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Financing fast chargers: Q&A with Fuji Electric’s Larry Butkovich

In March 2012, Fuji Electric Corporation of America announced plans to begin selling its DC fast charging stations in the US. At that time, the company had already deployed over 300 of its chargers in other markets around the world. The company’s international experience gave it practical insight into the challenges of the EV charging… Read more »

Fuel cells vs batteries for vehicle powertrains

Jeffrey Wishart, a Senior Project Engineer at Intertek, conducts research and development on products and services in the areas of energy, the environment, and advanced transportation. In addition to his supervisory position at Intertek, Dr. Wishart worked for several years at ETEC LABS (the research and consulting division of ECOtality) and at a utility company… Read more »

YASA Motors secures 5 million pounds in funding

UK-based YASA Motors has secured an additional £5 million in funding. The new equity finance has been raised from a combination of existing and new investors, and will be used to increase production capacity and to expand the company’s commercial activities. YASA manufactures a highly differentiated axial flux electric motor and generator based on its… Read more »

PowerGenix and Amperex partner to manufacture high-volume nickel-zinc batteries

PowerGenix, a developer of rechargeable nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Asian battery manufacturer Amperex Technology (ATL). ATL will become PowerGenix’s partner for the high-volume manufacturing of NiZn batteries. According to PowerGenix, nickel-zinc is the ideal chemistry for Stop-Start (or is it Start-Stop?) systems. Whatever you call it, the technology, which… Read more »

BMW i3 bares it all in LA

As BMW prepares to bring its new i3 to market in 2014, expectations are running high. The upscale city car fills a vacant niche in the market, and it embodies all the advantages of a pure EV. Equally important, the company seems committed to making the i3 a success in the marketplace, rather than taking… Read more »

Remy CEO moves to VIA as it ramps up production

VIA Motors has announced that John Weber, former CEO of motor manufacturer Remy, has been chosen as VIA’s new Chief Executive Officer. “John’s many years of experience as an auto industry manufacturer and his keen leadership skills make him a tremendous asset to VIA Motors as we ramp up production and work more closely with… Read more »

Scientists invent self-healing battery electrode

Researchers from Stanford University and the DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a battery electrode that heals itself, a very useful trick indeed. “Self-healing is very important for the survival and long lifetimes of animals and plants,” said Chao Wang, one of two principal authors of the paper, which appeared in the latest issue… Read more »