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Hyundai has 5 reminders for making your EV battery last longer

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Electric cars require much less maintenance than internal-combustion vehicles, but owners still need to be aware of certain maintenance practices. This video from Hyundai offers five tips for maximizing battery life. Batteries youtube

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First Lexus EV to offer 10-year battery warranty

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Lexus’ first full electric vehicle, the UX 300E, unveiled in China in November 2019, will offer a 10-year (or 1 million kilometer / 621,000 mile) battery warranty. For the UX 300e, Lexus developed a battery cell air-cooling system which is safer and lighter than water-cooled systems.

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Why BMW Boosting Its V-8 Twin-Turbo's Fuel Efficiency Kills Batteries

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Maintenance Batteries Turbochargers Fuel Economy ReliabilityModern cars are asked to excel at many things, some of which are at cross purposes. The buying public demands vehicles that are sporty and luxurious, but regulations require them to be increasingly fuel-efficient. That means today's cars are more complicated than ever, and their dense networks of components and software can create some strange.

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Dead Hybrid Battery: What Should I Do? (Owner Question)

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Maintenance battery pack service Battery LifeEvery once in a while, other media outlets will ask for advice from Green Car Reports on various fuel economy or car technology questions. We recently received one concerning a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, which the owner had left unused for several months. The car wouldn't start after that, and when she had it towed to her local Ford dealer, the.

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Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus testing battery-electric MCI D45 CRTe LE coach in Canada

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MCI and Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus will pair for a 9-11 March demonstration tour on Maritime Bus regular routes, inviting passengers to ride along and comment on the performance and comfort of MCI’s battery-electric Commuter Coach. MCI offers two battery-electric models.

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UK Grounds Maintenance Company Contracts for Four Ford-Smith Electric Vehicles Light Commercial EVs

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Poole, UK-based Continental Landscapes has contracted for four battery-electric Ford Transit-based light commercial vehicles from Carillon Fleet Management: two 4.6-tonne Ford Transit beaver tail and two 3.5-tonne tippers. Carillion Fleet Management is one of only a few companies willing to underwrite electric vehicles on behalf of its customers, and has supplied the four vans on a seven-year contract hire with maintenance agreement.

Dept of Interior approves plan for largest solar project in US; 690 MW Gemini Solar with 380 MW battery system

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The project also includes a 380 MW solar-powered battery system able to store and deploy more than 1,400 megawatt hours which can be used when the power is needed most. Batteries Power Generation Solar

2020 91

WMG researchers convert used EV batteries into small off-grid ESS units

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Researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, have repurposed end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as small energy storage systems (ESS) for off-grid locations in developing countries or isolated communities. When an electric vehicle’s battery reaches the end of its useful life it is by no means massively depleted. It is generally accepted that an EV battery has reached end of life when its capacity drops to 80% of a fresh battery. Batteries Electric (Battery

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New solid-electrolyte interphase may boost prospects for rechargeable Li-metal batteries

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Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed, solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), according to Penn State researchers. Batteries Materials

2019 131

Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist vessels going battery-electric; ABB power and propulsion

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In mid-May, the modules will be transported to Niagara Falls and lowered onto the Maid of the Mist dry dock and maintenance facility for assembly. Batteries will be recharged for seven minutes after each trip to 80% capacity, allowing for maximum efficiency and battery life.

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Maersk to pilot 600 kWh containerized battery system on container ship

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A containerized 600 kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial on board the Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO 2 emissions. This can reduce generator maintenance requirements. Batteries Ports and Marine

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US Air Force contract awarded to ZAF Energy Systems for nickel-zinc battery system

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ZAF), a developer of next-generation battery technology, has been awarded a $1.4-million contract for a nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery system to support the US Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) ground facility. BatteriesZAF Energy Systems, Inc.

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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. Smart software functions in the cloud continually analyze the battery status and take appropriate action to prevent or slow down cell aging.

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PHEV Day "Off" - Sunday, 5 April 2009. Haven of Rest & Relaxation. Tho Some Battery Maintenance Work Awaits at Gunter plus Lots of Email EVfort!

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All, Later, some battery figures will be tallied out. However, even with 2 x BB batteries reading 9.97 volts cold and discharged from Run to Montgomery, the "Spirit" worked out with those two batteries charged up to 13.34 And the two need-to-be-replaced batteries, now warm and depleted, read: 10.29 More details after a few batteries are replaced, per chance.

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First Li-ion battery-powered automated guided container transporter delivered to HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder

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The first serially-produced container transporter powered by Li-ion batteries was delivered to HHLA (Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG) Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty Ports and Marine

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Electric-Car Battery Costs Already Cheaper Than 2020 Predictions: Study

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While owners may save money on fuel and maintenance over the long term, a higher initial purchase price remains intimidating, and take time to amortize. Green Batteries Manufacturing Study battery pack costs lithium-ion plug-in cars solid-state cell It''s widely assumed that electric cars will never emerge into the mass market if buying them requires paying a significant premium over comparable internal-combustion models.

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J.D. Power survey finds China consumers increasingly enthusiastic about new-energy vehicles; ongoing importance of subsidies; battery worries

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A recent study prepared for the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism found that since 2015, China has been far the main market for electric cars (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) followed by the EU and the US. Batteries China Electric (Battery) Policy Surveys

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KIT and e-bike manufacturer Coboc developing quick charging process for e-bike batteries

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KG, a company specialized in electric mobility, plan to make the batteries of pedelecs capable of rapid charging. Presently, charging of an e-bike battery takes about two to four hours. In addition, the battery management system is to offer a diagnosis function: the data measured while the e-bike is used are acquired via an internet-of-things solution (IoT), analyzed, and streamed in the internal Coboc cloud. Electric (Battery) Personal Transit

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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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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. To date, Connect 360 is the only reporting technology of its kind for battery- electric buses in North America.

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StarMetro places 3rd order for electric buses with Proterra for Florida State; 100% battery-electric fleet

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StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee’s public transit system, has agreed to purchase 22 Proterra Catalyst FC buses to service Florida State University (FSU), bringing the StarMetro fleet to 27 battery-electric buses.

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Robert Allan Ltd. designs new battery-electric pilot boat

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It features a fully electric twin screw drivetrain and a substantial bank of high energy density batteries that are recharged from shore power. This boat is suited for short run applications of 5 nautical miles (NM) or less and where there is time between jobs to recharge the batteries.

2018 78

Mercedes-Benz EQC, VW's battery factory, Hyundai's electric sports car: Today's Car News

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billion in a new battery factory in Germany. And our Twitter poll asks how EV drivers should contribute to road maintenance. We're among the first to drive the Mercedes-Benz EQC. Volkswagen plans to invest $1.1 Hyundai and Kia invest $80 million in Croatian EV startup Rimac.

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Sumitomo installs first large-scale power system using used EV batteries

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Sumitomo Corporation has developed and installed the first large-scale power storage system which utilizes used batteries collected from electric vehicles. in September 2010, to address the secondary use of EV lithium-ion batteries.

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BYD invests $5M in new warehouse facility in US; greater efficiencies and production capacity for battery-electric buses

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We have the capacity to produce up to 1,500 battery-electric buses a year, which will go a long way toward creating a cleaner climate and a quieter, more efficient way to travel. The company has invested in the purchase of an additional 150 acres of land near its Lancaster manufacturing plant and is planning service/maintenance centers across the US. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty Manufacturing

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MAN eTGE battery-electric van to be mass-produced from July onwards

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MAN, a member of the Volkswagen Group, is now selling a battery-electric van, the MAN eTGE. A 40 kW charging station fills a battery up to 80% in 45 minutes. Electric (Battery

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New Li-S battery shows cycle performance comparable to that of Li-ion batteries along with more than double the energy density

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A team of researchers in South Korea and Italy has demonstrated a highly reliable lithium–sulfur battery showing cycle performance comparable to that of commercially available lithium-ion batteries while offering more than double the energy density. Batteries Li-Sulfur

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Toronto Transit Commission greenlights first battery-electric bus fleet; 10 Proterra E2s to start

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In addition to the environmental benefits, the new electric buses also has the potential to save money for the TTC, since they need less energy to operate and require less maintenance. The battery-electric buses will go into service in 2019 and operate out of the Mount Dennis Bus garage, serving routes nearby. Canada Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty

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CNH Industrial to take $250M strategic stake in Nikola; partnership on fuel-cell and battery-electric heavy-duty trucks

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Nikola’s zero-emission Heavy Duty Trucks, powered by proprietary hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology, will be the first-to-production. The company’s business model foresees an industry-first all-in lease rate, which includes vehicle, service, maintenance and fuel costs, providing long-term total cost of ownership certainty at or below diesel costs. Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Heavy-duty HydrogenCNH Industrial N.V.,

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Leclanché picks Comau to develop automated industrial-scale manufacturing lines for Li-ion battery modules for transport

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Leclanché has commissioned Comau to develop an automated manufacturing line for lithium-ion battery modules for transport applications. The all-in-one solution selected by Leclanché is capable of automating the entire battery manufacturing process, from pouch cell stacking and welding to the final assembly of up to 32 different product configurations. Batteries

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New lithium polysulfide flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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Stanford / SLAC’s new lithium-polysulfide flow battery design compared to conventional “redox” flow batteries. The new flow battery uses only one tank and pump and uses a simple coating instead of an expensive membrane to separate the anode and cathode.

DNV GL researchers develop concept autonomous, battery-electric short-range shipping vessel; 3,000 kWh battery

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Researchers at classification society DNV GL have developed “ReVolt”, an autonomous, fully battery-powered and efficient vessel. Instead of using diesel fuel, “ReVolt” is powered by a 3,000 kWh battery.

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Why do EVs need batteries?

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Why use batteries ? Batteries are heavy, and maintenance hogs. Why not integrate a diesel powered generator, and use an AC motor to power the car

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Motiv Power Systems providing two battery-electric refuse trucks to LA

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Motiv Power Systems is deploying two battery-electric refuse trucks to the City of Los Angeles. All Motiv ERVs are equipped with 10 battery packs, expandable to 12 packs if needed for future route expansion. Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty

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Orange County unveils 10 new fuel-cell-electric buses along with debut of US’ largest public transport hydrogen fueling station

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OCTA is also in the process of purchasing 10 plug-in battery electric buses, which are expected to be in operation beginning in 2021. Trillium was contracted for construction, operations and maintenance of the fueling station. Bus Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hydrogen Plug-ins

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Lightning Systems accepting orders for LightningElectric battery-electric upfit for Ford Transit; price and specs

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The LightningElectric battery conversion package is available for Ford Transit as part of Ford Motor Company’s eQVM program. Depending on battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric will have a payload capacity of up to 4,000 pounds. Conversions Electric (Battery

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Canadian team proposes new propane phase-change thermal management system for hybrid electric battery packs

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The proposed system boils liquid propane to remove the heat generated by the batteries, and the propane vapor is used to cool the part of the battery that is not covered with liquid propane. An air cooling thermal management system for battery packs is sufficient in many cases.

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AllCell and LG develop high-performance Li-ion battery for material handling market

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AllCell Technologies, LLC, a Chicago-based Lithium-ion battery pack manufacturer for smart-grid, autonomous and light electric vehicle applications, and LG Chem Ltd. have developed a high performance long lasting Li-ion battery for material handling applications. The battery is built with LG’s cylindrical 18650-format Li-ion batteries and AllCell’s proprietary passive thermal management technology with phase change composite (PCC) ( earlier post ). Batteries

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Don't let those batteries just sit around

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I'm a bit wiped from the initial burst of installing all the battery racks, so I took it a bit easier on Friday and Saturday to do some of the smaller installation steps. The 8-volt golf cart batteries arrived over 24 days ago and have just been sitting on the garage floor, discharging.

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Successful first flight of the world’s largest all-electric aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan 208B

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This allows a direct motor to propeller connection, eliminating the need for a heavy maintenance-prone gearbox. Aviation Electric (Battery) Motors


Volvo Trucks NA offers battery-powered parking cooler

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Volvo Trucks North America introduced a battery-powered parking cooler as a factory-installed option for its VNM 630, VNL 630, VNL 670, VNL 730 and VNL 780 sleeper models. The battery-powered parking cooler allows drivers to keep the cab and sleeper comfortable without idling the engine.

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More Thoughts on Battery Equalization

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Lee Hart, an EV guru on battery maintenance and equalization, has graciously e-mailed with me regarding the best way to equalize batteries. He's currently working on upgrading his battery balancer (see link at right) to handle a wider range of battery technologies and applications. I think Lee's battery balancer design would do a great job; however, I'd like to cost reduce it to something more suited to my own needs.

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