The comapny is developing what it calls a “parallel hybrid load assist retrofit package,” which it plans to demonstrate on a Ford 350 class 3 truck later this year.
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The realities of EV charging
Getting the most out of an electric vehicle requires an understanding of the charging basics. Two of the most common issues people ask me about are where to charge and how long charging takes. Often, people are concerned that charging stations aren’t on every corner the way gas stations are. On a recent trip, my… Read more »
IBM, Honda and PG&E team up to develop smart charging for EVs
The pilot system will let an EV receive and respond to charge instructions based on the grid condition and the vehicle’s battery state, so energy providers can manage charging during peak hours.
Illinois Tollway rolls out a fast-charging network
DC fast chargers went into service this week at four locations on the Illinois Tollway. The new charging stations, which can fill up an EV in under 30 minutes, are located at 7-Eleven stores at Tollway Oasis highway rest stops. The new towers of power were funded by the Chicago-Area EV Infrastructure Project, which… Read more »
ABB launches new DC fast charger
The charger, called the Terra Smart Connect, is a lower-priced option aimed at fleet operators, parking lots, rental companies, car dealerships and shopping malls.
Bright Automotive goes dark
Indiana-based EV start-up Bright Automotive will cease operations this week after failing to secure a federal loan to finance the production costs of its Idea plug-in hybrid delivery van. The Idea, which Bright unveiled back in 2009, is a purpose-built PHEV aimed at commercial and government fleets. GM had invested $5 million in Bright. Bright’s… Read more »
Johnson Controls to show new prismatic EV battery modules at Geneva Motor Show
Johnson Controls has made a couple of potentially major advances in EV battery technology, which it will be displaying at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. A Ford Transit Connect Electric van powered by a Johnson Controls lithium-ion battery will be available for test drives. Johnson’s new prismatic storage cells are designed to require less installation… Read more »
KLD Energy’s electric motor system named Edison Awards finalist
The yearly Edison Awards recognize new inventions and developments in a wide range of categories. Several EV-related products are finalists this year, including the Fisker Karma, the Ford Focus Electric, and Ecotality’s Blink Level 2 charger. Winners will be announced April 26. KLD Energy Technologies has a new electric motor system that was named as… Read more »
Auto analysts assess the future of EVs
A fleet of auto industry experts took a look in their crystal balls, and discussed their findings at the Automotive Megatrends conference in Dearborn, Michigan
Fisker falters, and the vultures gather
Another bundle of bad news for EV startup Fisker Automotive hit the wire on Monday, as the company announced that it has put Project Nina on hold, and laid off 66 workers.