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Akasol equips commercial vehicles with new battery system

Akasol building

Akasol has revealed a cylindrical-cells battery pack with an energy density of 221 watt hours per kg (Wh/kg). First customer application trials set for the end of 2018. The new battery system has a long life-time and enables long distance journeys for commercial vehicles such as coaches, buses and trucks. …

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NASA to send electric helicopter to Mars

Artist's impression of NASA's Mars helicopter

NASA is working on a small electric helicopter that they plan to fly on Mars during the 2020 mission. The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air …

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Nissan M.O.V.E plan accelerates EV offensive

Nissan showing new models at Auto Shanghai 2017.

Nissan to sell 1 million electrified vehicles – pure electric or with e-POWER powertrains – annually by fiscal year 2022 under its M.O.V.E. initiative Nissan Motor has published updated plans which will see the launch of more new “electrified” vehicles, an expansion of autonomous driving systems, and new vehicle connectivity options …

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UK report demands expedited deadline for ending ICE sales

ICE exhaust

The UK House of Commons released a new report last week on the nation’s obligations to improve air quality, mooting that ICE car sales should be banned sooner rather than later The report is the result of a joint inquiry, launched in 2017 after concerns were raised regarding the government’s …

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Researchers find li-ion batteries are capable of 5x faster charging

CCS fast-charging system

A new testing technique has revealed Li-ion batteries can be safely charged much faster than current manufacturers’ recommendations A group of researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK  have discovered that commercially available Lithium-ion batteries can be safely charged five times faster than currently recommended. The group used commercially …

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Ford to spend $11b on hybrids and EVs

The 2018 Ford F-150 – Ford has said it will offer a hybrid version of its classic pickup in 2020.

Ford moots plans to up its spending on hybrid and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) alongside an intuitive product and infrastructure experience for its users Ford has announced further details to its recently re-vamped ‘Team Edison‘ plan after revealing changes to ex-CEO, Mark Fields’ 2017 presentation. Fields discussed a budget of US$4.5 billion (set …

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