Argonne team develops layered oxide cathode for sodium-ion batteries with an eye toward EVs; sodium nickel-manganese-iron (NMF) oxide

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have invented and patented a new cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). Our battery program at Argonne has been studying sodium-ion batteries for well over a decade now. And our design for the cathode structure makes sodium-ion batteries an... Read more →

Siemens acquires Heliox, specialist in eBus and eTruck fast charging solutions

Siemens AG has completed the acquisition of Heliox, a provider of DC fast charging solutions, serving eBus and eTruck fleets and passenger vehicles. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Heliox employs approximately 330 people. The acquisition complements Siemens’ existing eMobility charging portfolio, adding products and solutions ranging from 40 kW to megawatt... Read more →

Chaevi unveils 400 kW DC charger for North America; NACS and CCS

South Korea-based Chaevi, a leading manufacturer and operator of EV charging equipment and services, announced through Chaevi America the availability of its new 400kW all-in-one DC EV charger for the North American market. This DC fast charger provides simultaneous charging from two ports interchangeable with the CCS1 and NACS connector... Read more →

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), through the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Program, is awarding $622.57 million in grant funding to 47 applicants to deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure in the places people live and work—urban and rural areas alike—in addition to along designated Alternative... Read more →

The Italian operator AMT Genova (Azienda Mobilità e Trasporti SpA) has ordered 112 articulated Solaris Trollino 18 trolleybuses—one of the largest single order for articulated trolleybuses to date for the manufacturer. The contract's value exceeds €100 million. In addition to traditional electric propulsion, the trolleybuses for Genoa will also be... Read more →

REE Automotive, developer of the REEcorner system (earlier post), has begun customer deliveries of its P7-C electric chassis cab following FMVSS and EPA certification, making it the first to certify a fully x-by-wire vehicle—a fully steer-by-wire, brake-by-wire and drive-by-wire vehicle. (Earlier post.) REEcorner packs critical vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension,... Read more →

Beginning in 2026, BMW Group Plant Munich will produce the Neue Klasse sedan. Just one year later, the factory will manufacture nothing but all-electric models, making the Munich plant the first location in the BMW Group’s existing production network successfully to have completed the transformation to E-mobility from the end... Read more →

Rho Motion: global BEV and PHEV sales up 31% y-o-y in 2023 to 13.6M units

UK-based electric vehicle and energy transition researcher Rho Motion reports that global Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) sales grew by 31% year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2023 to 13.6 million units following a monthly record of 1.5 million units sold in December. Of these, 9.5 million were... Read more →

Kia and Uber sign MoU to collaborate on Kia PBV development

Kia Corporation and Uber have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, committing the two companies to collaborate on Kia’s planned development and deployment of PBVs. (Earlier post.) With the goal of enhancing electric vehicle offerings available on Uber’s mobility platform... Read more →

Hitachi Energy completes acquisition of COET; advanced power electronics and production capacity

Hitachi Energy has completed the acquisition of COET, a leading designer and manufacturer of power equipment for electric mobility, rail, and industry, based in the greater Milan area of Italy. The acquisition strengthens Hitachi Energy’s global position and offering in high-power electric vehicle charging infrastructure, power electronics, and the grid... Read more →

Supernal LLC—Hyundai Motor Group’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company—unveiled S-A2, its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle product concept at CES 2024. S-A2 builds on the vision concept S-A1, which it debuted at CES 2020. Supernal will achieve commercial aviation safety levels and enable affordable manufacturing of its vehicles... Read more →

Honda announced the “Honda 0 Series,” a new global EV series launching in 2026, represented by the world premiere of two concept models, Saloon and Space-Hub, at CES 2024. In 2026, Honda will introduce a model of the Honda 0 Series based on the Saloon concept in North America, followed... Read more →

At CES 2024, Magna unveiled its next-generation 800V eDrive solution—a drop-in solution that incorporates several advanced technologies, resulting in significant reductions in weight and size, enhanced performance, extended driving range and sustainability. It offers enhanced flexibility due to its lightweight design and 20% reduction in height from Magna’s prior generation... Read more →

At CES 2024, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company unveiled the latest tire in the ElectricDrive family: The Goodyear ElectricDrive 2, an all-season electric vehicle (EV) tire enhanced with sustainable materials, improved rolling resistance and long- lasting tread life to maximize drivers’ EV performance. The new ElectricDrive 2 contains at... Read more →

BASF and Stena Recycling partner in recycling of EV battery black mass in Europe

BASF, a global battery materials producer and battery recycler, and Stena Recycling, one of Europe´s leading recycling companies, offering comprehensive solutions in recycling and circular services, have entered into a black mass purchase agreement. This agreement is part of a broader collaboration envisaged by BASF and Stena Recycling with the... Read more →

Together with the Volkswagen subsidiary Cariad, Bosch is testing automated valet charging. This solution, which is based on Bosch’s automated valet parking system, guides electric vehicles driverlessly to an unoccupied parking space furnished with a charge spot, where a charging robot recharges them automatically. Once recharging is complete, the vehicle... Read more →

The US Environmental Protection Agency selected 67 applicants to receive nearly $1 billion through EPA’s first Clean School Bus Program Grants Competition. The awards will help selectees purchase more than 2,700 clean school buses in 280 school districts serving more than 7 million students across 37 states. Areas receiving the... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected 16 projects for funding totaling $32.5 million to advance technology integration in areas critical to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. Spanning nine states and Washington, DC, the selected projects will focus on expanding electric vehicle (EV) deployment and supporting... Read more →

Kia has revealed its Platform Beyond Vehicle (PBV) future strategy at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Kia’s PBV business will initially be based around the introduction of an all-new, modular vehicle, previewed by the Kia Concept PV5. This future vision was presented alongside a multi-phase plan... Read more →

Pebble, a California-based startup, has selected the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-a-chip to power its flagship product, the Pebble Flow electric travel trailer, with production starting before the end of 2024. Pebble’s mission is to bring ease and accessibility to the RV industry by integrating technology that will automate the hardest... Read more →

Nikkei: Honda Motor considering building $14B EV plant in Canada

The Nikkei reported that Honda is weighing a $14-billion plan to build an electric vehicle plant in Canada, possibly including the in-house production of batteries. At the full $14 billion, it would represent one of Honda’s largest investments in EV production. Honda reportedly is looking at several potential sites, including... Read more →

VinFast to build integrated electric vehicle facility in Tamil Nadu, India; up to $2B investment

Vietnam-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer VinFast and the Tamil Nadu State Government announced a partnership in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of a VinFast electric vehicle manufacturing plant. VinFast and the State Government will work toward a total investment of up to US$2 billion, with an intended... Read more →

Turkey-based TEMSA, a coach, bus, and light-truck manufacturer operating in 70 countries worldwide, is partnering with Minespider to collect key data, integrate Battery Passports and comply with the new EU Battery Regulation. Minespider is a technology company offering a blockchain-based platform for tracking supply chain data and creating more sustainable... Read more →

Nissan Formula E Team will work with biotech company VAXA Technologies to offset carbon emissions generated during Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Coral, which specializes in reliably offsetting carbon emissions, has now released its report on the team's total carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e) during the... Read more →

Volvo Cars reports new global sales record in 2023; 16% fully electric

Volvo Cars reported full 2023 sales of 708,716 cars during 2023, an increase of 15% compared to the full year of 2022. Volvo Cars also saw a significant increase in sales for its electrified cars. Last year, Volvo Cars sold 113,419 fully electric cars, an increase of 70% compared to... Read more →

Valeo to present Ineez Air Charging, its solution for wireless charging of EVs, at CES

At CES 2024 in Las Vegas, Valeo will present for the first time Valeo IneezAir Charging, its solution for wireless charging of electric vehicles. Valeo Ineez Air Charging reinforces Valeo’s position in the charging station market with an efficient and lightweight solution to recharge the vehicle inductively, without any charge... Read more →

Siemens adding 1,000 Volkswagen ID.4s to fleet

Siemens AG will supplement its fleet with up to 1,000 leased Volkswagen ID.4 electric vehicles. These all-electric vehicles are part of the electrification and sustainability strategy pursued by Siemens, one of the largest and longest established industrial companies in Germany. Siemens aims to make its entire fleet CO2-neutral and fully... Read more →

The board of De Lijn, the public transport authority and operator in Flanders, Belgium, has approved the purchase of 92 standard (12 m) electric buses from BYD Europe.The order represents an investment of more than €43 million. This order of 92 standard e-buses follows the awarding by De Lijn’s board... Read more →

Mesa, Arizona’s all-electric fire truck is officially in service. The pumper truck, stationed at Fire Station 221 in southeast Mesa, will reduce toxin exposure for firefighters as part of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department’s commitment to implementing cutting-edge health and safety practices. The truck, manufactured by E-ONE, a subsidiary... Read more →

A study by researchers from the University of Michigan has compared the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of internal combustion engine and electric vehicles (EVs) across 14 cities in the US. The open-access study is published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. The study found that for a 300-mile range... Read more →

Audi is introducing the Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar inspired by the world’s premier desert rally. On the exterior, the special model’s raised chassis and the optional decals are reminiscent of the RS Q e-tron designed for the Dakar Rally (earlier post).The Q8 e-tron edition Dakar can be ordered in... Read more →

Volkswagen’s PowerCo confirms results of QuantumScape’s solid-state cell endurance test

Solid-state battery company QuantumScape reported that its solid-state cell has significantly exceeded the requirements in the A-sample test and successfully completed more than 1,000 charging cycles. Volkswagen subsidiaty PowerCo confirmed the results. For an electric car with a WLTP range of 500-600 kilometers, this corresponds to a total mileage of... Read more →

BMW battery-electric vehicles sales represented 12.5% of total in 2023

Following the market launch of the first-ever BMW i5 in November, BMW now offers four full battery electric vehicles in the US—the BMW i4, BMW i5, BMW i7, and BMW iX. BMW sold 14,374 battery electric vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2023, a 65.4% increase over the 8,689 battery... Read more →

GM EV deliveries in US up in Q4 to 19,469; Bolt leads with 64.5%, but down 22% YoY

GM delivered a total of 19,469 EVs in the US in Q4, up 19.7% YoY, including Bolt EV/EUV: 12,551; Lyriq: 3,820; Hummer EV: 2,028; Blazer EV: 463; Silverado EV: 443 and 164 Brightdrop vehicles. For 2023, GM increased total EV sales to 75,883 units (up 93%) from 2022. The Bolt... Read more →

In the REASSERT project, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA are working alongside industry partners to pursue various concepts for repairing, remanufacturing and reusing electric motors as well as new designs for the circular economy. The REASSERT project aims to develop a prototype electric motor... Read more →

BYD sold 3 million new energy vehicles in 2023; BEV sales up 73.3% YoY

BYD reported sales of 3,024,417 new energy vehicles (NEVs, battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles) in 2023, a YoY growth of 61.8%. Of the total, 3,033,662 were passenger vehicles (99.6%). Of the passenger vehicles, 1,589,571 were battery-electric (52.4%)—representing a 73.32% growth year on year. Sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles were... Read more →

Tesla reported fourth quarter 2023 production of 494,989 vehicles and deliveries of 484,507 vehicles. In 2023, vehicle deliveries grew 38% YoY to 1.81 million while production grew 35% YoY to 1.85 million. Model 3/Y accounted for 95% of the Q4 deliveries, with 461,538 vehicles. For the full year, Model 3/Y... Read more →

Rivian delivered 50,122 vehicles in 2023

Rivian Automotive reported producing 17,541 vehicles at its manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois during Q4 2023 and delivering 13,972 vehicles during the same period. The production figures represent a 75% increase over Q4 2022. Rivian noted that a large portion of the vehicles produced by not delivered were the Amazon... Read more →

Setting the stage for entering the electric vehicle charger business in the United States in 2024, LG Business Solutions USA announced that the LG 11kW Level 2 AC EV charger model EVW011SK-SN has been certified to UL 2594, the UL Standard for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, and to the EVSE... Read more →

Yamaha Motor has established ENYRING GmbH as a new company that will offer swappable batteries for compact urban electric vehicles via subscription-based services. By offering such services and by reusing and recycling batteries together with European circularity leaders, ENYRING will be able to create a closed loop in which recycled... Read more →

The transport company EMT Madrid has ordered 20 low-entry Urbino 9 LE electric buses and 30 Urbino 12 electric buses. Deliveries will be completed by the end of July 2024. EMT Madrid already has 250 Urbino 12 CNG buses and 60 Urbino 12 electric buses in its fleet. With the... Read more →

Canada-based CSL, a specialist in short sea shipping, announced a 20-year strategic partnership with Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd. (Adbri) to build and operate the world’s first fully electric battery capable self-unloading vessel. Self-unloading bulk carriers can discharge their cargo without the assistance of shore-based equipment such as cranes, conveyor belts,... Read more →

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Berlin’s public transport company, has placed an order for 50 Solaris Urbino 18 electric buses. The buses will be delivered in 2024 and 2025. The order can be extended by up to a further 650 articulated e-buses. The contract was awarded as part of a framework agreement,... Read more →

Nidec India held an opening ceremony of the new, second building of its existing factory in Neemrana, Rajasthan, in the Republic of India. While Nidec India’s existing factory produces automotive, appliance, commercial, and industrial motors, the second building will manufacture drive motors for e-bikes with an output of 30kW or... Read more →

The California Energy Commission (CEC), through its Clean Transportation Program, has granted a $2.9-million award to a project team led by The Mobility House to implement 12 bidirectional chargers at four California school locations. The project, termed “Replicable V2X Deployment For Schools (RVXDS),” will utilize school bus fleets to mitigate... Read more →

NIO announces US$2.2B strategic equity investment from Abu Dhabi-based CYVN

NIO entered into a share subscription agreement with CYVN Holdings, through its affiliate CYVN Investments RSC, an investment vehicle based in Abu Dhabi, pursuant to which CYVN will invest an aggregate of US$2.2 billion in cash to subscribe for 294,000,000 newly issued Class A ordinary shares of Nio at a... Read more →

In the first three quarters of 2023, BEV and PHEV market shares averaged 23% in Europe, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation’s (ICCT) latest market monitor. The average market share of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in 2023 to date was about 15%, with a market share of 17%... Read more →

At NIO Day 2023, NIO unveiled the ET9, a smart electric executive flagship. With a length of 5,325mm, a width of 2,016mm, a height of 1,620mm, and a wheelbase of 3,250mm, NIO ET9 presents a strong stance. Adopting the Landjet design, it offers users cabin space, comfort, safety, and responsive... Read more →

NIO unveiled the Power Charger 4.0 and PowerSwap Station 4.0 (PSS4.0); deployment starts in April 2024. NIO plans to add 1,000 more Power Swap Stations and 20,000 chargers to its network in 2024. The rollout of the upgraded power network in 2024 will further improve users’ experience, the company said.... Read more →

BYD will build a manufacturing and production center in Szeged, Hungary. The facility will be the first of its kind built by a Chinese automotive company in Europe. The factory will be built in phases and is expected to create thousands of local jobs, boost the local economy and support... Read more →