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New York challenge to boost EVs and battery storage

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:26 -- Hugh Finzel

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has launched an ‘Innovation Challenge’ to help spur development of a “backbone” grid-linked charging network across the state to expand the use of electric vehicles and energy storage.

The NYPA challenge has been launched in collaboration with the Urban Future Lab (UFL) at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, and will advance Governor Andrew Cuomo’s clean energy and jobs agenda.

NYPA will invest US$250 million up to 2025 in order to install “a robust DC fast charging backbone infrastructure throughout the state”, so as to catalyse widespread EV adoption.  

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Auto partners commit to battery-tech investments as chief is sacked

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Carlos Ghosn

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has pledged to continue its activities including development of next-generation batteries following the sacking of the alliance’s chief.

Carlos Ghosn (pictured) was removed as chairman of Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan after his arrest in Japan over allegations of misconduct.

Last month, the alliance’s investment arm said it was stepping up its investment in fast-charge battery technology research.

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Caterpillar invests in Fisker for solid-state battery tech.

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The Caterpillar engineering group’s investment arm, Caterpillar Venture Capital (CVC), has invested an undisclosed sum in Fisker— a Californian electric vehicle start-up that is developing solid-state battery technology.

Fisker told BEST Battery Briefing details of the deal were being kept under wraps. However, a spokesperson said the investment, involving “fundamentally different industries”, demonstrated the “mutually recognised importance that electrification solutions will represent to multiple business segments in the future”.

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Work starts on Mercedes’ Alabama EV battery plant

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Daimler has broken ground for an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Alabama for its Mercedes-Benz subsidiary.

A ceremony marking the start of construction at Tuscaloosa, just seven miles from Mercedes existing vehicle production site, came just weeks after German auto firms indicated they could pull the plug on new investments in battery manufacturing in the US, if forced to pay increased tariffs under the Trump administration’s “national security” review.

The battery plant is part of a US$1 billion investment in the US that will cover two million square feet— twice the size of Mercedes’ nearby site. The US plant will form part of an eight-strong global battery production network including plants in Germany, China and Thailand.

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Is Europe finally turning on to EVs?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:20 -- Ruth Williams
The best selling EV in Europe

The Nissan Leaf was the best-selling EV in Europe in 2013 with 11,120 vehicles sold. Sales increased 204% compared to 2012 and are 25% greater than the next best-selling EV, which was the Renault Zoe.

Norway accounted for a large portion of overall EV sales, 7,882 EVs were sold there in 2013- this accounts for 5% of overall car sales. The government of Norway has invested heavily in charging infrastructures for EVs and offer substantial incentives for purchasing an electric car. In October 2013 the Leaf was the best selling car in the country – including non-electrified vehicles.

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Emergency home power from EVs

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 18:02 -- Ruth Williams

Progress is being made to develop EV batteries to be utilised to power homes during times of blackout. Following the 2011 Japanese earthquake much of the country was without electricity, EV batteries were used as a temporary in-home power supply.  Hybrid cars that feature an invertor can have the high-voltage direct current switched to a low-voltage alternating current to supply power back to a home at times of blackout. Nissan are leading the way in advancing this potential, they believe their Leaf car could power a home for up to two days, or individual appliances for far longer.

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