San Diego, Lightning Hybrid, Protean Electric, Cadenza.
Port electrification: San Diego will spend 8.2m dollars on its port electrification project. Efficient Drivetrains is on boards to deliver technology for electric trucks and forklifts. Also BYD and Transportation Power are part of the project. The initiative received 5.9m dollars in funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and 2.3m dollars from the harbour’s seven partner tenants.
Hydraulic Hybrid picks up: The DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have launched its second hybrid bus with Lightning Hybrids’s hydraulic hybrid system. It joins another Ford E-450 bus for shuttle services on the lab’s campus in Golden, Colorado.
70m dollar funding for in-wheel motors have reached Protean Electric. The firm convinced three investors to help build a facility in Tianjin to bring its PD18 in-wheel electric motor to market in China. The drive fits an 18″ wheel rim and can power any vehicle from C-segment to LCV.
Battery start-up funding: Cadenza has raised 5m dollars to commercialise its low-cost and high-performance technology platform that includes cell design and housing. The firm’s so-called jelly rolls are said to have significant packaging advantages that translate to higher Wh/L.