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EV tech explained: What are the limiting factors of an EV’s regenerative braking force?

In many EVs, regenerative braking is limited by the manufacturer to a modest level, and usually offers little or no ability for the driver to adjust it (aside from the few cases in which regen is made proportional to the initial movement of the brake pedal). Is tepid regen braking the result of some sort… Read more »

Motorcyle maker Energica unveils fast charging station in Italy’s Dolomites

Energica, maker of the Eva and Ego electric superbikes, has unveiled its first branded fast charging station at Selva di Val Gardena, in the Dolomites region of Italy. The 50 kW Combo CCS fast charger is the first in a network that will cover roads loved by motorcyclists. Automakers and governments are installing chargers around… Read more »

Why is Tesla limiting the charging rate at Superchargers?

What’s this? Tesla is limiting my Supercharging rate, saying I’ve been fast-charging too often? It’s an outrage! I signed up for unlimited Supercharging forever! Splutter…argh..ack! ack! [falls backward, clutching at chest] Not so fast. Calm down and let Tesla explain. Yes, the vehicle software will limit the Supercharging rate for vehicles that have racked up… Read more »

Mitsubishi Electric develops ultra-compact SiC inverter for hybrids

Mitsubishi Electric has developed a working model of an ultra-compact silicon carbide (SiC) inverter for hybrid vehicles. The company believes it to be the world’s smallest SiC of its type, with a volume of only 5 liters. Mitsubishi also claims that the new inverter offers the world’s highest power density for two-motor hybrids: 86 kVA/L,… Read more »

MAN to test electric semitrailer trucks with 9 Austrian companies

MAN Truck & Bus will be testing a prototype electric semitrailer tractor unit with 9 of Austria’s largest logistics companies, in partnership with the Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL). The test vehicles, which have gross weights of 12 to 26 tons, will be used in medium and heavy distribution transport beginning at the end of… Read more »

Mitsubishi to supply 635 Outlander PHEVs to National Police of Ukraine

Mitsubishi will supply the National Police of Ukraine with 635 units of the Outlander PHEV, through its local importer and distributor. The vehicles are to be delivered around July. The deal stems from an emissions trading agreement between a number of Japanese companies and the Ukrainian government. This is the second time Mitsubishi has supplied… Read more »

California’s big three utilities submit proposals to increase access to EV infrastructure

January 20 was an important day for transportation electrification in California. That was the deadline for the state’s three major investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to submit applications for major upgrades to electric transportation infrastructure. California’s Senate Bill 350 (2015) requires the IOUs to establish programs that will increase “access to the use of electricity as a… Read more »

MIT researchers investigate mechanics of sulfide-based solid electrolyte material

IMAGE: Using specialized equipment, a team from MIT  did tests in which they used a pyramidal-tipped probe to indent the surface of a piece of the sulfide-based material. Surrounding the resulting indentation (seen at center), cracks were seen forming in the material (indicated by arrows), revealing details of its mechanical properties. Battery scientists are the world are exploring… Read more »

PG&E submits $253 million proposal to expand California EV infrastructure

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for seven EV infrastructure projects with a total budget of approximately $253 million. PG&E’s proposal addresses three areas: Expanding electrification for fleets with medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including school buses, transit agencies and delivery fleets. PG&E’s five-year, $211-million… 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 »