Tesla’s Advanced Battery Research group gets new leadership, Jeff Dahn to become Chief Scientific Advisor for Novonix


Professor Jeff Dahn is a star researcher in the battery field—he has co-authored 730 papers and holds some 73 patents. Professor Dahn and his research group at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia have had an exclusive research partnership with Tesla since 2016. Now Professor Dahn is stepping down from his leadership role at Tesla’s… Read more »

Volta Charging raises $125 million in Series D financing


San Francisco-based charging network operator Volta Charging has raised $125 million in a Series D financing round. The new funding brings the company’s total equity financing to over $200 million. Volta will use the new capital to increase its investment in product, engineering and network infrastructure, and to begin its international expansion. Volta’s charging stations… Read more »

KAUST team assesses deployment of dynamic wireless charging in cities


By applying statistical geometry to analyze urban road networks, KAUST researchers have advanced their understanding of how dynamic wireless charging systems might influence driver behavior and city planning in a future dominated by EVs. The study, published in the IEEE Open Journal on Vehicular Technology, used tools from stochastic geometry to establish a framework that… Read more »

LA reaches 10,000 public chargers, two years earlier than planned


Governments are fond of setting numerical milestones for EV adoption, and sometimes those objectives are actually met. A few years ago, as part of the LA Green New Deal, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) set a goal of deploying 10,000 commercial EV chargers in the city by 2022. According to the… Read more »

Government of Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy

Canada (Nicolas Raymond)
Most automakers may have rejected hydrogen as an energy storage medium for passenger vehicles (Toyota is the notable exception), but the technology may yet find applications for industrial processes, and in other forms of transportation such as aviation and shipping. Some envision the lightest element as a medium to store energy from intermittent renewable sources,… Read more »

Volkswagen plans to install 300 kW DC charging stations at German sites


Charging power levels are on an upward trend, as OEMs and charging providers strive to enable longer ranges and faster charging times. Volkswagen is planning a major expansion of the charging infrastructure at its company facilities in Germany—some 750 new charging points are planned for 2021, and some of these will be High Power Charging… Read more »

Miami middle-school student inspires school board to electrify its school bus fleet


Electric school buses seem like a no-brainer at this point—although they cost two to three times more up front than diesel buses, at about $230,000 each, they save money in the long run, as fuel and maintenance costs are about 80 percent lower. They’re also prime candidates for future vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications, which could generate… Read more »

Project aims to develop a swappable containerized battery system for marine applications


Current Direct, a new €12-million research and innovation project funded by the European Commission, aims to develop a new type of lithium-ion cell, as well as a swappable containerized energy storage system, both optimized for waterborne transportation. The project’s aim is to develop and demonstrate an interchangeable battery system and Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) platform in an… Read more »

AAM and Inovance to collaborate on integrated EV drivetrains 


American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) and Suzhou Inovance Automotive have announced a technology development agreement that will accelerate the development and delivery of scalable, next-generation 3-in-1 electric drive systems, which integrate an inverter, electric motor and gearbox. The companies will focus on enhancing the power density, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of integrated EV drivetrains. AAM and… Read more »

Hong Kong researchers propose novel cathode design for Li-S batteries


A team led by Professor Zhao Tianshou of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has proposed a novel cathode design concept for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Li-S batteries are regarded as attractive alternatives to Li-ion batteries. They are known for their high energy density, while their major component, sulfur, is abundant, light, cheap and… Read more »