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Workhorse orders 500 more electric powertrain systems from TM4

Powertrain provider TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, has received a new purchase order from Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) for 500 SUMO MD powertrain systems, following last year’s order of 150 systems. Workhorse will install the powertrains in its E-GEN and E-100 delivery trucks, destined for such customers as UPS and FedEx Express. The Workhorse E-100… Read more »

BMZ Group launches new center for battery innovations

The BMZ Group’s new E.Volution Center in Aschaffenburg, Germany will be an incubator for new energy storage technologies. The goal is to develop 200 new battery systems for various applications each year. BMZ specializes in lithium-ion battery technologies to replace lead batteries in products such as energy storage systems, E-bikes, buses, forklifts, E-boats, industrial trucks,… Read more »

New study: V2G may not degrade EV battery life – it might actually extend it

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology could turn the challenge of EVs’ power consumption into an opportunity, allowing vehicle batteries to help balance electrical grids and facilitate the use of renewable energy. Alas, a recent study from the University of Hawaii suggested that the additional cycling could harm battery performance. Now a study from the University of Warwick… Read more »

AKASOL Li-ion systems now powering Medatech’s underground mining equipment

Emissions in underground mining are not only a hazard to workers’ health – they are expensive to mitigate. Diesel-powered drilling, anchoring and transport machines produce exhaust gases that have to be siphoned off by large ventilation units via purpose-built shafts, a laborious and cost-intensive proposition. One solution is to rely on electrically powered machines, which… Read more »

Plug-in vehicles in China: 181,000 units sold in first half of 2017

China continues to be by far the world’s largest market for plug-in vehicles, or new energy vehicles (NEVs) as they are called there. In the first half of 2017, 181,200 plug-in passenger cars were delivered, almost exactly double the number sold in the US in the same period (89,256, according to InsideEVs). Reductions in central… Read more »

20 electric buses in 3 Canadian cities to demonstrate OppCharge protocol

The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is leading a pilot project in which at least 20 electric buses supplied by New Flyer and Nova Bus, along with 7 overhead chargers supplied by ABB and Siemens, will demonstrate the interoperability of the OppCharge protocol. The trial’s 18 consortium partners include manufacturers, utilities, transit… Read more »

Faraday Future leases new California factory

Faraday Future (FF) has signed a lease on a new manufacturing facility, and begun preparing the site for the installation of manufacturing equipment. The million-square-foot facility is in Hanford, California, strategically located between the country’s two largest EV markets, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. The current tenants will move out in late November, and FF… Read more »

ChargePoint expands US presence with new Arizona office

Charging network operator ChargePoint has expanded its service and support operations by opening a new office in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Scottsdale office will serve as the company’s center of global customer service and quality operations, managing and deploying support for North America while administering European support operations with direct regional support deployed in each country…. Read more »

Mazda exec reiterates lack of interest in EVs

Mazda is one of the few major automakers that currently makes no plug-in vehicles, although it has indicated that it would offer an EV in 2019 to meet ZEV regulations. A Mazda exec defended the company’s status-quo strategy at a recent Michigan trade group convention, saying that the “impending death of the internal combustion engine… Read more »