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European fast charging networks work together to promote seamless electric travel

Five European fast charging networks have agreed to form the Open Fast Charging Alliance, which will enable roaming throughout a network of fast chargers all over Europe. The founding members are Fastned (Netherlands), Sodetrel (France), Smatrics (Austria), Grønn Kontakt (Norway) and GOtthard FASTcharge (Switzerland). Together, the alliance members own and operate more than 500 fast… Read more »

Rocket Man – Elon Musk In His Own Words (book review)

Like Einstein, Picasso and Muhammad Ali, Elon Musk is a great aphorist. His pithy sayings are continually quoted in contexts ranging far beyond the techie press. In fact, whole web sites (shitelonsays.com) have been devoted to the utterances of the Californic oracle. Not all those who do great things are good at explaining how they… Read more »

A123 Systems to supply Li-ion batteries for 48 V systems to GM’s Chinese JV

Automotive News China reports that battery maker A123 Systems won a contract worth approximately $1 billion to supply 2.6 million Li-ion batteries for 48 V systems to the SAIC-GM joint venture in China. A123 initially entered into a partnership with SAIC Motor in 2009 with the formation of a battery pack joint venture called Advanced… Read more »

Hitachi and Honda establish joint venture for EV motors

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Honda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a joint venture, with a capitalization of around 5 billion yen ($45 million), to develop and manufacture EV motors. Hitachi first started selling motors for electrified vehicles in 1999, and has since delivered “a high volume” of these motors to vehicle manufacturers… Read more »

Battery management system maker Dukosi lands £2 million in funding

Scottish battery management systems innovator Dukosi has secured £2 million in new investment funding, led by IP Group. Dukosi has developed a battery management system (BMS) that collects, processes and stores data directly at the cell. Using wireless technology, the system transmits real-time information on cell performance to support master-level control of the battery pack…. Read more »

Kokam introduces XPAND battery pack for electric buses and commercial vehicles

Battery-maker Kokam’s new XPAND battery pack is aimed at heavy vehicles such as electric buses, trams, trucks and other commercial and industrial EVs. The XPAND battery pack will be offered in two versions: the 7.1 kWh XMP71P and the 11.4 kWh XMP114E. Both are scalable to support EV applications from 7.1 kWh to 1.5 MWh… Read more »

ChargePoint raises $82 million for European expansion

ChargePoint, which operates a network of more than 33,000 independently owned charging spots, has secured $82 million in funding, the first part of a larger fundraising round led by Daimler. The new investment will support the expansion of the company’s charging network into Europe. BMW i Ventures and other existing investors also participated in the… Read more »