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Lucid looking for offers, reports say

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California EV start-up reportedly courting new investment and potential buyers, following failed talks with Ford Although relatively new to the market, and without a car in commercial production, start-up US EV developer Lucid Motors is seeking to be acquired. The firm says it has several suitors, although news of a …

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E-KIZUNA powerhouse to drive electric motorcycle uptake in Japan

E-KIZUNA project agreement is signed. Source: Honda

Honda and Yamaha come together to test electric motorcycle project for E-KIZUNA. The city of Saitama, Japan, Honda Motor, and Yamaha Motor revealed that this agreement marks the first joint initiative between a government body and motorcycle manufacturers. The partnership has come about as a result of the E-KIZUNA project, …

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SolarEdge to offer direct home-solar EV charger

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SolarEdge unveils a new household DC solar EV charger On July 11 2017 at the Intersolar North America exhibition, SolarEdge announced that it would begin selling its inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger by the end of the year. This first-of-its-kind offering allows EV drivers to charge their vehicles using their …

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One pedal to drive them all: next-gen Nissan LEAF development

Nissan LEAF e-Pedal 
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Nissan will be installing a single, multi-purpose e-pedal in the LEAF’s upcoming second generation release. The automaker responsible for the hugely popular Nissan LEAF has revealed a new feature to be installed when the EV is released in September. Nissan has been working hard to generate buzz for the LEAF …

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ABB to provide power boost to UK East Coast

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Converter station at Doncaster is more cost-effective than a new grid connection Electrical engineering giant ABB is to provide a converter station on the UK’s East Coast Mainline (ECML), enabling additional power for the line and a Hitachi rail depot. The ECML is preparing for the introduction of new 125 …

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Automakers push back on Chinese quotas

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Associations from US, European, Japanese and Korean have called for a delay in the 8% EV mandate International car-makers are urging China to delay and reduce its planned quotas for sales of electric and hybrid vehicles. The auto-makers contend that they will be unable to meet China’s “impossible” mandates and …

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34 fast-chargers for Trans-Canada Highway

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New FAST Charge units include localised energy storage, allowing EV drivers to charge using off-peak electricity new agreement between Toronto’s eCAMION, Dallas-based Leclanché North America and Geneva-based SGEM will see the partners install a network of 34 fast-charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH). It is hoped that the project …

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Porsche sticks with 350-kW Mission

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Fast-charging stations opened at Berlin HQ, as Stuttgart prepares for electric drive production Porsche may not be releasing its all-electric Mission E until 2019, but it looks to be working hard to make sure there is sufficient charging infrastructure for when it does. In addition to two standard level-2 stations, …

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Super results from supercap team

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University of Washington researchers have produced new aerogel-based supercapacitor electrodes which could aid EVs and hydrogen production Whatever route future energy storage technology takes, supercapacitors will be an essential component. Although less energy-dense than batteries, they can store and deliver their energy much faster, meaning they are sought after for …

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London Taxi rebrands, goes Dutch

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Company now known as LEVC secures 225-model order with Rotterdam’s RMC The Geely-owned UK taxi manufacturer London Taxi Company has officially rebranded, while securing valuable new export contracts. In a move to prove its commitment to the future, and perhaps to emphasise the GBP325 million investment by owner Geely, LTC …

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Merecedes’ Untertürkheim plant to add battery production

Frank Deiß, Site Manager Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim Plant and Head of Production Powertrain Mercedes-Benz Cars (l.) and Wolfgang Nieke, Chairman of the Works Council Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim Plant (r.) at the Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart.

Daimler to add its fourth battery pack production site, and its third in Germany Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz has announced that its Untertürkheim plant will be developed into an electric component facility to serve increasing demand for electric mobility. The transformation, it says, will include a new battery production at the site, …

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First autonomous police car to arrive in Dubai by year end

Source: OTSAW robotics

Dubai’s police force has confirmed that it will be adding an O-R3 Drone to its fleet by the end of 2017 During a recent press conference at the Dubai Police General HQ, Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri revealed that the autonomous O-R3 Drone from OTSAW Robotics would become the …

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VW continues robotic charging partnership

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Volkswagen and Kuka have confirmed the extension of a strategic partnership that hopes to provide innovative solutions for EV charging and parking. Volkswagen recently announced that it has signed a Cooperation Contract with Kuka Robotics to further analyse two particular areas of mobility. The Volkswagen Group wants to use the …

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Chargeway helps lead on charging standards

Chargeway sticker on charging port reminds the driver what system to use.

Matt Teske’s Chargeway system could help solve driver confusion at the myriad ways to recharge your EV Electric automakers today are competing to release newer, better-performing EVs and hybrids to meet the oncoming demand for electrification. Meanwhile, companies and governments alike are attempting to put in place sufficient infrastructure to …

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Ariel Rider hauls 300 pounds of cargo on rear rack

C-Class Comfort. Source: Ariel Rider

E-bike C-Class Comfort kitted out for all practical hipster needs lacks the style of its competitors If you haven’t yet heard of the C-Class Comfort e-bike you probably haven’t been spending enough time on Pinterest. Designed with purely practical purposes in mind, it aims to attract the average hipster who …

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