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Hyperdrive completes high-density battery project with Nissan

Hyperdrive Innovation circuit board

Sunderland-based Hyperdrive works closely with Nissan at its UK plant and has developed a new high-density pack for EVs and stationary storage UK-based Hyperdrive Innovation has announced the successful completion of the government-backed High Energy Density Battery (HEDB) project. The company, a developer and manufacturer of li-ion battery technology for …

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Mercedes-Benz reveals all-electric eActros trucks

Mercedes-Benz eActros on the road.

Daimler reveals road-ready eActros electric trucks, featuring power output of 250 kW and two battery packs with a 240 kWh capacity In 2016 Mercedes-Benz Trucks announced the development of a heavy-duty electric truck concept. Less than two years later the resulting model, the eActros, is now ready for its first road service. …

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Workhorse to supply EVs for UPS

Rendering of the UPS-Workhorse design

UPS and Workhorse are to work together on a design for a bespoke logistics EV, with testing slated for 2019 US-based logistics firm UPS has announced a new supply deal with EV-maker Workhorse, in which it will deploy 50 new all-electric delivery trucks for its fleet. UPS said the new …

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Renault and EEM launch electric ecosystem in Porto Santo

2018 - Renault Zoe in Porto Santo

The world-first smart island programme will use EVs, second-life batteries, smart charging and V2G solutions in Madeira’s Porto Santo The government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira is to roll out a new energy programme in Porto Santo, known as Sustainable Porto Santo – Smart Fossil Free Island, to encourage …

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Toyota develops new motor magnet using less neodymium

Neodymium magnets

Toyota aims to reduce the use of expensive and potentially unsustainable rare-earth materials in its motors, and finds success with a new neodymium magnet design It’s not just lithium supplies that are crucial to EV development. Rare-earth minerals like neodymium and dysprosium are required for motors and other key components, …

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Punch Powertrain acquires Apojee

Punch Powertrain's Ningbo factory

Punch Powertrain has acquired French power electronics firm Apojee Belgium-based powertrain manufacturer Punch Powertrain is expanding via the acquisition of French firm Apojee. Apojee is an industry expert in the field of power electronics, with customers in the German and French automotive industry (both OEMs and Tier 1s), as well …

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ZSW to study fuel stations of the future


ZSW is to study a multi-energy dispenser which would supply grid electricity, batteries, hydrogen and methane to power low-carbon vehicles While there will be always be an appetite for rapid refuelling and recharging of EVs, the technology is highly disruptive to the current business model of fuel retailers. Instead of …

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ABB supplies fast-charging to Philippines QEV

QEV electric jeepney

ABB partners with QEV to bring DC fast chargers and expand clean transportation in the Philippines ABB will supply QEV Philippines, a local e-mobility start-up, with 200 Terra 53 multi-standard electric-vehicle DC charging stations over the next three years, in an effort to promote e-mobility in the Philippines. The first …

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VW to unveil VIZZION in Geneva

Volkswagen I.D. VIZZION concept

The self-driving VIZZION concept will join the rest of the I.D. range at an unveiling in Geneva next month News of automakers’ plans is beginning to trickle out ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in March. Most recently, Volkswagen released a design sketch for the latest iteration of its electric …

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Renault confirms more powerful 2018 ZOE

2018 Renault ZOE

New Renault R110 motor adds 12kW more power to new release of the best-selling ZOE Consistently one of Europe’s best-selling EVs, the Renault ZOE has performed well over the past few years. In 2017, it held onto its position as the region’s top-selling EV for the third year in a …

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Cornwall garages to install rapid EV chargers


Cornwall Garage Group plans to install rapid EV chargers at nine of its 18 petrol stations in England, with EV charging infrastructure partner Instavolt Cornwall Garage Group, which owns 18 petrol forecourts across England, has announced plans to install rapid EV chargers. The company is working with InstaVolt to install …

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Alta releases 2018 Redshift MXR

Alta Motors' 2018 Redshift MXR

The new electric 2018 Redshift MXR is lighter, faster and cheaper than its predecessors, as Alta pushes its models to compete with ICEs The Redshift MX was one of the more exciting EV models we covered last year, largely because it went a long way towards proving that vehicles in …

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Yoogo launches EV car-sharing service in NZ

Source: Yoogo

New car-sharing scheme Yoogo will offer a fleet of 100 EVs to Christchurch residents for on-demand hire New Zealand has launched a new EV car-sharing service which its operator says will be the largest such scheme in the Southern Hemisphere. Yoogo Share was launched in Christchurch this week, in partnership …

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FCEV sales to grow 42% by 2024, report says

NEXO FCEV.  Source: Hyundai.

A report from Global Market Insights expects FCEV unit sales to exceed 300,000 by 2024 Sales of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) over the last year were somewhat disappointing in comparison to expectations, however a new report by Global Market Insights (GMI) suggests that the slump will not last. Research …

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Gupta pitches affordable “people’s EV”

Sanjeev Gupta (right) meets with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull in July 2017. Source: GFG Alliance

Billionaire industrialist Sanjeev Gupta aims to develop an affordable EV for the masses, built from composites and capable of charging with solar power The steel magnate Sanjeev Gupta is pitching a popular, affordable mass-market electric vehicle –much like the creation of the original people’s car, the VW Beetle. This would …

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