UK charging provider offers free TOU charging powered by renewable energy


The UK is generating an increasing amount of its electricity from renewable sources, but, depending on the day-to-day relationship between supply and demand, some of that energy goes to waste. Why not allow EV owners to take advantage of some of that “excess energy?” That’s the premise of a new service from clean power company… Read more »

Bermuda buys 30 electric buses, plans an all-electric fleet


Now there’s yet another reason to visit the stunningly beautiful Atlantic island of Bermuda. The local government has approved the purchase of 30 electric buses to replace aged diesel buses, the first step in a multiyear strategy to fully electrify the public transit fleet. The purchase represents over one third of the small island’s total… Read more »

Romania to deploy 123 Solaris electric buses


Polish bus builder Solaris has further expanded its penetration of Europe’s public transport market with a hefty order for 123 electric buses in Romania. The total value of the contract is estimated at nearly €65 million. Seven Romanian municipalities have joined in a tender for 131 zero-emission e-buses. Solaris will supply 123 12-meter vehicles to… Read more »

Yamaha’s new electric drivetrain has 350 kW of power…or maybe much more


Yamaha Motors may be best known for its motorcycles, but the company is increasingly getting involved in the development of motors for electric motorcycles and cars. Last year, Yamaha showed off new electric motor systems ranging from 35 kW (47 hp) to 150 kW (200 hp). The smaller motors were designed for electric motorcycles, while… Read more »

Taiga Motors to build new assembly facility for its off-road EVs in Québec


Taiga Motors, a developer of electric off-road vehicles, has announced plans to build a mass-production assembly facility in Shawinigan, Québec. The first phase of construction is scheduled for completion in 2022, and the company expects to begin production of electric snowmobiles and personal watercraft immediately. Taiga expects its new facility to increase production capacity to… Read more »

Stadler demonstrates battery-electric train with 185 km range


In 2018, Swiss rail vehicle manufacturer Stadler began a research project to develop a battery-powered train designed to operate on non-electrified or semi-electrified lines. Now the Flirt Akku (akku is the German term for a battery), which carries its batteries on the roof, has covered some 15,000 km in pure battery operation, and has demonstrated… Read more »

Settlement of dispute between South Korean battery makers is good news for US auto industry


LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation have settled a long-running trade dispute, clearing the way for SK to proceed with construction of a battery factory in Commerce, Georgia that is slated to supply batteries to Ford and Volkswagen. The International Trade Commission decided in February that SK stole 22 trade secrets from LG Energy, and… Read more »

Samsung SDI to be Rivian’s battery cell supplier

Samsung SDI High-performance 18650 battery
EV startup Rivian has announced that South Korean battery giant Samsung SDI will supply cells for its vehicles. The automaker, which plans to begin production of an electric pickup and an SUV this year, has been working with Samsung throughout the process of developing the new cells. Rivian’s vehicles are aimed at the outdoorsy set,… Read more »

Rhombus earns UL certification for 125 kW bidirectional charger


Rhombus Energy Solutions’ bidirectional 125 kW DC fast charger has earned certification to the Underwriter Laboratories 1741-SA standard. UL’s 1741-SA Standard for Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use With Distributed Energy Resources defines the design and testing requirements to certify that bidirectional, grid-tied, smart inverters and chargers can be safely used to… Read more »

The EV Network and bp pulse team up to roll out DC fast charging hubs across the UK


The EV Network, which describes itself as “an independent EV charging infrastructure development company,” and bp pulse, the EV charging arm of global oil giant bp, have signed an agreement to deploy DC fast charging hubs across the UK. Under the new agreement, EVN will construct “a significant number of rapid and ‘ultra-fast’ EV charging… Read more »