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EconCore joins Audi and others to develop composite battery casings

Belgium-based EconCore has announced a partnership involving AZL, Audi and others to establish the potential of using composites for battery housings. This eight-month collaborative project will assess the technical challenges, opportunities and benefits of developing battery casings for EVs using a variety of materials, including thermoplastics.  ...

EVBox’s next-gen commercial EV charger arrives in North America

Charger manufacturer EVBox’s latest Level 2 commercial charging station has received UL certification, and is now available across North America. The new EVBox Iqon is designed for workplaces, parking facilities and public locations such as shopping centers and hotels. All EVBox chargers feature Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) interoperability,...

WRI scores grant from Bezos Earth Fund, hopes to electrify all US school buses by 2030

The Bezos Earth Fund has awarded a grant of $100 million, to be disbursed over a five-year period, to the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization, for two separate climate initiatives. The first project is to develop a satellite-based monitoring system to improve monitoring of changes in land use and associated carbon emissions....

IPG’s Turbine tech can use hydrogen and biofuels for off-grid EV chargers

Intelligent Power Generation (IPG) has secured a £1-million contract from Highways England (HE) to demonstrate its turbine technology for EV charging infrastructure. IPG’s Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology is designed to support EV charging in high-use and remote locations by using fossil fuels for grid-independent power generation.   ...

New report: growth of EU charging infrastructure not keeping pace with rising demand for EVs

A new report by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) finds that, despite strong growth, the available charging infrastructure for EVs in the EU still falls far below what is needed, and remains unevenly distributed across member states. The second edition of “Making the Transition to Zero-Emission Mobility,” an annual study...

MAHLE opens new test bench facility for electric drives

MAHLE has commissioned a test bench for electric drives near Stuttgart, Germany. This equipment will be used to develop and test e-axles and e-drive units for a wide range of EVs. The company has invested around €3 million in the new facility.  “With the commissioning of the test bench, MAHLE continues the targeted expansion of its global range...

Momentum Technologies licenses ORNL process to recover metals from batteries

Momentum Technologies, a Dallas-based materials science company focused on extracting critical metals from electronic waste, has licensed a process developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for recovering cobalt and other metals from spent Li-ion batteries. Several critical elements, such as cobalt, nickel, lithium and manganese,...

Hyundai to expand electrified line-up to 10 models by 2022

Automakers often issue very different, even contradictory, press releases for different audiences—for us EV journalists, they play up their plans for plug-in vehicles, while for the car mags they celebrate ever-more-gigantic SUVs. Hyundai recently announced plans for 12 new or updated SUVs, and vaguely hinted that one of them might be an electrified...

Volvo Trucks wins $22-million grant to deploy 70 Class 8 VNR e-trucks in California

Volvo Trucks North America has won $21.7 million in grants to deploy 70 VNR Electric trucks in Southern California for regional freight distribution and drayage. The EPA’s Targeted Air Shed Grant Program will provide $20 million, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District will add $1.7 million for charging infrastructure. Volvo Trucks...

Lotus to launch pure electric SUV in 2022

The Geely brand Lotus plans to launch a luxury electric SUV in 2022. The vehicle, code-named Lambda, has been in development since 2016, and was originally planned to be a hybrid, but the growing market for EVs, especially in China, inspired the company to make it an all-electric model. According to Autocar, the new Lotus will have a...

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