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GM and BMW Engineers team up to test SAE Combo Fast Charging

Engineers from GM and BMW have jointly tested several charging stations that use the new SAE Combo standard, charging pre-production versions of the BMW i3 and Chevrolet Spark EV. Equipment suppliers who participated in the testing include ABB, Aker Wade, Eaton and IES. “Our goal with this cooperation was to ensure that DC fast charging… Read more »

Bolloré Group to launch electric car share program in Indianapolis

The Bolloré Group plans to invest approximately $35 million to launch an all-electric car share program in Indianapolis early next year. The system will include 500 EVs and 1,200 charging stations at 200 car-share locations. “This program provides a great opportunity for downtown workers, residents and visitors to get around town in a car without… Read more »

Mitsubishi recalls Outlander PHEV to fix battery defects

Mitsubishi has recalled 4,313 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUVs and 115 iMiEVs in Japan, Reuters reported. It’s recalling the vehicles to fix a potential defect in their lithium-ion battery packs that the company identified last month. In April, Mitsubishi paused production of the Outlander PHEV, and some models of the iMiEV, after a battery fire at… Read more »

Japanese engineers develop heat-resistant electric aviation motor

The electric airplane has moved a step closer to reality, as Nippon Kayaku Co. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully developed a motor coil that can maintain its maximum power more than two times longer than a conventional model. One of the challenges in designing an electric aircraft is that it must maintain… Read more »

May plug-in sales: LEAF regains the lead, Volt and Model S battling for second

US plug-in sales set no new record in May, but the total of 7,554 units wasn’t too far behind the all-time monthly sales record of 8,559, set in December of 2012.

ABB announces flash charging electric bus pilot in Geneva

ABB has developed a new flash charging system for city buses, and is working with the city of Geneva’s public transport company and electric power utility SIG on a pilot project. The TOSA (Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation) will be deployed for the first time on a 135-passenger electric bus. The system enables onboard batteries to… Read more »