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SWTCH is Airbnb for your EV

Source: SWTCH

New application from Canadian start-up connects EV drivers with any spare private charging points With the so-called “sharing economy” ever expanding, electric vehicles are already in on the ground floor. Numerous start-ups and incumbents have looked at car-sharing or rental models, a prospect which is only accelerating as autonomous technology …

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StoreDot promises 5-minute EV charging

Source: StoreDot

StoreDot demonstrated the capabilities of its electric car battery at the CUBE Technology Fair in Berlin, claiming to achieve a full charge in only five minutes. However, it must be noted that the exhibition was not allowed to continue for the full period during the tech show as the company had to …

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China, India’s EV push prompts IEA oil demand review

Polluted highway outside Beijing

IEA to reconsider projections as the two make up 13% of global gasoline demand Plans by China and India to adopt energy policies that will boost the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the coming years have prompted the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) to announce that it will review …

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Totally Motorrad: BMW’s latest electric concept

Motorrad Concept Link

Motorrad Concept Link is light on detail but heavy on EV design BMW has presented an updated version of its latest electric scooter motorbike. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, and presents a glimpse into how the group sees its future offering …

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Audi announces third EV, Chinese partnerships

Audi Forum Ingolstadt

Three new EVs planned by 2020, and new partnerships in China with FAW and SAIC Audi’s May 18 annual general meeting laid out a few key points for the company’s electrification strategy in the coming years. Most notable was chairman of the board Rupert Stadler’s affirmation that: “We will expand …

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Energy Absolute considers Thai battery plant

Amita battery production. Source: Amita Technologies

Thai company wants to create a battery facility to rival the Gigafactory, with 50GWh/yr output by 2020 Back in mid-April, several Thai and Chinese firms announced the formation of a joint venture to develop storage batteries to support solar and wind power plants in Asia. Bangkok-based Energy Absolute teamed up …

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Mercedes-Benz partners with Vivint on solar energy storage

Vivnt Battery Benz

An affiliate of German auto giant Mercedes-Benz is to partner with the US solar panel installer Vivint Solar to supply residential solar energy and storage This would put Mercedes in direct competition with Tesla, which acquired installer SolarCity last year, and recently opened orders for its flagship Solar Tile product. …

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Rice Uni tests hybrid graphene battery

A graphic shows carbon nanotubes covalently bonded to a graphene substrate. The material created at Rice University is being tested as an anode for high-capacity lithium metal batteries. Source Tour Group  / Rice University

Researchers solve dendrite problem and add energy density with new anode made of graphene and carbon nanotubes Rice University scientists have reportedly created a rechargeable lithium-metal battery with three times the capacity of lithium-ion batteries by resolving the problem of dendrite growth. The Rice battery stores lithium in a unique …

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Grant secures Caltrain electrification

Source: Caltrain

San Francisco-San Jose route is expected to run electric trains by 2021 May 22 saw the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) confirm that it will provide a Full Funding Grant Agreement, committing US$647 million to electrify a major train route in California. The route, which connects central San Francisco to …

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NRL flies solar UAV

Research flight crew (l-r) Dan Edwards and Trent Young (not shown: Chris Bovais, Sam Carter, Matthew Kelly, and Dave Scheiman). (NRL)

Project to fly surveillance UAV using PV array and battery shows progress Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Vehicle Research Section and Photovoltaic Section are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Their research has paired solar photovoltaics (PV) with “autonomous …

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Daimler lays foundations at ACCUMOTIVE battery factory

Groundbreaking at ACCUMOTIVE in Kamenz: Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in a conversation with Dieter Zetsche (Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars) and two employees of ACCUMOTIVE accompanied by Minister President of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich as well as Markus Schäfer (Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain) and Frank Blome (Managing Director Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE).

Kamenz factory will produce batteries for Mercedes trucks and the upcoming Concept EQ EVs Daimler has laid the first foundations for a new battery factor in Kamenz, Germany, as part of its ongoing drive to support new battery and hybrid vehicles. The factory is operated by ACCUMOTIVE, a subsidiary of …

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Australia launches Electric Vehicle Council

Minister Paul Fletcher at the Electric Vehicle Council Launch

National organisation will track EV sales and raise consumer awareness A new national body aimed at increasing the uptake of EVs in Australia was officially launched in Canberra on Monday May 22. The Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) is an industry-led organisation representing and coordinating the EV industry in Australia. According …

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Little e.Go, big impact

e.Go Life. Source: e.Go

German start-up to make low-cost urban EV for launch in Germany early next year The four-seater compact e.Go Life is the latest affordable urban electric car from Germany – and despite its diminutive size, it could make a big splash in the city-focused EV market. Similar in design and strategy …

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11 companies take on ‘all-Japan’ approach to hydrogen infrastructure

Toyota Hydrogen Station concept
Source: Toyota

Toyota, Nissan, and Honda are among the 11 companies which have agreed to work together to construct large-scale hydrogen stations in Japan. According to Toyota, the move is intended to boost the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles through the development of infrastructure and vehicle production. The companies involved also …

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