Month: September 2019

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

McCharge: McDonald’s drive-thru electric charging stations in Sweden

As the number of electric-powered passenger cars is increasing in Sweden, McDonald’s has grown to become Sweden’s largest restaurant chain for electric car charging. after installing its first charging posts as early as 2009, the mega-chain now counts with 55 charging stations around the Scandinavian country. the expansion of charging stations continues as McDonald’s aims…
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30th September 2019 0

Volvo teases all-electric XC40 SUV coming next month, releases images

The Volvo XC40 SUV has become the Swedish automaker’s second best-selling vehicle and now they are bringing an all-electric version of the XC40 next month. Volvo started teasing ahead of a launch next month. Last year, Volvo confirmed that it was going to bring an all-electric version of the very successful XC40 to market in…
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26th September 2019 0

Volkswagen and Northvolt agree 50/50 joint venture

Volkswagen and Northvolt have agreed to build a factory for lithium-ion batteries as part of a new 50/50 split joint venture. Construction of the production facility is scheduled to start in Salzgitter, Germany, in 2020. Start of production is planned for the end of 2023. Part of the €900m (US$993m) invested by Volkswagen is now…
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23rd September 2019 0

Taiga Motors unveils new electric jet ski with a 23 kWh battery pack

Taiga Motors has unveiled its second electric vehicle: a new electric jet ski-like watercraft with a 23 kWh battery pack. We have been following Taiga Motors, a Montreal-based startup, for years now. In 2015, the company spun out of McGill’s racing team where the three co-founders, Paul Achard, Gabriel Bernatchez, and Sam Bruneau, worked on…
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19th September 2019 0

Los Angeles approves ‘historically low cost’ solar+storage project

Los Angeles regulators on Tuesday approved a “historically low cost” solar + storage project, which includes 400 MW of solar generation and a 300 MW / 1,200 MWh battery. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commission says its approval of the power purchase agreements for the Eland Solar and Storage Center,…
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12th September 2019 0

Next generation UK battery storage research receives US$68 million boost

A £55 million fund has been earmarked for five projects in the UK looking at developing the next generation of battery storage technology. The government-led Faraday Institution has allocated the funding to five consortium-led projects with the aim of overcoming battery challenges, in particular by improving performance and cost characteristics. The projects will look at chemistries, systems…
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9th September 2019 0

What are the implications for manufacturers of electronic devices that contain batteries?

There are clear requirements relating to the presence of batteries in EEE devices: Batteries placed on the market in European member states shall be compliant with the specific battery directive. OEMs, manufacturers, importers, distributors and e-commerce businesses shall ensure when arranging WEEE compliance that batteries are also compliant. Obligations on battery producers are often underestimated,…
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5th September 2019 0

How Cheap Must Batteries Get For Renewables To Compete With Fossil Fuels?

While solar and wind power are rapidly becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuels in areas with lots of sun and wind, they still can’t provide the 24/7 power we’ve become used to. At present, that’s not big a problem because the grid still features plenty of fossil fuel plants that can provide constant baseload or ramp…
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