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South Australia sets off on hydrogen roadmap

Minister Paul Fletcher at the Electric Vehicle Council Launch

A$9 million from the SA state government will support a production facility and bus trial Having lagged behind other markets in terms of EV uptake and infrastructure, Australia seems to be taking greater interest of late. The South Australian Government has announced a A$9 million commitment to implement the first …

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Volvo’s Polestar to plot its own course


Volvo is spinning out Polestar into a high-performance EV brand Volvo Cars is spinning off its Polestar, its performance car arm, as a stand-alone brand that will focus on designing and producing high-spec EVs. “Polestar will be a credible competitor in the emerging global market for high-performance electrified cars,” said …

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New partnership for Energy Observer


Pioneering clean energy-driven vessel demonstrates possibilities for hydrogen and battery power A few months ago, the world’s first catamaran powered solely by renewable sources was launched. The pioneering Energy Observer vessel was developed by research institute CEA Liten, and features a combination of low-carbon technologies which will enable it to …

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CHJ to launch “ultra compact” EV


Newcomer CHJ Automotive will launch an urban ultra-compact in 2018, followed by an affordable electric SUV in 2019 Chinese start-up CHJ Automotive is to launch a 7,000-euro (US$7,800) ‘ultra-compact’ electric car in China in March 2018, CNBC reported. It will also be launched in Europe for the car-sharing market, via …

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VW to put ID BUZZ into production

Volkswagen Showcar I.D. BUZZ

Recent comments by Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess suggest that the ID BUZZ microbus will be made Volkswagen’s iconic microbus, synonymous with freedom and the hippy movement thanks to its 60s styling, is officially set for an electric revolution. Back in January, ElecTrans reported on the company’s plans for an autonomous …

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Tesla in talks over Indian imports

Indian PM Narendra Modi meets Elon Musk in 2015

Elon Musk is seeking temporary relief from import duties to gain Tesla a foothold in the Indian market Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said he is discussions with India in the hopes of a cheaper way of selling imported electric cars in India, the world’s fourth largest EV market. According …

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Germany opens two new H2 filling stations

FRANKFURT AND WIESBADEN: H2 MOBILITY partners open two new hydrogen (H2) stations in the Rhine-Main Area (Copyright: H2 MOBILITY // Felix Krumbholz)

Two stations in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden link north and south transport routes Hydrogen has gained another foothold in the German transport network with the opening of two new fuelling stations, connecting networks in the country’s north and south. Joint venture H2 Mobility Deutschland, with partners Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde and …

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The trials and tribulations of V2G

Nissan/Enel V2G programme in the UK. Source: V2G UK

Recent vehicle-to-grid (V2G) studies have found that regular bi-directional cycling to the grid hurts and helps EV batteries One of the most common and persuasive arguments for greater EV adoption is the flexibility large amounts of stored energy could offer the grid. With GWh of energy stored in vehicles across …

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DHL, Ford to make heavy EV based on Transit

Source: DHL

New larger model will be based on Transit chassis and build on success of StreetScooter’s WORK EV Deutsche Post is continuing its run of electric innovation as part of a new partnership with a local Ford subsidiary. StreetScooter has already made a splash in the German EV market through the …

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California takes out the trash!

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, installed on the Sacramento electric refuse truck
Source: PRNewsfoto/Motiv Power Systems

The city of Sacramento, capital of California, has taken another step towards electrification of utilities following the delivery of its first all-electric rubbish truck Several companies have been brought onboard to provide the various components of the Electric Refuse Vehicle (ERV). Motiv Power Systems provides a scalable, modular all-electric powertrain …

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The new Green(4U) racer that could take on ICEs

Source: Green4u/Panoz

An all-electric collaboration between Panoz and Green4U Technologies is expected to be entered into consideration for the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans Race next year. Green4U Technologies, and one of its partners – Panoz – has unveiled an all-electric race car concept at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Village in …

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BMW backs Proterra in US$55m investment round

Proterra Catalyst XR

Investments from BMW and Al Gore’s venture capital businesses to help production and R&D US electric bus manufacturer Proterra rarely leaves the headlines these days. Its latest feat is the closure of a US$55 million investment round, its second this year and sixth in total. Following the reportedly oversubscribed US$140 …

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Ballard unit wins UAV fuel cell order

UA Alpha. Source: FlyH2

Protonex technology will be used to fuel UAVs built by South African manufacturer Protonex, a subsidiary of hydrogen fuel cell firm Ballard, has received an initial order for its fuel cell propulsion system. FlyH2 Aerospace, a South African developer of hydrogen fuel cell powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial …

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Volvo buses go live in Luxembourg


Four new electric buses take to routes in Differdange A new fleet of Volvo fully electric buses have gone into service in Luxembourg, as more European cities take the plunge in adopting EVs for public transport services. Sales-Lentz, a transport operator in Differdange, Luxembourg. now has 4 electric buses, 12 …

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