eMotorWerks deploys 30 MW “virtual battery” in California energy markets


San Francisco-based eMotorWerks is demonstrating the grid balancing potential of its smart-grid EV chargers with a 30-megawatt, distributed “virtual energy storage battery,” which has been active in California since the start of 2017. With an energy capacity of 70 MWh and eMotorWerks’s JuiceNet cloud software platform as the Battery Management System (BMS), the eMotorWerks virtual… Read more »

Chinese lithium producer will supply a fifth of its production to Tesla

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One of China’s top producers of lithium has agreed to supply a fifth of its lithium hydroxide production to Tesla’s battery suppliers. The agreement with Jiangxi-based Ganfeng Lithium runs from 2018 to 2020, and could be extended by three years. EV-makers have been scrambling to secure supplies of lithium for the past couple of years…. Read more »

U Waterloo researchers achieve reversible four-electron conversion with lithium-oxygen batteries


Scientists from the University of Waterloo have devised several new electrochemical processes which greatly increase the lifespan and stability of lithium-oxygen batteries. On paper, Li-O2 batteries have high energy densities and low weights. However, they also have internal reactions (involving superoxides and peroxides) that slowly corrode its carbon cathodes. The superoxide also destroys organic electrolytes in the… Read more »

Axion, Aceleron and Aspire Engineering start EV battery recycling and reuse initiative


Circular economy and resource recovery specialists Axion, Aspire Engineering, and Aceleron have started an initiative to tackle the growing number of end-of-life EV batteries. They are currently providing a recovery service that begins with Aspire processing the batteries for remanufacturing, reuse and recycling. After, Aceleron tests and repurposes the batteries. If the batteries cannot be reused, Axion will then… Read more »

BYD delivers first electric bus to Indianapolis transit authority


BYD has delivered a K11 60-foot battery-electric bus to Indianapolis public transportation provider IndyGo, the first of 13 ordered by the agency. “BYD has delivered the first bus on time, and this allows us to begin working with operations and emergency services on training, and testing battery range.” said Justin Stuehrenberg, IndyGo’s VP of Planning… Read more »

Siemens Mobility launches new high-power DC charger and contactless payment system


Siemens Mobility launched two new additions to its portfolio of charging solutions at the recent Cenex-LCV exhibition in the UK. The company says its new “ultra-fast” HV charger is capable of fully re-charging the latest long-range EVs in less than 15 minutes. The system uses the CCS fast charging standard, and features a liquid-cooled cable… Read more »

FCA’s Toledo Machining Plant set to build Jeep Wrangler PHEV’s Power Electronics Module


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that its Toledo Machining plant will produce the Power Electronics module for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV, one of 30 vehicle nameplates to receive electrified solutions by 2022. The Power Electronics module includes both the Power Inverter Module and the Integrated Dual Charger Module (which contains the On-Board Charger and the… Read more »

Will GM’s executive reshuffle increase emphasis on EV infrastructure?


Mike Ableson Mike Ableson General Motors is restructuring the leadership of its global strategy and electrified vehicle units. Pam Fletcher, currently VP of Global Electric Vehicle Programs, will take over the newly created position of Vice President, Innovation, reporting directly to CEO Mary Barra. Ms. Fletcher previously reported to Doug Parks, VP of Autonomous and… Read more »

Lucid Motors scores $1 billion investment from Saudi fund


Lucid Motors has executed a billion-dollar investment agreement with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF). Lucid plans to use the funding to complete engineering development and testing of its Lucid Air luxury sedan, finish building its Arizona factory and begin production. Silicon Valley-based Lucid Motors, which has a number of former Tesla execs… Read more »

NHTSA awards Tesla Model 3 perfect 5-star safety ratings in every category.


Following in the footsteps of its elder siblings, Tesla’s Model 3 has earned a perfect 5-star safety rating in every category from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA performs an extensive range of crash tests on all new vehicles, including frontal crash, side crash and rollover tests. Model 3 achieved the top score… Read more »