Kia EV9: First Impressions

There was a time when Kia was the bargain basement brand. Quality sucked, but the price was low. In recent years, Kia has made an amazing turnaround and has become an automotive leader. Nothing seems to prove this more than the company’s fast-charging and reliable EV offerings. So, when we … [continued]

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ReElement Technologies partners with EDP Renewables for rare earth magnet recycling

ReElement Technologies, a rare earth element and critical battery metal producer, has partnered with EDP Renewables North America, a renewable energy supplier, to recycle rare earth materials for wind turbines and EV motors.

The partnership aims to develop a circular supply chain for renewable energy equipment and inputs by efficiently and sustainably recycling neodymium-based permanent magnets from decommissioned wind turbines into magnet-grade rare earth elements. ReElement’s process recycles permanent magnets in a way that is three times safer way than traditional Chinese mining and processing procedures, according to the company.  

“Our flexibility to refine multiple feedstocks utilizing a smaller, scalable and environmentally safer method enables us to provide valuable solutions to supply chain challenges,” said Chris Moorman, Chief Commercial Officer of ReElement Technologies.

Source: ReElement Technologies

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Volvo CE uses electric trucks to transport its electric construction equipment

Volvo CE, the Volvo Group’s construction equipment subsidiary, and Volvo Trucks have partnered with France-based logistics firm Capelle Transports to pilot an electric shuttle service that carries out the initial transport of construction machines from the Volvo CE factory in Belley, France, and optimizes the loading of truck trailers. 

The program is part of Volvo Group’s efforts to reduce its indirect Scope 3 emissions by 30% by 2030. It has also increased efficiency by optimizing the loading of each truck trailer that leaves the yard.

In the trial, a Volvo FH Electric truck, with fully optimized loading capacity, is used to transport compact excavators, such as EC18 Electric, ECR18 Electric and ECR25 Electric models, to a logistics center near Lyon, from which they are dispatched on their journeys to the customer.

“This project contributes to reduced CO2 emissions during the initial transportation of our products and is another milestone in our efforts to achieve a more sustainable operation,” said Hui-I Tsai, Head of Global Outbound Logistics at Volvo CE.

Source: Volvo CE

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New fleet customer says Tesla Semi performs “well beyond expectations”

The rollout of the Tesla Semi has been slower than EVangelists would have liked. The electric semi tractor was first unveiled in 2017, and officially entered production in late 2022. Since then, it has been deployed in limited numbers.

Last October, it was reported that Tesla had built about 70 Semis trucks, which were being used internally and by one confirmed customer, PepsiCo. Tesla recently broke ground on a new facility at its Nevada Gigafactory site, where Semis are slated to be produced.

Now Electrek reports that Tesla has delivered Semis to at least one more customer: Martin Brower (MB), a logistics company that serves the restaurant industry and operates a fleet of hundreds of trucks.

MB has confirmed that it used two Tesla Semis in a pilot program earlier this year, and the company’s drivers certainly seem to like them. “A group of five MB drivers…were trained to operate the Tesla Semi, which uniquely positions the steering wheel and driver’s seat in the center of the cockpit and has other design features to increase driver visibility and safety,” MB told Electrek. “Overall, our drivers had positive feedback on how the vehicle performs.”

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“The Tesla Semi rises above any other tractor with mobility, center seat configuration, and precise movement that allows the driver to navigate safely,” said MB driver Casey Kamp.

“The Tesla Semi experience has been impressive since day one,” said Megan Yamaguchi, Assistant Transportation Manager at MB. “Our drivers had no problem learning the systems and maximizing the features that set these tractors apart. We’ve been able to push these tractors well beyond expectations and look forward to our electric future.”

Source: Electrek

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AMPURE debuts PosiLink platform for electric material-handling fleet operations

California-based EV and industrial charging equipment producer AMPURE has introduced, under the PosiCharge brand, a cloud-based data management platform, PosiLink, designed for electric material-handling fleet operations.

AMPURE was formerly known as Webasto Charging Systems, and was acquired recently by Transom Capital Group.

The company says its new software, which transitions from its legacy PosiNet platform, improves performance, efficiency, and informed decision-making by providing operators easy access to critical battery information, including energy consumption, usage patterns and system performance. It also serves as an asset-management hub by allowing operators to monitor and optimize every aspect of their fleets from a single interface.

“The introduction of PosiLink underscores our dedication to empowering operators with the tools they need to thrive in today’s dynamic landscape,” said Michael Schoenberger, Chief Technology Officer at AMPURE.

Source: AMPURE

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EST-Floattech to supply Octopus Series battery systems to Coastal Workboats

Netherlands-headquartered maritime battery manufacturer EST-Floattech will provide the battery systems for the electric-landing utility vessel (E-LUV) to be built by UK shipyard Coastal Workboats in Stornoway and for the company’s shore-based power supply system (SPSS).

The project is funded by a £6-million grant from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) to Coastal Workboats to demonstrate the UK’s first commercial electric workboat and charging station.

The E-LUV is a roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) and dry cargo transportation ferry that will be equipped with 2,400 kWh of EST-Floattech’s Octopus High Energy battery system. Configured as two independent systems, it will power various equipment as well as propulsion. For demonstration purposes, the workboat will operate during a short trial twice a day and five days a week on a 45-minute route between West Burrafirth and Papa Stour in the Shetland Isles.

EST-Floattech will also supply 1,200 kWh of the Octopus High Energy battery system, placed in a 20-foot container, to support the charging of the E-LUV and for possible use as an onboard range extender.

“EST-Floattech has produced a class-approved product that brings to market a level of safety unseen previously. In particular, the passive nature of the heat dissipation system represents a marked step forward in safety, particularly for an application in the marine environment,” said Luke Parnell, Coastal Workboats Chief Engineering Manager.

Source: EST-Floattech

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WiTricity opens Japanese subsidiary, joins Japanese EV Wireless Power Transfer Council

Wireless EV charging pioneer WiTricity has announced that it will be one of the founding members of the Japanese EV Wireless Power Transfer Council.

The organization, which was created to encourage the adoption of wireless EV charging in Japan, also includes Daihen, Sinanen, Kansai Electric Power, and the Mitsubishi Research Institute.

WiTricity is also establishing a local subsidiary, WiTricity Japan KK, as it grows its staff in Japan to support Japanese customers and wireless power transfer projects in the country.

WiTricity notes that Japan has challenges that make wireless EV charging particularly valuable. Space constraints in densely populated cities make the plug-in stations familiar in the US challenging to accommodate, whereas wireless charging requires less real estate. Automated parking garages can provide charging without the need for a person to plug in their vehicle.

On the commercial side, wireless charging brings operational cost advantages to fleet electrification, which is well underway.

“The formation of the EV Wireless Power Transfer Council is a key step in the development of the wireless charging industry in Japan,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity. “Together with these Japanese industry leaders, WiTricity will help promote wireless charging and vehicle-to-grid technology, prove business models, and drive deployment.”

“In establishing WiTricity KK, we can help Japan leapfrog current technology and deliver the next-generation EV ownership experience,” added Gruzen.  “Given the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the Japanese auto market, the physical presence of WiTricity staff will help us anticipate customer needs for the rapid adoption of wireless charging for EVs in Japan.”

Source: WiTricity

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Hyundai and Kia partner with Exide Energy for local EV battery production in India

Hyundai and Kia have signed an agreement with Indian lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery manufacturer Exide Energy Solutions to equip the two companies’ upcoming EV models in the Indian market with locally produced batteries.

Established in 2022, Exide Energy Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exide Industries, which has 75 years of experience in the production of lead-acid batteries. The new company was formed to manufacture lithium-ion cells, modules and packs that incorporate multiple chemistries and form factors.

“India is a key market for vehicle electrification, due in part to the government’s carbon neutrality goals, which makes securing cost competitiveness through localized battery production crucial,” said Heui Won Yang, President and Head of Hyundai Motor and Kia’s R&D Division.

Source: Kia

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Today’s EV engineering webinar schedule: Thursday, April 18th

Charged is hosting a virtual conference on EV engineering that’s free to attend, and it starts today. The conference includes live webinar sessions with interactive Q&As and on-demand webinars. View the daily session schedule online here.

All of the live sessions will be recorded and available to view after the broadcasts. The recorded videos can be accessed on each session’s registration page.

Thursday, April 18th Session Topics:

8:00 am EDT
All-In-One e-Fluid Technology To Cool Inverter, e-Motor and Provide EV Gear Lubrication
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8:45 am EDT
Real Time Power Electronics Simulation
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9:15 am EDT
Revolutionizing EV Charging Testing: Trends, Use Cases And Solutions
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9:30 am EDT
Electric Vehicle Safety: The Critical Role of Battery Venting Technology
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10:15 am EDT
Minimize The Risk Of Breakdowns And Fire: Protecting EV Batteries
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10:30 am EDT
Optimization Of EV Thermal Management At The System Level
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11:00 am EDT
EV Test Challenges When Moving From 400 V To 800 V
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11:45 am EDT
Advancements in Aluminum-CO2 Battery Technology for EVs
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11:45 am EDT
Certification And Testing Of EV Charging Stations
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12:30 pm EDT
Challenges And Solution For Pick And Place Automation Of Thermal Gap Filler Pads
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1:00 pm EDT
Testing Bi-Directional Power Electronics
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RIZON begins US electric truck deliveries

The first batch of Daimler Truck’s electric RIZON models to be delivered in the US was recently supplied to customers in California, and more units are scheduled to follow. 

Manufactured in Japan, RIZON trucks are designed for urban and last-mile delivery applications and routes of up to 160 miles per day. Available configurations include box trucks, flatbeds, stake beds, reefers and other body types.

Among the initial US customers is LA Sanitation & Environment, which is deploying seven e18L RIZON trucks with stake bed bodies for delivery of home trash bins to Los Angeles residents. Other deliveries were made to Goodwill Industries of San Diego County, which is integrating an e18L RIZON dry van box truck into its fleet, and Diamond Environmental, which will use four e18L RIZON trucks to deliver and service portable restrooms.

Ecorecycling is deploying three e18L RIZON dry van trucks to transport clothing and book donations to its sorting warehouse, and Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing has taken delivery of five e18L RIZON box trucks that will be available for rental or lease.

“Being part of the Daimler Truck Group provides us with experience and knowledge coming from our electric products of trucks and buses around the globe,” said Andreas Deuschle, Global Head of RIZON Truck. “Our all-new RIZON trucks inherited all of this expertise, which results in a very mature system: innovative eAxle concept, latest safety features, a wide variety of body applications, and a flexible battery concept.”

Source: RIZON

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