Google Maps adds more public EV charging information
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by Charles Morris
19h ago
Most popular mapping apps can show the locations of public EV chargers—but they lack important details, such as whether a station requires payment, and whether it is currently in service (EV-specific apps such as PlugShare provide much more detailed information). Now Google Maps has announced plans to upgrade the EV charger information it provides. The service plans to roll out new features designed to provide more detailed and current information about chargers. Google Maps will soon provide information about the exact locations of charging stations. As frequent EV travelers know, finding an ..read more
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Efacec launches new 180 kW modular EV charger
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by Nicole Willing
19h ago
Portuguese EV charging infrastructure manufacturer Efacec has launched a new high-power modular EV charger incorporating an active monitoring and remote upgrade system. The QC180 is an all-in-one Plug & Charge-ready system. It allows for simultaneous charging at up to 180 kW, includes an independent remote connection for maintenance and asset management and incorporates a credit card payment terminal. It also enables integration with Efacec’s Load Management System (LMS), a tool that allows operators to manage station power at the installation site. The new charger provides more customer ..read more
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Panasonic Energy enters discussions with IndianOil for lithium-ion battery manufacturing
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by Nicole Willing
19h ago
Panasonic Energy has signed a binding term sheet and initiated discussions with New Delhi-headquartered IndianOil to potentially form a joint venture to manufacture cylindrical lithium-ion batteries in India.  Driven by anticipated expansion of the country’s battery demand, the two companies will conduct a feasibility study to finalize details of their collaboration by summer. The country’s largest state-owned oil production company, IndianOil has in recent years been developing clean energy sources, including solar power, biofuels and hydrogen. Through its partnership with IndianOil, Pa ..read more
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Volvo CE uses electric trucks to transport its electric construction equipment
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by Nicole Willing
3d ago
Volvo CE, the Volvo Group’s construction equipment subsidiary, and Volvo Trucks have partnered with France-based logistics firm Capelle Transports to pilot an electric shuttle service that carries out the initial transport of construction machines from the Volvo CE factory in Belley, France, and optimizes the loading of truck trailers.  The program is part of Volvo Group’s efforts to reduce its indirect Scope 3 emissions by 30% by 2030. It has also increased efficiency by optimizing the loading of each truck trailer that leaves the yard. In the trial, a Volvo FH Electric truck, with ful ..read more
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New fleet customer says Tesla Semi performs “well beyond expectations”
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by Charles Morris
3d ago
The rollout of the Tesla Semi has been slower than EVangelists would have liked. The electric semi tractor was first unveiled in 2017, and officially entered production in late 2022. Since then, it has been deployed in limited numbers. Last October, it was reported that Tesla had built about 70 Semis trucks, which were being used internally and by one confirmed customer, PepsiCo. Tesla recently broke ground on a new facility at its Nevada Gigafactory site, where Semis are slated to be produced. Now Electrek reports that Tesla has delivered Semis to at least one more customer: Martin Brower (M ..read more
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AMPURE debuts PosiLink platform for electric material-handling fleet operations
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by Nicole Willing
3d ago
California-based EV and industrial charging equipment producer AMPURE has introduced, under the PosiCharge brand, a cloud-based data management platform, PosiLink, designed for electric material-handling fleet operations. AMPURE was formerly known as Webasto Charging Systems, and was acquired recently by Transom Capital Group. The company says its new software, which transitions from its legacy PosiNet platform, improves performance, efficiency, and informed decision-making by providing operators easy access to critical battery information, including energy consumption, usage patterns and sys ..read more
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EST-Floattech to supply Octopus Series battery systems to Coastal Workboats
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by Nicole Willing
3d ago
Netherlands-headquartered maritime battery manufacturer EST-Floattech will provide the battery systems for the electric-landing utility vessel (E-LUV) to be built by UK shipyard Coastal Workboats in Stornoway and for the company’s shore-based power supply system (SPSS). The project is funded by a £6-million grant from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) to Coastal Workboats to demonstrate the UK’s first commercial electric workboat and charging station. The E-LUV is a roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) and dry cargo transportation ferry that will be equipped with 2,400 kWh of EST-Floatte ..read more
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Hyundai and Kia partner with Exide Energy for local EV battery production in India
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by Nicole Willing
3d ago
Hyundai and Kia have signed an agreement with Indian lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery manufacturer Exide Energy Solutions to equip the two companies’ upcoming EV models in the Indian market with locally produced batteries. Established in 2022, Exide Energy Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exide Industries, which has 75 years of experience in the production of lead-acid batteries. The new company was formed to manufacture lithium-ion cells, modules and packs that incorporate multiple chemistries and form factors. “India is a key market for vehicle electrification, due in part to t ..read more
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AMPECO and DEFA partner to meet the EU’s AFIR EV charging requirements
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by Nicole Willing
4d ago
AMPECO, a Bulgaria-headquartered EV charging software developer, and DEFA, a Norway-based EV charging station provider, are integrating DEFA’s AC charger with AMPECO’s charge point management system to provide more secure transactions, enhanced efficiency and user experience, and compliance with the EU’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) requirements for EV charging infrastructure. AMPECO’s platform offers a secure payment method that leverages dynamic QR codes on DEFA’s charging stations, the company says, and it supports the necessary ad hoc payments stipulated by AFIR. The ..read more
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Today’s EV engineering webinar schedule: Thursday, April 18th
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by Kevin
4d ago
Charged is hosting a virtual conference on EV engineering that’s free to attend, and it starts today. The conference includes live webinar sessions with interactive Q&As and on-demand webinars. View the daily session schedule online here. All of the live sessions will be recorded and available to view after the broadcasts. The recorded videos can be accessed on each session’s registration page. Thursday, April 18th Session Topics: 8:00 am EDT All-In-One e-Fluid Technology To Cool Inverter, e-Motor and Provide EV Gear Lubrication Join Us 8:45 am EDT Real Time Power Electronics Simulation ..read more
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