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Letter from South America: electric buses rolling in Chile, Colombia and Ecuador

Electric buses are on a roll worldwide, thanks to their compelling economic and environmental benefits. South America, which is rapidly urbanizing, heavily dependent on bus transit and plagued by air pollution, is emerging as a major market for e-buses. According to Intelligent Transport, South American bus networks transport nearly 13 times more passengers than European… Read more »

Continuous Solutions upgrades its electric motor lab to military grade

Continuous Solutions, a Portland, Oregon-based engineering firm that specializes in the research and development of ultra high-efficiency electric motors, now functions with military grade environmental testing standard. The company has added a thermal chamber (-160º to 160º C), a dust-exposure chamber and a water-submersion testing tank to its laboratory. The facility has also added a… Read more »

Accell’s new 32-amp AxFAST portable EV charger

California-based electronics maker Accell has introduced a new portable charger, the AxFAST 3202, that doubles the amperage of its previous portable charger. The new device will be available in November. The AxFAST 3202, priced at $549.99, supports 240 V, 32-amp charging, delivering 7.68 kW of power. It weighs just 12 pounds and features a J1772… Read more »

Honda accelerates electrification plans for Europe, passes over US

The good news: global automakers are getting more serious about electrification, announcing numerous new models and planning massive investments. The bad news: the trend is increasingly bypassing the North American market, as many of the new EVs, including models from US automakers, are to be sold only in China or Europe. Honda recently underlined this… Read more »

Airbus invests in battery tech company Amprius

Airbus has invested in US-based battery technology company Amprius. Amprius will direct the funding to its new batteries based on silicon nanowire anode technology, supporting the development of higher-volume production capacity and higher energy density cells. Airbus aerospace programs such as Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo Satellite and Urban Air Mobility stand to benefit from improved… Read more »

BAE unveils next-gen drive system for transit buses

BAE Systems, a UK-based maker of hybrid and electric drive systems, has unveiled its next-generation electric power and drive system for transit buses. BAE says the new Series-EV system uses fewer, lighter, and more compact components, making it easier to install and reduce the need for future maintenance. The system’s light weight and reduced number… Read more »

Bel’s new inverter for commercial EV accessories

Bel Power Solutions has launched the 700INV60-120-240-9G, a DC-AC inverter for powering accessories on commercial electric and hybrid vehicles. The inverter converts a DC power source into split-phase AC power at 120/240 volts to power auxiliary equipment such as air conditioning. The 6-kW inverter has an efficiency of 93 percent, according to Bel, and can… Read more »

Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen talks EV design on Ride the Lightning podcast

It’s rare for any current Tesla exec whose name isn’t Musk to speak to the press, so Ryan McCaffrey pulled off a coup when he scored an interview with Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen for his Ride the Lightning podcast. Holzhausen, the designer of Models S, X, 3, Y and the Tesla Semi, discusses… Read more »

BMW i Ventures to invest in CelLink flexible circuit technology

BMW i Ventures plans to invest in CelLink, a San Carlos, California-based manufacturer of flexible circuit technology. The funding will support CelLink as it moves several projects into full-scale production. CelLink, which plans to continue to ramp production of large-area flexible circuits for power and data transmission in its first manufacturing facility through the end… Read more »