Updated OpenADR communications standard helps utilities manage renewables and EV charging

The OpenADR Alliance has launched a new version of its OpenADR communications standard. OpenADR 3.0 is designed to help utilities, operators, aggregators and customers manage the growing range of distributed energy resources (DERs), which includes renewable generation, stationary energy storage, EV batteries and bidirectional EV charging stations. As an open standard, OpenADR is designed to… Read more »

Rivian launches leasing for R1T electric pickup truck in 14 states

Rivian has launched a leasing program for its R1T electric pickup truck for customers in selected US states. Customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington can now sign up to lease an R1T pickup from the automaker’s existing inventory. The $7,500 federal tax… Read more »

EPRI’s new groundbreaking grid planning tool for electric transportation (Webinar)

As part of EPRI’s EVS2Scale2030, eRoadMAP, is a first-of-its-kind interactive online resource intended to help effectively plan for the power and infrastructure needed to serve light-, medium-, and heavy-duty EVs. With data contributed from initiative collaborators such as Daimler Truck North America, Amazon and Volvo Group North America, the eRoadMAP tool offers fleet operators, auto… Read more »

Renault and Valeo develop new electric motor for EVs 

Carmaker Renault and equipment manufacturer Valeo in France are collaborating to create a new electric motor generation. E7A, the third generation of this motor, is in the prototype stage and will debut in 2027. Renault is contributing the rotor and Valeo the stator, and both companies are providing technology development and production expertise. Renault plans… Read more »

Circontrol’s next-generation Raption EV chargers feature 240 kW of power, new user-friendly features

EV charger manufacturer Circontrol has unveiled a new generation of its Raption Series EV chargers. At the Power2Drive event in Munich in June, the company presented its new Raption Compact 160, which offers 160 kW of DC charging power. The Raption Compact 240 (with 240 kW) has now been added to the lineup. Circontrol plans… Read more »

Asahi Kasei to expand coating capacity for lithium-ion battery separators

Japanese chemicals company Asahi Kasei will invest in additional equipment for coating Hipore lithium-ion battery (LIB) separators. From the first half of fiscal year 2026, Asahi Kasei LIB separator facilities in the US, Japan, and South Korea will start installing new coating lines. Hipore wet-process LIB separators from Asahi Kasei are polyolefin microporous base film… Read more »

Fluor wins engineering contract for industrial-scale sodium-ion battery plant

US-based engineering construction company Fluor has announced that its Advanced Technologies & Life Sciences business line has been selected by Swedish sodium-ion battery manufacturer Altris to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for an industrial-scale sodium-ion battery production facility in Sandviken, Sweden. Altris is a Swedish sodium-ion battery maker that develops cathodes, electrolytes, battery… Read more »

Rental companies account for a third of fossil cars sold in Norway

The future is here in Norway, where plug-in vehicles made up around 90% of total auto sales in August. However, the commercial segment of the market has fallen behind the times. Almost all individual drivers buy EVs, but a lot of fossil vehicles are still being sold to companies—particularly car rental agencies. From January to… Read more »

An open-source operating system for charging infrastructure: why one stack should charge them all (Webinar)

The e-mobility revolution is not just about driving fun with great electric vehicles. Just as important are the technology and software that make charging fun. The dilemma with charging and the charging infrastructure can be summarized briefly and concisely: There are too many obstacles caused by a lack of compatibility between the various providers and… Read more »

U.S. Steel pilots battery-electric locomotives

U.S. Steel has converted two of its diesel switcher locomotives at the Mon Valley Works’ Edgar Thomson and Clairton Plants to battery-electric drive. The locomotives travel within the facilities carrying steel, coke, scrap metal, iron ore and other materials. U.S. Steel invested some $2.3 million in the locomotives. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provided… Read more »