Norway’s EV sales are about to skyrocket to new high with Tesla Model 3 arrival

Norway is no stranger to breaking EV adoption records, but it’s about to go to an all new level of electric vehicle sales with the arrival of Tesla Model 3 on the market. more…

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Freudenberg Acquires Lithium Battery Maker XALT Energy

XALT Energy has new owner

German company Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has increased its stake in Midland, Mich.-based XALT Energy from 31% in March 2018 to more than 50%, becoming a majority stakeholder of the company. Within a few years, Freudenberg intends to acquire the remaining shares.

XALT Energy is a small lithium-ion battery developer and manufacturer, which supplies batteries, for example, for New Flyer electric buses, or most recently the Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO.

Thanks to an additional multi-million dollar investment, XALT Energy is hoping to enter the path of quick growth, especially in heavy-duty mobility applications.

“Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has become majority stakeholder of XALT Energy, a Midland, Mich.-based global developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion technology solutions targeted for heavy-duty mobility applications. In March 2018, Freudenberg announced it had acquired a 31 percent ownership stake in XALT Energy through a multi-million dollar investment in its operations. Now, increasing demands for lithium-ion battery technology that specifically targets commercial vehicles as well as marine and rail applications has prompted Freudenberg to acquire a more than 50 percent share of the battery manufacturer. With this additional multi-million dollar investment, XALT Energy is able to revitalize production capabilities at the company’s Midland production plant and to intensify its research and development efforts into new mobility technologies. Additionally, Freudenberg has a standing agreement to acquire all remaining shares of XALT Energy over the next few years.”

“XALT Energy specializes in applying lithium-ion technology to large-scale, high-energy, high-power storage solutions for industries including commercial transportation, rail, marine, industrial operations and automotive. The company’s 460,000-square-foot automated assembly facility in Midland includes advanced clean rooms and produces cells, packs, modules and management controls and software for lithium-ion power systems. The company also operates a research and development laboratory in Pontiac, Mich.

Under Freudenberg’s oversight, the XALT Energy name will remain and become an affiliated brand of the global group headquartered in Germany. Freudenberg has also appointed Jeff Michalski to take over leadership of XALT Energy from retiring CEO Richard Cundiff III. Michalski, a long-standing Freudenberg executive, has extensive experience handling global acquisitions and market expansion for the company.

Freudenberg and XALT Energy have already entered into strategic partnership agreements to provide advanced lithium-ion battery systems to heavy-duty segment leaders such as New Flyer of America for transit buses. In 2018, Freudenberg agreed to work with a leading provider of electrical power distribution and automation for the marine industry to explore battery solutions for its applications.

XALT Energy is also working with automotive OEMs, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. (GM), through the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium LLC. In September 2018, the Consortium announced it would partner with XALT to develop a 12-volt, Lithium Manganese Oxide-Lithium Titanate Stop-Start battery system. Recently, GM also announced it was using XALT battery systems in an experimental electric drag racer, the eCOPO Chevrolet Camaro concept vehicle

Moehlenkamp outlined Freudenberg Sealing Technologies plans to pursue parallel business strategies during the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS) conference in 2018. The company will continue to invest in technologies and materials that help industries achieve lower friction, lighter weight, fewer emissions, longer service life and safer operating conditions for internal combustion powertrain systems. At the same time, it has launched a Battery and Fuel Cell Division tasked with developing advanced technology solutions for new mobility scenarios. The investment in XALT Energy will help anchor these new activities, he said.”

Claus Moehlenkamp, CEO of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies said:

“We are pleased that this investment provides a much needed capital boost to XALT Energy and also puts Freudenberg in the driver’s seat. This acquisition is a crucial part of our future business strategy to transform as a supplier into a market leader of new mobility technologies and services. As our customers transition to lithium-ion battery and fuel cell powertrain options, our investment in XALT Energy will enhance our ability to supply them with materials, products and systems solutions that meet new, complex technical challenges. We are delighted with this strategic venture.”

“We continue to see evidence that the entire global mobility landscape – from passenger vehicles, heavy-duty trucks and buses to railroad transportation and marine shipping operations – is shifting to incorporate new powertrain technologies including lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells. We are committed to supporting this transition through investments like the one we made in XALT Energy, as well as through research and development, technology transfer between our divisions and rigorous application of quality, testing and service protocols that provide value to our customers.”

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China’s CATL & Honda Sign Massive EV Battery Deal

CATL gained another customer – Honda will buy 56 GWh in less than 7 years

CATL announced an interesting cooperation agreement with Honda Motor Co. on batteries for electric vehicles. We are wondering how Panasonic received such news.

According to the press release, CATL and Honda will jointly develop batteries for further Honda models, offered not only in China, but also in Japan and globally. As a first step, CATL will set up a local office in Utsunomiya, Japan (the location of the Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Automobile R&D Center in Tochigi) in order to provide more effective localization service support.

The major point of the deal is that CATL will guarantee supply to Honda of about 56 GWh of lithium-ion EV batteries before 2027. As there are less than 7 years by the end of 2026, on average Honda would need to purchase up to 8 GWh per year (probably less in the near-term, and more at the end of the deal), which would be enough for 160,000 cars with 50 kWh packs.

Honda’s official plan from 2016 envisions that by 2030 65% of cars sold will be electrified (HEV, PHEV, and EV).

At the Beijing Motor Show in 2018, the Japanese manufacturer additionally announced more than 20 electric vehicles would be launched in China by 2025.

Currently, Honda offers in the U.S. Clarity PHEV, which became one of the most popular plug-in hybrids. Next month, the company will unveil also a small electric car for Europe.

More about cooperation agreement from CATL:

“As a top player of Japanese auto, Honda has great accumulations of traditional automotive technology and successful market experience. CATL is the leader in the EV battery industry. With its strong scientific R&D, manufacturing strengths and excellent product performance, CATL has been widely accredited by global top tier automobile companies. The cooperation between the two parties is a deep integration of the traditional automobile and electrification technology for the future. CATL enters Japanese automobile enterprise supply chain which is known as “artisan spirit” with mature and reliable EV battery solutions. CATL is going to help Honda to integrate resource advantages in the electric vehicle industry and assist Honda to accelerate electrification and seized the opportunity of the “car revolution”.

In this win-win cooperation, Honda and CATL are closely engaged in technical exchanges and upgrades, they are committed to creating a clean, technological and efficient way for transportation for global consumers, and continue to create new value for the global new energy industry.”

Naosumi Tada, head of CATL’s Japanese subsidiary said:

“Customer-centered is the philosophy that CATL has always insisted on. We hope that we can establish more efficient communication channels, more timely response mechanisms, and establish a closer relationship for further cooperation. Honda and CATL have been worked closely on advanced and reliable battery solutions for Honda’s future electric vehicle applications. In the future, we will support Honda not only in China, Japan, but also to create world-leading electric vehicles that serves global consumers.”

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Ford F-250 Plug-In Hybrid Pickup Truck Comes To Life Via XL

Ford doesn’t make them, so XL will.

XL soon will expand its offer by adding the plug-in hybrid Ford F-250 pickup truck, which will be introduced at the NTEA Work Truck show, March 5-8 in Indianapolis.

Just like in the case of the XL Ford F-150 PHEV, the F-250 will get a driveshaft-mounted electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, which enables assist for the engine when accelerating and regenerative braking, significantly lowering fuel consumption and emissions. The batteries can be charged externally through a standard J1772 plug.

The F-150 was equipped with 15 kWh battery behind the cab (see specs here).

XL says that the F-150 PHEV was in 2018 delivered to “municipal and utility fleets including CPS Energy, Tacoma Public Utility, City of Palo Alto, and many more”.

“As with the PHEV F-150, which has been proven to provide up to a 50 percent MPG improvement and 33 percent CO2 emissions reduction, the PHEV F-250 will include a driveshaft-mounted electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery pack that can be charged using standard level 2 and 1 chargers.  The truck will also feature regenerative braking, enabling it to store energy in the battery while slowing and then use that energy to help propel the vehicle during acceleration.  Because the XL plug-in hybrid electric system works in parallel with the factory gas-powered engine, fleets will not need to be concerned over vehicle range, performance or infrastructure requirements, and XL’s Ford eQVM certification ensures that all standard OEM warranties on the vehicle will remain intact.

Product specifications will be available during the NTEA show, and XL will display a PHEV F-250 in its booth (#3175).  The company will be holding a press conference in its booth on Wednesday, March 6 at 3:40 PM to formally launch the vehicle to the fleet industry.  For more information about the PHEV F-250, including early access to the details that will be made available at the show, fleet managers can also visit”

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Zero Teaser Confirms High-Performance SR/F Model

Third one’s the charm.

Zero Motorcycles is setting the table for the launch of the newest addition to its lineup, the SR/F, scheduled to be unveiled on February 25. With only two pictures to work with so far, we’ve learned that Zero is working on a naked sportbike, while rumors of increased performance have been making the rounds. Zero has now released a third teaser and this time, it’s a video shedding some light on some of the key features of the new model, including the battery and the seemingly new motor.

There are two key numbers that are shown at the beginning and at the end of the teaser: 14.4 and 75-10. 14.4 (or more specifically FZ14.4), refers to Zero’s biggest-capacity battery, currently optional on the S and standard on the SR. With a capacity of 14.4 kWh—hence the name—it provides the S and SR with an average range of 120 miles.

The Z-Force “75-10” leaves a little more to the imagination. Zero currently uses a Z-Force 75-7 in the SR, an electric motor rated at 70hp, 116 lb-ft of torque, and able to deliver a top speed of 102 mph. The 7 stands for the size of the motor’s rotor (7 cm = 2.76 inches); it is the biggest unit Zero currently offers. Logically, the 10 suggests the new motor is getting a bigger rotor—close to 50-percent bigger—which in turn means the output numbers will get a significant boost.

Considering the SR (without the extra power tank) weighs in 414 lb and that the SR/F uses the same battery, I don’t suspect that the new model’s weight will be higher than the SR’s. The company has even confirmed that the electric motorcycle was built on a new platform and because it is performance-oriented, you would expect Zero to make a number of weight-reduction decisions along the design process. This means we are getting more power for possibly the same, if not a lower number on the scale—now we’re talking!

I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced the torque and power of an electric vehicle, but it is instant and extremely surprising if you don’t know what to expect. At 100hp and 116+ lb-ft of torque for roughly 400lb, the new SR/F is shaping up to be a proper crotch rocket. If the price is right, the LiveWire is going to get a run for its money.

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Green Deals: 8-pack EcoSmart A19 LED Light Bulbs $10, more

Home Depot offers an 8-pack of EcoSmart 60W A19 LED Light Bulbs for $9.94 shipped. That works out to around $1.25 per bulb and right at that magical $1 per unit mark. For comparison, this bundle usually sell for $15. Switching to LED has a number of benefits, such as enjoying longer lifespans and lower monthly costs. Make the jump now and save even further with today’s offer. Rated 4.5/5 stars.


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Daimler In Talks With Tesla For Electric Van

A Tesla van based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter?

Elon Musk‘s idea about a joint electric van project between Tesla and Daimler is still alive and has its continuation in high-level talks.

Daimler already introduced the Mercedes-Benz eVito and soon will introduce also the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter, which in conventional version is used by Tesla.

At the current stage, it’s not clear whether Tesla would like to build its own vans, based on the Daimler’s gliders (no battery, powertrain or computing tech) using its own powertrain, or if it would be an all-new jointly developed vehicle.

“After a November tweet by Musk, the two companies started sounding out possible prospects for a battery-powered van through a series of phone calls involving Jerome Guillen, a Tesla executive who previously worked for Daimler.

“These talks are happening,” Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche said Wednesday in Stuttgart, adding that the “outcome is open.”

Tesla and Daimler already did a few joint EV conversions, ordered by Daimler:

  • smart fortwo ED
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

The main reason for Tesla to tie with Daimler would be to accelerate the introduction of electric vans. Daimler probably does not necessarily need Tesla’s help, because already it has a growing lineup and will simply improve performances/range over time like in the case of cars.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

New Berkley study on electric scooters shows it may be better to own than share

In the last year we’ve seen electric scooters go from odd novelties to legitimate commuter vehicles. Companies like Bird and Lime are mostly to thank, offering cheap shared electric scooters that can be ridden for just a few dollars.

But while shared electric scooters are often a cheaper and more fun way to get around than an Uber, a new Berkley study shows that owning an electric scooter may be better for you in the long run.


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New Berkeley study on electric scooters shows it may be better to own than share

In the last year we’ve seen electric scooters go from odd novelties to legitimate commuter vehicles. Companies like Bird and Lime are mostly to thank, offering cheap shared electric scooters that can be ridden for just a few dollars.

But while shared electric scooters are often a cheaper and more fun way to get around than an Uber, a new Berkley study shows that owning an electric scooter may be better for you in the long run.


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New Flyover At Tesla Gigafactory 3 In China Reveals Progress: Video

Tesla is making clear progress on its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai.

Not long ago, articles were surfacing on the internet suggesting that Tesla had called it quits on its Gigafactory 3 in China. Images showed a lack of progress for a short time in December. Much like the aerial shots of Tesla cars in parking lots that are taken and disseminated by Tesla haters, the images didn’t amount to much.

Just a few weeks later, it was increasingly clear that workers were putting in long hours to speed up progress. Now, the above drone flyover video provides even more proof of such.

During Tesla’s recent Q4 earnings conference call, CEO Elon Musk said that the facility should be producing Model 3 vehicles prior to the end of the year. While Musk has personally admitted that he’s not the best when it comes to timelines, this was not the first time we heard that Tesla is planning to be producing at Gigafactory 3 sometime this year. Clearly, time is of the essence, so we should continue to see somewhat rapid progress on the new Shanghai factory.

Video Description via Vincent Yu on YouTube:

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory February 05th 2019. 特斯拉上海超級工廠 via 42HOW 哲伦班长

Tesla Shanghai Super Factory via 42HOW credit: Zhelan squad leader

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