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Fisker patents EV range-extending battery tech

Fisker Solid State Battery

New solid-state battery will be rolled out in 2023 The start-up Fisker has patented a battery technology for electric vehicles that will have a 500-mile range on a single one-minute charge. The solid-state battery is expected to be ready for commercial sale in 2023 The California-based firm will showcase the revolutionary …

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Ricardo to integrate Fisker’s 800V electric powertrain

Fisker EMotion EV. Source: Fisker

Ricardo to assist with powertrain, battery module design, fast-charging and system integration as part of the partnership Fisker has announced a strategic partnership with Ricardo to integrate an 800V powertrain into its upcoming flagship EV, the Fisker EMotion. The partnership will include integration of Fisker’s proprietary 800V Ultra Charger, 800V …

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Nissan IMx concept shown in Tokyo

Nissan IMx Concept

Nissan says all-electric, fully autonomous concept vehicle embodies future of “Intelligent Mobility” Amid an exceptionally busy Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan has revealed its latest all-electric concept: the Nissan IMx. Leveraging autonomous technology, executives said the vehicle represents the future direction of the company’s intelligent mobility strategy. Central to this is …

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Cummins acquires battery-maker Brammo

Cummins Class 7 Urban Hauler

Engine manufacturer pushes electrification strategy with takeover of pack designer Brammo Engine and motor manufacturer Cummins has announced its acquisition of Brammo, an Oregon-based company which designs and develops battery packs and storage systems. Cummins said that the addition of Brammo’s expertise in battery pack design and manufacturing marked “an …

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EDI powers PHEV cement mixer

EDI - Shannxi Class 8 cement mixer

Efficient Drivetrains partners with China’s Shannxi to supply PHEV drivetrain for Class 8 cement truck California-based Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI) has announced an interesting new expansion of its portfolio into the construction industry. In partnership with China’s Shannxi Automotive, the world’s tenth largest medium and heavy duty truck manufacturer, the …

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Proterra introduces DuoPower drivetrain

Proterra Catalyst XR

US bus-maker develops DuoPower drivetrain, twin-motor setup with twice the power of a comparable diesel At this year’s American Public Transit Association (APTA) Annual Meeting electric bus-maker Proterra announced that it had introduced the DuoPower drivetrain for Catalyst battery-electric buses. Using the DuoPower drivetrain, the Catalyst bus will now have almost …

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BRP expands into all-electric kart racing

Rotax battery holder for ICE karts.

BRP is extending its range of Rotax internal combustion engines to electric powerpacks. BRP’s new Rotax THUNDeR powerpacks will offer users the benefits of electrification, with the same performance and ease-of-use common to the Rotax brand. The company also manufactures Ski-Doos, watercraft and other all-terrain vehicles,  as well as karts. …

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Meritor developing EV platforms

Conventional Meritor drive axle.

Automotive component manufacturer Meritor is developing a platform of electric drive axles and suspensions. “Essentially, we’re focusing on integrating an electric motor into the differential carrier,” said Jay Craig, CEO and president for Meritor. “As we look to future emissions regulations and our customers’ desire for more efficiency, we’re developing …

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Dyson promises “radical” EV by 2020

Sketches made by James Dyson for cyclonic exhaust capture technology.

British inventor to invest GBP2bn in EV and battery research UK-based inventor and engineer James Dyson has confirmed plans to design and manufacture an electric vehicle. The announcement, made Tuesday September 26, confirms long-running rumours that his eponymous consumer goods company, Dyson, would be entering the electric transportation market. Details …

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