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. EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me connect, which makes electric mobility convenient and suitable for everyday driving. In the EQC the powerpacks are isolated by rubber mounts at two points: where the powerpack connects to its subframe and where the subframe connects to the body. The lithium-ion battery has an energy content of 80 kWh.

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

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Pecan Street estimates that each electric vehicle connected to this kind of dispatchable system could power a home for two to five hours or power up to five homes for about an hour each. Electric (Battery) V2XAustin, Texas-based energy research organization Pecan Street Inc.

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

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However, this requires all large power generators and consumers to be connected in order to ensure intelligent control of power requirements. The devices are connected via a home energy management system (HEMS). In its highest expansion stage, the optional connect charging system allows a charging capacity of up to 22 kW. This presumes that the home is equipped with a compatible HEMS to which the charging system connects via the home’s Wi-Fi network.

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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. The concept’s SUV packaging means the high-capacity battery pack can be located below the vehicle floor, feeding power to a pair of electric motors (one on each axle). Electric (Battery

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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. Because they still have a large proportion of their original charging capacity, an interdisciplinary project team is now investigating how batteries from Audi e-tron test vehicles, for example, or from hybrid models such as the Audi A3 e-tron and Audi Q7 e-tron, can continue to be used sensibly. They then install 24 modules in each new battery tray.

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Didi Chuxing sets up JV with China EV maker BAIC-BJEV; next-gen connected car systems; Transportation Brain

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Ltd (JingJu) aims to combine the two companies’ strengths in new energy fleet operation and AI transportation solutions to develop next-generation connected-car systems. Public transportation data resources and DiDi analytics are now connected. AI China Connected vehicles Electric (Battery) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Vehicle Manufacturers

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

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A research team led by the University of California San Diego, with colleagues from San Diego State University, US Army Research Laboratory, and General Motors Research and Development Center, has discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail: bits of lithium metal deposits break off from the surface of the anode during discharging and are trapped as “dead” or inactive lithium that the battery can no longer access. Batteries

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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. Autonomous driving Electric (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. System capable of adjusting the amount of battery charge/discharge and the amount of electrolysis hydrogen production in relation to the amount of solar power generated.

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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. Toyota is also pairing its planned 2020 launch of the Ultra-compact BEV with a new business model that aims to promote the wider adoption of battery electric vehicles in general. km long path connecting Aomi and Ariake.

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Gogoro introduces VIVA ultralight electric smartscooter; battery swapping

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VIVA leverages Gogoro’s Smartscooter electric powertrain, smartphone connectivity and battery swapping in a lightweight urban design for shorter, quicker trips. VIVA rides like a Gogoro but is optimized for shorter rides and uses a single battery, a first for a Gogoro Smartscooter. The powertrain delivers up to 85 km (53 miles) of range per battery swap. The Gogoro Smartscooter was the first smart electric two-wheel vehicle with swappable batteries.

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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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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. This new technology streamlines the design and manufacturing of robust interconnects for battery modules across an extensive range of industries. However, all of them fundamentally require robust mechanical and electrical interconnect systems to integrate and interface with the array of battery module cells. Batteries

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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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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. The zero-emission buses (ZEBs) support a new route called The Dash, a zero-emission service connecting Downtown Fort Worth with its Cultural District and utilizing Trinity Metro’s first all- electric buses. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

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. The new architecture also provides more rapid communications within the vehicle itself and to outside sources with Ethernet connections of 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps.

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DOE to award $89M for advanced manufacturing R&D, battery manufacturing a key focus

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The FOA requests proposals in three areas: Topic 1 - Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials: Focuses on employing machine learning to develop better batteries, phase change storage materials for heating and cooling applications, and new semiconductors that convert temperature differences into electricity. A key focus is developing and scaling new, low-cost manufacturing processes to catalyze increased domestic battery manufacturing for vehicle and stationary applications.

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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. Connecting electric cars with renewable energies in an intelligent way can have a positive effect on the energy transition. In addition, Audi is developing concepts for an effective way to recycle batteries from used modules.

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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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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. We’re excited to be working with Daimler to bring better, more energy-dense batteries to their fleet and bring our shared vision for the future of electric vehicles to life for more people. 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. Because all four CASE fields of our corporate strategy—connectivity (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services) and electric powertrains (Electric)—require the transmission of data. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Electric (Battery

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XALT Energy, HED develop XBV telematics system for battery-electric powertrains

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As commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet owners transition to battery-electric powertrains, they must manage a new set of mobility variables. Factors such as the battery system’s state-of-charge (SOC), overall health, driving range and charging times are critical considerations in optimizing urban and long-haul transportation networks that rely upon this alternate fuel option. XALT’s knowledge of battery systems and controls paired well with HED’s CANect Telematics.

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Stora Enso building €10M pilot plant to produce hard carbon from lignin; electrode materials

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Wood-based carbon can be utilized as a crucial component in batteries typically used in consumer electronics, the automotive industry and large-scale energy storage systems. The investment in making carbon materials for energy storage further strengthens Stora Enso’s opportunities to replace fossil-based and mined raw materials as well as to connect sustainable materials to ongoing technology innovations. Batteries Biomass

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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. Traditionally, that swelling and massive side reactions have been key problems with using iron fluoride in previous battery designs. The researchers found that the key to the enhanced battery performance was the solid polymer electrolyte. Batteries Solid-state

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

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Blockchain Connected vehicles Electric (Battery Hyundai Motor Group has developed smartphone-EV pairing-based performance adjustment technology which allows users to customize primary functions through a smartphone application—an industry-first innovation.

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Renesas Electronics introduces 4th-generation Li-ion battery management IC

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Renesas Electronics Corporation announced its fourth-generation lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery management IC that offers unmatched lifetime accuracy. The ISL78714 provides accurate cell voltage and temperature monitoring, along with cell balancing and extensive system diagnostics to protect 14-cell Li-ion battery packs while maximizing driving time and range for hybrid and electric vehicles (HEV/MHEV/PHEV/BEV). Batteries Controls and controllers

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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. Series production of the new axle drive used worldwide will begin at the Continental plant in Tianjin, China, in the third quarter of 2019. Electric (Battery) Motors

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GlobalData: Global battery energy storage market to grow by 7% to reach $13.13B by 2023

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The global battery energy storage market will to grow to $13.13 Asia-Pacific (APAC) and EMEA will be the dominant markets for battery energy storage systems over the forecast period 2019-2023. The US has been the largest market for Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) both in terms of cumulative installed capacity and by market value for projects installed up to 2018 and is likely to continue to lead the market at the country level. Batteries Forecasts

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HELLA develops battery solutions for 48V mild hybrid vehicles

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With its new Dual Voltage Battery Management System and PowerPack 48 Volt products, the company is now one of the first on the market to offer innovative battery module solutions for mild-hybrid vehicles. The Dual Voltage Battery Management System combines 48 Volt and 12 Volt batteries in one product and is connected via a 48 Volt line to the belt-driven starter generator (BSG) in mild hybrids. 48V Batteries Hybrids

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Rice University scientists use red phosphorus to detect lithium dendrites in Li metal batteries

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electrode battery with a Li metal anode with no additional electrodes required. The phosphorus acts as a spy for management systems used to charge and monitor batteries by detecting the formation of dendrites. A layer of red phosphorus in rechargeable lithium metal batteries can signal when damaging dendrites threaten to create a short circuit. Li metal batteries are considered the next-generation technology because of their high energy density and power density.

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Fraunhofer researchers develop technique to produce aluminum windings for motors

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Due to the better connection to the laminated core and more favorable utilization of the installation space results in a much better thermal and electromagnetic behavior. Electric (Battery) Materials MotorsResearchers 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.

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FCA to build battery assembly plant in Turin

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FCA will build a new battery assembly complex in Turin as part of its overall e-mobility strategy. The new “Battery Hub” will be located in the Mirafiori complex and preparations will begin in early 2020. With its new car battery assembly center at Mirafiori, FCA accelerates its drive to electrify, adding now another element to the ecosystem that starts from supply chain and ends with customer support. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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ZF presents new electric 2-speed drive for passenger cars

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The improvement in energy conversion efficiency compared to previous e-drives extends the driving range for each battery charge. For electric vehicles in everyday use, it is important to obtain as much range as possible from each battery charge. By connecting to the vehicle’s CAN communication it is also possible—if the customer so wishes—to devise other shift strategies, possibly linked to digital map material and GPS. Electric (Battery) Transmissions

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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. The competition gives contestants the chance to build and test their applications and services for Porsche sports cars using simulated connected car APIs. Connected vehicles Electric (Battery

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ZTE and Deutsche Telekom develop second version of CarConnect smart adapter

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With the associated app driving routes can be planned, the vehicle location can be called up and shared, or vehicle-specific data such as battery voltage can be recorded. Car drivers connect the adapter as usual via the OBD2 port of their car. 10 devices can now connect to the hotspot at the same time—twice as many as the previous model. From October 2019, CarConnect will also be able to communicate easily with many smart home applications. Connected vehicles

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Audi introducing V2I Traffic Light Information service in Europe

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—Andre Hainzlmaier, head of Development of Apps, Connected Services and Smart City at Audi. The prerequisite is the “Audi connect Navigation & Infotainment” package and the optional “camera-based traffic sign recognition”. How quickly other cities are connected to this technology depends above all on whether data standards and interfaces get established and cities digitalize their traffic lights. From here, the information reaches the car via a fast Internet connection.

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MAHLE Powertrain presents new prototype 48-volt battery for mild-hybrid vehicles

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MAHLE Powertrain is presenting a new, prototype 48-volt battery with optimized battery cooling and cell chemistry to enable increased charge and discharge rates. Thus a compact and cost-effective battery that is capable of high charge and discharge power levels relative to its storage capacity (high C rates) is desirable. Optimal battery cooling guarantees charge/discharge performance and battery durability. 48V Batteries Hybrids

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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. China Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hydrogen Vehicle ManufacturersGuangzhou Automobile Group Co.,

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New York City contracts with New Flyer for 15 low-floor 60' Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric transit buses

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New York City Transit (NYCT), part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”), has awarded New Flyer with a contract for 15 low floor sixty-foot Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric, heavy-duty transit buses (or a total of 30 equivalent units or “EUs”). Each bus will leverage New Flyer’s CONNECT 360 business analytics and reporting tool to optimize performance and operations. The 60-foot New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE buses feature long-range, heavy-duty lithium-ion batteries.

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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. Honda Personal Assistant for AI-powered connectivity. Connected services and applications can also be accessed using voice commands via Honda Personal Assistant.

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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. Instead, it uses electric motors, controls, and batteries. Our Series-EV system provides operators with a highly reliable and low-cost battery electric option that not only gives them more flexibility and capability, but allows them to completely eliminate emissions on their bus fleets. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

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