BYD goes Brazil: The Chinese company plans to build its first facility in South America near Sao Paulo. There, BYD will produce electric buses with recyclable iron phosphate batteries. From 2015, the factory will see an annual output of up to 1,000 buses and employ 450 workers.
Electric van for the USA: Zenith Motors just received the EPA Certificate of Conformity for its all-electric transporter. It utilises the ‘PowerPhase Pro 135’ system by UQM. Kentucky-based Zenith Motors claims that its electric shuttles were the first to receive this certificate in their class.
More efficient and cheaper catalyst: Researchers at Rutgers University have synthesised nitrogen-rich carbon nanotubes (NRCNTs) that can efficiently electrocatalyse the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), thus replacing platinum. They function well under acidic, neutral or basic media alike.
Get real: The American EPA has made a proposal requiring carmakers to prove their self-certified ratings to the EPA and test them under real life conditions – on the road. The initiative follows recent complaints and incidents at Ford, Hyundai and Kia where the carmaker’s false claims led to lowered MPG ratings.
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