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Big River Steel to invest $1.2 billion in expansion, increasing electrical steel production

Steel production and recycling specialist Big River Steel will invest $1.2 billion in the expansion of its Arkansas Flex Mill facility, doubling its hot-rolled steel production capacity to 3.3 million tons per year. A key feature of this expansion will be the ability to produce higher grades of electrical steel, demand for which is expected to be… Read more »

Xalt launches expandable battery rack system, obtains DNV GL approval for marine use

Battery system specialist XALT Energy has unveiled its XRS XPAND Rack system, which combines the company’s XPAND Battery System with its proprietary battery management system (BMS). These products have received DNV GL Type Approvals, which means that they can be installed in vessels classified by maritime registrar DNV GL. The modular systems also show promise for… Read more »

Teardown specialist Sandy Munro: Tesla Model 3 should deliver 30% profit margin

Model 3 is rolling out of the factory and onto the roads, and so far owners are making happy noises. But can Tesla make a profit on its much-anticipated mass-market EV? The results of two recent teardowns suggest the answer is a resounding yes. Earlier this year, a group commissioned by German automakers dismantled several… Read more »

Nissan offers $3,000 LEAF discount to Duke Energy customers

Perhaps you’re tempted to upgrade to a new 2018 LEAF, but need a little extra sweetener to close the deal. If you’re a customer (or employee) of Duke Energy in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina or Florida, you may be eligible for a special incentive of $3,000 off MSRP. Nissan is offering the… Read more »

Ecotap and Allego to deploy 4,500 public chargers in the Netherlands

The Dutch provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel have awarded charger manufacturer Ecotap and charging solution provider Allego a contract to install and operate 4,500 public charging points in 43 cities. The new chargers will make the maximum possible use of sustainably generated energy from local energy coops, and will automatically reduce charging speeds during peak… Read more »

Letter from Switzerland: No EV incentives in sight

In Switzerland, it’s not just the Alpine meadows that are green: every corner of the country can be reached by public transport, solar panels are ubiquitous, and recycling programs are strong. When it comes to automobiles however, it’s a different story. The Swiss love their cars every bit as much as Americans do, and in… Read more »

ZapGo’s Carbon-Ion tech combines power density of supercapacitors and energy density of batteries

Williams Advanced Engineering has selected ZapGo, a spinout of Oxford University, to join a consortium working to develop next-generation battery systems for EVs (part of the UK government’s Faraday Battery Challenge). ZapGo’s Carbon-Ion technology, based on carbon nanomaterials including graphene, is intended to combine the power density of supercapacitors and the energy density of rechargeable… Read more »

Renault will invest over a billion euros to develop and produce EVs in France

Groupe Renault plans to invest more than €1 billion ($1.2 billion) in the development and production of plug-in vehicles in France. The company will: introduce a new Alliance electric platform in Douai to create a second EV production site; double production capacity for its ZOE EV, and launch a new ZOE at Flins; triple electric… Read more »

New thermoelectric superlattice doubles rate at which waste heat is converted to electricity

Researchers from Hokkaido University and colleagues in Japan and Taiwan have improved the ability to transform wasted heat into usable electricity by narrowing the space through which spread electrons move, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Currently, more than 60 percent of the energy produced by fossil fuels is lost as waste… Read more »