Lotte Chemical to manufacture cathode materials in Kentucky
The South Korean chemical company Lotte Chemical, together with Lotte Aluminium, is building a factory in the US state of Kentucky for the production of cathode foils for use in batteries for electric vehicles. The factory in Hardin County is scheduled to go into operation in 2025 and produce 36,000 tonnes of cathode foils.
Envision AESC to build battery plant in Kentucky
Battery manufacturer Envision AESC has announced plans to invest two billion US dollars in a new factory in the US state of Kentucky. The factory at the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green in Warren County will be designed for an annual capacity of 30 gigawatt-hours and will produce battery cells and modules for electric cars […]
Ford & SKI to build 4 e-mobility plants in the USA
Ford has announced a massive expansion of its electric vehicle business. Together with battery partner SK Innovation (SKI), Ford will invest 11.4 billion US dollars in the construction of second new sites with assembly and battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky. Operations are scheduled to begin in 2025.
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”.
Second life for Tesla Model S battery
Congressman Thomas Massie from Kentucky has retrofit an old Tesla battery recovered from a crash to power his home. It is the first instance of an off-grid Tesla battery at work as the politician who doubles as MIT engineer is disconnected from the public power grid.
Geek Squad, Alliant Energy, Kentucky, AddÉnergie, Hangzhou.
Geek Squad EV: Best Buy’s Geek Squad employees will no longer be travelling in VW Beetles. Instead, the teams will be using the 2016 Toyota Prius C. A total of 1,000 new vehicles will be entering the fleet, the first 700 starting immediately. The Geek Squad “agents” travel some 12.6 m miles annually, and the new cars are expected to reduce emissions by 50 percent.
Employee incentives: Alliant Energy in Wisconsin, USA, has set up charging stations outside their headquarters both for employees and the general public. They also announced a 500 dollar rebate for customers installing a home fast-charging station to encourage customers to go electric. The initiative is part of a 5m dollar collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute.
Kentucky chargers: U.S. Officials have approved a proposal from Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in Kentucky from 30 to 50 units. These may be placed in public spaces, like car parks, or non-residential areas, like shopping malls.
Energy in Quebec: Quebec city-based AddÉnergie has received a 12.8 m dollar investment to expand its charging solutions across Canada. The company currently operates 2,000 stations, and hopes to add another 8,000 over the next five years. They also offer area-specific products, catering to workplaces, car fleets or public areas.
Perks in China: China’s tourism hotspot Hangzhou will see new traffic restrictions. In the West Lake area and downtown, cars will be required to follow the odd-even control scheme during rush-hours; electric and hybrids, however, are exempt. And new electric car purchasers will receive a Hangzhou license plate for free.
Norway, Proterra, London, Kentucky, Washington.
Electric mail: The post office branch in the Norwegian province of Rogaland replaced its fleet with 16 electric cars. It is part of the Posten Norge’s strategy to replace all vehicles with electric ones by autumn 2016 (we reported) and intends to buy another 300 EVs from Renault and Nissan next year.
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Country meets electric: A total of nine Proterra electric buses are now in service in Nashville, Tennessee. They are running on the blue and green line of the Music City Circuit. Some 50 bus drivers were trained to operate the all-electric buses, which have room for up to 42 passengers (27 seated).
Room for EVs: London neighbourhoods Hammersmith and Fulham are said to build 40 charging points for electric vehicles by the end of 2016. The application for ten on-street car-charging spots (each with two chargers) has been submitted; another ten are said to follow shortly.
Kentucky charges ahead: Utilities Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company want to each install ten charging stations in the U.S. state. These will all be public. Moreover, business owners will have the chance to host a charger, if they agree to a five-year commitment.
ZEVs for dam project: The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State, USA, will add 27 Electric Utility Vehicles (EUVs) to its fleet, to cut the use of petrol by 10 to 15 percent. The cars feature Li-ion batteries, have a top speed of 20 mph and will be used to make short trips around the 18 square mile campus.