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Roush Industries to assemble electric platforms for Bollinger Motors

Bollinger Motors has selected Roush Industries as the contract manufacturer to assemble its line of all-electric platforms and chassis cabs for commercial vehicles in Classes 3 through 6. Bollinger will source and provide all materials for Roush to assemble its vehicles in a facility in Livonia, Michigan, near Bollinger’s Oak Park headquarters. Bollinger Motors will also work closely with Roush on assembling pre-production units and performing validation testing ahead of the ramp-up to production. “We will be building state-of-the-art vehicles from day one right here in Michigan,” said Robert Bollinger, founder and CEO of Bollinger Motors. “Roush has significant engineering...

SEMCORP to open battery separator film plant in Ohio

Battery materials provider SEMCORP Advanced Materials Group plans to invest $916 million in a facility for manufacturing battery separator film in Sidney, Ohio. The company will build the new 850,000-square-foot facility at the Sidney Ohio Industrial Park. “Our Sidney site will be America’s largest manufacturer of separator film for EV batteries,” said SEMCORP co-founder and CEO Paul Lee. “SEMCORP chose the Sidney location because of the state’s impressive commitment to vocational education, preparedness for a large-scale project like ours, and proximity to key customers,” said Group VP of Global Projects James Shih. “SEMCORP is currently the largest lithium-ion battery separator...

Rice researchers find misaligned crystallites in cathodes limit lithium flow

Researchers at Rice University have found that stress between misaligned crystallites in cathodes limits the flow of lithium. In an article published in ACS Energy Letters, the researchers write: “As an important battery cathode material, reaction distribution in lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) has been extensively studied in dispersed particle systems, but remains poorly understood for mesoscopic agglomerates (or secondary particles) that are used in most commercial batteries.” To understand how these particle agglomerates react with lithium, the researchers relied on the transmission x-ray microscopy capabilities at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory to produce 3D images of cathodes charging...

Tata Nexon EV Max with 437 km range launched into the Indian market.

The Electric car with a range of 437 km per single charge was released by Tata motors named as Tata Nexon Ev max on Wednesday, and the model is going to available in 2 different variants XZ+ and XZ+ Lux and these both model designed with two charging options and well as color options include Intense-Teal Daytona Grey, and Pristine White. “Keeping customer centricity at the core and dedicated to bringing in newer products at regular and quick intervals, we are elated to launch the new Nexon EV MAX – an SUV that offers all EV users MAX freedom to...

The facts about recent electric bus fires in France

False or misleading posts about EV fires flood the internet on a daily basis. The latest spurious sensation was a natural gas-powered bus that caught fire in Italy—a video of the catastrophic conflagration was posted online, and within hours, it had travelled around the world and back again, falsely described as an EV fire. In fact, statistically speaking, EVs have a far lower risk of fire than ICE vehicles. A recent study by AutoinsuranceEZ reported only 25 fires in electric vehicles per 100,000 sales, compared to 1,530 for gas vehicles and (strangely) 3,475 for hybrids. That said, every EV fire...

Volkswagen Group and bp partner to roll out EV fast charging in Europe

The fossil fuel industry’s takeover of public charging infrastructure continues. This week, ABB announced plans to supply charging stations to Shell, and Volkswagen and bp unveiled a charger in Dusseldorf, Germany that will be the first unit in a planned network of fast chargers across Europe. Volkswagen’s Flexpole 150 kW charging unit features two charge points, along with an integrated battery energy storage system. The Flexpole is designed to be directly connected to a low-voltage grid, removing the requirement for a dedicated substation and costly construction work. In the first phase of the project, the companies will deploy 4,000 charge...

LG Magna e-Powertrain breaks ground on new EV component plant in Mexico

Executives from LG Magna e-Powertrain, LG Electronics, Magna, GM, and local government officials gathered together to break ground at LG Magna e-Powertrain’s new plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The new facility will be the company’s first production base in North America. The 260,000-square-foot plant will be complete by 2023, and will begin producing inverters, motors and on-board chargers for GM EVs. LG Magna e-Powertrain is a joint venture launched in July of 2021 by electronics company LG Electronics and Canadian automotive parts supplier and manufacturer Magna. The new JV “combines LG’s expertise in developing components for motors, inverters, and on-board...

Designing DC fast charging stations for next-gen EVs

Sponsored by Littelfuse Supercharged solutions that provide for fast charging reliability, efficiency, and safety The adoption of EVs will reduce pollution and help slow the effects of climate change. A significant impediment to broader EV adoption is both a public charging infrastructure that can support long-distance travel and chargers that can recharge an EV battery in a time that drivers will accept. Currently, 300 kW chargers can recharge a battery in under 15 minutes. While the time is acceptable, the primary challenge for design engineers is protecting users from 300 kW.  Secondarily, designers must maximize efficiency to minimize power consumption...

Hybrid ferry to use Leclanché’s 10 MWh battery system

Swiss energy storage specialist Leclanché will provide a 10 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) for Scandlines’s Puttgarden Rødby 2024 hybrid ferry project. The company expects to begin the delivery in January 2023. According to Leclanché, the ferry will be the “world’s largest electric-powered hybrid ferry.” The new roll-on/roll-off ferry will provide service between Puttgarden, Germany and Rødby, Denmark. Leclanché says it will make the crossing in 45 minutes in hybrid mode and 70 minutes in fully-electric mode. The ferry has a capacity of 66 freight units and 140 passengers. It will be constructed at the Cemre Shipyard in Turkey,...

Toyota to invest Rs 4,800 crore to make electric vehicle parts in India

The Japanese carmaker signed an agreement with Karnataka and expects the investment to generate around 3,500 new jobs in the country. Here is the recent news speaking Mumbai Toyota Group plans o invest Rs 48 billion ($624 million) to make electric vehicle components in India, as the Japanese carmaker works toward carbon neutrality by 2050, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts signed an agreement with the southern state of Karnataka to invest Rs 41 billion, the group said in a statement Saturday. The rest will come from Toyota Industries Engine India. Toyota has lined up its own green...

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