Renault will invest over a billion euros to develop and produce EVs in France

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Groupe Renault plans to invest more than €1 billion ($1.2 billion) in the development and production of plug-in vehicles in France. The company will: introduce a new Alliance electric platform in Douai to create a second EV production site; double production capacity for its ZOE EV, and launch a new ZOE at Flins; triple electric… Read more »

UK LEAF buyers claim Nissan misled them about range, charging times


Some UK buyers of Nissan’s new 2018 LEAF are ever so cross. As the BBC reports, some say charging the LEAF can take three times longer than claimed on Nissan’s website, and others have found that the range is far shorter than the 235 miles (378 km) they were promised. Nissan denies that there’s a… Read more »

New thermoelectric superlattice doubles rate at which waste heat is converted to electricity


Researchers from Hokkaido University and colleagues in Japan and Taiwan have improved the ability to transform wasted heat into usable electricity by narrowing the space through which spread electrons move, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Currently, more than 60 percent of the energy produced by fossil fuels is lost as waste… Read more »

New interactive tool estimates effect of EVs on oil demand


Most of us expect EVs to cut into global demand for oil, but how much and how soon? Big Oil foresees a gradual, decades-long process, while energy guru Tony Seba believes the Oil Age will wind down by 2030. A new report from Carbon Tracker examines many of the factors that affect how oil demand… Read more »

Charging interoperability pioneer Hubject expands to US


Europe-based Hubject has officially launched its US operations from a new HQ in Santa Monica, California. Hubject was founded in 2012 to enable seamless charging for customers through an open B-to-B platform, and is now in use on four continents and in 26 countries. The company’s Intercharge platform allows charging operators and service providers to… Read more »

Toronto Transit Commission orders 10 electric buses from New Flyer

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New Flyer Industries Canada has won an order from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for ten forty-foot electric Xcelsior CHARGE transit buses, with an option to purchase up to 30 additional buses over the next two years. TTC is the third-largest transit system in North America, operating more than 140 bus routes, as well as… Read more »

Germany’s innogy acquires EVSE maker BTCPower, with an eye on the US market


EV technology provider innogy e-mobility, a subsidiary of German electric utility Innogy SE, has announced the acquisition of California-based EVSE manufacturer BTCPower. The transaction is expected to provide innogy with a full DC product portfolio for the North American market, as well as access to increased production capabilities. innogy has already successfully collaborated with BTCPower,… Read more »

EVgo equips public fast chargers with second-life batteries


Charging network operator EVgo has integrated second-life BMW i3 batteries into a public DC fast charging station. The batteries will store energy from the grid generated during peak solar hours and later use that stored energy for charging during periods of high demand. Following a pilot program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD),… Read more »

New Dutch study recommends optimal EVSE rollout strategy


As the worldwide fleet of EVs expands, it’s becoming clear that governments around the world need to make significant investments in public charging infrastructure. However, there are few examples to follow in developing an effective rollout strategy. A new study, published in the journal Energy Policy, aims to guide policy makers in the deployment of… Read more »

ZF’s Axle Hybrid concept electrifies its AMT to improve shifting performance


German automotive supplier ZF has unveiled a new Axle Hybrid concept which uses an electrified Automated Manual Transmission (eAMT). This system combines ZF’s traditional electric axle drive system (eVD) with its automated manual transmission (AMT). The eAMT eliminates tractive force interruption and features AWD capabilities. “With eAMT, ZF has developed a fully-fledged plug-in hybrid drive for front-transverse vehicles,”… Read more »