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Mercedes-Benz EQC electric crossover makes US debut at CES 2019

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The first Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle from the EQ brand made its US premiere at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. The EQC features two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 402 hp. The lithium-ion battery has an energy content of 80 kWh.

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Pecan Street launches Texas’ first grid-connected vehicle-to-grid research and testing center

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launched Texas’ first grid-tied vehicle-to-grid (V2G) testing center at its lab in Austin, turning electric vehicles into a dispatchable load shaving tool for the municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy. Electric vehicles can be more than emission-free transportation.

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World’s largest electric ferry completes maiden voyage; 4.3MWh Leclanché battery system

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The world’s largest all-electric ferry, named E-ferry Ellen , made its first commercial trip on 15 August, connecting the ports of Søby and Fynshav, on the islands of Aerø and Als, in southern Denmark. Batteries Electric (Battery) Ports and Marine

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Audi involved in EEBUS standard for intelligent connection of EVs and buildings

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The electric car will play an important role as a power consumer in the digital energy world. As an energy storage device, the electric car has great potential to drive the energy transition forward and absorb peak loads resulting from regenerative generation.

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Gogoro introduces VIVA ultralight electric smartscooter; battery swapping

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Gogoro, a leading provider of eScooters, has introduced the Gogoro VIVA Smartscooter, a smaller, lightweight electric scooter targeting the 50-100cc gasoline scooter segment. The powertrain delivers up to 85 km (53 miles) of range per battery swap. Electric (Battery) Personal Transit

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Audi testing second-life EV batteries in factory vehicles

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Audi is testing factory vehicles powered by used lithium-ion batteries at its main plant in Ingolstadt. Factory vehicles in Audi’s production plants such as fork-lift trucks and tow tractors have so far been powered by lead-acid batteries. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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INFINITI unveils QX Inspiration EV concept at NAIAS 2019

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At NAIAS 2019, INFINITI unveiled the QX Inspiration midsize SUV concept, previewing the brand’s first fully electric vehicle. The cabin incorporates technologies to create a welcoming environment while assisting drivers and connecting occupants to the world around them.

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Fort Worth buying four New Flyer electric buses for new zero-emission route

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The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (Trinity Metro) has awarded New Flyer a contract for four heavy-duty, thirty-five-foot Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

EV Connect and GM partner to enhance charging experience for Bolt EV drivers

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EV Connect has announced a collaboration with General Motors, through which EV Connect will help GM improve Chevrolet Bolt EV drivers’ charging experience with dynamic charge station data, including insights on station status. With 6,000 charge ports under contract through its EV Cloud, EV Connect is the largest open platform in the US. By collaborating with EV Connect, we are continuing our efforts to remove obstacles for drivers looking to charge their EV on the go.

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Toyota to show production-ready ultra-compact BEV at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show; introducing new BEV business model

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Toyota Motor will display its new, production-ready Ultra-compact BEV (battery electric vehicle) at the FUTURE EXPO special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show ahead of the vehicle’s planned commercial launch in Japan in 2020. km long path connecting Aomi and Ariake.

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BYTON shows interior of M-Byte SUV production model at CES 2019

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BYTON revealed more about the interior of its first production model, the M-Byte SUV ( earlier post ), at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas. BYTON users will have access to BYTON Life, an open digital ecosystem that connects applications, data, and smart devices.

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ZF presents new electric 2-speed drive for passenger cars

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ZF has introduced a new 2-speed electric drive for passenger cars that integrates an advanced electric motor with a shift element and appropriate power electronics. For electric vehicles in everyday use, it is important to obtain as much range as possible from each battery charge.

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Continental to begin series production of new integrated electric axle drive this year

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Continental is presenting its third generation of electric powertrains at the IAA 2019, with the new, very high-performance, light and compact axle drive set to take to the roads in various electric models from several Chinese and European manufacturers later this year.

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Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure; counters conventional wisdom

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The discovery, published in Nature , challenges the conventional belief that lithium metal batteries fail because of the growth of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) between the lithium anode and the electrolyte. Our ultimate goal is to enable a commercially viable lithium metal battery.

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Japan team evaluates battery-assisted low-cost hydrogen production from solar energy

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Researchers from Japan’s NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science), the University of Tokyo and Hiroshima University have jointly conducted a techno-economic analysis for hydrogen production from photovoltaic power generation (PV) utilizing a battery-assisted electrolyzer.

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GM unveils digital vehicle platform; 4.5 TB/h; installed on new Cadillac CT5, rollout to most GM vehicles globally by 2023

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General Motors President Mark Reuss unveiled the company’s all-new electronic platform necessary for its next-generation of vehicles, EVs, active safety, infotainment and connectivity features, and the evolution of the Super Cruise driver assistance feature.

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BAE Systems unveils next-generation electric propulsion system for transit buses

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BAE Systems unveiled its next-generation full battery electric power and propulsion system for transit buses. The newest system positions cities around the world to get to zero transportation emissions and improve the range and efficiency of their electric transit bus fleets.

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Buick launches electric VELITE 6 MAV in China

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Buick has launched the VELITE 6 MAV electric vehicle in China. Its new-generation pure electric drive system generates a maximum 85 kW of power and 255 N·m of torque. Last year, Buick unveiled the Enspire battery-electric concept SUV in China.

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Honda, American Electric Power developing 2nd life applications for used EV batteries

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Honda is conducting research with Ohio-based electric utility American Electric Power to develop a network of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries that could be integrated into AEP’s electricity system. Storing additional power in used EV batteries can help utilities meet demand by using renewable energy resources. —Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business, American Honda Motor Co., Batteries Electric (Battery

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Audi opens 1.9 MWh battery storage unit on EUREF Campus in Berlin

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Audi has opened Germany’s largest multi-use battery energy storage unit on the EUREF Campus in Berlin. MWh and uses used lithium-ion batteries from development vehicles to test various interaction scenarios between electric cars and the power grid.

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Interplex introduces Cell-PLX battery interconnect systems

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Interplex, a leading provider of customized application solutions, has announced availability of the new Cell-PLX custom battery interconnect systems. As battery applications rapidly advance, flexibility and customization is key to success. Batteries

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Bosch developing cloud-based swarm intelligence services to augment EV battery management systems

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To help electric vehicle batteries last longer, Bosch is developing new cloud services that supplement the individual vehicles’ battery-management systems. Bosch is connecting electric-vehicle batteries with the cloud. Its data-based services mean we can substantially improve batteries’ performance and extend their service life. The aim is to optimize battery performance, thus benefiting both drivers and fleet operators within DiDi’s ecosystem.

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Daimler takes minority stake in Sila Nanotechnologies; next-generation lithium-ion battery materials

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Daimler AG has acquired a minority equity stake in US battery material specialist Sila Nanotechnologies Inc. Founded in 2011, Sila Nano is a developer of new battery materials which outperform existing lithium-ion technologies. Batteries Electric (Battery) Vehicle Manufacturers

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Mercedes-Benz opens new testing facility for electromagnetic compatibility and antenna systems

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Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is a key prerequisite for connectivity, autonomous driving, shared vehicles, and electric drivetrains. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Electric (Battery

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Harley-Davidson 2020 LiveWire electric motorcycle available for pre-order at $29,799; 2 new electric concepts

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At CES 2019, Harley-Davidson announced pricing and pre-order availability for LiveWire, its first electric production motorcycle. The company also displayed two new concept electric two-wheelers: one designed for the city, the other with off-roading in mind. Electric (Battery

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Hyundai Motor Group introduces industry-first smartphone-based EV performance control technology; blockchain

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As electric vehicles continually expand their market share, especially in rental or car-sharing industries, the new technology will allow drivers to use their custom settings in whichever electric vehicle they drive by downloading their profile from the server.

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Bosch developing smart electric drives for baby strollers; Emmaljunga NXT90e debuts next year

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Bosch is developing e-stroller systems—an assistance system for strollers with a range of comfort and safety features including push support and an automatic braking function; connectivity via a smartphone app; an alarm function, and a variety of high-tech sensors.

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Fraunhofer researchers develop technique to produce aluminum windings for motors

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Researchers at Fraunhofer IFAM have developed a casting technique that can be used to produce lightweight aluminum windings with a higher groove fill factor to replace copper windings in electric motors. Electric (Battery) Materials Motors

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Electric Volvo XC40 features new infotainment system powered by Android with Google technologies built-in

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Volvo Cars is fundamentally rethinking its approach to infotainment in the forthcoming fully electric Volvo XC40. The electric XC40 is also the first Volvo that will receive software and operating system updates over the air. Connected vehicles Electric (Battery) HMI

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SEAT introduces the Mii Electric city car in first salvo of electric offensive

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SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, has begun its EV offensive by introducing the Mii Electric city car in Oslo. The Mii electric’s motor, linked to a single speed transmission, provides its 61kW (83PS) of power and 212 N·m of torque. Electric (Battery

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Mercedes-Benz unveils new Sprinter; focus on connectivity; electric drive in 2019; realizing adVANce

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As the first fully connected integral system solution, the third generation of the Sprinter demonstrates the development of the division from purely a vehicle manufacturer into a provider of complete transport and mobility solutions, the company said. Mercedes?Benz

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New Flyer introduces real-time smart analytics reporting platform to enhance battery-electric bus operation, intelligence, and efficiency

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has introduced Connect 360—a real-time, cloud-based business analytics dashboard for Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses, operated by New Flyer Connect. New Flyer Connect is New Flyer’s cloud-based telematics technology that communicates real-time GPS and analytic data to optimize bus performance, driver efficiency, safety, and preventative maintenance. Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty TelematicsNew Flyer of America Inc.

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Solaris to supply electric buses to Paris

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LE 8.9-meter electric bus to Paris. LE electric will be equipped with a 160 kW central electric motor. The energy needed to drive it will be stored in 160 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries. Electric (Battery) Fleets

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Harbour Air and magniX partner to build world’s first all-electric airline; seaplanes to ePlanes

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Through this partnership, both companies are furthering the vision to someday connect communities with clean, efficient and affordable electric air travel. We are excited to bring commercial electric aviation to the Pacific Northwest, turning our seaplanes into ePlanes.

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UL establishes new electric vehicle battery laboratory in China to advance battery, charging systems safety

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UL, a leading global safety science organization, is establishing a large-scale electric vehicle (EV) battery laboratory to support the growing EV market. To be fully operational by April 2020 and located in Changzhou, China, the facility will be one of the most advanced in the world and provide comprehensive EV battery testing and advisory services for EV automotive and battery manufacturers as well as top suppliers. 3D printing Batteries China

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Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH takes on three more eCitaro electric buses; two electric bus routes in Mannheim

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Benz eCitaro buses ( earlier post ) run by Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv) has begun, marking the launch of two electric bus routes in Mannheim. For the companies located there, the new electric bus route 66 is an attractive locational advantage with ecological added value.

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Public transport company VHH orders 16 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses; longer-range packs

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The public transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) in Germany has ordered 16 units of the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric city bus. The buses are expected to be delivered at the end of 2019. Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty

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GAC and Toyota sign strategic cooperation framework agreement to deepen partnership in electrification and intelligent networking

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In addition, through this series of cooperation including the intelligent network connection field, the two sides will also realize resource sharing and talent exchange, so as to enhance the talent training ability and enterprise competitiveness of both parties. Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.,

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Porsche launches developer competition with Mission E Cross Turismo data

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The sports car manufacturer is launching the second open innovation competition for digital development together with Berlin-based connected car application programming interface (API) platform High Mobility. Mission E Cross Turismo electric study. Connected vehicles Electric (Battery

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Georgia Tech team develops conversion-type iron-fluoride Li battery cathode with solid polymer electrolyte

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Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (LIB) is considered to be the most promising candidate to meet the future demands for energy storage devices including portable electronics and electric transportation. Batteries Solid-state

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Hyundai Motor Group launches new mobility service venture in LA: MoceanLab

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Hyundai Motor Group has launched MoceanLab, a mobility service venture, as part of the Group’s larger initiative to create a sustainable, connected future. The Group will utilize up to 20 Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicles for the pilot program, set to start at the end of 2019.

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TriMet puts first Xcelsior CHARGE electric bus into operation; powered by Portland General Electric renewable energy

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congratulated the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) as it welcomed its first battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE transit bus. New Flyer previously reported the order for five forty-foot battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE transit buses in September 2017.

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Honda e EV features five-screen, full-width digital dashboard

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The new Honda e EV features intuitive and advanced connectivity in a contemporary passenger cabin. The Honda e’s full-width digital dashboard, comprised of five integrated high-resolution color screens, is designed for effortless usability of the onboard connected apps and services.

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