Mercedes unfazed by battery-supply issues for EQC, still targeting 50,000 in 2020

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BatteriesThe Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV was originally supposed to be on U.S. streets and highways by now. Daimler called the decision to delay sales in the U.S. until 2021 a strategic one, so it could focus on Europe.

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Volkswagen’s WeShare electric car-charing expands in Europe, fleet to increase to 8,400 EVs

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WeShare, Volkswagen and ŠKODA’s free-floating electric car sharing service, is to expand into seven more cities in Germany and other European countries in 2020. For us, 2020 will be a year of dramatic growth. One of the major challenges faced by WeShare in Berlin is battery charging.

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Volvo Cars says early demand for fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD is strong

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The battery charges to 80% of its capacity in 40 mins on a fast-charger system. The battery is protected by a safety cage embedded in the middle of the car’s body structure. Electric (Battery) Sales

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Equinor contracts for first green-ammonia-fueled supply vessel; 2MW SOFC

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Equinor awarded Eidesvik Offshore a five-year contract with effect from April 2020, when the current contract expires. Viking Energy will still be able to use LNG as fuel, and the remaining power requirement will be met by battery.

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OXIS Energy Li-S cells close to achieving 500Wh/kg; targeting 600Wh/kg with solid-state Li-S technology

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OXIS Energy has successfully tested its Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery cell prototypes at 471Wh/kg and is confident of achieving 500Wh/kg in the next 12 months. OXIS has also successfully developed a standard Li-S battery module that saves production time and cost.

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HKUST team develops high-capacity, long-life Li-S battery

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Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have developed a high-capacity, long-life lithium-sulfur battery using a bi-functional cathode substrate for Li–S batteries made of well-distributed boron carbide nanoparticles decorated activated cotton fiber (B 4 C-ACF).

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ABC Companies selects Lightning Systems for diesel-to-electric coach repower program

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Features such as active thermal management of the batteries ensure optimal performance in all conditions, while advanced regenerative braking technology improves the vehicles’ overall efficiency. Bus Conversions Electric (Battery

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AKASOL to supply battery systems for Alstom’s hydrogen trains

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AKASOL will supply battery systems for more than 40 Coradia iLint hydrogen trains ( earlier post ), which have been ordered from Alstom by the Lower Saxony Transit Authority and the Rhine/Main Regional Transport Association. Batteries Fuel Cells Hydrogen Rail

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Dutch-Belgian truck company orders five Proton HyRange hydrogen fuel-cell systems for refuse trucks; EU project REVIVE

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By adjusting the performance of the fuel cell system and the application-specific design of the battery, the hybrid solution can be varied between a pure plug-in hybrid operation and pure range extender operation. Electric (Battery) Fleets Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

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MAN, Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein and Volkswagen begin pilot of 500 kWh second-life battery in charging network

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There, MAN Truck & Bus and VHH want to work together to test how used batteries behave after initial use in vehicles and as a stationary energy storage system, under real-world operating conditions. The 50 batteries in the container were previously installed in VW Passat GTE vehicles.

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SGL Carbon receives substantial contract for composite battery enclosures from N American automaker

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The serial production of the components will start end of 2020. Composite battery enclosures from SGL Carbon. The company is additionally in talks with further automakers to develop and manufacture battery enclosure solutions for their e-car platforms.

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Enevate announces new 4th-generation Si-dominant battery technology; optimized for high volume production

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Enevate, a developer of advanced silicon-dominant Li-ion battery technology capable of extreme fast charging for electric vehicles (EVs), announced its new fourth-generation technology optimized for high volume commercialization and manufacturing at gigafactory scale. Highlights of the fourth-generation XFC-Energy technology include: Cell technology scalable for large-format pouch, prismatic and cylindrical EV cells suitable for various battery module and pack architectures.

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Mercom: battery, smart grid, energy efficiency companies raised $2.3B in VC funding in 2019; 18% lower than 2018

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Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy research and communications firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for 2019. Battery Storage.

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Israeli team develops decoupled PEC water-splitting system for centralized production of H2

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Battery-grade nickel hydroxide electrodes are placed in both cells to mediate the ion (OH – ) exchange between the cathode and anode.

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Ford investing €42M in Valencia plant for new hybrid models and battery assembly operations

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million) in its Valencia, Spain manufacturing plant to support the company’s electrification strategy with a state-of-the-art battery assembly facility in addition to new S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid models. Ford is introducing 14 electrified vehicles in Europe by the end of 2020.

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Researchers say energy-dense lithium-sulfur batteries may double EV range

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Researchers in Australia say that advancements made in cathode durability could make lithium-sulfur batteries a reality for electric vehicles soon. Batteries

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Kenworth, Peterbilt working with Dana on electric truck powertrain development

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At CES 2020, Kenworth displayed a Kenworth K270E battery-electric vehicle—the initial result of the collaboration. The truck will also be equipped with two battery packs and an on-board charger. Electric (Battery) Fleets

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DOE to award up to $133M for advanced vehicle technologies research

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Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0002197 ) supports projects in advanced batteries and electrification in support of the recently announced DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge ( earlier post ). Topic areas include: Batteries and Electrification (up to $40 million) Lithium-ion batteries using silicon-based anodes. Batteries Engines Market Background Mobility

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Rice engineers find overabundance of intentional defects can cause battery cathodes to fail

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New simulations by Rice materials scientist Ming Tang and graduate student Kaiqi Yang, detailed in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A , show that too much stress concentration in widely-used lithium iron phosphate cathodes can open cracks and quickly degrade batteries. Batteries

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Daimler developing battery-electric version of Econic HD truck; customer testing in 2021, series production in 2022

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Daimler Trucks is taking the next step in its electrification of trucks with the battery-electric low-floor heavy-duty truck Mercedes-Benz eEconic. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

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CRU: lithium price downtrend continues, with disappointing EV sales in China the driver

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CRU calculates that the Li-ion battery sector accounts for 60% of lithium demand in China, of which EV and portable electronics have the largest share. Batteries Electric (Battery) Materials Sales

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Fiat 500 and Panda first FCA models to be fitted with new mild-hybrid technology

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The 500 and Panda will be available with a new gasoline mild hybrid engine that combines the latest 3-cylinder FireFly 1.0-liter engine family with a 12-volt BSG electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that delivers 70hp (51kW).

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Hyundai and Kia make €100M strategic investment in Arrival to co-develop electric commercial vehicles

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The company’s strength lies in its skateboard vehicle platform with a modular component structure, a cost-effective base which incorporates a battery pack, electric motor and driveline components. Electric (Battery) Europe Fleets Vehicle Manufacturers

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IONITY orders 324 350kW EV chargers from ABB for second phase of expansion

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The chargers are to be rolled out in 24 countries by the end of 2020 as part of the second phase of the IONITY network expansion. Electric (Battery) Europe InfrastructureABB has received an order for a further 324, 350 kW high-power electric vehicle (EV) chargers from IONITY.

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SAE International publishes updated standard for on-route mechanized conductive EV charging systems for buses: SAE J3105

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In addition, low cost of ownership, coupled with low maintenance cost of electric buses, specially battery electric buses (BEB) is expected to benefit the market during the forecast period. Bus Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty Infrastructure StandardsSAE International published its latest standard, SAE J3105 : Electric Vehicle Power Transfer System Using Conductive Automated Connection Devices, along with three new tributary documents.

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Fisker Ocean electric SUV starts at $37,499, pre-tax credit; leases for $379/mo

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We look forward to sharing even more details at the Geneva Motor Show 2020—including our fully-engineered platform and more technical specifications. More details on future Fisker models will be shared throughout 2020. 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Electric (Battery

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Hyundai Motor Group to invest $87B over next 5 years; 44 electrified vehicles; new EV development system; hydrogen plans

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billion) annually to enhance its leadership in vehicle electrification, autonomous driving and mobility services, said Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Group, at the company’s 2020 New Year ceremony at its headquarters in Seoul. The Group’s electrified lineup, which consisted of 24 models in 2019, will be expanded to 44 models by 2025, including 13 hybrids, six plug-in hybrids, 23 battery electric vehicles and two fuel-cell electric vehicles.

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Nissan electric crossover tech, lithium-sulfur batteries, EV cost: Today’s Car News

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And lithium-sulfur batteries could be closer to a breakthrough. Nissan’s upcoming electric crossover is taking form—and we sample some of the performance technology that might help it stand out in the market. Cost remains a big barrier against EV adoption.

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BMW launching compact BMW X models with plug-in hybrid drive: X1 xDrive25e followed by X2 xDrive25e

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The electric drive and a latest-generation lithium-ion battery enable an electrically powered range of up to 57 kilometers (35 miles) in the two new plug-in hybrid models. The latest-generation lithium-ion battery has a gross energy content of 10 kWh.

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Xtrac showcasing P1316 e-axle, developed for FIA World Rallycross

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Xtrac will supply the e-axle to Austrian company Kreisel, which the FIA has selected as the supplier for the phased introduction of a battery-powered propulsion system into this major race series with Kreisel responsible for the state-of-the-art motors, inverters and battery.

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CES: Fisker Ocean gets a $37,499 price tag, but still no word on batteries or build site

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What Fisker hasn't confirmed yet are where the Ocean will be built, or which company will supply the batteries to provide its 300-mile electric range. Henrik Fisker's latest startup vehicle brand took to the pre-CES scrum Sunday with what it says is a production version of the Ocean crossover.

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Hybrids represented 52% of all Toyota Motor Europe sales in 2019; 63% in West Europe

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Toyota will introduce its new RAV4 plug-in hybrid ( earlier post ) during the second half of 2020, with on-sale dates to be determined according to country/market. Toyota Motor Europe reported 2019 sales of 1,089,422 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, an increase of +5.2% from 2018.

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BMW i Ventures invests in Software Motor Company; high rotor pole switched reluctance motor system

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SMC’s technology enables lower cost motors, and lowers the cost of the battery for comparable range, thanks to higher efficiency over a wide operating range. BMW i Ventures has invested in Software Motor Company (SMC), a Silicon Valley-based company developing reliable, efficient and intelligent motor systems. SMC’s electric motor system is based on switched reluctance technology, managed by advanced cloud software.

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Audi investing ~€100M in charging infrastructure at German sites; 10% of parking spaces by mid-2022

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In connection with the construction of the new ATC IV building, the solar power generated is used for the charging procedure in combination with a battery buffer storage device. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Vehicle Manufacturers

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Amazon adds 40 Streetscooter and 10 Mercedes-Benz eVito electric vans to Munich fleet

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Amazon has also taken delivery of 10 Mercedes-Benz battery-electric eVito vans at the Munich-Daglfing site. The eVito features an installed battery capacity of 41 kWh, offering a range of between 150 and 184 km. Electric (Battery) Europe Fleets

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Audi introduces Q5 TFSI e PHEV to US market; EPA-rated at 65 MPGe

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Offered as standard equipment on Audi TFSI e models, drivers have the option to adjust engine and battery usage with three capable modes specific to the plug-in system. kWh lithium-ion battery, the Audi Q5 TFSI e has a range of 20 miles.

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Panasonic, Tropos Motors reveal two concept electric commercial utility vehicles at CES

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All trucks would be equipped OneConnectSM analytics to provide battery / maintenance health as well as tampering and theft analytics. In addition, with compartmentalize cooling, there is no additional energy draw on the electrical / battery system of the truck.

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Nissan showcases new twin-motor all-wheel-control technology with Ariya electric concept at CES; e-4ORCE

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Electric (Battery) Vehicle Dynamics Vehicle SystemsNissan has developed new twin-motor all-wheel-control technology called e-4ORCE for electric vehicles.

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Solaris and Pozna? University of Technology work on advanced driver assistance system intended for electric buses

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Bus Driver Assistance Systems Electric (Battery In cooperation with Pozna? University of Technology, Solaris is developing an advanced driver assistance system for city buses, mostly electric ones. Devised jointly by engineers of Solaris and of the Pozna?

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IBM, Daimler researchers use quantum computer to simulate Li-sulfur battery chemistry

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Researchers at IBM and Daimler AG have used a quantum computer to model the dipole moment of three lithium-containing molecules, with an eye on moving closer to next-generation lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries. The researchers at Daimler hope that quantum computers will help them design next-generation lithium-sulfur batteries, because quantum computers have the potential to compute and simulate precisely the fundamental behavior. Batteries Li-Sulfur Quantum computing Simulation

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Volvo’s US-made EV plans, Audi plug-in hybrids, NJ electric transit: Today’s Car News

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And Volvo is planning to make electric SUVs and their battery packs in South Carolina. New Jersey is going electric, with a $5,000 vehicle incentive and a comprehensive plan. Audi’s latest plug-in hybrids arrive soon and supplement its EVs in the lineup.

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ORNL advancing LDH sorbent to recover lithium from geothermal brine wastes

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It is essential for the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries commonly used for everything from electric vehicles to cell phones and laptops. The lithium-aluminum-layered double hydroxide chloride (LDH) sorbent being developed by ORNL targets recovery of lithium from geothermal brines—paving the way for increased domestic production of the material for today’s rechargeable batteries. Batteries Materials

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Werner Enterprises testing Peterbilt 579 EV Class 8 electric truck; Meritor and Transpower

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Electric drivetrain power and control systems, as well as batteries and accessories, will be supplied by TransPower, a California-based manufacturer of integrated drive systems, full-electric truck solutions and energy-storage subsystems. Electric (Battery) Heavy-dutyWerner Enterprises, a premier transportation and logistics provider, is testing a 2019 Peterbilt 579 EV Class 8 electric truck for a year on a dedicated account in Southern California.

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