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AMPECO raises $16 million for expansion of its EV charging management platform in the US 

EV charging management platform AMPECO has raised $16 million in venture capital investment after closing a $13-million Series A funding round led by BMW i Ventures. The round also included LAUNCHub Ventures, Cavalry Ventures and a number of angel investors.   The company offers a white-label, hardware-agnostic EV charging management platform...

Kaluza launches V2X trial with Volkswagen Group UK

Bidirectional charging and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) are two of the buzziest terms in the EV world these days—but the two aren’t quite the same thing. The former is an enabling technology for the latter, which is a package of applications that include using an EV as a backup power source and providing services to electric utilities for compensation....

Ebusco’s new lightweight 18-meter electric bus

Dutch electric bus and charging infrastructure manufacturer Ebusco has announced its new Ebusco 3.0 18-meter electric bus. The company has used lightweight composite materials to keep the 3.0 18-meter’s starting weight down to 14,500 kg (32,000 lbs). In combination with 350 and 500 kWh LFP battery packs, such a lightweight frame should give the...

DLR Institute leads project to research calcium-sulfur battery technology

DLR Stuttgart has announced that it will coordinate an effort to determine the potential of the so-called calcium-sulfur (Ca-S) battery as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The CaSino project, conducted by a consortium of five research institutions, two industrial companies and an industrial advisory board, is being funded with 3 million euros...

How to use location analytics to optimize your public EV charging strategy and business models

As the transition to EV accelerates, the opportunities for charging operators to invest and build public charging infrastructure remain boundless. This market is set to grow exponentially as retailers, gas station owners and convenience stores also take advantage and install charging onsite to attract customers and create new revenue...

Frito-Lay’s “sustainability showcase” features Tesla Semis, electric trucks, solar+storage

Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, is transforming its Modesto, California, facility into “a showcase for sustainable manufacturing, warehousing and distribution technologies.” The 80-acre, 500,000-square-foot Modesto site, one of Frito-Lay’s largest manufacturing facilities in the US, features several classes of EVs, along with on-site solar...

Fraunhofer’s EKODA project aims to develop circular value creation

German research organization Fraunhofer has announced the launch of its EKODA project, which focuses on the mobility industry with the aim of addressing issues such as resource scarcity, rising prices of raw materials and energy, supply chain disruptions, and waste disposal. Its goal is to swap conventional recycling for what it calls a circular economy....

Volkswagen and Enel X Way to deploy 3,000 high-power charging points in Italy

The Volkswagen Group and Enel X Way, the Enel Group’s company dedicated to electric mobility, have launched a joint venture called Ewiva, which aims to build a high-power charging (HPC) network of 3,000 charging points across Italy. At the moment, Ewiva boasts some 750 chargers, either in operation or awaiting activation, in 233 locations, and...

Automobili Estrema’s electric hypercar does 0-200 mph in 10 seconds

The area around Modena, Italy has a long history of producing some of the world’s most famous and prestigious cars. A new resident of this storied region is Automobili Estrema, which was founded in 2020 by industry veteran Gianfranco Pizzuto, and counts several other illustrious automotive professionals among its execs. For its first product,...

Infinitum unveils Aircore Mobility electric motor with PCB stator technology

Electric motor manufacturer Infinitum introduced its new electric traction and propulsion motor, Aircore Mobility, at CES 2023. Aircore Mobility is an axial flux propulsion and traction motor designed to power a wide range of electric vehicles. It’s engineered to operate with high efficiency over a wide range of speeds and load conditions, expanding...

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