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Finnish electric powertrain company Visedo raises €20 million

Visedo, a Finnish manufacturer specializing in electric powertrains and components, has secured a financing package worth €20 million ($21 million) to support its international growth plans. Founded in 2009, Visedo specializes in electric powertrains and components for heavy-duty machinery, commercial vehicles and the marine industry. Its powertrains are suitable for hybrid and electric systems in… Read more »

Yet another EV startup: Rivian buys Illinois Mitsubishi plant

Another secretive startup, another web site with pix of smiling multicultural techies and vaguely-worded flights of eloquence about redefining the automobile. But now Rivian Automotive has taken a concrete step towards realizing its dreams, buying a 2.4-million-square-foot former Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois. According to county records, the company paid $2 million for the 500-acre… Read more »

Batteryuniversity has the tools to test the biggest batteries

German firm Batteryuniversity (BU) has introduced new test benches capable of testing the largest EV batteries. BU’s new 120 kilonewton shaker can handle a weight of 800 kg, and can test random profiles, sine sweep, superimposed sine and shock impulses. Frequency can be set between 5 and 2,500 hertz. A large low-pressure chamber (8x3x3 meters)… Read more »

London to phase out dirtiest diesel buses, unveils hydrogen bus

London Mayor Sadiq Khan recently presided at the unveiling of a hydrogen-powered double-decker bus, as he committed to phasing out the procurement of diesel buses. No more pure diesel (non-hybrid) double-decker buses will be added to the capital’s fleet from 2018, and all new single-deckers for central London will be zero-emission. London already has 79… Read more »

EVgo selects Driivz as IT service provider

Charging network EVgo, which operates over 800 DC fast chargers in 66 markets, has chosen Driivz, which has offices in California and Israel, as its preferred IT solutions service provider in North America. Driivz offers a cloud-based software platform that manages operations, user grid integration, billing and driver applications. According to the companies, the new… Read more »

Schaeffler acquires motor manufacturer Compact Dynamics

Automotive supplier Schaeffler has acquired 51% of the shares of electric motor manufacturer Compact Dynamics from SEMIKRON International. Schaeffler and SEMIKRON have also agreed to cooperate on the development of power electronics systems and the integration of power electronics components. Compact Dynamics, based in Starnberg, Germany, specializes in lightweight electric drive concepts in small volume… Read more »

DOE awards $18 million for plug-in work trucks, electric school buses and highway charging

The DOE has announced new awards of $18 million to five alternative fuel projects, four of them EV-related: Odyne Systems will receive $2.9 million to develop plug-in hybrid work trucks (class 7) that reduce fuel consumption by more than 50% and eliminate fuel consumption during stationary operations. Blue Bird Body Company will receive $4.9 million… Read more »

Cooled cable from HUBER+SUHNER allows for greater EV charging power

Charging power levels are heading upwards to accommodate longer EV ranges, and it’s becoming apparent that some sort of cooling system for charging cables will be needed. The Swiss firm HUBER+SUHNER has introduced a cable and connector with an integrated cooling system that allows high power throughput while keeping charging times below 20 minutes (to… Read more »

Dynexus licenses embedded battery diagnostic technology

The DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory has teamed with Colorado-based Dynexus Technology to develop a new battery diagnostic technology for the energy storage industry. Under an exclusive licensing agreement, Dynexus will commercialize INL’s embedded wideband impedance technology for analyzing and forecasting the health, aging and safety characteristics of batteries. The wideband impedance technique delivers in-depth diagnostic… Read more »

Proterra raises $140 million in Series 5 round

Electric bus manufacturer Proterra has raised $140 million in a Series 5 financing round. The company will use the new money to double its production capacity in order to meet exploding customer demand from transport authorities across the US. Proterra’s 2016 sales awards more than doubled from 2015. The new capital will allow Proterra to… Read more »