San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has chosen a busy truck stop in California to install high-power chargers for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The utility considers the installation the first of its kind.
The US start-up Aptera Motors has presented the ‘Launch Edition’ of its three-wheeled solar electric car, which the company plans to start producing by the end of 2023. However, the start of production is not yet assured: Aptera needs further capital.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a 2.9 billion US dollar investment plan, primarily to expand infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) in the state. The majority of the budget is to flow into charging points for electric utility vehicles.
In the USA, Volvo Trucks North America is working with partners in California to build a publicly accessible charging corridor for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Construction is to begin this year and be completed by the end of 2023.
Symbio, Faurecia and Michelin have been granted the California Energy Commission Award for hydrogen fuel cell truck development. This gives the partners the chance to develop and demonstrate a hydrogen-fuelled, regional-haul Class 8 truck.
A new battery company from the US called Sparkz announced opening a pilot facility in Livermore, California, for its patented solid-state battery technology. Last year, Sparkz won a grant for $2.6 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC).
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has been awarded a $6mn grant by the California Energy Commission to install one of the largest EV fleet charging systems in the US. The funding comes after the agency had announced to transition its entire fleet to electric in time for the Summer Olympics in 2028.
Hyundai is bringing its XCIENT fuel cell truck to the USA for the first time through two government-funded projects in California. The incoming 32 demo trucks are based on XCIENT Fuel Cell with technical modifications with Hyundai specifying a range of 500 miles (800 km).
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved the first project looking into charging infrastructure for zero-emission trucks, buses, and equipment. The plan is to use what CEC calls a “concierge model” to help applicants plan and fund e-truck chargers through EnergIIZE.
China has set a national standard for wireless charging of electric vehicles based on WiTricity technology. The inductive charging specialist has worked closely with the GB standards committee on several technical issues, including efforts for harmonisation.
The CHAdeMO Association has presented the new CHAdeMO 3.0 protocol, which was jointly developed with the China Electricity Council (CEC). According to the organisation, the charging standard will enable DC charging with a capacity of “over 500 kW”.
The first images have been released of the new standard charging plug jointly developed by the China Electricity Council (CEC) and the CHAdeMO Association. The new charging standard ChaoJi should enable outputs of up to 900 kW.
After the CHAdeMO Association and the China Electricity Council (CEC) signed an agreement in August to develop a common fast-charging standard with up to 900 kW charging power, further key points have now become known.
10,000 EV chargers for Germany? German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt is considering to support electric vehicles more strongly. German daily Rheinische Post reports, the ministry is assessing a proposal that could see 10,000 new EV charging stations be erected. Cost are estimated at 100m euros and would require public as well as private investment. uk.news.yahoo.com, rp-online.de (original source in German)
Formula E has appointed Chargemaster as its official infrastructure provider. Its task is to keep all electric vehicles involved energised, also inductively. The partners plan to leave a mark that goes beyond the race as at least ten fast-chargers shall be erected in each host city. news.cision.com
EV signage: Nissan and Ecotricity have asked the British government to introduce official road signs to designate charge points. While there are official signs for “migratory toad crossings” that total 140, the UK’s 9,000 charge points are much harder to find. greencarcongress.com, evfleetworld.co.uk
Workplace charging: Honda erects 120 EV charging stations at its campus in Torrance, California. It also includes a 50kW DC fast charger open to the public. Honda says it will add another electric and a new plug-in hybrid model to its lineup by 2018. prnewswire.com
Large-scale EV charging: Beijing builds China’s largest solar charging station and has officially started the works. When operational by the end of the year, the station will be capable to charge 80 electric cars a day at 30 fast and 20 regular charge points. mashable.com
The California Energy Commission awarded 2.7 million dollars to Gardena as the city launches an electric bus demo project. Another 2m dollars go to the San Diego Community College District to be used in training for alternative vehicle technology. ngtnews.com, energy.ca.gov
Kia to go wireless: The Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center and Mojo Mobility are developing inductive charging technology at 10 kW. The project is supported by a grant from the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies programme. It is still at a testing phase and no launch date has been set. hybridcars.com
TI for hybrids: Texas Instruments launched a 120-V automotive grade half-bridge gate driver, offering negative voltage handling capability for hybrid vehicles. Its 120-V bootstrap diode allows for N-channel MOSFET control, thus eliminating the need for external discrete diodes. greenpowertrain.automotive-business-review.com
10 million dollars have been granted by the California Energy Commission for four projects looking at battery and fuel cell electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as buses for public transport and school buses. Initiatives in disadvantaged communities were prioritised. greencarcongress.com
Saft on Mars: The battery maker has secured a 1-million euro deal from Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (UK) to develop and test a lithium-ion pack with solar panels to power the ExoMars Rover vehicle, which is supposed to look for extinct life on the red planet. greencarcongress.com
Off road scooter: Works Electric delivers a stand-up scooter for trails. Based on its tar hugging Rover, the B14 comes with more power (4,000 W), fat mini tires and up to 25 miles range at 35 mph. The handle folds up, but the price of almost 6,000 dollars might be harder to deal with. autoblog.com