Holcim & Magment cooperate on inductive charging
Building materials producer Holcim has entered into a strategic partnership with German startup Magment. The aim of the cooperation is to improve Magment’s magnetisable concrete technology for road surfaces, which can be used to wirelessly charge electric vehicles while driving.
Ford & Purdue to improve charging via cooling
In collaboration with researchers from Purdue University in the US state of Indiana, Ford wants to develop a charging cable that, thanks to a special cooling mechanism, is supposed to be “significantly more efficient than usual products” and reduce charging processes “theoretically” to the length of a conventional refuelling process.
Midwest states to build up EV infrastructure
In the USA, five Midwest states gave announced that they will work together to increase the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will form the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition, or “REV Midwest.”
EV charging in US Midwest with FLO & Electrada
FLO, an established charging network in North America, teamed up with Electrada to deploy charging stations across the Midwest. Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are first to receive Level 2 and DC Fast charging stations over the “next several years”.
Alas for the unfortunate people of Indianapolis
In an update on the dispute between BYD and Indianapolis, it seems that now – because BYD’s very popular buses did not provide the promised range – IndyGo has ordered 13 diesel buses elsewhere and cancelled an order placed with BYD in December 2019 for five more electric buses.
From Hummer to electric cars – SF Motors retools factory
EV startup SF Motors will invest 160 million dollars in refurbishing a former Hummer factory in Indiana to build its own electric cars. The factory will be able assemble the SF Motors SUVs in their entirety, including battery pack and welding. Trials may run this year.
Honda starts serial production of Insight hybrid
Honda has flipped the switch to get the lines rolling at its Greensburg facility in the state of Indiana. They now churn out the Insight serially and the hybrid car is the fifth electrified model by the Japanese company and will be available in early summer.
V2G, Manila, Chicago, Indiana, Milton Keynes.
V2G project: The Air Force unveiled the Department of Defense’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of plug-in electric vehicles in Los Angeles. The PEV fleet includes both electric and hybrid vehicles ranging from sedans to trucks and a 12-passenger van. The vehicles include vehicle-to-grid technology, allowing them to feed energy back into the grid when not being used.
200 hybrid buses for Manila: Operator Green Frog said it will be investing 1.2 billion Philippine peso (26.7 million USD) to service 20 more routes with electric-diesel buses in the Philippine capital of Manila. The company currently operates eight hybrid buses.
Free charging in Chicago: Nissan has kicked-off its “No Charge to Charge” programme in the mid-western city. Buyers of the Nissan Leaf will have free access to 17 rapid-chargers installed in the region for two years. By mid-January about 30 chargers will be operating.
EVs charge for free: An Indiana utility charges homeowners nothing to charge their electric car at home overnight. Moreover, the Northern Indiana Public Service Company offers a subsidy of up to 1,650 dollars to registered electric-car owners who install a separate meter just for EV charging – a grant that in some cases covers the entire installation.
Smart Cities: Indiana-based Mahindra Tech has teamed up with The Open University and Milton Keynes Council to transform the British city Milton Keynes into a smart city. The focus is on transportation, electric vehicles, connected ecosystems and internet of things.