Toyota scientists observe lithium ions in their native electrolyte

Toyota has developed a new method for observing the behavior of lithium ions in an electrolyte during battery charging and discharging, making it possible to observe in real time the deviation of ions, which is one of the causes of deterioration in the performance of Li-ion batteries. It is already known that lithium ion deviation… Read more »

15 more Proterra electric buses to be deployed in the San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), supported by a grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), plans to purchase 15 Proterra Catalyst buses, 11 depot chargers, and 4 fast chargers. The new e-buses and infrastructure will be deployed at 5 different transit authorities in the Valley. The investment is intended not… Read more »

Fastned introduces intelligent trip planner for EV drivers

The Dutch charging network operator Fastned has launched a trip planner designed to help EV drivers plan the fastest route to their destination, including fast charging stops. The new navigation tool is available in mobile, tablet and desktop versions. The app features an algorithm developed specifically for Fastned fast charging stations. It calculates the optimal… Read more »

Tesla subsidies amount to a fraction of what the Big Three have received

Tesla has been the target of trolls, misinformation and fake news stories since its founding. Whole web sites are devoted to trumpeting the company’s failings, real and invented. Since the US presidential election, the torrent of tirades has kicked into high gear. The Institute for Energy Research, a think tank funded by oil and coal… Read more »

California passes quarter million EV milestone

The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC) announced that California’s 250,000th plug-in vehicle is likely to be sold this month. Since plug-ins first became available in 2010, consumer demand has slowly but steadily grown, and it’s expected to get a major boost soon, as a crop of 200-mile, $35,000 EVs goes on sale. “Just a few… Read more »

Chrysler reveals pricing and features for Pacifica PHEV

Chrysler is joining the plug-in party with a PHEV version of its popular Pacifica minivan. The 2017 Pacifica Hybrid has an estimated electric range of 30 miles, and fuel efficiency of 80 MPGe in city driving. LG Chem is supplying the 16 kWh Li-ion battery pack system and controls. The pack carries a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty…. Read more »

Heliox to fast-charge Volvo electric buses in Luxembourg

Luxembourg public transport operator Sales-Lentz has ordered three Heliox Fast Charge Systems with the OppCharge open interface to provide fast charging services at end-of-route stations for its four Volvo 7900 electric buses. The chargers will be delivered in the second quarter of 2017. Earlier this year, Volvo and Heliox, together with other vehicle and charger… Read more »

Consumer Reports blasts Tesla Model X

The honeymoon is over. Consumer Reports praised Tesla’s Model S to the skies in 2013, and again in 2014. Now however, the respected source of unbiased product reviews says that in spite of its “brag-worthy magic,” the Model X “largely disappoints.” CR praised the electric SUV’s performance: “Despite its 5,400-pound weight, the X has warp-speed… Read more »