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Seattle transit authority to order 73 Proterra buses, will acquire 120 electric buses by 2020

King County Metro Transit, which serves metro Seattle, has announced plans to acquire 120 battery-electric buses by 2020. Up to 73 of these will be ordered from Proterra, at a cost of up to $55 million. Eight of the buses are to go into service this year, and 12 more in 2019. In a pilot… Read more »

Bolloré launches BlueLA electric car sharing service in Los Angeles

The Bolloré Group, which operates all-electric car sharing services in Indianapolis and several European cities, plans to expand to Los Angeles. The new BlueLA service is scheduled to open in 2017. It will start off with 200 public charging points and 100 EVs. No details are on offer at this time, so we don’t know… Read more »

Sendyne’s new current and voltage sensor for EVs

Sendyne, a New York-based developer of sensing, modeling/simulation and control products, has introduced the SFP200MOD, a turnkey module designed specifically for the needs of EVs and energy storage systems. This newest automotive-grade member of Sendyne’s SFP family is capable of precisely measuring currents from mA to kA, while simultaneously measuring three high-voltage potentials (800 V… Read more »

More Gigafactory details: world’s largest rooftop solar array

At a recent event for investors, Tesla revealed some tantalizing details about its Nevada factory, which is now producing battery cells. The company is now calling the massive manufactory Gigafactory 1 (GF1), a hint of hopes to build similar facilities in Europe and/or China. Tesla has long planned to make this a fossil fuel-free facility…. Read more »

Irizar e-mobility lands contract for 18 articulated electric buses

Irizar e-mobility, the newly formed electromobility division of Basque coach builder the Irizar Group, has won a contract with a French transit authority to provide 18 of its i2e 18-meter articulated electric buses, together with charging infrastructure. The Agglomeration of the Basque-Adour Coast in France plans to create two completely electric lines, featuring dedicated bus… Read more »

After owner outcry, Tesla reverses decision to limit Model S Launch Mode

Many Tesla owners rave (in a good way) about the over-the-air software updates that the company uses to add new features or fix bugs. However, some were less pleased when Tesla used over-the-air capability to limit an existing feature called Launch Mode. Launch Mode is an electronic system that helps the driver to achieve maximum… Read more »

Huawei develops graphene-assisted high-temperature Li-ion batteries

Researchers at Huawei’s Watt Laboratory have unveiled a graphene-assisted Li-ion battery that can withstand high temperatures and offers a long lifespan. According to the researchers, their new technology allows Li-ion batteries to function at temperatures up to 60˚ C (140˚ F), 10˚ C higher than the current upper limit. The lifespan of the graphene-assisted batteries… Read more »

Romania’s new government to increase EV purchase incentive to 10,000 euros

  Romania’s Social Democratic Party plans to extend the existing Rabla program of EV incentives to 2020, and increase the value of the purchase incentive to 10,000 euros for each EV. The Rabla program, which was launched last year, currently provides vouchers worth 1,100 euros for the purchase of a hybrid and up to 6,000… Read more »

German Environment Minister prefers a Model S

It’s not unusual for government officials to drive EVs. Elected officials in Norway, Switzerland, the US and several other countries proudly drive on electrons. Even the USA’s Climate Change Denier-in-Chief reportedly owns a Model S. However, when the Environment Minister for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia bought a Tesla Model S as his official… Read more »

Efficient Drivetrains expands California facility to support 5,000 drivetrains per year

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a provider of hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, will be moving its Dixon, California vehicle engineering and support operations into a new 10,000-square-foot space in February. The expansion will support the manufacturing of up to 5,000 drivetrains annually, as well as large numbers of vehicle engineering and upfit projects. The company… Read more »