Fri.Feb 19, 2021

Canadian company AK Motor International introduces new EV brand: Maple Majestic

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Canada-based AK Motor International Corporation, an automotive intellectual property management company, is launching a new electric vehicle brand: Maple Majestic. Arising from AK Motor’s project CANU (Canadian Automotive New Utilities), Maple Majestic is intended to excel in difficult environments.

Hyundai explores battery leasing to lower EV prices, coordinate reuse

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Hyundai is looking into battery leasing as a way to lower electric-car prices and ensure environmentally-conscious reuse of battery packs.


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U of Birmingham, Bentley and partners in rare-earth recycling project; RaRE

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The University of Birmingham is working with Bentley Motors and others on a three-year research project to deliver a sustainable source of rare earth magnets for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Bolt EV recall update: Software fix will restore full range, address fire risk

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GM on Thursday posted an update about its recall—made over fire concerns—that makes most 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV models only able to charge up to 90%.

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DOE releases analysis of potential impacts of hyperloop technology on the grid

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Hyperloop technology, initially proposed by Elon Musk in 2013 as an innovative means for intermediate-range or intercity travel, is now being developed by several companies. Hyperloop systems could be used for both passenger and freight transportation with the goals of time-saving, convenience, quality of service and, in some cases, increased energy efficiency.

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Hyundai battery leasing, Mercedes EV timeline, Bolt EV and Mach-E deals, Today’s Car News

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Incentives are making both the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E the same or less as the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV, respectively. GM has a fix for 2017-2019 Bolt EV models and their hobbled charging. Mercedes is saying no to an all-electric timeline.

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IDTechEx: Sales of electric motorcycles in Europe grew 50% y-o-y in 2020

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IDTechEx expects electric motorcycle sales in Europe to have grown at least 50% year-on-year in 2020, building on the momentum of recent years. Although steep, the 50% growth is half that experienced in 2019 from the year before.)

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Hyzon Motors to supply up to 1,500 fuel-cell heavy-duty trucks to Hiringa Energy in New Zealand

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Hyzon Motors Inc. and New Zealand’s Hiringa Energy signed a vehicle supply agreement, with Hyzon commissioned to build and supply Hiringa with zero-emission Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV). Earlier post.). The hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks, to be assembled at Hyzon’s facility in Winschoten, The Netherlands, will be manufactured in full compliance with local New Zealand requirements and the first batch of vehicles are expected to enter service in New Zealand by the end of 2021.

Mercedes parent Daimler: No expiration date for gas and diesel sales

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Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler is preparing for an all-electric future, but it doesn't want to "prematurely" phase out gasoline and diesel engines, CEO Ola Källenius said in a recent interview with the Financial Times.

DOE to award up to $20M for projects demonstrating integration of nuclear power and hydrogen

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) and Nuclear Energy (NE) Office are joining forces to advance technologies that can efficiently integrate nuclear power and hydrogen.

Arity partners with Ford to enable more efficient usage-based insurance (UBI) offerings

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Arity , a mobility data and analytics company, is teaming up with Ford Motor Company to enable any participating insurer to deliver simple and secure usage-based insurance (UBI) programs to eligible connected Ford and Lincoln vehicle owners.

Eaton’s Vehicle Group launches EV e-drive gearing design, development and manufacturing

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Power management company Eaton’s Vehicle Group is developing gearing solutions for electrified vehicles (EVs). Leveraging its expertise in producing transmissions and contract manufactured gear-sets for passenger and commercial vehicles, the Vehicle Group aims to be a leader in the global design, development and supply of EV reduction gearing. The new technology complements Eaton’s eMobility power electronics portfolio in the electrified vehicle powertrain market.

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Phoenix Motorcars delivers first of two all-electric medium-duty service trucks to Woodland, CA

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Phoenix Motorcars,a manufacturer of medium-duty all-electric buses and trucks, delivered the first of two all-electric medium-duty service trucks to the City of Woodland, California. Funding for the vehicles and infrastructure was coordinated between Phoenix Motorcars and the City of Woodland, leveraging local Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and utility funding programs.