Punch Powertrain acquires power electronics specialist Apojee

Belgium-based Punch Powertrain is acquiring France-based power electronics expert Apojee, which supplies inverters for Formula E, as well as components for OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in the German and French automotive industries. The Apojee acquisition adds a fourth European development center for Punch Powertrain, in addition to its existing facilities in Belgium, the Netherlands… Read more »

ClipperCreek’s new CP-50 hand-held EVSE tester

Charger manufacturer ClipperCreek has released a compact hand-held EVSE testing tool designed for installers, technicians and facilities maintenance personnel. The new CP-50, priced at $250, can be used to test a Level 1 or Level 2 EVSE installation without a vehicle present. It can function as a stand-alone device or in combination with a digital… Read more »

AVID Technology ships first EVO electric motors, secures £50 million in new orders

UK-based AVID Technology has begun shipping its EVO electric motors. AVID took over the design, manufacture and distribution of EVO motors from GKN Hybrid Power last year, and has now completely transferred production to its plant in Cramlington, Northumberland. Since the start of the year, AVID has secured over £50 million in new orders for… Read more »

Lithium Werks acquires Valence Technologies

Battery and portable power solutions group Lithium Werks has acquired substantially all the assets of Valence Technologies, including Valence’s proprietary lithium magnesium iron phosphate IP. Lithium Werks, which has subsidiaries in the US, Europe and China, intends to continue supplying its Valence Modules and Battery Management System to global energy storage customers, and to introduce… Read more »

Seattle mayor christens 156 new charging stations at municipal parking garage

Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan cut the ribbon on 156 new city-owned charging stations at the Seattle Municipal Tower parking garage. The new chargers join 32 existing ones to make one of the largest indoor charging facilities in the country. The new stations support the continuing electrification of the city’s fleet, which now includes more… Read more »

California car shoppers can now be preapproved for EV rebates

California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) is launching Rebate Now, a preapproved rebate program designed to make it easier and faster for California residents to lease or purchase EVs. The program will debut in San Diego and, if successful, will be applied statewide. Car shoppers can apply online and use Rebate Now at participating dealerships… Read more »

Chinese battery giant CATL aims to enter US market

Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) is hardly a household name to US EV advocates, but that could change if the company’s plans come to fruition. CATL, which was profiled last week by Bloomberg, was founded in 2011 and now sells more cells to EV-makers in China than any other firm. CATL hopes to raise $2… Read more »

Ionic Materials raises $65 million to develop its solid-state electrolyte

Ionic Materials has secured $65 million in a Series C financing round from investors in the battery manufacturing, consumer electronic and EV fields, who will be working with the company to speed the development of its solid polymer electrolyte battery material. “This funding round will allow us to add to our talented technical staff while… Read more »