British Gas & RAC team up for home charging offer
The UK motoring organisation RAC and British Gas have joined forces to facilitate EV drivers installing home charging points. The new partnership also includes a special electricity tariff, while Alfen will deliver the charging equipment.
Renault plans for electric truck in each segment by 2023
Renault Trucks intends to offer an all-electric range for each market segment (distribution, construction and long-haul) from 2023. To this end, the company has now created various departments specialised in electric mobility. Renault has also provided initial technical data for the Kangoo Rapid panel van.
Renault launches charging subsidiary
Groupe Renault has created a new subsidiary called Elexent to help other companies find solutions for charging their fleets of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. A branch office in France is already operational.
Engie launches waste partnership with Biffa
The UK-based Engie has agreed to launch a partnership with waste management company Biffa to provide electric vehicle charging facilities across their UK sites. This is to support Biffa’s ‘Resourceful, Responsible’ sustainability strategy.
OCPP certification available for charging
Companies that use the Open Charge Point Protocol 1.6 (OCPP 1.6) in their charging products can now certify their implementations. The Open Charge Alliance has launched an independent certification program for this purpose.
Volvo Buses launches another 2nd life programme
Volvo Buses aims to give its e-bus batteries a second life. In cooperation with Stena Property and Stena Recycling, the company will use its electric bus batteries as stationary energy storage in the Fyrklövern complex in Gothenburg.
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Mega storage with BMW batteries: Dutch Alfen together with Vattenfall subsidiary Nuon has set up a 3MW energy storage system close to a windpark using BMW batteries. The system will be expanded to 12 megawatt eventually, making it the largest storage project in the Netherlands.
Bulgarians buy battery business in Germany, where Sofia-based MonBat has acquired Gaia Akkumulatorenwerke and EAS Germany. Both manufacture Li-ion batteries and cells and MonBat hopes to upscale production and accelerate development. As both firms are in Nordhausen, they have now been merged into EAS Batteries and MonBat plans to invest over 5m euros over the next two years.
Direct e-bike drive: Swiss Z-Institute reached 115 percent of its funding goal as they pitched a retro-fit pedelec system to the crowd. Fitted to the bottom bracket and weighing only 2 kilos including the battery, Bimoz promises direct pedal-assist and easy application. With development concluded, production has yet to start.
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Cheaper EV batteries? The University of Texas at Dallas and Seoul National University found a novel material based on manganese and sodium-ion that could lower cost of batteries for electric cars. Sodium is cheaper than lithium while the manganese is used instead of the rarer elements cobalt and nickel.
More e-compressors: German Behr Hella Service will expand its portfolio by partnering with Japanese compressor specialist Sanden. Behr Hella Service will exclusively sell Sanden e-compressors for hybrid and electric vehicles in Europe.