New York Clean Mobility Program providing $32M for shared electric transportation solutions

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $32 million is now available for shared electric transportation solutions such as micro mobility, shuttles, and ridesharing services. The new $32-million Clean Mobility Program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will competitively award funding to local governments, transit... Read more →

Amprius signs multiple contract manufacturing partnerships to secure more than 500 MWh of production capacity for SiCore cells

Amprius Technologies, the developer of the Silicon Anode Platform for next-generation lithium-ion batteries, announced a strategic initiative to increase rapidly the global production capacity of its SiCore offering (earlier post) through new manufacturing partnerships. SiCore batteries are based on a proprietary silicon anode material system delivering high-energy-density silicon anode batteries.... Read more →

BMW cancels €2B order for battery cells from Northvolt

BMW has cancelled a long-term €2-billion order for battery cells from Northvolt. A BMW spokesman said that the two companies, which have been collaborating on technology for years (earlier post), have jointly decided to concentrate Northvolt’s activities on the goal of developing next-generation battery cells. Report of the cancellation initially... Read more →

Toshiba Corporation and Sojitz Corporation of Japan, and Brazil’s CBMM, the world’s leading producer of niobium, have completed development of a next-generation lithium-ion battery that uses niobium titanium oxide (NTO) in the anode. (Earlier post.) They unveiled a prototype E-bus powered with the new battery (SCiB Nb), which realizes an... Read more →

Benchmark: Rare earth prices rise briefly for the first time in 2024 as sentiment runs ahead of fundamentals

Chinese market sentiment in early May overestimated consumer demand for rare earths oxides, resulting in the first price increases for rare earths dysprosium (Dy) and praseodymium neodymium (PrNd) oxide this year, according to the latest assessment by Benchmark. This was the first time rare earths prices had recovered after a... Read more →

onsemi to invest up to $2B in the Czech Republic to establish end-to-end silicon carbide production for advanced power semiconductors

Electrification, renewables and artificial intelligence are global megatrends converging and driving unprecedented demands for advanced power semiconductors capable of optimizing energy conversion and management. In a strategic move toward addressing these demands, onsemi plans to establish a state-of-the-art, vertically integrated silicon carbide (SiC) manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic. The... Read more →

ORNL polyphase wireless power transfer system achieves 270kW charge; sets another world record for electric light-duty passenger vehicles

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have successfully demonstrated the first 270-kW wireless power transfer to a light-duty electric vehicle. The demonstration used a Porsche Taycan and was conducted in collaboration with Volkswagen Group of America using the ORNL-developed polyphase wireless charging system. (Earlier post.)... Read more →

With the introduction of an autonomous transport vehicle at its press plant, BMW Group Plant Regensburg is moving forward with digitalization and automation of its manufacturing processes, thereby taking a further step towards the digital and intelligently connected BMW iFACTORY. The driverless platform truck, with its electric drive train, will... Read more →

Polestar is expanding its commercial footprint and retail operations across existing and new markets, as its model line-up continues to grow. Polestar is accelerating its geographic expansion and plans to enter seven new markets during 2025. France is the largest volume market for electric cars in the EU after Germany... Read more →

Toyota Motor North America (Toyota) and local energy utility Pepco are working together on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) research for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) using a Toyota bZ4X. This collaborative effort will explore bidirectional power flow technology that will allow BEV owners to not only charge their vehicle’s battery but also send... Read more →

Argonne National Laboratory projects that battery cell production in North America will exceed 1,200 GWh of capacity by 2030. That is enough to supply 12 to 15 million new EVs annually assuming average battery capacities of 80 to 100 kWh per vehicle. In the United States, much of the battery... Read more →

MAHLE SmartBike Systems, the eBike company of automotive component supplier MAHLE, has launched its new X30 drive system for eBikes. The new MAHLE X30 system consists of motor, battery, HMI (human machine interface) and other components and extends the X-Series system platform. MAHLE X30 system The highlight is the new... Read more →

Honda Motor and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) announced plans to establish a new 50/50 joint venture (JV) company, ALTNA Co., Ltd. (ALTNA), in July 2024. The new JV is based on the memorandum of understanding (MoU) the two companies signed in October 2023 to begin discussions toward the creation of new... Read more →

Archer completes Midnight eVTOL’s transition flight

Archer Aviation announced that on 8 June its Midnight aircraft successfully completed transition flying at a speed of 100+ mph. Archer has now achieved transition with two different full-scale eVTOL aircraft. Transition is well known in the industry as a very difficult milestone few companies have reached. At ~6,500 lbs,... Read more →

Wright Electric reports that it had completed development of the rotor for its second-generation motor, WM2500, as part of the ARPA-E ASCEND program. WM2500 aims to be the world's most powerful (2.5 megawatts) and power-dense (16 kW/kg) electric aircraft engine. High power enables WM2500 to deliver sufficient takeoff thrust for... Read more →

European Commission investigation provisionally concludes that EV value chains in China benefit from unfair subsidies; provisional countervailing duties up to 38.1%

As part of its ongoing investigation, the European Commission has provisionally concluded that the battery electric vehicles (BEV) value chain in China benefits from unfair subsidization, which is causing a threat of economic injury to EU BEV producers. The investigation also examined the likely consequences and impact of measures on... Read more →

The EU, EFTA & UK saw a 9% decrease in EV sales in May this year compared to the same month last year, according to data released by Rho Motion. The news comes just as the EU is poised to announce a further increase in tariffs on Chinese electric cars.... Read more →

Silicon Mobility, an Intel company and a provider of automotive semiconductor and software control solutions, announced the OLEA U310 Field Programmable Control Unit (FPCU) as part of its next generation of OLEA FPCU Series. The new OLEA U310 consolidates the functionalities of multiple traditional microcontrollers into a single system on... Read more →

Daimler Truck bundles e-infrastructure and charging services in Europe under new TruckCharge brand

Daimler Truck is introducing the new TruckCharge brand in Europe. This name brings together all the company’s existing and future offerings relating to e-infrastructure and the charging of electric trucks, i.e. consulting, hardware and digital services. In this way, Daimler Truck intends to provide customers with a cost-efficient overall package,... Read more →

Scania establishes charging solutions company

To help customers’ transition to electric transport, Scania CV AB has formed Erinion, a new company specializing in private and semi-public charging solutions. The strategic move will see 40,000 new charging points installed at customer locations and will strengthen the Scania Group’s e-Mobility offer in the future transport ecosystem. The... Read more →

Transphorm demonstrates a bidirectional SuperGaN power supply with new reference design for e-mobility and energy/industrial markets

Transphorm has released a new 300 W DC-to-DC GaN reference design for 2- and 3-wheeled electric vehicle battery chargers. The TDDCDC-TPH-IN-BI-LLC-300W-RD design uses TP65H150G4PS 150 mOhm SuperGaN FETs in a TO-220 package to power a high performing, high efficiency energy harvesting and distribution battery charging system. The new board notably... Read more →

Microchip makes it easier to design an on-board charger solution

Microchip Technology announced an On-Board Charger (OBC) solution that uses a selection of its automotive-qualified digital, analog, connectivity and power devices, including the dsPIC33C Digital Signal Controller (DSC), the MCP14C1 isolated SiC gate driver and mSiC MOSFETs in an industry-standard D2PAK-7L XL package. This solution is designed to increase an... Read more →

Altilium and Enva partner for EV battery recycling in UK

Altilium and Enva, a recycling and resource recovery specialist, announced a new strategic partnership for the collection and recycling of EV batteries in the UK. The partnership brings together Enva’s nationwide collection infrastructure and extensive relationships with car dealerships, along with Altilium’s expertise in the recycling of old EV batteries... Read more →

The Volkswagen Group brand Elli has presented the new Elli Charger 2, equipped with a wide range of services. Volkswagen customers can now purchase their electric vehicle, charger, and electricity tariff in an easy and integrated manner from a single source. In the future, they will also be able to... Read more →

The most recent annual consumer survey by AAA on Electric Vehicles (EVs) indicates a decline in consumer interest in purchasing EVs. Only 18% of US adults say they would be “very likely” or “likely” to buy a new or used EV (not a hybrid)—down from 23% last year. 63% cited... Read more →

UP.FIT, which upfits Teslas for fleet use, introduced the first Tesla Cybertruck Patrol vehicle ready for use by public safety officials. The UP.FIT Cybertruck combines Tesla’s electric vehicle technology with Unplugged Performance’s expertise in vehicle modification and adaptation to deliver a complete turn-key solution to meet the needs of police... Read more →

Rho Motion: EU tariffs on Chinese EVs could have little impact

The EU’s anticipated tariffs on Chinese Electric Vehicles could have little impact on the profitability of manufacturers, suggested research house Rho Motion at its Rho Motion Live Conference in Paris this week. Speaking to a room of industry leaders from the world of electric vehicles and the associated value chain,... Read more →

32GROUP, the exclusive distributor for ZM Trucks’ zero emission Battery Electric and Fuel Cell Electric commercial vehicle products in select markets of West Asia, North Africa, and Southern Europe, placed its first 900-unit truck order with ZO Motors North America for sales in their region during the recent Advanced Clean... Read more →

1 in 6 new trucks, buses, and vans in California are zero-emission

The sales of new zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks in California in 2023 have doubled from the prior year, now representing 1 out of every 6 new vehicles sold for services that include last-mile delivery, freight transportation, and school buses, according to a report released by the state today. With... Read more →

Virginia will exit California EV mandate at end of year

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the end of the California electric vehicle mandate in Virginia, effective at the end of 2024 when California’s current regulations expire. An official opinion from Attorney General Jason Miyares in response to a request by the Governor and Senate Republican Leader Ryan McDougle confirms that... Read more →

MOL and Volvo Penta are collaborating on trials for a pioneering electric 4X4 RoRo tractor, the RME225, utilizing DFDS’s facilities at the Port of Ghent. This collaboration focuses on integrating a purpose-built electric driveline aiming to support customers in remaining competitive and profitable through the energy transition. The vehicle features... Read more →

Survey by MINI USA finds consumer interest with EVs remains high

A consumer survey conducted by MINI USA found that American consumers are holding strong in their commitment to electric vehicles (EVs) in the near future. While consumer demand for EVs in the US has slowed from its previously exponential growth in early 2024, the survey indicates that consumer interest and... Read more →

Factorial delivers B-samples of Lithium-metal solid-state battery cells to Mercedes-Benz

Factorial delivered B-samples of its 106+Ah lithium-metal solid-state battery cells to Mercedes-Benz as part of their ongoing joint development agreement. This milestone marks the first announced B-sample shipment of solid-state battery cells to a global automotive OEM, showcasing progress toward product maturity and the series production of passenger EVs equipped... Read more →

Volvo Cars had begun production of its flagship fully electric EX90 SUV (earlier post) in Charleston, South Carolina. First customer deliveries are scheduled for the second half of this year. The EX90 is the first Volvo car powered by core computing technology—a technology that enables a new era of safety... Read more →

Volkswagen is expanding its range of ID.7 models. The new ID.7 GTX—a fastback with 250 kW (340 PS) output and electric all-wheel drive (earlier post)—celebrates its world premiere first. Pre-sales are scheduled to 6 June start in Germany at prices starting from €63,155. The all-electric Volkswagen ID.7 GTX Pre-sales of... Read more →

Ford started mass production of the new all-electric Ford Explorer (earlier post) at its first dedicated electric vehicle (EV) facility in Europe following a $2-billion investment. The electric Ford Explorer is the first vehicle to roll off the line at the Ford Cologne Electric Vehicle Center. A second EV, a... Read more →

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a collaboration with ZF Friedrichshafen AG on next-generation SiC-based traction inverter solutions for electric vehicles (EVs). By leveraging NXP’s advanced GD316x high-voltage (HV) isolated gate drivers, the solutions are designed to accelerate the adoption of 800-V and SiC power devices. Safe, efficient and higher performance traction... Read more →

Geely signs long-term SiC supply agreement and establishes joint lab with STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics and Geely Auto Group have signed a long-term Silicon Carbide (SiC) supply agreement to accelerate their existing cooperation on SiC devices. Under the terms of this multi-year contract, ST will provide multiple Geely Auto brands with SiC power devices for mid-to-high-end battery electric vehicles (BEVs), boosting Geely Auto’s NEV... Read more →

Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Truck and PACCAR complete battery joint venture transaction to form Amplify Cell Technologies

Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Trucks & Buses US Holding LLC and PACCAR have completed the formation of their joint venture, now known as Amplify Cell Technologies, to localize battery cell production and the battery supply chain in the United States. (Earlier post.) This strategic collaboration will advance zero-emissions technology for... Read more →

IVECO and Foton announce joint exploration into EVs and components

IVECO, the brand of Iveco Group N.V. that designs, manufactures and markets light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and Foton, a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in China, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore potential collaboration in the areas of electric vehicles and components, and joint business opportunities,... Read more →

U Mich-led project to make electric motors more efficient, affordable by 3D-printing magnets

A new $2.6-million project led by the University of Michigan seeks to improve electric motor efficiency, reduce costs and ultimately make the motors without heavy rare-earth elements. The 3-year project is funded by the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office. The researchers will advance an emerging technique called “laser powder... Read more →

CARB holding public workshop on amendments to the Advanced Clean Cars II regulations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is holding a public workshop to inform potential updates to the Advanced Clean Cars II regulations. Staff will discuss and seek input on several topics, including: A preliminary proposal for regulatory updates to CARB’s light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards. Light- and medium-duty vehicle... Read more →

SAE International partners with Pearson VUE to deliver EV supply equipment technician certification

SAE International has selected Pearson and its Pearson VUE business, the global leader in computer-based testing for high-stakes certification and licensure exams, to deliver its new Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Technician Certification. This partnership aims to address the shortage of qualified Electric Vehicle (EV) technicians to support the growing... Read more →

Nissan has commenced demonstrations of a prototype vehicle equipped with its in-house-developed, autonomous drive technologies—showcasing progress in its goal towards rolling out autonomous mobility services within fiscal year 2027. The Nissan LEAF prototype vehicle incorporates 14 cameras, 10 radars and 6 LIDAR sensors. It demonstrates Nissan’s progress in the field... Read more →

Uber offering London drivers package of up to £22,750 to switch to EVs

Uber is offering its drivers in London a three-component ‘PowerUp Package’ worth up to £22,750 to switch to EVs. Uber has committed that all Uber vehicles in London will be fully electric by the end of 2025. 25% of the miles driven by Uber drivers in London are now fully... Read more →

KPMG LLP (KPMG), the US audit, tax and advisory firm, has released the inaugural KPMG American Perspectives Survey which assesses the views of 1,100 adults nationwide to understand their outlook on their personal financial situation and the US economy, spending plans and preferences, as well as attitudes toward the forces... Read more →

The Jeep brand revealed its first global battery-electric vehicle (BEV)—the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition (US only) (earlier post). The all-new, all-electric 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S will launch first in the US and Canada in the second half of 2024 and later be available in markets around the world.... Read more →

Joint Office of Energy and Transportation anounces $1.3B to expand electric vehicle charging

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation opened applications for a $1.3-billion funding opportunity for electric vehicle (EV) charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure in urban and rural communities and along designated highways, interstates, and major roadways. This marks the largest single grant funding opportunity for EV charging in the US. This... Read more →

Archer Aviation and KakaoMobility, Korea’s leading mobility as a service (MaaS) platform service company, signed an agreement to partner for joint participation in the K-UAM Grand Challenge. The agreement and covers the planned purchase by KakaoMobility of up to 50 of Archer’s Midnight eVTOL aircraft worth up to an approximate... Read more →

Volkswagen Group launches project for €20,000 entry-level EV in Europe

The Volkswagen Group plans to introduce €20,000 entry-level EVs in Europe, with the world premiere planned for 2027. Volkswagen has been working for some time to offer compact, particularly inexpensive electric vehicles in the price range of around 20,000 euros. In this way, the Group's volume brands are fulfilling their... Read more →