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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV: Chevy’s lowest-priced electric car gets a big brother

US drivers see the Bolt EUV as a larger, better-equipped version of Chevy’s first modern electric car. But the EUV first went into production last year in China—as a Buick. If it were a person, you might almost feel sorry for the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which was launched in February. It’s a brand-new vehicle,… Read more »

Infineon introduces SiC six-pack power module for EV traction inverters

Infineon Technologies has introduced a new automotive power module with CoolSiC MOSFET technology. At this year’s virtual PCIM trade show, Infineon will present the new HybridPACK Drive CoolSiC, a full-bridge module with a 1,200-volt blocking voltage optimized for EV traction inverters. The power module is based on the automotive CoolSiC trench MOSFET technology for high-power… Read more »

VW to enable bidirectional charging on all EVs on its MEB platform starting next year

Bidirectional charging is the technology of the hour. It enables vehicle-to-grid—or should we say, vehicle-to-anything (V2X)—applications, which promise to greatly facilitate the integration of EVs and renewable energy into the grid, to offer opportunities for fleets to offset their electrification costs, and to allow other handy capabilities, such as backup power. Now Volkswagen has given… Read more »

Lightyear closes $48-million funding round, aims to deliver solar-powered EV this year

Solar-powered cars, like flying cars, have long been a sci-fi staple, but thanks to ever-more-efficient PV panels, they could soon enter the realm of reality. Aptera says its upcoming EV will be able to incrementally charge from solar panels, and Hyundai/Kia has announced plans to add panels to certain models. Now the Dutch startup Lightyear,… Read more »

Heavy-duty electric trucks start to appear in fleets

Charged has been reporting on electric trucks for a decade, but the electrification of real-world fleets has been frustratingly slow, and several would-be e-truck builders have gone bust waiting for fleet operators to conduct years-long pilots. Now we’re finally starting to see some large orders. Will 2021 be the year of the electric truck? A… Read more »

High-voltage EV battery packs: benefits and challenges. More voltage, more better?

In 2020, Porsche delivered just over 20,000 units of its luxury Taycan EV—the first vehicle from a major automaker to sport an 800 V (nominal) battery, which is more than double the voltage of its competitors (and firmly into light-rail and switchyard locomotive territory, actually). It appears that many other EVs will soon follow in… Read more »

Refreshed Tesla Models S and X to ditch lead-acid for Li-ion 12 V battery

Elon Musk and Sandy Munro covered a lot of ground in their recent video chat, discussing a great number of advances and improvements to Tesla’s vehicles and manufacturing processes. Here’s just one tidbit that many may have overlooked: beginning with the upcoming Model S/X refresh, Tesla plans to abandon the century-old lead-acid battery technology in… Read more »

2022 GMC Hummer EV: the biggest, baddest, butchest EV to hit the market?

The news that General Motors would relaunch the infamous Hummer name—as an all-electric truck no less—broke a few days before the high-dollar, high-visibility 2020 Super Bowl ad that introduced that vehicle to the world. After a succession of carefully staged events for media and the public, we now know that the 2022 GMC Hummer EV… Read more »

EV manufacturer Arrival establishes North American HQ in Charlotte NC

British EV-maker Arrival plans to establish its North American headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company will add 150 new employees and invest $3 million in its new office complex in the trendy South End neighborhood. Arrival was founded in 2015, and has over 1,300 employees at sites in the UK, US, Germany, Netherlands, Israel,… Read more »

Toyota announces new EV platform, revamped version of fuel cell-powered Mirai

Toyota has announced that it will someday release a preview of a possible electric SUV for the European market. Details are “to be announced in the coming months.” The unnamed “preview model” will be based on Toyota’s new e-TNGA platform. The new platform is designed to be easily adaptable for a range of vehicle types—some… Read more »