Lordstown electric pickup to use in-wheel motors. A good idea?


Lordstown Motors, the startup headed by Workhorse CEO Steve Burns, is building an electric pickup called the Endurance at a former GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio. The Endurance is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2020 at a base price of $52,500. The new e-pickup will feature in-wheel hub electric motors, according… Read more »

TDK invests in Germany electric VTOL company AutoFlightX


TDK Ventures has dipped into its $50-million corporate venture capital fund to invest in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company AutoFlightX. With their ability to navigate dangerous or hard-to-reach environments, eVTOL vehicles can help eliminate human risk in mining inspections, or deliver payloads of supplies and medicine in emergency response scenarios. AutoFlightX says it… Read more »

Nickel used in EV batteries increased 39% in 2019


Nickel deployment in passenger EV batteries totaled 59,271 tonnes in 2019, according to Adamas Intelligence, representing an increase of 39% from 2018. BEVs were responsible for 76% of passenger battery nickel use globally in 2019, up from 71% in 2018. The sales-weighted average amount of nickel deployed per EV globally in 2019 was 12.9 kilograms,… Read more »

Greenlots partners with Ivy Charging Network in Ontario


Greenlots, a provider of charging and energy management solutions that was acquired by Shell last year, has partnered with Ivy Charging Network, a fast charging network recently launched by utilities Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation (OPG). The new deal includes the installation of 100 DC fast chargers (DCFCs) at 43 sites along major highway… Read more »

Norwegian wholesaler ASKO deploys 2 Scania electric trucks


Norwegian wholesaler ASKO will deploy two Scania electric trucks in Oslo as part of a pilot project. Each of the two-speed, 27-ton trucks has a battery capacity of 165 kWh and range of 120 km (75 miles). The 290 kW electric powertrain offers 245 kW of continuous output and 2,200 Nm of torque. The vehicles… Read more »

BASF to build battery materials plant in Germany, supplying up to 400,000 EVs per year


Chemical company BASF announced a new battery materials production site in Schwarzheide, Germany, as part of its multi-step investment in Europe’s EV value chain. The new plant will produce cathode active materials with an initial capacity enabling the supply of around 400,000 pure EVs per year with BASF battery materials. The company says the Schwarzheide… Read more »

Utility EDF acquires EV charging company Pod Point


Low-carbon energy provider EDF has acquired Pod Point, an EV charging company. Pod Point has rolled out 62,000 charging points in the UK and 6,600 in Norway. The acquisition follows EDF’s acquisition last year of Pivot Power, which specializes in grid-scale batteries and provides high-voltage power for EV charge points. Simone Rossi, UK CEO of… Read more »

Hydro-Québec commercializing electrolyte patents for solid-state batteries

Solid State Battery
The University of Texas at Austin has agreed to transfer patents relating to a new type of electrolyte to be used in solid-state lithium batteries to Hydro-Québec, Canada’s largest electricity producer. The patents are co-invented by Dr. John B. Goodenough—a professor at The University of Texas at Austin and the 2019 Nobel Laureate in chemistry—and… Read more »

95.6 GWh of EV battery capacity deployed in 2019


In 2019, 95.6 GWh of battery capacity was deployed globally in new passenger EVs, an increase of 30% over the prior year, according to a tracking system developed by Adamas Intelligence. Asia Pacific led the pack with 50.9 GWh deployed, an increase of 27% year-over-year. Europe followed with 23.9 GWh deployed, a large increase of… Read more »