Super Store Industries first dairy manufacturer to deploy Class 8 electric trucks

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Orange EV and California-based Super Store Industries (SSI) announced the deployment of Orange EV T-Series pure electric terminal trucks to multiple SSI facilities, supporting both grocery distribution and dairy and beverage manufacturing. Super Store Industries leveraged funds from the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) to purchase their Orange EV trucks. Super Store Industries is the first dairy manufacturer in the U.S.

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Electrify America, Walmart complete >120 ultra-fast charging stations at Walmart Stores

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Electrify America and Walmart announced that more than 120 plus ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now operational and open to the public at Walmart stores across the US. Electrify America chargers at Walmart stores feature 150 kilowatt (kW) and 350kW DC Fast Chargers. Most of the new stations are strategically located at Walmart stores off major highways, with dozens more chargers planned for major metro areas. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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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 lithium-ion battery has an energy content of 80 kWh. In this way, any command which is controllable via MBUX can be stored for simple access. The vehicle structure of the EQC has been adapted to suit the special requirements of the electrical components and battery, and is configured to achieve the usual high safety level. Electric (Battery

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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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How One Bad Manny Can P**s Away Your Brand

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Manny and Leviton got their failed unit retuned by UPS on October 17, 2019. When we bought our first electric car in January of 2013, the Toyota Rav4 EV with the Tesla battery and powertrain, we followed Toyota’s advice on the right home charger to buy. On Oct 8, 2019, at 8:14 AM, EVSE < evrgreen@leviton.com > wrote: Hello Joe, Unfortunately that model is out of warranty and will no longer be accepted in here for repair. Date: October 18, 2019 at 5:55:46 AM PDT.

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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. Honda will provide used Fit EV batteries to AEP, which will study integrating the batteries into the utility’s electricity grid.

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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. Loaded with more than 21 liters of storage, VIVA provides enough space to store a helmet and other essentials. 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.

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New organic cathode for high performance solid-state sodium-ion battery

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Solid-state sodium-ion batteries are safer than conventional lithium-ion batteries, which pose a risk of fire and explosions, but their performance has been too weak to offset the safety advantages. Yanliang “Leonard” Liang, a research assistant professor in the UH Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said that reversibility of the interface is the key, allowing the solid-state battery to reach a higher energy density without sacrificing cycle life.

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DOE launches Battery Recycling Prize and establishes Battery Recycling R&D Center

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced the launch of a Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize and the establishment of an associated Battery Recycling R&D Center. cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology used in consumer electronics, defense, energy storage, and transportation applications. The goal of Recycling Prize and R&D Center is to develop technologies to profitably capture 90% of all lithium based battery technologies in the United States.

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Chevron invests in Prussian Blue battery tech company Natron Energy; stationary storage for EV charging stations

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Natron Energy , a developer of new battery cell technology based on Prussian Blue analogue electrodes and a sodium-ion electrolyte, has closed a strategic investment by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) to support the development of stationary energy storage systems for demand charge management at electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Prussian blue dye, commonly used in blueprints, stores and releases energy in the form of sodium ions. Batteries Electric (Battery) Infrastructur

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UCSD, South 8 team report improved liquefied-gas electrolytes for Li-metal batteries

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Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017—liquefied gas electrolytes—could pave the way to replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode. Finding cost-effective ways to replace the graphite anode in commercial lithium-ion batteries is of great interest because it could lead to lighter batteries capable of storing more charge, via a 50% increase in energy density at the cell level. Batteries

2019 85

Mercedes-Benz Cars starts production of PHEV batteries in Bangkok; 3rd plant in global battery production network

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Mercedes-Benz Cars has opened a factory for plug-in hybrid (PHEV) batteries in the Bangkok region in Thailand. The new battery factory was built on a 50,000 m² site located at the vehicle manufacturing plant in the Bangkok region. The new plant is the third production facility in the company’s global battery production network. Central assembly stations were set up in the same way as in the battery factory in Kamenz and were further developed for site-specific requirements.

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W Australia to host $135M national battery research hub: Future Battery Industries CRC

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Western Australia will host a national consortium to position Australia as a global leader in the manufacture and supply of batteries after a A$135-million (US$96.4-million) industry-backed research hub was supported by the Federal Government. The world is transitioning to electricity systems powered by renewable energy and the global use of energy materials is booming, driven by the rising demand for batteries to store this power. Australia Batteries

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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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Seven-Eleven Japan, Toyota launching next-gen convenience store project in 2019; fuel cell trucks and generators

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Seven-Eleven and Toyota entered into a basic agreement in August 2017 regarding considerations toward energy conservation and carbon dioxide emission reduction in store distribution and operation. Toyota has been investigating the use of newly developed fuel cell trucks and fuel cell generators, and the project will be implemented in stages starting in 2019. The in-store FC generator will generate electricity from hydrogen for store use.

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Munich Re insuring battery performance; stationary first, EVs in second phase

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Munich Re is the world’s first insurer to offer a product that covers battery performance. The product allows manufacturers in the booming battery market to offer long-term performance guarantees—whose value is backed by the insurance coverage. The new coverage allows battery manufacturers to insure their customer warranties. In a second phase, the product will be introduced onto the mobility market, for example to insure performance of batteries in electric vehicles.

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ITA: Tin in Li-ion batteries could represent significant new use

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The International Tin Association (ITA) released a new report detailing its latest research on potential new market opportunities for tin in lithium-ion batteries. ITA concluded that if tin does gain market share, lithium-ion batteries could grow to represent a significant new tin use in the 2025-2030 timescale—up to 60,000 tonnes per year by 2030. Batteries Materials

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CESifo: EVs not the best option for reduction in on-road CO2 in Germany given power mix

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Considering Germany’s current energy mix and the amount of energy used in battery production, the CO 2 emissions of battery-electric vehicles are, in the best case, slightly higher than those of a diesel engine, and are otherwise much higher, according to the study by Christoph Buchal, professor of physics at the University of Cologne; Hans-Dieter Karl, long-standing ifo energy expert; and Hans-Werner Sinn, former ifo president and professor emeritus at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

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NSF funds U of Kansas researcher developing machine learning technology to monitor and prevent thermal runaway in Li-ion batteries

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Supported by a new five-year, $500,000- grant from the National Science Foundation, a researcher from the University of Kansas is developing machine learning technology to monitor and prevent overheating in lithium-ion batteries. The models and algorithms will be rigorously evaluated through a mix of theoretical analysis, software-based simulation, and experimental validation using a fully instrumented PEC SBT4050 battery tester. Batteries

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RPI researchers develop new aqueous Li-ion battery that improves safety without sacrificing performance

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As the lithium-ion batteries that currently power most phones, laptops, and electric vehicles become increasingly fast-charging and high-performing, they also grow increasingly expensive and flammable. A team of engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has demonstrated how they could—by using aqueous electrolytes instead of the typical organic electrolytes—assemble a substantially safer, cost-efficient battery that still performs well. Batteries

2019 65

Researchers propose reason for capacity loss in metal-oxide battery materials

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Because of their high energy-storage density, materials such as metal oxides, sulfides, and fluorides are promising electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles and other technologies. The fade in battery capacity is due to the formation and thickening of internal and surface passivation layers during charge and discharge cycles. Batteries

2019 83

ABB opens new plant for battery systems for mobility applications in Baden

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Energy storage systems are a key technology for the future of sustainable mobility and play an important role in the field of electrification and decarbonization of road and rail transport: Efficient energy stores are essential for the operation of electric buses and e-trucks and allow, for example, the braking energy generated by recuperation to be stored. Battery cells are assembled into standardized battery modules in production.

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New hydrogen storage material could enable smaller, cheaper, more energy dense systems for vehicles; Kubas binding

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It could enable the design of tanks that are smaller, cheaper, more convenient and energy dense than existing hydrogen fuel technologies, and significantly out-perform battery-powered vehicles. The KMH-1 material also absorbs and stores any excess energy so external heat and cooling is not needed. 3 or less, while retaining advantages over batteries such as fill time and energy density.

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Ford unveils all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV

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kWh Li-ion battery) and extended-range (98.8 kWh battery) options with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by permanent magnet motors. Equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, Mach-E has a targeted EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles. Top: Standard range battery with AWD. Bottom: Extended range battery with AWD. Designed for ease of manufacturing, the battery is located on the floor between the vehicle’s two axles.

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Fraunhofer researchers develop new low-cost dry-film electrode production process

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a new battery cell production process that coats the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. Fraunhofer IWS process enables battery electrodes to be produced on a pilot scale without using toxic solvents. BroadBit uses it to produce new types of sodium-ion batteries. Batteries Solid-state

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Study provides insight into key process in lithium-rich cathodes that both helps and hurts battery performance; oxygen oxidation

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A new study led by researchers from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has provided insight into a phenomenon that both helps and hurts Li-ion battery performance. Today’s commercial battery materials are only able to release about half of the lithium ions they contain. One solution is to cram cathodes with extra lithium ions, allowing them to store more energy in the same amount of space.

2019 83

Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy to co-develop the first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system in US

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With Highview Power’s liquid air energy storage solution, excess or off-peak electricity is used to clean and compress air which is then stored in liquid form in insulated tanks at temperatures approaching -320 ?F Highview Power’s proprietary liquid air energy storage system, called CRYOBattery, relies on low-risk, proven technology, generates zero emissions, has zero water impact and can be delivered at a cost of approximately half of the current cost of traditional lithium-ion batteries.

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Williams Advanced Engineering showcases Adaptive Multi-Chem battery technology; 223 lightweighting

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The main focus of its stand was an innovative battery pack showcasing its Adaptive Multi-Chem technology, which brings together the company’s knowledge from a wide variety of projects, including four seasons as the sole battery supplier to FIA Formula E as well as many electric vehicle programs. Manufacturers are usually faced with a compromise between energy and power density as they try to minimize the size and weight of battery packs for a target performance level.

2019 71

Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) research project gets green light; tying in renewables

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Not only will electric vehicles with bidirectional charging capability be able to draw electrical power for their high-voltage battery when plugged into a compatible charging station or wallbox, they will also have the ability to reverse the process and feed energy back into the power grid. This will effectively turn the electric vehicles’ batteries into mobile energy storage devices that can also supply electricity when required.

2019 96

Nissan LEAF first electric car to pass 400,000 unit sales

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The company committed itself to working with governments and utility companies to support the adoption of electric vehicles, make charging them easier and more convenient, and develop second-life uses for electric car batteries. These partnerships will leverage the ability of electric car batteries to store energy and share it with homes, businesses and power grids—making electric vehicles even more useful, while promoting efficient energy use. Electric (Battery) Sale

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Argonne team develops new electrolyte mixtures that stabilize silicon anodes during cycling; MESA

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For decades, scientists have been hunting for new electrode materials and electrolytes that can produce a new generation of lithium-ion batteries offering much greater energy storage while lasting longer, costing less and being safer. For scientists developing advanced lithium-ion batteries, the silicon anode has been the preeminent candidate to replace the current graphite anode. Batteries

2019 89

Audi combines e-scooter with skateboard

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To be transported by car, bus or train, the twelve-kilogram (26-pound) e-scooter can be folded up and stored in the back of the car, or if preferred, pulled like a trolley. The steering handle gives stability, holds the battery and the electronics, and carries a display showing the battery status. Electric (Battery) Personal TransitAudi has developed a new e-scooter concept to respond to the urban trend towards multi-modal mobility.

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Audi to introduce entry-level e-tron model with smaller battery pack, less range

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The Audi e-tron 50 quattro will complement the existing e-tron 55 quattro model, with a 71 kWh battery and two electric motors providing for a range of up to 186 miles according to the WLTP test cycle and its 120kW charging capability facilitating recharging to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes at fast-charging stations. By comparison, the 55 quattro features a 95 kWh battery with up to 255.4 Electric (Battery

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Volkswagen unveils MEB-based battery-electric dune buggy at Geneva: ID. BUGGY concept

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BUGGY is made up of the electric motor integrated in the rear axle, power electronics, a single-speed gearbox, the high-voltage flat battery (62 kWh) arranged in the car floor to save space, and the additional units integrated in the vehicle front end. Regardless of rear drive or four-wheel drive, power electronics control the high-voltage energy flow between the engine and battery. The position of the battery in the vehicle floor gives ID. Electric (Battery

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Continental presents 48V full-hybrid system; motor delivers up to 30 kW

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In the run-up to IAA 2019, Continental Powertrain is now presenting a 48-volt high-power drive system with 30 kW, enabling a full-hybrid vehicle. The new 48-volt high-power system, comprising an electric motor with integrated power electronics and a battery, reduces fuel consumption and thereby also CO 2 emissions by around 20% compared with similar vehicles fitted with combustion engines. Instead, it is the conversion of electrically stored energy into traction in general.

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Tesla announces bigger Megapack for stationary storage

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Tesla says the Megapack, which stores 3 megawatt-hours of electricity, has 60 percent more energy density than the Powerpack. grid storage lithium batteriesLast week, Tesla introduced something bigger than its Powerpack energy-storage systems: the Megapack, for large utility-scale storage installations. For grid power installations, that means companies can install fewer than.

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Electrify America collaborating with nine additional companies to host more than 30 ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations

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The companies, ranging from popular grocery store chains to retail shopping centers, will help expand the availability of electric vehicle DC fast charging for customers who drive or are considering purchasing an EV. Electrify America plans to install or have under development 484 charging station sites featuring more than 2,000 ultra-fast chargers by July 2019. . Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

2019 95

BloombergNEF: solar, wind, batteries to attract $10T to 2050; curbing emissions long-term will require other technologies

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Deep declines in wind, solar and battery technology costs will result in a grid nearly half-powered by the two fast-growing renewable energy sources by 2050, according to the latest projections from BloombergNEF (BNEF). In its New Energy Outlook 2019 (NEO), BNEF sees these technologies ensuring that—at least until 2030—the power sector contributes its share toward keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.

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Carnegie Mellon researchers develop semi-liquid lithium metal anode for use with solid electrolytes

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon College of Science and College of Engineering have developed a semiliquid lithium metal-based anode (SLMA) that represents a new paradigm in battery design for solid electrolyte batteries. Solid electrolytes are considered to be key components for next-generation lithium metal-based rechargeable batteries. The method used in this work has great potential for building reliable alkaline metal-based rechargeable batteries.

2019 88

XL launches PHEV Ford F-250; 50% improvement in fuel economy

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The XLP F-250 features a high voltage 15 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is compatible with Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations using an industry-standard J1772 plug interface. The battery is also charged by regenerative braking during driving, which captures and stores energy while slowing the vehicle. According to XL, the product is scheduled to begin shipping to customers before the end of 2019. Conversions Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

2019 88

Venice orders 30 Solaris Urbino electric buses

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The transport operator ACTV SPA Venezia has ordered 30 Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses and the infrastructure for battery charging. Solaris will also deliver nine fast pantograph battery chargers, six fixed plug-in battery chargers and a mobile plug-in charger. The buses will be driven by a drive axle with two 125 kW integrated electric motors; the energy needed to drive them will be stored in Solaris High Power batteries with 116 kWh of total capacity.

2019 85

Mitsubishi unveils twin-motor 4WD PHEV Engelberg Tourer crossover concept in Geneva

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The large capacity drive battery is fitted beneath the floor in the middle of the vehicle. miles (WLTP cycle), and with a fully charged battery and full fuel tank it has a total cruising range of more than 700 km / 435 miles (WLTP). At the Geneva show, Mitsubishi also is demonstrating the Dendo Drive House—a new energy ecosystem allowing owners to generate, store and energy automatically between their cars and home, enhancing the value of electric vehicles.

2019 105

Ballard to supply Norled with 200 kW fuel cell modules to power ferry in Norway

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Norled ferry to be powered by a hybrid combination of Ballard fuel cell modules together with batteries (CNW Group/Ballard Power Systems Inc.). Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S—a subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems, Inc.—has

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