver 200 kW wireless charging systems for Martha’s Vineyard buses

The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) has approved the purchase of high-power wireless charging systems from Momentum Dynamics to support electric transit buses.  VTA serves the community of Martha’s Vineyard, and is the first transit agency in Massachusetts to announce a plan to convert all its diesel buses to electric. Momentum Dynamics’ wireless charging systems will… Read more »