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For the last decade, the policy of most legacy automakers has been to talk big about EVs, while doing little or nothing to sell any. Now, ironically, Toyota may be turning this time-honored formula backwards. The company broadcasts anti-EV misinformation in TV ads and executive speeches, and lobbies governments to water down support for EV
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Nanocarbon supplier Nanoramic has secured a substantial investment from private investment firm Fortistar. Nanoramic has raised over $75 million to date to develop and commercialize Neocarbonix, its nanocarbon electrode technology. As a part of the Fortistar investment, Nanoramic will add Chuck Bryceland to the company’s board of directors.  The company claims that its Neocarbonix 3D
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ABB E-mobility will provide the charging infrastructure for electric aircraft manufacturer Lilium‘s regional air network, which is scheduled for commercial launch in 2024. Lilium has announced planned launch networks in Florida, Germany and Brazil. As part of the agreement, ABB will develop, test and supply charging equipment based on standards being developed by CharIN’s Megawatt
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Apparently the world needs another Batman movie as a new one is coming, this time starring Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame as the Caped Crusader. And naturally any new Batman production is going to need a new Batmobile. The film’s director Matt Reeves took to Twitter last year to give a sneak peek at the
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UnitedSiC has launched version 2 of its FET-jet calculator, a tool used to select Schottky diodes and field-effect transistors (FETs). The user selects the topology of the desired AC-DC or DC-DC converter, isolated or non-isolated. Changing between continuous, critical, or discontinuous modes is automatic. The input, output, and power required are selected, and the tool then
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Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has introduced three new electric compact construction machines, bringing its electric lineup to five models. The new L20 Electric, EC18 Electric and ECR18 Electric are now available to reserve online for delivery in 2022. The L20 Electric compact wheel loader and EC18 Electric and ECR18 Electric compact excavators represent the
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Jankel, a manufacturer of defense and security systems, is collaborating with Williams Advanced Engineering to provide services and technologies to contractors in the US defense market. The two companies will work on joint projects to electrify legacy and new military vehicle fleets across the US Department of Defense.   South-Carolina based Jankel Tactical Systems has extensive
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Liebherr, in partnership with KOSTAL, has released an automated connection system for battery pack module connectors. Compared with screwed and rigid busbars, plug connections with flexible cables offer easier assembly and disassembly, because the flexible lines can compensate for positioning tolerances of several millimeters in the battery modules. The contact parts are touch-protected to remove
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SAE International has released SAE J2464: Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) Safety and Abuse Testing, a revised recommended practice for establishing safe battery systems. Originating in 1999 when the industry recognized the need for safety and abuse testing of battery systems in the mobility sector, the revised J2464 recommended practice
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Sponsored by Serma Specialized in electronics services for 30 years, SERMA Group carries out expertise and tests on batteries, power electronics and electric motors.  In order to support the strong growth of the electrical energy sector, SERMA opened in 2019 an additional test, expertise and services platform of more than 5000m² in France, near Bordeaux.
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The limited-edition Bugatti Centodieci has completed hot-weather testing on the way to a planned start of production in 2022, the automaker announced Thursday in a press release. Even supercars need to go through a full battery of tests before production. So in addition to wind-tunnel testing and track testing at the Nürburgring, Bugatti brought a
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Polish bus builder Solaris has unveiled its latest vehicle, the 9-metre low-entry Urbino 9 LE electric. It’s designed both for city and intercity routes, and Solaris calls it “an excellent link between the urban and suburban road network across conurbations.” The new e-bus has been standardized with all Solaris’s other 4th-generation vehicles. Alongside the Urbino
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TE Connectivity has launched three new products for the hybrid and electric commercial transportation market. The new IPT-HD power bolt connector performs in temperatures ranging from -40 to +125 degrees Celsius and, thanks to its low-contact-resistance design, can withstand excessively high engine-level vibrations. The IPT-HD connector features a new shielding that complies with ISO and
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DuPont’s BETATECH thermal interface material (TIM) has been specified by Renault for supply to its Maubeuge and Douai production facilities in northern France. A multi-year technical partnership with the Alpine F1 team was also announced. BETATECH helps manage and control heat from higher-density batteries during both charging and operation. This is accomplished by maintaining thermal
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The battery pack is the single most costly EV component and has the largest impact on design and performance (size, weight, acceleration, range, charge time, and vehicle life). Join this session next week at the Charged Virtual Conference on EV Engineering, presented by NI and EA Elektro-Automatik, to learn how integrating EA Elektro-Automatik’s bidirectional, regenerative
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Sponsored by CPC As the widespread adaption of electric vehicles continues to expand, increased charging speeds become critical. There are three levels of charging types, with the Level 3 charging as fast as 30 – 60 minutes. But drivers don’t want to wait. A fourth charging type is under exploration and could charge EVs to
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Atom Power has come up with a novel way to simplify charging stations, potentially reducing equipment and maintenance costs. Atom’s UL-listed solid-state digital circuit breaker centralizes the power management system—the smart technology that charges the vehicle resides in the electrical panel, and the charging pedestal or wall box does not contain high-tech electronics. Now technology
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Indian EV ride-hailing and charging company BluSmart has raised $25 million in a Series A funding round led by bp ventures, which invested $13 million. Other investors included Mayfield India Fund, 9Unicorns and Survam Partners. Sophia Nadur, Managing Partner at bp ventures, will join BluSmart’s board. BluSmart will use the new capital to expand its
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General Motors is looking to expand its defense business with products like this Infantry Squad Vehicle (or ISV for short), which was featured on a recent episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage.” In 2020, the United States Army awarded GM a $214.3 million contract to build and support 649 examples of the ISV. At the time,
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