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Record-Breaking Energy News, World’s Biggest Electric Road Trip — CleanTechnica Roundup

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We’ve got another daily roundup of solar energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle news to share. The cleantech stories just keep rolling in, as more cleantech records are broken and cleantech products make their way into more and more consumers’ hands.

In the realm of electric cars, it appears like a caravan is making its way from Denmark to Le Mans, France. The Danish engineering company Danfoss says that it will be bringing 47 electric vehicles and one of its electric trucks to that location. “The world’s biggest electric road trip,” as the organizers refer to it, will include the 20-ton, 17-meter-long electric vehicle.

We’ve also got the record-breaking energy news we already shared. A new report shows the highest energy storage capacity ever installed in the 1st quarter in the US was installed in Q1 2024, representing an 84% increase from Q1 2023. Nevada, California, and Texas accounted for 90% of new grid-scale capacity added.

In between, we’ve got news from Oxford PV, SolarEdge, Jaguar Land Rover, Chery, Volkswagen, Renault, ChargePoint, Volkswagen, and others.

Solar Energy

We have several stories from Intersolar Europe, taking place June 18–21 in Munich, Germany, to share.

The smarter E Europe 2024 Opens Its Doors: 3,048 Registered Exhibitors Present Their Solutions for a Renewable 24/7 Energy Supply

The smarter E AWARD 2024: Winners Pave the Way for Renewable 24/7 Energy Supply with Innovative Solutions

SolarEdge Unveils Next-Generation Residential Solar+Storage Portfolio at Intersolar 2024

Oxford PV Debuts Residential Solar Module with Record-Setting 26.9% Efficiency. Oxford PV, a global pioneer in next-generation solar technology, has achieved a new world record in solar module efficiency. The 60-cell residential-size module, produced with Oxford PV’s perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cells, has achieved an unprecedented efficiency of 26.9%, surpassing the current best silicon modules ~25% with a similar designated module area.

GAF Energy to Build New Solar Roof Testing Facility. GAF Energy, a Standard Industries company and the leading provider of solar roofing in North America, will build a new state-of-the-art solar roofing testing facility and launch a new round of Building Integrated Solar (BIPV) testing thanks in part to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) investment.

Fraunhofer ISE Goes with Medium Voltage for Resource Efficiency in PV Plants

Electric Vehicles

Danfoss Drives Electric Truck from Denmark to Le Mans in France. Danish engineering group Danfoss drove one of its electric trucks from Denmark to Le Mans, France to coincide with the 24-hour race event, together with 47 electric cars. The 20-ton and 17-meter-long electric truck joined what the organizers called “the world’s biggest electric road trip.”

JLR and Chery Announce New Value Creation Model of Collaboration for Next Era of Electrification in China

  • JLR and Chery sign Letter of Intent to license the Freelander brand to CJLR 1 for creation of electric vehicles in China
  • CJLR will pivot its product range with the rebirth of the Freelander brand, with a new portfolio based on Chery’s EV architecture, manufactured in Changshu
  • The Freelander EV portfolio will be built alongside CJLR’s existing model range, marking a new chapter for the CJLR Joint Venture
  • Freelander will offer a portfolio of electric vehicles for sale in China through a distinct retailer network, destined over time for global export
  • The Freelander portfolio represents complementary growth, which is independent from both Chery’s existing portfolio and JLR’s modern luxury House of Brands

2024 Volkswagen ID.4 SUV Ranked in the Top 3 of the 2024 American-Made Index. All ID.4 models sold in the U.S. have been assembled in Chattanooga, Tennessee, since model year 2023.

Renault and “She’s Electric” Partner to Inform and Empower Women to Make the Switch to Driving Electric

MetroLINK Selects EO Charging to Install EV Infrastructure for its Electric Bus Fleet

ChargePoint Expands North American Software Platform to Connect 3rd Party Makes of EV Chargers. ChargePoint (NYSE: CHPT), a leading provider of networked charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs), is expanding its North American software offering to manage hardware of other makes and models, beginning with chargers made by LG. Customers will be able to operate the LG hardware of their choice with ChargePoint’s industry-leading software, a modular, intuitive platform built for today’s charging needs.

ChargePoint Reinforces its be.ENERGISED EV Charger Management Solution and FlexCharging Partner to Optimize the Electric Grid for a Clean Energy Future


Dürr, GROB and Manz Present Concept Factory for Battery Production at the Battery Show Europe. Implementation of the first battery production plant “made in Europe.”

CATL Cooperates with BAIC to Develop Skateboard Chassis and Battery Swap Business

Beijing Times Battery Manufacturing Base Construction Starts!

US Energy Storage Market Sets Q1 Capacity Installation Record Market sees an 84% increase compared to Q1 2023!

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