Elon Musk offers more details about the opening of Tesla’s Superchargers


The news that Tesla will open up its proprietary Supercharging network to drivers of other electric vehicles is a hugely important development for the EV industry, but there are many questions about how the transition will be achieved. During the company’s Q2 earnings conference call, Elon Musk released some more details about Tesla’s plans (and… Read more »

Tesla Q2 earnings report: record billion-dollar income, delays for Semi and Cybertruck


The headline figure of Tesla’s second-quarter 2021 earnings report was a blockbuster: $1.1 billion in GAAP net income, a new record for the company and an astounding success for a young automaker. The milestone was reached thanks to the soaring sales of Models 3 and Y—the former is now outselling many gas burners in several… Read more »

GKN Automotive accelerates development of next-gen 800 V eDrive technologies


GKN Automotive, a maker of electric driveline technology, is accelerating its development of next-generation eDrive technologies. These future 800 V systems are already at advanced stages of development—GKN Automotive is testing them in real-world conditions, and working with global OEMs to prepare the systems for production. GKN says its future eDrive technologies promise faster charging… Read more »

Gridserve plans 50 charging hubs in UK, with 350 kW chargers


Sustainable energy provider Gridserve has unveiled plans to develop a £100-million EV infrastructure project in the UK. The Gridserve Electric Highway will offer a network of over 50 electric hubs, each with between six and twelve 350 kW chargers. Ten of these hubs are scheduled to go into service this year. The company also plans… Read more »

The 3 biggest EV charging challenges fleet managers face (and why they need expert help)


As commercial fleets electrify, they are finding that they need expert help to design, install and operate their charging infrastructure. During previous tech revolutions, third-party contractors emerged to provide turnkey services to companies for things like data centers and solar installations. Now innovative companies are meeting a similar demand in the fleet charging realm. Charged… Read more »

Using bacteria to recover precious metals from EV batteries


Researchers at Coventry University have developed a new solution for recycling EV batteries by recovering all metals in them using a process called bioleaching. Bioleaching, also known as biomining, employs microbes that can oxidize metals as part of their metabolism. The process has been widely used in the mining industry to extract valuable metals from… Read more »

Service provider network Urgently to use SparkCharge’s on-demand fast charging solution


Urgently has partnered with SparkCharge to add on-demand EV charging to the services offered by its roadside and mobility assistance programs. The partnership combines SparkCharge’s Roadie, a portable, modular fast charging system, with Urgently’s Smart Mobility Assistance platform. “Mobile EV charging is among the innovative and vital services Urgently has identified to support our partners’… Read more »

Enel X joins Extreme E as official Smart Charging Partner


Extreme E, the rough-and-tumble racing series that brings all-electric rally racing to some of the most remote spots on the planet, has announced Enel X as its official Smart Charging Partner. Enel X will provide its JuicePump 40 Race Edition charging station to charge the championship’s ODYSSEY 21 electric SUVs. Enel X, a subsidiary of… Read more »

Tesla signs deal with BHP to secure nickel for battery cells


Contrary to popular belief, the most important mineral in EV batteries may not be lithium, but nickel. According to the Nickel Institute, the metal, which gives cells higher energy density and greater storage capacity, is an essential component for Li-ion battery cathodes—in fact, it’s the most important metal by mass in the cathodes used in… Read more »

Rivian to install charging stations at all 56 Tennessee state parks


EV startup Rivian, which plans to bring an electric pickup to market this year, followed by an SUV in 2022, is targeting the outdoorsy set, and part of that plan is to deploy public chargers at national and state parks around the country. Now the EV-maker has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Environment and… Read more »