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Researchers claim their graphene “SuperBattery” achieves a 15-second charging time

Skeleton Technologies and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) say they have developed a graphene-based battery with a 15-second charging time, as well as charging cycles counted in the hundreds of thousands. The so-called SuperBattery’s key component is Skeleton’s patented Curved Graphene carbon material, which enables the high power and long lifetime of ultracapacitors to… Read more »

HORIBA launches new driving robot to increase test cycle efficiency

HORIBA has introduced an automatic driving system for vehicle testing. The company says its ADS EVO robotic driver improves vehicle testing efficiency by reducing the number of repeat tests, laboratory operating costs, overall test time and human errors.  The ADS EVO addresses changing industry needs for testing EVs, and complies with new emissions regulations such… Read more »

EIT InnoEnergy invests in in-wheel-drive maker Elaphe

EIT InnoEnergy has announced a €4.2-million investment in Elaphe Propulsion Technologies, a maker of EV in-wheel-drive technology. EIT InnoEnergy’s investment will serve as a springboard to secure further growth while giving Elaphe access to EIT’s sustainable energy and mobility innovation networks.  Elaphe says its fully modular platform combines the in-wheel powertrain with software capable of… Read more »

Report predicts shortages of rare earth materials in coming decades

A report by Adamas Intelligence suggests that over the next two decades, the supply side of the rare earth industry may not be able to keep up with rapidly growing demand for magnet rare earths such as neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium.  The report also predicts that, if the global industry continues its present trend… Read more »

Electrify America rolls out kilowatt-hour pricing in Florida and Virginia

Following California’s 2019 announcement of an eventual ban on time-based pricing for EV charging, the industry has been moving towards kilowatt-hour pricing, which many EV drivers consider to be fairer and more transparent. Electrify America updated its pricing structure in September to reflect the growing preference for kWh pricing, and now offers kWh pricing in… Read more »

Hexagon’s 100% EV initiative aims to accelerate EV development

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has launched a new strategic initiative to drive EV innovation.  The 100% EV initiative aims to enable rapid innovation by unifying fragmented development processes, bringing together previously siloed disciplines in order to unlock innovation and enable widespread adoption of EV technologies ahead of regulatory deadlines.  Hexagon says its design, engineering and manufacturing… Read more »

Blue Bird’s electric school buses now have V2G capability

Since it introduced electric school buses in 2018, the iconic yellow bus manufacturer Blue Bird (NASDAQ: BLBD), has seen a surge in demand. The majority of its e-buses have been sold in California, but they have been deployed all over the US. “With districts able to obtain grants and other financial assistance, [some] locations that… Read more »

New analytical model from Rice University helps fine-tune battery performance

Rice University engineers have devised a simpler and more efficient way to predict battery performance, which they claim is 100,000 times faster than current modeling techniques. The analytical model developed by materials scientist Ming Tang and graduate student Fan Wang of Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering doesn’t require complex numerical simulation to guide the… Read more »

Honda ditches diesels, plans to phase out gas-only cars in Europe in 2022

Honda has long been considered an electromobility laggard, but tightening emissions regulations in Europe are forcing its hand. According to The Times, Honda has brought its previously-announced 2025 deadline for phasing out non-hybrid cars in the European market forward by three years. “Honda has accelerated its plans for all its European mainstream car models to… Read more »

Continental wins award for connected tire concept

The Journey to Automation award presented by the European Rubber Journal (ERJ) has named Continental the Overall Winner in the award’s six categories, and the winner of the Tire Technology Award. The UK-based trade journal honored Continental for its Conti C.A.R.E. tire concept. Conti C.A.R.E. (Connected. Autonomous. Reliable. Electrification.) is a wheel/tire concept that uses… Read more »