Weekly News Roundup: 10/29-11/4


Headlines and links from all the news we didn’t cover in depth here on EVmeme.com this past week. Follow the links for more on each.

Renault, Valeo To Debut New E7A Motor in 2027
Renault Group and e-motor producer Valeo are collaborating on a new, rare earth-free E7A motor. The motor, a Valeo design, will use Renault’s electrically-excited synchronous motor rotor.

LG Chem, LX Hausys Develop Battery Thermal Runaway Prevention Material
LG Chem and LX Hausys have developed a material that delays thermal runaway in batteries. It can withstand flames at up to 1,500˚C for over 20 minutes.

Tiamat Na-ion Battery Approved in Study
Tiamat develops Na-ion cell chemistries for batteries. These could potentially be used in scaled energy storage, electric vehicles, and other applications. I mostly like it because it’s “Tiamat.” The dragon and a god of Dungeons and Dragons.

Blue Bird Delivers 1,500th Electric School Bus
Blue Bird Corp has delivered its 1,500th electric school bus. The celebratory model went to Modesto City Schools in California.

UNFI Deploys Electric Refrigeration System and Trucks
United Natural Foods, Inc (UNFI) has deployed two battery-electric semi-trucks and five regenerative electric refrigerated trailer systems. The grocery wholesaler is deploying the units in Gilroy, California markets.

University of Tokyo Designs Cobalt- and Graphite-free Li-Ion Battery
A team at the University of Tokyo has constructed a lithium-ion battery that uses a cobalt-free cathode and silicon suboxide anode with a high cutoff voltage. Eliminating two of the most expensive portions of current li-ion batteries.

SwRI, GTI, and GE Complete $155M Supercritical CO2 Pilot Plant
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), GTI Energy, and GE Vernova alongside the U.S. Department of Energy have conducted a ribbon cutting at the Supercritical Transformational Electric Power (STEP) Demo plant. The 10-megawatt supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) test facility in San Antonio, Texas will demonstrate a new method of power generation.

Toyota Develops New 50kW-class Fuel Cell Module
Toyota Industries Corporation has developed a new fuel cell module with a 50 kW output. The packaged system can be installed in industrial equipment, agricultural machinery, construction equipment, etc.

Ford Expands BlueOval Charge Network By 22,000 Chargers
Ford has partnered with Francis Energy, Blink, and Red E to expand its BlueOval charging network by over 22,000 chargers. This ups the BlueOval network to 106,000 units.

Daimler Delivers 1st of 6 eActros 300 Tractors to Logistik Schmitt
Series production of the Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 semi-tractor begins at the end of this year, but the first production model has left the line and been delivered to Logistik Schmitt in Germany. Five more will be delivered in the next year.

MIT, Harvard Develop Efficient Process To Convert CO2 To Formate
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have co-developed an efficient process that converts carbon dioxide into a liquid or solid that can be used like hydrogen or methanol to power fuel cells.

Wabtec, Roy Hill Debut FLXdrive Battery-Electric Locomotive
Wabtec has unveiled a battery-electric locomotive decked in customer Roy Hill decor. The FLXdrive battery locomotive will enter service for the iron ore mining company in Australia.

Toyota Investing Additional $8B In North Carolina Battery Factory
Toyota has announced a new investment of nearly $8 billion into its Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina facility. This brings total investment to $13.9 billion and an anticipated job creation of 5,000 in total.

Daimler’s RIZON Truck Division Achieves Homologation In the U.S.
RIZON, a division of Daimler Truck, is now able to sell its all-electric class 4 and 5 trucks in the United States. The brand launched in May of this year and has now received both Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certifications for compliance with vehicle safety standards.


Subaru Adopts NACS Plug Standard
Subaru is the latest automaker to jump on board the Tesla-designed North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its battery-electric vehicles. Subaru vehicles will begin including the NACS plug in 2025.

Loblaw Deploys Volvo VNR Electric Trucks in Montreal
Food and pharmacy retailer Loblaw has deployed two Volvo VNR Electric day cab Class 8 trucks in Montreal to service its grocery stores in the Greater Montreal Area.

Ford F-150 Lightning Now Entering Swiss Market
Ford has announced that the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck will be available in Switzerland‘s market in 2024. This follows Ford’s announcement of entering Norway’s market earlier this year.

Electrify America Opens First Charging Station in North Dakota
Electrify America has opened its first electric vehicle charging station in North Dakota. The new station is in The Shoppes at Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota.