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Panasonic throws hat into the ePowertrain ring

Scalable ePowertrain platform at the CES 2018

Earlier this month, Panasonic unveiled its ‘ePowertrain’ concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Although primarily known as a battery supplier within the EV world, Panasonic appears to have bigger plans for its products and role within the industry. Plans for an ePowertrain and battery development were announced …

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Groupe PSA and Nidec form French joint venture

PSA Nidec

The PSA-Nidec partnership will design, develop, manufacture and sell a range of electric traction machines Nidec Leroy-Somer and Groupe PSA have acknowledged the strategic importance of traction motors in the coming electrification age. The companies agreed mutual cooperation for developing competitive electric traction motor range for electrified vehicles (Mild-hybrid (MHEV), …

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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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