Tritium announces European expansion, opens EU HQ in The Netherlands

Australia-based EVSE manufacturer Tritium has opened a new European headquarters in Amsterdam. The facility will be the center for its European sales program, and will house a training and accreditation unit for technical service and customer support. It also has the capability to customize Tritium’s products to meet local market needs and specific customer requirements…. Read more »

UK government awards 30 million quid for V2G projects

The UK government is awarding almost £30 million ($41.5 million) to 21 vehicle-to-grid R&D projects, which will demonstrate how energy stored in EV batteries could be borrowed by the electricity system during peak hours. Led by EDF Energy, the V2GO program will be a large-scale demonstration of V2G charging in Oxford using 100 electric fleet… Read more »

Harley Davidson and Alta Motors to collaborate on electric motorcycle development

Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) has made an equity investment in Alta Motors, a maker of electric motorcycles and lightweight EV drivetrains. The two companies plan to collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development. Having testing the market with its LiveWire prototype in 2014, Harley recently announced that it would bring its first electric motorcycle… Read more »

Delphi announces combined inverter and DC/DC converter for Chinese market

Delphi Technologies plans to introduce what it says is the first combined inverter and DC/DC converter in China. The addition of these components is expected to create a more efficient and cost-effective way to deliver increased power density in a smaller and lighter package. The potential to deliver more efficient electric propulsion systems has already… Read more »

EVgo cuts prices for fast charging

Charging network operator EVgo has announced reduced and simplified pricing that goes into effect immediately. The new pricing policy offers two options: the Pay As You Go plan offers a per-minute rate with no additional session fees; the Membership plan has a $9.99/month fee and offers EVgo’s lowest per-minute rate. Pricing will vary by region…. Read more »

New software tool helps car buyers compare EVs with legacy vehicles

Consumers in seven Midwestern states seeking information about plug-in vehicles now have access to a new-vehicle purchase guidance tool created by Argonne National Laboratory. The consumer tool, called EVolution: Choices for a Smarter Purchase, is designed to help car buyers make informed decisions when purchasing a new vehicle. It starts with consumers’ purchase considerations, including… Read more »

New Li-ion battery sensor tech promises 5x faster charging

According to researchers at the University of Warwick (UK), a new testing technique they have developed shows that commercially available lithium-ion batteries can safely be charged up to five times faster than currently recommended. In a paper entitled “Understanding the limits of rapid charging using instrumented commercial 18650 high-energy Li-ion cells,” published in the journal Electrochimica… Read more »

eMotorWerks expands to Europe

eMotorWerks, the charging solution provider recently acquired by multinational utility Enel, has announced its expansion into Europe. The company has set up its European headquarters in Berlin, as well as offices in London and Paris. eMotorWerks has also secured CE certification for its line of smart-grid-integrated JuiceBox charging products, which complement Enel’s DC fast charging… Read more »

Market penetration of stop-start systems for light trucks doubled in 2017

Stop-start systems, which have been used in hybrid vehicles for almost 20 years, are now becoming common features on non-hybrid vehicles as well. According to the DOE, the market penetration of stop-start systems in non-hybrid passenger cars grew from 9.1% in 2016 to 14.2% in 2017, while their use in light trucks nearly doubled, reaching… Read more »