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Wildcat Discovery granted patent for Li-ion electrolytes that improve performance of silicon anodes

Wildcat Discovery, a battery research company based in San Diego, has been granted a patent for the use of sulfolane-based electrolytes designed to improve the performance of Li-ion batteries containing silicon anodes. In 2013, the company was awarded a grant by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to develop new non-carbonate-based electrolytes… Read more »

Electrify America works with California NGOs to boost EV awareness in low-income communities

Electrify America (profiled in the July/August 2018 issue of Charged) has been making headlines for the comprehensive network of fast charging stations it’s building. But the company’s mission also includes increasing awareness of EVs, and trying to make them more accessible to disadvantaged and low-income communities. To that end, EA has announced a collaboration with… Read more »

Rivian reveals impressive electric pickup truck and SUV

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, pickup trucks are popular – they made up 16% of US auto sales in 2017 (per Trucks.com). If EVs are to move into the mainstream, somebody needs to produce a mass-market pickup. Startups Workhorse, Havelaar and Bollinger have pickups in the pipeline; Tesla has been talking; and Ford finally feels… Read more »

FedEx orders 1,000 Chanje electric vans

In one of the largest fleet orders of EVs to date, FedEx has ordered 1,000 electric vans from California EV startup Chanje. The delivery giant said it will buy 100 Chanje V8100 vans outright, and will lease the remaining 900 from fleet management specialist Ryder System, which Chanje has designated its exclusive sales channel and… Read more »

GM lays off 15% of workforce, kills Volt, promises more EV investment

Seldom has the future of an industry turned sour so quickly. US automakers have enjoyed several years of record profits, but the wild ride is coming to a screeching halt as global trends point to a future of reduced demand, curtailed product lines and the need to invest large sums in new technologies. As part… Read more »

ChargePoint CEO talks about Tesla Superchargers, wireless and the future of public charging

Pasquale Romano, the CEO of ChargePoint, one of the world’s largest charging networks, sat down with EV writer Jim Motavalli at the recent Web Summit conference for a wide-ranging interview. Romano discusses the accelerating growth of the EV market – in California, plug-ins now make up 5% of new-car sales, and in Silicon Valley it’s… Read more »

Kia and Hyundai to add solar roof panels to electric, hybrid and ICE vehicles

Kia and Hyundai plan to introduce solar roof charging technology on selected vehicles, including legacy ICE vehicles. Yes, you read that correctly. Solar panels will be incorporated into the roofs or hoods of vehicles, and Hyundai Motor Group claims this will increase fuel efficiency and/or range. The first generation of this technology, which is to… Read more »