Turner Construction: Electrification is one of our most promising tools to reduce job site emissions

Turner Construction is the largest general contractor in the US, and it has a presence in 20 countries. Charged talked to Abby Roberts, Turner’s Sustainability Program Manager, to discuss the company’s goal of achieving net zero emissions on its job sites. Part of Turner’s strategy involves the use of electrified off-highway vehicles, and Roberts said… Read more »

Scania establishes truck depot EV charging company Erinion

Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania has announced the formation of Erinion, a new entity specializing in truck depot and destination EV charging stations. To facilitate the transition to electric fleets and help fulfill Scania’s aim for 50% of its European sales volume to be electric by 2030, plans call for the installation of a minimum… Read more »

Hofer Powertrain and ETH Zurich launch GaN multilevel inverter development project

Germany-headquartered EV powertrain manufacturer Hofer Powertrain has started a research project in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) to develop a three-level gallium nitride (GaN) traction inverter that uses adaptive gate drivers and enables lower switching losses.  The project is supported by funding from Innosuisse, the Swiss Agency of Innovation… Read more »

Ekoenergetyka obtains $182-million loan to finance growth in Europe

Polish EV charger manufacturer Ekoenergetyka has signed a $182-million loan agreement with Bank Pekao to finance increased production capacity to meet growing European demand. The company, which has launched a new production line for improved efficiency and product quality, plans to further automate the line by introducing industrial robots for some elements of production. Ekoenergetyka… Read more »

MOL and Volvo Penta conduct trials of an electric 4X4 RoRo tractor at Belgian port

MOL, a Belgian manufacturer of port handling equipment, and Volvo Penta, a marine and industrial engine manufacturer, have announced a partnership to conduct trials of the RME225, an electric 4X4 RoRo tractor, at the Port of Ghent, in collaboration with the port’s operator, logistics firm DFDS. The three partners aim to demonstrate a move away… Read more »

Blue Bird debuts electric step van

US school bus manufacturer Blue Bird has unveiled the operating prototype of an electric step van and underlying stripped chassis.  This prototype of the last-mile delivery commercial vehicle was built in collaboration with US electric truck manufacturer and fleet services provider Xos for the powertrain and US work truck body manufacturer Morgan Olson for the… Read more »

Factorial delivers B-samples of solid-state battery cells to Mercedes-Benz

US-based Factorial Energy, which is developing solid-state battery technology for EVs, has delivered B-samples of its 106+ Ah lithium-metal solid-state battery cells to Mercedes-Benz as part of the companies’ ongoing joint development agreement. The cells use Factorial’s Factorial Electrolyte System Technology (FEST) platform, which includes a lithium metal anode and delivers specific energy of 391… Read more »

Engineering AI platform Neural Concept raises $27 million in Series B funding

Switzerland-based Neural Concept, which is developing an engineering intelligence using 3D deep learning for product design, has raised $27 million in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Forestay Capital. Investment and technology development firm D. E. Shaw and existing investors Alven, CNB Capital, HTGF and Aster Group also participated. The round follows… Read more »