ZF produces first 1,000 CeTrax lite drives for commercial EVs
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by Nicole Willing
8h ago
German automotive company ZF has built 1,000 CeTrax lite electric drives for light commercial vehicles since it started volume production in April 2023. CeTrax lite is an all-electric drive with a peak output of 150 kW that sits centrally in the vehicle frame—replacing the transmission in combustion vehicles. It is an all-electric central drive, which is suitable for electrifying existing commercial vehicle platforms. The company has ramped up volume manufacturing faster than planned, in response to demand from Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu. The drive powers Isuzu’s latest li ..read more
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Nexeon starts construction of a silicon anode material production site in Korea
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by Nicole Willing
8h ago
Nexeon, a maker of silicon anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, has begun construction of a commercial production facility in Gunsan, South Korea. The site is located next to a facility operated by OCI, one of the largest silane gas producers outside China, ensuring a stable and cost-effective source of raw material supply. The dedicated silane pipeline streamlines manufacturing and reduces transportation costs while supporting Nexeon’s sustainability goals. OCI can scale its production alongside Nexeon in response to future market demand. Nexeon’s second-generation technology allows ba ..read more
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DP World and Einride to pilot autonomous electric trucks at Dubai container port
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by Charles Morris
8h ago
Commercial EV builder Einride is working with DP World, a provider of supply chain solutions headquartered in Dubai, to electrify inter-terminal container flows at Jebel Ali Port, which is said to be the 10th busiest port in the world. Starting at the end of 2024, DP World plans to deploy a fleet of 100 electric trucks, managed through Einride’s Saga operating system, which is designed to maximize the efficiency of electric and autonomous road freight operations. An autonomous pilot is slated to begin in 2025. “Our collaboration [will merge] Einride’s expertise in electrification and autonomo ..read more
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Mullen Automotive scores $150 million in new capital, will put Bollinger B4 into production
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by Charles Morris
8h ago
We’ve been fans of Bollinger Motors since we interviewed founder Robert Bollinger back in 2018. We wrote at the time that his company’s rugged, no-nonsense electric work trucks should find a lot of buyers, if the company could navigate the shoals that have wrecked most of the EV startups. Bollinger’s 2022 acquisition by Mullen Automotive was an important rite of passage. Now Mullen has taken a positive step towards the big time, raising $150 million in new financing commitments. The company says the new infusion of cash will allow it to fund operations over the next 13 months, including putti ..read more
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Daimler India to enter light-duty truck segment with next-generation eCanter
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by Nicole Willing
8h ago
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler Truck, plans to introduce the next-generation eCanter to the Indian market in the next 6-12 months. Production of the eCanter began in 2017 at Daimler Truck subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus in Japan. The next-generation model eCanter premiered in Japan and Europe in 2022. Daimler plans to provide 40 variants of between 4.25 and 8.55 tons, as well as numerous body options. The debut of the truck in India is part of Daimler Truck’s goal to produce only CO2-neutral new trucks and buses in Europe, Japan and the US by ..read more
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Microgrids and EV infrastructure: A comprehensive guide to DER design and operation (Webinar)
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by Charged EVs
1d ago
Join this webinar at the June Virtual Conference on EV Infrastructure, presented by XENDEE, to learn more about: How distributed energy resources (DER)-powered EV fast charging stations can take the burden off local utility operators Case studies on charging stations and understanding new Microgrid Fast Charging Station design capabilities How modeling platforms can help designers, developers, and financiers deliver bankable, reliable microgrids Reserve your spot—it’s free! See the full session list for the June Virtual Conference here. Broadcast live on June 10-12, 2024. This virtua ..read more
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Gelion develops high-energy-density lithium-sulfur cell
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by Nicole Willing
1d ago
Australian battery manufacturer Gelion has fabricated a 395 Wh/kg lithium-sulfur 9.5 Ah pouch cell. Gelion had previously produced 1.0 Ah cells using the OXIS Gen2 cell technology it acquired from Johnson Matthey, providing specific energy of 245 Wh/kg. Reaching 395 Wh/kg aligns with independent modelling projections for the energy density of a larger cell format, the company said. Gelion aims to supply sulfur batteries for a wide range of applications including mass-market EVs, electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft, drones and stationary energy storage systems (ESS), as high ..read more
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Ferrari, NXP and University of Bologna open E-Cells Lab to advance EV battery cell research
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by Nicole Willing
1d ago
E-Cells Lab, a research center for electrochemistry within the University of Bologna, has been opened in collaboration with Ferrari and semiconductor firm NXP to advance knowledge of the materials and chemical and physical properties of lithium-ion battery cells. The University of Bologna is providing a dedicated space with equipment to conduct advanced analyses. Ferrari is promoting and supporting the lab through the exchange of expertise with the university, and applications developed at the lab will be shared with technology partner NXP. The lab comprises two areas: the first focused on pr ..read more
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Daimler Buses and BMZ Poland collaborate on development of e-bus batteries
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by Nicole Willing
2d ago
Daimler Buses has partnered with lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery manufacturer BMZ Poland for the development and supply of next-generation NMC4 batteries specifically for e-buses. The collaboration combines Daimler’s expertise in bus development and manufacturing and BMZ’s know-how in heavy-duty lithium-ion battery solutions. The aim is to develop batteries with higher energy density for longer range and longer cycle life. Daimler Buses expects to see benefits from NMC4 development by mid-decade. “We will extend our production in Gliwice, making this facility the first of its kind in the E ..read more
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GM now says it has solved its battery pack production issues, and EV demand is healthy
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by Charles Morris
2d ago
US automakers just can’t seem to make up their minds about EVs. Last fall, GM and Ford gave the anti-EV crowd (which includes many of their dealerships) an early Christmas present, announcing that they would push back EV production plans in response to slower sales (actually a slower rate of increase in sales). In fact, part of the EV sales slowdown that the automakers were trumpeting may have had more to do with supply than demand—in GM’s case, the company wasn’t able to build enough Ultium EVs to get the needed stocks to dealerships, thanks to problems on the battery pack production lines ..read more
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