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FCA’s Toledo Machining Plant set to build Jeep Wrangler PHEV’s Power Electronics Module

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that its Toledo Machining plant will produce the Power Electronics module for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV, one of 30 vehicle nameplates to receive electrified solutions by 2022. The Power Electronics module includes both the Power Inverter Module and the Integrated Dual Charger Module (which contains the On-Board Charger and the… Read more »

Will GM’s executive reshuffle increase emphasis on EV infrastructure?

General Motors is restructuring the leadership of its global strategy and electrified vehicle units. Pam Fletcher, currently VP of Global Electric Vehicle Programs, will take over the newly created position of Vice President, Innovation, reporting directly to CEO Mary Barra. Ms. Fletcher previously reported to Doug Parks, VP of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs. Mr…. Read more »

Lucid Motors scores $1 billion investment from Saudi fund

Lucid Motors has executed a billion-dollar investment agreement with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF). Lucid plans to use the funding to complete engineering development and testing of its Lucid Air luxury sedan, finish building its Arizona factory and begin production. Silicon Valley-based Lucid Motors, which has a number of former Tesla execs… Read more »

NHTSA awards Tesla Model 3 perfect 5-star safety ratings in every category.

Following in the footsteps of its elder siblings, Tesla’s Model 3 has earned a perfect 5-star safety rating in every category from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA performs an extensive range of crash tests on all new vehicles, including frontal crash, side crash and rollover tests. Model 3 achieved the top score… Read more »

Revolve Technologies unveils new fuel cell range extender

UK-based Revolve Technologies has developed a new fuel cell technology using a printed circuit board (PCB) construction. The company says its PCB fuel cell stack will lower system costs, deliver reduced weight for a given power output and provide a more flexible form factor, compared with current systems. Revolve’s fuel cell range extender module is… Read more »

Proterra raises $155 million, will work with Daimler to electrify school buses

Electric bus maker Proterra, a company that we’ve often written about, has secured a new $155-million round of investment, co-led by Daimler (the exact amount Daimler invested has not been divulged). Along with the investment, Daimler and Proterra agreed to “explore the electrification of select Daimler heavy-duty vehicles. The first of these efforts will be… Read more »

New York state launches charging station rebate initiative

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $5 million in rebates is now available for the installation of charging stations at workplaces, office buildings, apartment buildings, and public locations such as theaters, malls, parks and retail stores. Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the new Charge Ready NY… Read more »

Solid Power announces $20 million in Series A funding

Colorado-based Solid Power, a manufacturer of all solid-state batteries (ASSB), has secured $20 million in a Series A investment round. Investors include Hyundai CRADLE, Samsung Venture Investment, Sanoh Industrial, Solvay Ventures, and A123 Systems. Solid Power will use the new funds to scale up production via a multi-MWh roll-to-roll facility, which is to be built… Read more »

Fleet electrification? What’s that? Amazon orders 20,000 fossil-powered vans

Delivery trucks are ideal candidates for electrification, and they deliver long-term cost savings as well as cleaner air and quieter operation. Major fleets around the world, including FedEx and USPS, are testing them. A few operators have already passed the pilot stage, and placed substantial orders: Deutsche Post designed and built its own electric delivery… Read more »

2019 Audi e-tron feels like the real thing

This time, it feels different. We long-suffering EV journalists have been snookered time and again – automakers have launched new EVs, and we’ve covered them with enthusiasm and optimism, only to be disappointed when the companies failed to market them, and turned them into low-volume compliance cars. Ford, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Kia, Audi and others have… Read more »