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BYD becomes third-largest EV manufacturer in the world

California Governor Jerry Brown at BYD's Lancaster factory. Source: BYD

Chinese company closes in on Tesla and sets sights on US market Chinese automaker BYD has overtaken Mitsubishi to become the third-largest EV manufacturer in the world. With 161,000 total sales including hybrids, it now trails only the Renault-Nissan Alliance (369,000 sales) and Tesla Motors (164,000 sales). In fact, it …

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Hyundai Genesis – the beginning or the end of its EV ambitions?

Hyundai ix35 fuel cell

Hyundai’s Genesis range will contain plug-in hybrids, but the company sees batteries only as an intermediate step to hydrogen fuel cells. Hyundai’s decision to focus its electrified vehicle plans on a brand that is barely off the ground has surprised some. Yet a follow-up announcement by Hyundai Motor America CEO …

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ORNL trials 20-kW wireless EV charging

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's 20-kilowatt wireless charging system.
Source: ORNL

A 20-kilowatt wireless charging system demonstrated at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has achieved 90% efficiency at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used for electric vehicles (EVs) today. While wireless charging is not necessarily one of the technology gaps holding EVs back, …

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Four UK Cities Get £40 Million Investment to Improve EV Infrastructure (This is Money)

A fund of £40 million will be spread across Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London in a Government bid to promote the uptake of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, it was announced on Monday by the Department of Transport. The money from the Go Ultra Low City Scheme will now be used …

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Morgan to Build Electric Cars Starting in 2019 (Electric Cars Reports)

Morgan has received £6m (nearly $8.5 million) in funding to start building hybrid and electric cars from 2019. The money, which comes from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre and UK-based Delta Motorsport and Potenza Technology, will go to expand the company’s research and development department. The first regular-production electric model in Morgan’s …

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XALT Energy to Supply Li-ion Packs to Efficient Drivetrains for PHEVs (Green Car Congress)

XALT Energy and Efficient Drivetrains (EDI) announced a tentative agreement through which XALT will supply EDI with its NMC graphite Lithium-ion battery energy storage packs for use in EDI’s PHEV PowerDrive and electric power export solutions. XALT has begun shipment of the initial order and is expected to complete shipments under …

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