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XL produces plug-in hybrid Ford F-250 pickup

XL, a Boston-based manufacturer of electric fleet vehicles, unveiled a plug-in hybrid Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup truck at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. This hybrid F-250 joins XL’s XLP Ford F-150 that the company began shipping in 2018. XL reports that, on initial assessment, the XLP F-250 truck provides up to a… Read more »

UECC orders two hybrid battery/LNG car carrying ships

Shipping company United European Car Carriers (UECC) has signed a contract to construct two new Pure Car/Truck Carriers (PCTC) with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group. The vessels will be powered by a hybrid battery/liquefied natural gas (LNG) solution, and the first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021. Each vessel will have… Read more »

93% of EVs sold in 2018 used permanent magnet traction motors

Research firm Adamas Intelligence has reported that 93 percent of all passenger EVs sold in 2018 used permanent magnet (PM) traction motors, an increase of 1 percent from 2017. PM traction motors use neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets in the rotor, which spin the rotor in response to a rotating magnet field produced in… Read more »

VisIC publishes reference design for its GaN on-board charger

Israel-based VisIC Technologies, a manufacturer of gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor devices for the auto, data center and industrial markets, has published a reference design aimed at the EV industry for its on-board charger (OBC) that uses its GaN technology. The 6.7 kW OBC has a volume of 2.3 liters and weighs 4.5 kg, providing… Read more »

New Flyer introduces Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel cell bus

Bus manufacturer New Flyer has announced the Xcelsior CHARGE H2, a new hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty bus. The bus comes in 40-foot and 60-foot models, both of which have completed the Federal Transit Administration’s Model Bus Testing program in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The CHARGE H2 will have a range of up to 300 miles, with a… Read more »

Fisker teases electric SUV

Fisker Inc., the company Henrik Fisker started after the failure of the former Fisker Automotive, has announced that it plans to build “an affordable SUV powered by an enhanced +80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that pushes the limit – with a range of close to 300 miles.” Fisker’s ESUV will be available in a four-wheel… Read more »

ABB and Volvo to deploy six electric buses at UK’s Birmingham Airport

ABB is partnering with Volvo Bus and Birmingham Airport in the UK to launch a passenger transport service in and around the airport beginning in November 2019. The service will include six Volvo 7900e electric single-deck buses. The buses will be in operation 24/7, and each will be recharged en route using ABB’s OppCharge, an… Read more »

Phillips & Temro acquires EVoCharge

Phillips & Temro Industries, a US-based company that manufactures heating and cooling systems for trucks, EVs, and other vehicles, has acquired a majority stake in EVoCharge, a manufacturer of charging equipment and the EVoReel cable management system. EVoCharge CEO Josh Kiewic said, “Consumers and fleets evaluating new electric and hybrid technologies will have the benefit… Read more »

Canada announces new $5,000 EV incentive – but no Teslas need apply

The Canadian government has released a new budget that includes a $5,000 incentive for EV purchases (the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia already offer incentive programs, and so did Ontario, until a recently elected provincial government cancelled them). However, the price of eligible vehicles is limited to $45,000, which excludes all currently available Tesla… Read more »