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Sono Motors logs 10,000 preorders for Sion solar EV

Over a year before the vehicle’s production is scheduled to begin, German startup Sono Motors says it has received 10,000 preorders for its Sion SEV (solar electric vehicle). Most of the reservations have been made by private individuals, around 87 percent of them from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Sion features a liquid-cooled 35 kWh… Read more »

Elaphe begins production of new in-wheel hub motor

In-wheel electric motor manufacturer Elaphe Propulsion Technologies will begin low-volume production of the L1500, a new gearless in-wheel powertrain system, in the fourth quarter of 2019. The system features high torque, low weight, and a compact packaging fitted around standard knuckles and friction braking systems. The L1500 generates 1.500 Nm of torque and 110 kW… Read more »

Mullen Technologies’ Qiantu K50 EV to be built in Spokane facility

EV manufacturer Mullen Technologies has signed a Letter of Intent with the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority (PDA) to build a new manufacturing facility in Spokane County, Washington. The 1.3 million square foot facility will produce Mullen’s Qiantu K50 sports coupe EV. The facility will be built by the PDA and leased to… Read more »

Plugsurfing and EasyCharger Partner to Expand Charging Network in Spain

European EV charging network Plugsurfing has partnered with Spanish charging point operator EasyCharger to expand the Plugsurfing network in Spain. The Plugsurfing network currently has 333 charging points throughout Spain, which users can access through the Plugsurfing app. EasyCharger currently operates 10 charging stations with 40 charging points, which will be accessible through the Plugsurfing… Read more »

24M surpasses 250 Wh/kg on the road to 400+

Battery company 24M has announced that it has developed commercially viable Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) cells with an energy density above 250 Wh/kg. The company has also delivered similar NMC cells with an energy density above 280 Wh/kg to an industrial partner. 24M’s new NMC cells were built with the company’s SemiSolid lithium-ion battery design,… Read more »

Silicon Valley airport purchases 10 Proterra e-buses to replace CNG fleet

San José International Airport (SJC), which provides services for the Silicon Valley area, is purchasing a fleet of 10 Proterra e-buses to transport passengers between SJC’s parking lots, rental car center and terminals. Funded in part by a $5-million zero-emissions grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, the electric buses will replace the aging CNG fleet… Read more »

GROB prepares for EV boom with new R&D site and acquisition of Italian engineering company DMG meccanica

German machine and tool manufacturer GROB says it’s preparing for the rapid electrification of the car industry by developing manufacturing equipment for the mass production of EVs, specifically for motors and batteries. To speed up the development of its own equipment, GROB acquired Italian mechanical engineering company DMG meccanica in 2017, renaming it GROB Italy…. Read more »

Gore’s new battery pack evacuation vent combines a flexible membrane and waterproof design

Gore launched its new Low Pressure Evacuation Vent at a recent battery show. The company says the vent will help reduce the volume, weight, and cost of next-generation battery packs for EVs and hybrids. The vent combines a flexible membrane and waterproof design, which Gore said has benefits that include: A low opening pressure Management… Read more »

Cree to invest $1 billion to expand silicon carbide capacity

LED and semiconductor manufacturer Cree will invest up to $1 billion to expand its silicon carbide materials capability and wafer fabrication capacity. Slated for completion in 2024, the expansion will entail the development of an automated 200 mm silicon carbide fabrication facility and a materials factory in Durham, North Carolina. The plan includes the buildout… Read more »