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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 »

Tesla reveals new dual-connector charging port

Tesla has unveiled a new charging port design for Models S and X, featuring dual connectors, which will initially be introduced only in China. The current charging port on Tesla vehicles features different connectors in different markets. In the US and Canada, it uses Tesla’s own proprietary connector; in Europe, it uses the standard Mennekes… Read more »

SF Motors acquires Martin Eberhard’s battery module startup InEVit

SF Motors, a Chinese-backed company with big plans to build next-generation EVs, has announced the acquisition of InEVit, a battery modularization startup headed by Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard. Eberhard was already working with SF Motors as a strategic advisor, and will now serve as Chief Innovation Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board. InEVit has… Read more »

AKASOL shows its new battery systems for e-buses

German battery builder AKASOL presented its new AKASYSTEM OEM battery system at the recent Busworld Europe trade show. AKASYSTEM OEM is a complete roof installation for commercial vehicles, including a chiller and other components. It features compact dimensions (150x700x1,700 mm) and a modular design. The new system integrates standardized PHEV battery modules from major manufacturers…. Read more »

Rumor: Tesla may use Magna to produce Model 3 in Europe

German media site Der Aktionär has reported (via InsideEVs) a rumor that Tesla is considering outsourcing European production of Model 3, possibly to Magna International, a global firm that provides parts to many OEMs, including Tesla, and in some cases even assembles complete vehicles under contract. Peter Haidenek, Finance Chairman of Tesla supplier Polytec, told… Read more »

Delta-Q expands family of lithium battery chargers for EVs and industrial machines

Delta-Q Technologies has introduced a new addition to its family of lithium battery chargers. The new ICL900 is a 900 W charger, designed to charge battery systems of any lithium-ion chemistry from 9 to 15 cells in series. The new charger is suitable for use on any electric machine, including scooters, floor care machines, lift… Read more »

Ricardo opens new power electronics and vehicle laboratories in California

Global engineering firm Ricardo sees Silicon Valley as the emerging capital of automotive technology and innovation, so it is expanding its Santa Clara Technical Center, investing in new power electronics and vehicle build facilities. The Santa Clara facility already serves Ricardo’s customers in California, such as Peloton Technology. “Improved driver safety is one of the… Read more »

Polish city to deploy 47 e-buses and citywide charging network

Public transport operator MZK in the Polish city of Zielona Góra is planning to electrify 47 buses – 60% of the city’s fleet – and has chosen local firm Ekoenergetyka-Polska to supply the charging infrastructure The 4-million-euro project is the biggest of its kind in Poland. MZK will deploy multi-output e-bus charging stations at 11… Read more »