Phillips 66 is getting into EV charging with FreeWire, 100 new charging locations are being added in Finland, more zero-emission heavy vehicles are coming to off-road industries, Audi is reducing annual carbon emissions by around 2,600 tons in the company’s switch to rail transport of batteries, and more battery news. Scroll down for more EV news of the past few days!
EV Charging News
Kesko 100 new charging locations in Finland: The K-Charging Network will double by 2022
“At the end of the year, K-Auto’s charging network for electric cars, maintained by K-Auto, covers about 200 stations throughout Finland. There are plans to both open completely new stations and upgrade old popular stations. The focus remains on increasing the number of fast and high power charging points.”
“This year, we are growing faster than ever before and are doubling the size of our network. In line with our strategy, we will continue to expand the network together with K-retailers where there is demand, ie to cities and places important for travel, ”says Tom von Bonsdorff , Director responsible for K-Charging.
“During the year, K-Lataus will expand to many new locations that were desired by customers. These include Loimaa, Jämsä, Pori and Keminmaa. Each will be equipped with 200 kW Chargers that can charge four cars simultaneously. In addition to the new stations, several older sites will be renovated, especially in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Customer wishes have also been listened to.”
Phillips 66 taps FreeWire Technologies to support its first EV charging program in U.S.
“Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) signed a letter of intent with FreeWire Technologies in support of its first electric-vehicle charging program in the United States, the two companies announced Wednesday.
“The announcement highlights Phillips 66’s commitment to pursue lower-carbon solutions and comes as an endorsement of FreeWire’s ultrafast, battery-integrated charging technology. The two companies will explore opportunities to deploy FreeWire’s technology within Phillips 66’s U.S. fueling stations and other strategic locations.
“With EV adoption growing, Phillips 66 is working with FreeWire to bring consumers electric fueling stations that meet their expectations for high-speed, on-the-go charging,” said Pam McGinnis, Vice President, Global Marketing at Phillips 66.
Renault renews its all-electric LCV range with all-new Kangoo Van E-TECH and new Master E-TECH 52 kWh
“Now 36 years after the first all-electric Master prototype and 10 years after the first public sale of the all-electric Kangoo Z.E, with more than 70,000 units sold since, Renault has established itself as a world pioneer and European leader in electric vehicles.
“Renault is renewing its all-electric LCV range, starting with the All-new Kangoo Van E-TECH Electric and the New 52 kWh Master E-TECH Electric for even more flexibility and freedom without compromise.”
Mercedes-Benz USA announces pricing and packaging structures for the all-new, all-electric EQB SUV
“The EQB SUV is the highly anticipated all-new, fully electric addition to the Mercedes-EQ lineup. A durable and practical SUV with powerful proportions yet compact dimensions, the EQB provides a generous amount of space for up to seven passengers with an optional third row. Arriving in U.S. dealerships by summer 2022, the 2022 EQB 300 4MATIC will start from $54,500 and the EQB 350 4MATIC is priced from $58,050*”
Mobility, AI, Satellites
Geespace successfully launches first 9 satellites
“Geespace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely Technology Group* and China’s first privately owned developer, operator, and mass producer of low-orbit commercial satellites, has successfully launched its first nine satellites into low earth orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. …
“Geespace’s GeeSAT-1 are the first modular, high-resilience, high-performance, mass-produced low-orbit satellites in China. They will provide centimetre accurate precise positioning and connectivity support for use by automotive brands in the Geely Holding portfolio, enabling true, safe autonomous driving that will connect vehicles with vehicles and infrastructure with vehicles to realise true autonomous driving.”
SafeAI, Siemens, & Obayashi collaborate to bring retrofitted autonomous, zero-emission heavy vehicles to off-road industries
“SafeAI, a global leader in autonomous heavy equipment, announced a collaboration with Siemens today to create an autonomous, zero emission heavy vehicle fleet for Obayashi Corporation. SafeAI and Siemens will work with Obayashi Corporation, a Japan-based global leader in construction, to create smarter, safer, more sustainable and productive construction sites.”
Batteries, Raw Materials, Rail Transport
From truck to rail: Audi switches up delivery of battery modules for Brussels
“A holistic approach to carbon-neutral logistics is celebrating its premiere: Battery modules and cells from Hungary will in future be delivered to Brussels by rail instead of truck. This switch will reduce annual carbon emissions by around 2,600 tons – and serves as a model for revolutionizing, if possible, all shipments of the car manufacturer’s battery components. Reducing the company’s ecological footprint is the central goal of the cross-site environmental program Mission:Zero.”
Stellantis secures low-emissions lithium supply for North American electric vehicle Production from Controlled Thermal Resources
“In the fight against global warming, bolstering our battery electric vehicle supply chain to support our bold electrification ambitions is absolutely critical,” said Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO. “Ensuring we have a robust, competitive, and low-carbon lithium supply from various partners around the world will enable us to meet our aggressive electric vehicle production plans in a responsible manner.”
Stellantis-LG Energy Solution battery joint venture named NextStar Energy, CEO appointed
“CTR’s Hell’s Kitchen Project in California’s Imperial County will recover lithium from geothermal brines utilizing renewable energy and steam to produce battery grade lithium products in an integrated, closed-loop process, eliminating the need for evaporation brine ponds, open pit mines, and fossil-fueled processing.”
Renesas introduces complex device driver software to ease development of battery management systems for electric vehicles
“As the EV market continues to expand rapidly, battery management is a critical element in the success of new vehicles,” said Niall Lyne, Vice President of the Automotive Analog Power and Video Business Division at Renesas. “The Renesas ISL78714 IC combined with our new CDD software helps our customers get the best performance possible out of their battery management systems, reduces their development schedule, and simultaneously eases the difficult process of meeting stringent ASIL D safety requirements.”
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