These two electric cargo bikes can haul all of your kids (or all of your dogs)

The whole point of electric cargo bikes is to make it easy to haul around a bunch of cargo or passengers. But Bunch has taken that idea to the extreme with their new six-kid electric cargo bike. And if that wasn’t cute enough for you already, they have another one for your dogs!

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Elon Musk hypes Tesla V10 software with in-car video streaming and ‘Caraoke’, early access ‘soon’

Elon Musk went on a mini Tweetstorm last night to hype Tesla’s V10 software update with in-car video streaming and a feature called ‘Caraoke’.

The CEO says that the new update will be released to early access owners ‘soon’ and Tesla should finally be expanding the program to Full Self-Driving (FSD) owners. more…


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Researchers create air-stable, waterproof wax coating for lithium metal anodes

Lithium metal is a promising new material for battery electrodes, thanks to its high specific capacity and low voltage, but safety issues caused by dendrite growth and instability in air caused by its high chemical activity limit its large-scale use as an electrode material. However, a simple and efficient solution could be on the way from researchers at China’s Tianjin University, whose findings were published in the July 2019 edition of the Science Bulletin.

Lithium metal is highly sensitive
to moisture and oxidative components in the air. To combat this issue, battery
developers have created insulating products like lithium hydroxides to protect
the lithium metal from water and air, but so far these materials have all resulted
in deterioration of the battery’s electrochemical performance.

Now a research team led by Professor Quan-Hong Yang at Tianjin University and Professor Wei Lv at Tsinghua University has developed a wax-PEO coating for lithium metal surfaces. With the coating, the researchers say the lithium metal anode is both waterproof and air-stable and boasts a low battery decay rate.

Wax as an inert sealing material is easily coated on the surface of lithium metal. The coating retards the etching of the electrolyte onto the surface of the lithium metal. At the same time, homogeneously distributed plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) guarantees the uniform lithium-ion conduction at the interface and inhibits the growth of lithium dendrites.

In testing scenarios, the surface of the wax-coated lithium remained unchanged in a high relative humidity of 70% over 24 hours. During these tests, the battery achieved capacity retention of 85%. The researchers report that the coated lithium metal anode remains stable for as long as 500 hours in symmetric cells, and the lithium sulfur batteries assembled with the coated lithium metal anode show a capacity decay rate of 0.075% per cycle for 300 cycles. Researchers also report that no combustion or capacity decay occurred when the lithium came in direct contact with water.

The team says the work
demonstrates that its wax coating is an efficient package technology for lithium
metal anodes which is easily scalable and applicable to other sensitive
electrode materials.

Canada’s Brampton Transit buys 8 electric buses and 4 charging stations

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has granted Brampton Transit and Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) $11.15 million in federal funding. Brampton Transit, which serves part of the greater Toronto area, will use the funds to purchase eight electric buses and four OppCharge-compliant overhead charging systems. Six of the electric buses will be New Flyer’s Xcelsior model. Three of the chargers will be from ABB and one from Siemens.

The purchase solidifies Brampton Transit’s participation in CUTRIC’s Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial, which is designed to test the interoperability of electric transit vehicles.

“The Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial is a unique partnership model involving multiple levels of government, bus manufacturers, system integrators, and funding partners collaborating in an unprecedented way on breakthrough technology to improve the environment,” said Alex Milojevic, General Manager of Brampton Transit.

“Public transit is moving toward clean, sustainable, zero-emission mobility in the best interests of community air quality and climate change mitigation,” said Jennifer McNeill, New Flyer’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Lightning Systems receives OK to sell its all-electric Ford F-59 in California

Colorado-based Lightning Systems, a developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, has received an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its Ford F-59 platform, commonly used in food truck and delivery van applications. The Executive Order confirms that Lightning System’s F-59 has met emissions and efficiency standards and can be legally sold in the state.

The latest Lightning Electric powertrain for the Ford F-59
chassis is available for all F-59 variants. Lightning Systems offers the
platform in 80-mile and 110-mile range versions. The vehicle produces a peak
power of 180 kW, a torque rating of 1071 Nm (790 lb-ft), and a top speed of 65
MPH (software limited).

According to Lightning, charging takes about 2 hours (80-mile range) or 2.5 hours (110-mile range) with the DC fast charging option (using standard CCS Combo charging).

As a fleet vehicle, Lightning System’s Ford F-59 will be eligible for incentives through CARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Fleets receive the voucher discount at the point of sale while HVIP-approved vendors and dealers process the required documentation. Eligible California customers can receive up to $100,000 in HVIP voucher amounts to go towards the price of the F-59.

“Our customers have been asking for this platform because
the Ford F-59 chassis is economical, high quality, and widely used by our
customers in delivery truck and food truck applications,” said Lightning
Systems CEO Tim Reeser. “We can now offer the platform with significant savings
to our California customers by taking advantage of the HVIP vouchers currently
available.”

Tesla owner who saw range slashed by software update filed class action lawsuit

Tesla is now facing a class-action lawsuit from an owner, who like several other Tesla owners earlier this year, saw the range of his car slashed by a software update. more…


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