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EVgo turns up the heat with 350 kW public charging station

The coming generation of longer-range EVs will require faster charging, and network operator EVgo isn’t waiting around – the company has broken ground on a public charging station capable of charging at up to 350 kW, which the company says is seven times faster than any fast chargers currently available. The new high-power charging station… Read more »

XL Hybrids to launch PHEV pickup truck retrofit package in 2017

Boston-based XL Hybrids has announced the launch of its new XLP product line, a ship-thru upfit for half-ton pickup trucks that the company says will deliver a 50 percent improvement in fuel economy. The new XLP solution will build on the company’s existing XL3 hybrid powertrain, which was introduced in 2013, and has logged over… Read more »

ITT Cannon introduces new fast charging hardware to the next generation of EVs

The future of the EV industry is bright. We’re losing count of all the planned EVs that automakers have in the pipeline. And it seems increasingly likely that they will follow through with those plans. If there’s one thing everyone agrees on, it’s that all EVs in the near future will have a range of… Read more »

Researchers complete bench testing to validate SAE wireless charging standard

Researchers from Idaho National Laboratory (INL), along with the DOE and several automotive companies, have completed bench testing to support SAE Technical Information Report (TIR) J2954, a guideline for wireless charging that was published earlier this year. The SAE’s TIR J2954 is designed to ensure the performance and safety of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) systems,… Read more »

VW to provide $2 billion for ZEV infrastructure, drawing criticism and praise from insiders

By now, the main events in Volkswagen’s dirty diesel scandal are familiar to Charged readers. For years, the world’s second-largest automaker opted not to produce hybrids or EVs, instead relying on “clean diesel” to meet government-mandated emissions standards. In 2015, scientists at the International Council on Clean Transportation were puzzled to find that they couldn’t… Read more »

Elon Musk named to president-elect Trump’s advisory team

As promised, the US president-elect is nothing if not unpredictable. Shortly after naming various oil industry insiders and science deniers to his cabinet, he not only invited fearless fossil fuel foe Elon Musk to a meeting of tech titans, but also announced that Musk will be on the president’s Strategic and Policy Team, a group… Read more »

I tried to power three EVs with solar panels

It’s a compelling vision of the future: empowered consumers generating their own clean electricity to power their state-of-the-art EVs. But is it practical today? Popular Mechanics writer Ezra Dyer set out to find out. Dyer installed a rooftop solar array consisting of 24 310-watt LG panels, with a nominal capacity of 7.4 kilowatts. The system… Read more »

Nikola unveils Class 8 hydrogen-electric truck (Updated: Company unveiling video)

Nikola Motor Company, named for a certain Serbian-American inventor, recently unveiled its Nikola One electric semi-truck at its Salt Lake City headquarters. The Nikola One has an electric drivetrain powered by lithium batteries, as well as a hydrogen fuel cell. It has a range of 800-1,200 miles, and delivers over 1,000 hp and 2,000 ft-lbs… Read more »

Chinese production EV to use BorgWarner’s integrated electric drive module

BorgWarner’s electric drive module (eDM) with integrated eGearDrive transmission will be used in two pure EVs from a major Chinese automaker. Production is expected to begin in summer 2017. BorgWarner’s eDM provides primary or secondary propulsion for pure electric or P4-type hybrid vehicles. The electric motor and transmission are integrated into one housing, making installation… Read more »