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FastCharge research project evaluates tomorrow’s fast charging technologies

A consortium of firms, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, is working on a research project called FastCharge that aims to develop a charging system with significantly shortened charging times. German electrical engineering firm Phoenix Contact heads the consortium, which also includes BMW, Porsche, Siemens and charging operator Allego. The… Read more »

Workhorse’s plug-in pickup truck draws $300 million in pre-orders

Tesla isn’t the only company demonstrating pent-up demand for EVs. Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) says it has received $300 million worth of pre-orders for its W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup truck. CEO Stephen Burns told Autoblog that soliciting advance orders was part of the company’s strategy. “We couldn’t build it and hope [customers] came,” he said…. Read more »

California eHighway demonstration uses overhead lines to charge trucks en route

In June 2016, Siemens launched a pilot eHighway system in Sweden – two plug-in hybrid trucks performing en route charging via an overhead catenary. Now the company, in collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), is conducting a one-mile eHighway demonstration near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The catenary… Read more »

Volvo and Geely invest in Polestar, announce new plug-in vehicles for China

Volvo Cars and its owner, China-based Geely Holding, will jointly invest RMB 5 billion ($756 million) to support the initial phase of Volvo subsidiary Polestar’s development. Among other things, the funds will be used to establish a Polestar manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China. Polestar has revealed its first production model. The Polestar 1 is a… Read more »

ABB’s Autocharge enables charging with no card or app required

Most of the time, using a public charger is a pretty hassle-free experience, but electronics behemoth ABB has developed a way to make it even more convenient. The company’s new Autocharge feature allows a charge session to be automatically started by simply connecting the vehicle to the charger – no RFiD card or mobile app… Read more »

Continental says its AllCharge system will provide maximum power, no matter the charging station

Continental’s AllCharge is a technology that aims to provide a universal charging experience for EVs. The way it sets out to do this is simple, yet surprisingly unique: Instead of using purpose-built charging components, AllCharge makes use of the existing components of an EV’s electric powertrain to charge the vehicle. “Normally you have to swallow… Read more »

New plug-in Ford Transit van debuts in UK

Ford’s new plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van made its debut at the recent Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event in Millbrook, UK. Scheduled for volume production in 2019, the Transit Custom PHEV is expected to have a 31-mile electric range, and features Ford’s EcoBoost 1.0-liter gasoline engine as a range extender. The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack… Read more »

Dynamic wireless charging: What’s feasible? Q&A with Qualcomm’s Graeme Davison

Charged has been writing about Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology for several years. As far back as 2012, automakers have said they plan to include the technology on future EVs. While those plans have been delayed for a few different reasons – interoperability standards, uncertainty in the EV market, etc. – it now appears… Read more »

Renault Nissan Alliance cumulative plug-in sales nearing half a million

Cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles by the Renault Nissan Alliance (which also includes Mitsubishi and Dacia) reached 481,151 units in the first half of 2017. The top sellers are the Nissan LEAF and the Renault Zoe, which remains the top EV sold in Europe, followed by Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV. Sales of the PHEV versions of the… Read more »