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Sweden aims for Leading Edge in natural graphite

Graphite production at LEM's Woxna mine.

Leading Edge Materials joins in “Natural Swedish Graphite for Future Lithium Ion Batteries”. The The Natural Swedish Graphite project is focused on the application and optimisation of high purity natural graphite as anode material for lithium-ion batteries, using material sourced from Woxna project in Sweden. Major funding is provided by …

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Petronas unit to expand EV charging

ChargEV Malaysia

PDB to expand EV charging infrastructure in Malaysia as country works towards ambitious 2020 targets A unit of Malaysian national oil company Petronas, Petronas Dagangan (PDB), has said it intends to expand its provision of EV charging points from 66 to 100. According to a report from local automotive site …

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Toyota previews Fine Comfort-Ride FCEV

Toyota Fine Comfort-Ride

The “Fine Comfort-Ride” fuel cell concept from Toyota is expected to have an impressive 600-mile range Toyota has announced that its next fuel cell EV (FCEV) concept will make its debut at next week’s Tokyo Motor Show. In a press release, the Japanese automaker noted that the “Fine Comfort-Ride” concept …

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Yamaha to electrify Tokyo Motor Show


20 Yamaha models on show, including AI-assisted electric motorcycle and a range of new e-bikes The Tokyo Motor Show officially begins at the end of next week, and Japan’s automakers are already lining up the technologies for display. As with many of its compatriots, Japan’s Yamaha Motor has been slow …

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LA Metro orders up to 100 electric buses

Xcelsior battery electric bus

LA Metro places 35 firm orders with New Flyer with possible increase to 100, as well as up to 300 CNG buses Los Angeles Metro officials announced that they have signed a contract with New Flyer of America for dozens of zero-emission and compressed natural gas buses to help the …

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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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Bigger batteries for Volvo 7900 Electric

The new Volvo Buses 7900 Electric.

Volvo’s 7900 Electric now available with up to 250kWh pack and CCS charging Volvo Buses is launching a newer version of the Volvo 7900 Electric bus, with “significantly extended range” and new charging options. The 7900 is a two-axle 12-metre long city bus with a range of up to 200km. …

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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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EU Battery Alliance planned for early 2018

European Commission, Brussels.

Maroš Šefčovic firms up plans of an “Airbus for batteries” with a strategic outline for an EU Battery Alliance due in February 2018 Given the importance of energy storage, and batteries in particular, to the future of a decarbonised European energy mix, much noise is being made over growing 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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Shell puts plans in NewMotion

Source: Shell

Shell acquires Dutch EV charging start-up NewMotion as it makes good on promise to increase charging point provision Oil supermajor and fuel station operator Shell is to acquire fellow Dutch-headquartered firm NewMotion, in a bid to accelerate its roll-out of EV charging infrastructure. Under the terms of the deal, NewMotion …

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Ballard tests NPMC fuel cells in forklift equipment

Hydrogen Powered Forklift

Ballard receives Nisshinbo P.O. for program to advance use of NPMC fuel cells in material handling On September 12, 2017 the Ballard and Nisshinbo announced that they had successfully collaborated on development of the world’s first NPMC-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell product – the FCgen®-1040 – which is …

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Germany’s Tank & Rast expands charging to 150kW

Tank & Rast charging

E.ON and Tank & Rast are collaborating on the rapid charging of electric vehicles at over 90 motorway service stations throughout Germany. At over 90 Tank & Rast locations across Germany, E.ON is installing next-generation EV charging columns. With 150 kilowatts (kW), these will have three times the charging capacity …

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Toyota’s Project Portal fuel-cell semi starts tests in LA

Project Portal Class 8 FCEV. Source: Toyota

Project Portal will see the class-8 hydrogen and battery-powered truck take on short test routes It’s shaping up to be a big week for fuel cells. Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) “Project Portal” – a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy-duty truck use – has begun its test run …

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Ballard signs FCEV tram-buses deal with Van Hool

Exquicity Tram-Bus. Source Van Hool

FCveloCity®-HD 100-kilowatt fuel cell engines to power 8 ExquiCity tram-buses built by Van Hool NV. The tram-buses will be delivered in Pau, France to the SMTU-PPP (Syndicat Mixte de Transports urbains – Pau Portes des Pyrénées) and the STAP (Société de Transport de l’Agglomération Paloise) during the second half of …

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