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VW to shift to dealer agency model for EV sales

It’s no secret that auto dealerships are a major bottleneck for EV sales. Legacy automakers may cast an envious eye on Tesla’s direct-to-customer sales model, but they cannot practically (or legally) cut the dealers out of the equation. Now Volkswagen may have found a way to solve this dilemma, at least in Germany. VW has… Read more »

Swindon is taking orders for its new “crate” EV powertrain

Swindon Powertrain’s compact HPD 80 kW “crate” motor for EV conversions is now available to order from the company’s web site. The motor is suitable for OEMs, niche vehicle manufacturers, electric car conversion companies and home mechanics. Prices start at £6,400+VAT for the 80 kW motor, transmission and differential. Options for cooling, inverters and limited-slip… Read more »

California Energy Commission funds two lithium recovery projects in Salton Sea region

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $7.8 to two lithium recovery projects in the Salton Sea region, where high concentrations of the soft metal are found dissolved in the brine produced by geothermal hotspots. The Salton Sea Known Geothermal Area contains an estimated six million tons of recoverable lithium. However, there are significant barriers… Read more »

Momentum Fleet Management orders 900 Lordstown Endurance electric pickup trucks

Lordstown Motors aims to transform its Northeast Ohio home into Voltage Valley, a center of modern EV manufacturing. Now the company has secured an order for 900 Endurance electric pickup trucks from Ohio-based fleet management specialist Momentum Groups. Momentum specializes in corporate vehicles, from ordering to disposal, including purchase or lease financing options, fuel cards,… Read more »

Delta-Q’s new RQ350 EV battery charger

Delta-Q Technologies has introduced its latest charger: the RQ350 for EVs and industrial machines. Building on its history of IC-series chargers rated from 650 to 1,200 watts, Delta-Q has set its sights on lower-power applications with its new 350-watt charger. The company says the new build was designed and tested to meet automotive levels of… Read more »

DOE to award up to $30 million for critical materials technologies

The US DOE has announced up to $30 million in funding for R&D that focuses on extraction, separation, processing, validation and demonstration technologies for critical materials, including rare earth elements, which are essential to high-strength magnets used in EVs and wind turbines. The DOE is working toward reducing both the costs of critical materials and… Read more »

UL certifies Lumen Group’s wireless charging system

Product safety watchdog UL has certified Lumen Group’s wireless EV power transfer system to the UL 2750 standard (Outline of Investigation for Wireless Power Transfer Equipment for Electric Vehicles). The Lumen Freedom wireless power transfer system uses resonant inductive magnetic coupling between a ground-mounted transmitting pad and a vehicle-mounted receiving pad to charge with no… Read more »

Next EV hotspot: Alabama?

You may not think of Alabama as a center of the auto industry, but in fact, Mercedes-Benz opened an assembly plant in Tuscaloosa County back in 1993, and today Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and Mazda, as well as several Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, have operations in the Yellowhammer State. You may also think a… Read more »

Bloomberg’s new Electric Vehicle Outlook says sales of ICE vehicles peaked in 2017

BloombergNEF’s annual Electric Vehicle Outlook forecasts trends in electrification, shared mobility and autonomous driving. The 2020 edition predicts a promising long-term future for EVs, and makes a number of interesting predictions. The authors see little danger that EV adoption will be derailed by the current health crisis, saying that ongoing cost and technology improvements will… Read more »

OXIS Energy and Mercedes to build Li-S plant in Brazil

OXIS Energy and the Minas Gerais Development Company have signed a 15-year lease agreement with Mercedes Benz Brazil (MBB) to take possession of a plant located at the MBB manufacturing site in Juiz de Fora in southeast Brazil, to produce lithium-sulfur battery cells. NORDIKA Pharmaceutical of Brazil will undertake the design, engineering and machinery layout…. Read more »