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BorgWarner’s new high-voltage coolant heaters to appear in 2021 EVs

BorgWarner´s latest coolant heaters are expected to appear in 2021 on the next generation of passenger electric cars produced by global OEMs. The company has been chosen as a supplier for cabin heating and battery conditioning solutions for several high-volume vehicle programs.  “Our Battery and Cabin Heater has become the technology of choice for some… Read more »

Case’s electric backhoe has performance equivalent to a diesel at 10% of the operating cost

Yellow-machine builder Case has unveiled a new all-electric backhoe, which it claims performs as well as a diesel while saving up to 90% in operating costs. “The CASE 580 EV (electric vehicle) delivers backhoe power and performance equivalent to its diesel counterpart while also providing instant torque, lower jobsite noise, lower daily and lifetime operating… Read more »

Lilac Solutions to use novel technology to extract lithium from the Salton Sea

Beneath California’s Salton Sea lies a vast pool of super-heated fluid that’s long been exploited as a source of geothermal power. The underground reservoir is also rich in lithium, but over the years, so many companies have tried, and failed, to economically extract the light white stuff, that the area has been called a “graveyard… Read more »

Are EV drivers really costing states gas tax revenue?

US states have been on an EV-taxing spree over the last couple of years. Many states have established or increased annual taxes on EV ownership—including supposedly EV-friendly states like Oregon and Washington. Proponents of the tax increases invariably argue that they’re needed to make up for a growing shortfall in gas tax revenues (in an… Read more »

Blink deploys charging stations using local load management

Blink Charging has announced the installation of four EV charging stations utilizing local load management, which the company says is the first deployment of its kind. The configuration allows up to 20 charging stations to be deployed on a single circuit.  The design provides equal output to each charger based on the number of stations… Read more »

Tesla Fremont factory stays open, workers can stay home if they choose

As the San Francisco Bay Area goes into near-lockdown mode, Tesla’s manufacturing facility in Fremont will remain open. Alameda County’s “shelter-in-place” order makes exceptions for “essential businesses,” and a county spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that Tesla falls into this category. UPDATE: Tesla forced to shut down production at Fremont factory The Palo Alto-based… Read more »

Odawara expands machine build capability for EV stator systems

Odawara Automation, a manufacturer of motor winding and assembly systems, has increased its machine build capabilities to accommodate anticipated growth in the EV market. In January, Odawara expanded its Matsuda, Japan headquarters, adding 58,000 square feet of assembly area. This investment of $16 million complements a $40-million expansion investment that was completed in 2014. Source:… Read more »

Colorado to allow direct sales model—good news for Tesla and Rivian

The tedious and complicated war between Tesla and the auto dealers continues to drag on. At present, the country is a patchwork—some states explicitly allow Tesla’s direct sales model, some explicitly prohibit it, and in others some sort of compromise has been reached. Tesla recently won an important battle in Michigan, and now it appears… Read more »