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Northvolt to build battery gigafactory in Sweden

Battery manufacturer Northvolt has announced a partnership with the two Swedish towns of Skellefteå and Västerås to establish a battery manufacturing facility. Skellefteå, part of a raw material and mining cluster in the north of Sweden, will be the location of Northvolt’s main production site, which will include material preparation, cell assembly and recycling. The… Read more »

Former Tesla production head offers insourcing insights

For years, automakers have been steadily outsourcing more and more of their manufacturing. Modern vehicles are assembled from parts made by suppliers all over the world, and in some cases, even the final assembly is done under contract by companies such as Magna and Valmet. Tesla has reversed this trend to a certain extent –… Read more »

VW developing electric racer for Pikes Peak 2018

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the Race to the Clouds, has been run since 1916. The course climbs 4,700 feet in just over 12 miles. This demanding race has become something of a showplace for electric racing – several EV startups have distinguished themselves there, including Lightning Motorcycles, Rimac and Faraday… Read more »

DOE to award up to $15 million for extreme fast charging

The DOE will award up to $15 million in a new funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0001808) to encourage the development of what it calls “extreme fast charging” (XFC). The objective is to develop technology that can recharge a battery in half the time of current fast charging systems. The new FOA includes two Areas of Interest: XFC… Read more »

Fastned wins 4-million-euro grant to build 25 fast charging stations

The German Ministry of Transport has awarded €4.1 million ($4.8 million) to network operator Fastned to support the buildout of 25 fast charging stations across Germany. Each station will include multiple chargers that can add more than 155 miles of range in 20 minutes. Fastned expects to open the first stations early next year. The… Read more »

ABB unveils smart charging solution for bus depots

ABB’s new HVC-Overnight Charging products are designed for overnight charging of larger fleet vehicles, such as buses. The HVC-Overnight Charger features a single compact power cabinet, paired with up to three charge boxes. The idea is that after the first vehicle has finished charging, the next will start automatically, maximizing vehicle availability and reducing installation… Read more »

New control strategy enhances battery performance in cold weather

Researchers at Penn State, with a colleague from EC Power, have devised a new control strategy that can rapidly restore EV battery power and permit full regeneration while driving at temperatures as low as -40° C. The strategy involves heating the battery internally during regenerative braking and rest periods. In “Rapid restoration of electric vehicle… Read more »

Volvo and Geely invest in Polestar, announce new plug-in vehicles for China

Volvo Cars and its owner, China-based Geely Holding, will jointly invest RMB 5 billion ($756 million) to support the initial phase of Volvo subsidiary Polestar’s development. Among other things, the funds will be used to establish a Polestar manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China. Polestar has revealed its first production model. The Polestar 1 is a… Read more »

Shell acquires Dutch charging network NewMotion

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy Dutch charging network operator NewMotion, which manages over 30,000 charging points in 25 European countries. Shell has already started to install fast charging stations at its branded retail locations in Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and the Philippines. Shell Recharge, which has been introduced in partnership with… Read more »