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BMW Group invests 200 million euros in Battery Cell Competence Center

The BMW Group plans to consolidate its battery cell expertise at a new interdisciplinary competence center, which will open in early 2019. The company will invest a total of 200 million euros in the location over the next four years. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, BMW Board Member Klaus Fröhlich said, “We will be concentrating… Read more »

DC fast charging comes to Lebanon

French power solution provider DBT has installed what it says are the first DC chargers in Lebanon, in partnership with local petroleum group MEDCO. DBT has opened two 50 kW tri-standard chargers in Beirut, and will soon install two more. The new fast chargers are compatible with all EV models available in Lebanon, and can… Read more »

Efficient Drivetrains’ PowerDrive 8000 electrification kit for Class 8 trucks

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has expanded its PowerDrive product family to include a heavy-duty offering suitable for Class 8 vehicles. EDI will offer its PowerDrive 8000 series as an electrification kit and developer support program for OEMs looking to quickly bring heavy-duty electrified vehicle offerings to market. EDI’s medium-duty PowerDrive 6000 and 7000 series products… Read more »

Automakers’ fight against fuel efficiency is nothing new

As the world’s transportation system begins to make the transition to electric power, automakers (except for one) are being dragged into the future kicking and screaming by governments. To anyone familiar with the companies’ history, this should come as no surprise. A new article from the Union of Concerned Scientists recounts the industry’s long history… Read more »

175 kW charging station opens in Germany, 350 kW coming soon

Charging network operator Allego has deployed what it calls Europe’s first “ultra-fast” charging station, at Kleinostheim near Frankfurt, Germany. The station includes four charging points, each with a capacity of 175 kW using the CCS standard. The company told Charged that the CCS chargers are backwards compatible and there’s also a charger available that is suitable for… Read more »

New York FedEx service provider adds Workhorse electric van to fleet

Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) has announced that Colonial Routes, in Farmington, New York, is the first FedEx independent service provider (ISP) in the country to participate in Workhorse’s new nationwide program for FedEx Ground delivery vehicles. Workhorse’s new FedEx Ground vehicle program is now open to contractors nationwide. The company’s E-GEN and E-100 vans are… Read more »

Volkswagen coordinates EV platform strategy with suppliers

Volkswagen’s Board of Management recently held what it called an MEB Supplier Summit to discuss its new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), a platform that will be used for the company’s next generation of EVs, with key suppliers. “To date, more than 100 suppliers have already been nominated within the framework of our electric offensive,”… Read more »

New York Governor announces $3.5 million in R&D funding for EV-grid integration

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the availability of up to $3.5 million for R&D proposals to accelerate the use of EVs, reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations, and provide recommendations on how they can be used for grid resiliency. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)… Read more »

Swiss researchers develop prototype solid-state sodium battery

Researchers from Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have built a prototype solid-state battery based on sodium as an alternative to lithium. The scientists described their research in the journal Energy and Environmental Science. Using metallic lithium as an anode material would theoretically increase energy… Read more »

Belgian charging corridor installs Tritium fast chargers

Australian EVSE manufacturer Tritium has supplied 25 of its Veefil-RT 50 kW fast chargers for the Belgian stage of the EU’s UNIT-E fast-charging network. The new chargers are positioned along motorways, linking the country’s major cities. The goal of the UNIT-E project is to modernize transport infrastructure across the EU. The Belgian phase, which is… Read more »