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EU approves €3.2-billion project to create more sustainable Li-ion batteries

The European Commission recently approved a €3.2-billion research project focused on every level of the value chain of Li-ion batteries in the European market. The Commission designed the project to support the development of innovative technologies that improve charging time, battery life, safety and sustainability. The project participants will focus on four areas: Raw and… Read more »

Electrify America chargers coming to Bank of America financial centers

Electrify America will install 40 charging stations with a total of 140 chargers, at Bank of America financial centers in California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, and Massachusetts. The chargers will offer power levels ranging from 150 kW to 350 kW. The new stations are expected to be operational by the end of 2020…. Read more »

Rivian raises $1.3 billion in funding

Rivian, an automaker that revealed its prototype electric pickup and SUV in November 2018, has raised $1.3 billion in a recent funding round led by T. Rowe Price Associates. Amazon and Ford also participated in the funding round. Designed as all-terrain EVs, Rivian’s launch products, the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, are notable for their… Read more »

BAE to supply electric propulsion systems for buses in San Francisco’s “green zones”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has selected BAE Systems, a UK-based maker of hybrid and electric drive systems, to supply electric power and propulsion systems for the transit agency’s buses. BAE’s Series-ER system will operate on 68 SFMTA buses. San Francisco plans to create nine zero-emission “green zones” in densely populated neighborhoods throughout… Read more »

Tesla activates Trans-Canadian Supercharger route

This may not be as momentous an occasion as the 1869 opening of the Transcontinental Railroad – but almost. Tesla’s Trans-Canada Supercharger route, which has been under construction for over a year, is now operational, allowing Tesla drivers to take the northern route from coast to coast. Most of the locations are equipped with Tesla’s… Read more »

Nexeon acquires 24 patents for silicon anodes

Silicon anode specialist Nexeon has acquired three sets of patents relating to the use of silicon in lithium-ion battery anodes. The 24 patents cover the manufacture and use of nano-scale silicon particles, alone or combined with graphite, as well as methods for coating carbon particles with silicon using vapor deposition. The patents have global coverage,… Read more »

Gentherm and GM find microclimate comfort system reduces energy use up to 69% in cold weather

Gentherm, a developer of thermal management technologies, has published the results of a study it performed in partnership with GM to understand the real-world effectiveness of a ‘microclimate’ comfort system in reducing energy use in EVs. The study found that Gentherm’s ClimateSense microclimate comfort system increases driving range and energy savings. As part of the… Read more »

California to ban time-based billing for EV charging

California’s Office of Administrative Law has approved amendments to its Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems Specifications that will eventually ban public charging operators from billing by the minute in the state. The ban will apply to new Level 2 chargers beginning in 2021, and to new DC fast chargers beginning in 2023. Chargers installed before 2021… Read more »