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EV Connect closes $8-million financing round

EV Connect, a provider of charging solutions including a cloud-based network management platform, has closed an $8-million financing round, led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund. The company will use the new funds to accelerate the deployment of its EV Cloud management platform in the US, advance its integration with utility grid systems and expand into new… Read more »

GreenPower’s electric double-decker buses serving Canadian cruise terminal

Double-decker buses are going electric, and not only in London. CVS Cruise Victoria has been using an EV550 electric double-decker from GreenPower Motor Company to transport tourists to and from the busy cruise ship terminal at Ogden Point in Victoria, British Columbia for almost two years. In February, the company added two more to its… Read more »

Ecovolta to build automated 200 MWh battery assembly plant in Switzerland

Swiss battery system and production specialist ecovolta (don’t kill us yet folks, the lowercase isn’t a typo) will build a 200 MWh battery pack assembly plant this September in the Swiss canton of Schwyz. The plant will use fully-automated processes to produce both prismatic and cylindrical batteries. The battery packs will have voltage levels ranging… Read more »

Tesla gives, and the German government takes away: Model S buyers must pay back €4,000 incentives

Are German Model S buyers eligible for the government’s €4,000 EV incentive? Well, it’s complicated. Back in 2016, when Germany introduced its current purchase incentive program, it excluded vehicles with a starting price over €60,000. The details of the program were negotiated by the government and German automakers, who are providing some of the funding…. Read more »

Exide and Leclanché launch JV to tackle India’s growing battery market

Exide Industries and Leclanché will participate in a joint venture aimed at providing batteries and power storage solutions for India’s EV and power grid needs. The JV will pair Leclanché’s Li-ion expertise with Exide’s brand recognition and sales network. Leclanché is a specialist in Li-ion battery production and battery management systems (BMS), while Exide is India’s… Read more »

NREL demonstrates wirelessly charged electric van

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a one-year demonstration of an -electric Zenith Motors van, modified to enable wireless charging. NREL is operating the vehicle in its employee shuttle fleet. “Under NREL’s direction, the shuttle was modified to incorporate Momentum Dynamics’ wireless-charging system – an addition that is enhancing our vehicle electrification and… Read more »

Hydro-Québec and US Army collaborate on 5 V 1.2 Ah cell technology

Researchers from Hydro-Québec and the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) used a new high-voltage cathode to produce what they say is the world’s first 5 V, 1.2 Ah Li-ion cell. According to ARL scientists Jan Allen and Richard Jow, who published their findings in the Journal of Power Sources, the cells enable higher energy densities and improved… Read more »

ITT Cannon supplies liquid-cooled 350 kW charging tech to Efacec

ITT’s Cannon brand has signed an extended contract with Portugal-based charger manufacturer Efacec Electric Mobility. The two companies have a long-standing partnership, and now Efacec plans to use Cannon’s High-Power Charging (HPC) solution, comprised of a connector, cable and cooling unit, to power highway charging stations in the US and Europe. Cannon’s liquid-cooled DC charging… Read more »

Foothill Transit deploys double-decker e-bus with Proterra battery packs

US e-bus builder Proterra and British bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis (ADI) are collaborating to produce an electric double-decker bus for California’s Foothill Transit. The new e-bus will enter service in 2019. Foothill Transit already has several Proterra buses in service, and plans to completely electrify its fleet by 2030. Alexander Dennis has been… Read more »

char.gy’s lamp post charging units: a solution to the on-street charging problem?

The problem of EV charging for drivers who rely on street parking (as do many apartment-dwellers in Europe and elsewhere) would seem to be a sticky one. But what if the solution were as close as the nearest streetlight? In 2017, German firm Ubitricity partnered with the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea to test… Read more »