GreenPower receives order for two Synapse electric school buses

California’s Rialto Unified School District, which operates a fleet of 68 school buses serving 29 schools, has ordered two Synapse 72 electric school buses from GreenPower Motor Company, for delivery by the summer of 2018. GreenPower offers a range of electric buses with low-floor or high-floor bodies.  GreenPower’s e-bus is based on a clean-sheet design,… Read more »

Lilium hopes to make its VTOL electric jet an airborne Uber

EVs are taking to the skies. Startups Eviation and Zunum are working on electrified passenger aircraft. Electric truck maker Workhorse recently spun off a subsidiary that makes a personal octocopter. The latest plane play to hit the headlines is Lilium, which was founded in 2015, and raised $90 million in funding in September. Lilium’s aim… Read more »

Toyota develops new magnet cutting the use of rare earth element neodymium in electric motors

Scientists at Toyota have developed a new heat-resistant magnet that uses “significantly less” neodymium, a rare earth element commonly used in magnets for electric motors. Neodymium is critical for maintaining magnetization at high temperatures. The amount of neodymium in Toyota’s magnets has been reduced by up to 50 percent, partially replaced with lower-priced rare earths… Read more »

Japan may relax regulations to allow smaller gas stations to add EV charging

The Japanese government is considering a change to regulations that prevent many smaller gas stations from adding EV charging stations. Japan’s fire safety law regulates where gas stations can install electrical receptacles. Currently, charging stations must be at least 10 meters away from a fuel pump. For small gas stations, this may preclude the possibility… Read more »

Ruining it for everyone department: China cuts EV subsidies in response to fraud

Human nature would seem to be the same, East or West, and China’s rush to dole out generous EV subsidies has inspired a wave of fraud and abuse, some of it highly creative. A whimsical plan for a traffic-straddling electric tram fell apart amid a scandal that resulted in 32 arrests. In another case, companies… Read more »

How to take advantage of VW-funded transportation grant programs in your state

Volkswagen has finalized the last of three settlements with the US Department of Justice, part of the German automaker’s penance for its evasion of emissions regulations. Almost $3 billion of the settlement funds is being directed to the Environmental Mitigation Trust, which will fund state-level clean transportation grant programs. States are now in control of… Read more »

Increasing concentration of LiFSI salt suppresses dendrite formation

Lithium metal is considered an ideal anode material due to its exceptional charge and storage capability, but it has a tragic flaw: root-like growths called dendrites, which can lead to short-circuiting and spontaneous combustion. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have announced a breakthrough in their quest to solve the dendrite issue. In… Read more »