Pasadena claims to have the largest public EV fast-charging station in the US

Marengo Charging Plaza, Pasadena, CaliforniaMost places in the United States are lucky to have just one EV fast-charging outlet. Pasadena, California, isn't like most places. Located in the state with more electric cars than any other, Pasadena now claims to have the largest fast-charging station in the U.S. The Marengo Charging Plaza, in a downtown parking garage, boasts 44 charging plugs...

Super-flat REE skateboard EV platform will get suspension help from KYB

REE modular EV platformREE Automotive will get some help from a Tier 1 automotive supplier as it continues to push a skateboard EV platform toward production. The Israeli startup has arranged a partnership with KYB, a company that supplies suspension systems to automakers. KYB will apply its suspension expertise to REE’s skateboard platform, the companies said in a…

Location is everything for high-power DC fast charging

Electrify America DC fast chargers at San Francisco Premium Outlets, Livermore, CaliforniaThe DC fast-charging stations, such as those that are part of the Tesla Supercharger or Electrify America networks, are arguably the ones for which location is the most important. As the type of station that gives drivers the most miles in the least time, they’re critical for selling people on the idea that longer trips can be done with a...

Electric oil tankers: A slick use of renewable energy?

e5 electric oil tankerIt seems even the oil industry is acknowledging that electric transportation is the future. A group of seven Japanese companies formed the eConsortium to promote electric ships. The consortium's first project? An electric oil tanker. Expected to be the world's first zero-emission tanker, it will be powered by "large-capacity lithium ion batteries"...

Pop-up EV charging hubs deemed a success in UK trial

Urban Electric pop-up street-side charging hubs in BritainA trial of pop-up EV charging stations in the United Kingdom has proven successful, showing a possible way to expand urban charging infrastructure without adding clutter. A British company called Urban Electric announced the trial last year, placing prototype pop-up charging "hubs" along streets in Oxford, England. Activated by an app, the...

Nissan electric ambulance curbs the tailpipe emissions

Nissan NV400 electric ambulanceIn a lung-related pandemic, maybe we should be thinking a little more about how many of our existing emergency vehicles—ambulances specifically—have tailpipes and big diesel engines. Working with the Tokyo Fire Department, Nissan converted an ambulance to electric power. It's not the first electric ambulance, but Nissan claims it is...

Lucid Air electric car: Fleet of 40 prototypes temporarily parked

Lucid Air prototypes parkedLucid has temporarily parked a fleet of 40 prototypes for its Air electric sedan and, apparently trying to make the most of the situation, it's released a short video showing the whole fleet of cars parked together. The Air was originally scheduled to appear in production-ready form at the 2020 New York Auto Show, but the event was cancelled due...

Tesla’s battery approach vs. others: Teardown video breaks it down

Tesla Model 3 battery pack teardown, from YouTube video by Sandy Munro, May 2020As other automakers have launched competing electric cars, Tesla has managed to maintain an advantage in several key areas, including batteries. This teardown video provides a glimpse at how Tesla's battery approach differs from that of rivals. Sandy Munro, of Munro & Associates, has been conducting a teardown of a Tesla Model Y. This time, he...