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Nebraska’s StarTran buys 10 New Flyer electric buses

Lincoln, Nebraska’s StarTran Bus Service has ordered 10 New Flyer electric buses. The purchase of the 35-foot Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses was made possible by $4.05 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration. Compared to a traditional clean diesel bus, each 35-foot Xcelsior CHARGE is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100-160… Read more »

New research suggests fluorine-based electrolyte enhances lithium metal battery stability

Scientists at the Ulsan National Institute for Science and Technology (UNIST), led by Professors Nam-Soon Choi and Sang Kyu Kwak, have developed a fluorine-based electrolyte for lithium metal batteries with Ni-rich NCM cathodes. According to their paper, published in Nano Energy, the electrolyte evenly formed a protective film on the negative and positive electrodes, increasing… Read more »

Henkel and Covestro develop adhesive solutions for efficient Li-ion cell assembly

With the aim of lowering the cost of battery manufacturing, Henkel and Covestro have developed a joint solution that enables the efficient fixation of cylindrical Li-ion battery cells inside a plastic cell holder. The design is based on a UV-curing adhesive from Henkel and a UV-transparent polycarbonate blend from Covestro. Henkel’s Loctite AA 3963 battery… Read more »

Daimler launches charging infrastructure program for electric trucks

The E-Mobility Group of Daimler Trucks & Buses is launching an initiative to develop a charging infrastructure for electric trucks. The eTruck Charging Initiative will begin by focusing on charging stations at the depots of truck customers in the US and Europe. The Japanese market will follow. The initiative will bring together e-truck customers, power… Read more »

Electrify America invests $2 million in Envision Solar infrastructure

Electrify America will invest $2 million in solar-powered EV charging stations from San Diego-based Envision Solar. Envision’s EV ARC 2020 charger is equipped with a 4.28 kW sun-tracking solar array, 32 kWh of on-board battery storage, and two Electrify America Level 2 chargers capable of charging speeds up to 6 kW. The EV ARC 2020 is designed to… Read more »

Digatron launches new lithium pouch cell assembly division in Italy

Digatron Power Electronics recently created a mechanical division called Digatron Systems. Located in Italy, the unit will concentrate on lithium pouch cell assembly equipment, offering one-stop solutions to battery producers.  Digatron Systems aims to provide a fusion between mechanical and electronics technology to offer battery manufacturers tailored solutions for cell production, formation, and module assembly…. Read more »

Kenworth and Meritor partner on electric powertrains

Truck maker Kenworth will partner with Meritor on the development of an electric powertrain for Class 8 Kenworth T680E EVs. Offering an operating range of between 100 and 150 miles, the vehicle will be a short-hood day cab in 4×2- and 6×2-axle configurations, as well as a 6×4-axle straight truck. Kenworth General Manager Kevin Baney… Read more »

Latest NVH Simulator expands EV sound and vibration modeling ability

Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement has released version 2019.1 of its NVH Simulator. The release expands the ability to model electric and hybrid vehicles, along with over 200 other improvements and enhancements. Dave Bogema, Product Manager with Brüel & Kjær, explains: “One of the challenges associated with electric vehicle sound is the phenomena… Read more »

Bakery giant Bimbo to build 1,000 electric trucks per year

The dynamics of the commercial vehicle market are very different from those of the fashion-driven passenger vehicle market. When it comes to electric trucks, it’s fleet buyers who are taking the initiative, from Germany’s Deutsche Post to Amazon to UPS. Now the bakery giant Grupo Bimbo has announced plans to build its own EVs. Mexico… Read more »