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EV Battery and Charging News: Octillion Energy, ELMS, Nauto, EVgo, VW, Ford, Goodyear,


In electric vehicle, battery and charging news are Octillion Energy, ELMS, Nauto, EVgo, Ford, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Volkswagen, 24M Technologies, SEA Electric, Lucid Group, Blink, Arrival, Tritium, ARAMCO, ZEV and GM.

EVgo Ready for CA Grants

EVgo Inc.  the nation’s largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) and first powered by 100% renewable electricity, announced that it was selected for proposed awards for various grants from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) through the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to install new high powered direct current fast chargers (DCFC) to help the state meet its transportation electrification goals. The five proposed awards are funded by the California Volkswagen Mitigation Environmental Trust and support the state’s ZEV Action Plan.

Public funding helps accelerate the deployment of infrastructure to support EV adoption. EVgo currently has more than 330 sites and 820 fast charging stalls across California. This new set of sites will add 5 more fast charging locations, 38 charging stalls, including one large site in Los Angeles with 18 charging stalls enabling more retail drivers and fleets around the city to make the transition to electric vehicles. All of these sites will include power-sharing and power-routing 350kW fast chargers, capable of charging most vehicles up to 80% in 15 to 45 minutes*.

“As a home state company, EVgo thanks CARB and BAAQMD for their leadership in supporting EV adoption and for selecting EVgo for these proposed funding awards,” said Jonathan Levy, Chief Commercial Officer at EVgo. “EVgo has a long track record of successfully partnering with public sector agencies to deploy fast charging, and these new sites will help enable Californians across neighborhoods and income levels take advantage of the benefits of driving electric.”

The California Volkswagen Mitigation Environmental Trust, which resulted from the dieselgate scandal, allocated $5 million to fund light duty zero-emission infrastructure. A minimum of 50% of the funds are directed to disadvantaged and low-income communities to expand EV charging access across the state. EVgo has a long history of working to install charging infrastructure across California, including the first chargers in Compton and Inglewood, California, and continues to work with local community-based organizations to ensure equal access to EV charging infrastructure. Currently, more than 80% of Californians live within a 10-mile drive of an EVgo fast charger, ensuring access to a reliable network for the growing number EV adopters in the state.

* Actual charging speed depends on vehicle’s charging capability.

No More Reservations for Ford F-150

Ford has stopped taking reservations for the electric F-150 Lightning after recieving 200,000 refundable $100 deposits since May.

Bridgestone Supplies Tires for Audi Q4 e-tron

Bridgestone has been selected as tire supplier for the Audi Q4 e-tron – Audi’s first compact, fully-electric SUV. To meet Audi’s demanding technical requirements for the Q4 e-tron, Bridgestone developed custom-engineered ultra-low rolling resistance summer tires with ENLITEN Technology. Sustainable and lightweight, ENLITEN Technology reduces tire rolling resistance by up to 30% and weight by up to 20% to extend EV driving range and reduce environmental impact thanks to improved resource productivity.1

Goodyear Partners for Monolith for Carbon Black from Sustainable Sources

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement and letter of intent with Monolith for the development and potential use of carbon black produced from methane and/or biomethane for tires. Goodyear is a leader in the industry in embracing this form of carbon black produced through a plasma-based methane pyrolysis process, which will help advance Goodyear’s work to identify and use more sustainable materials.

VW and 24M Partner for Next Gen Lithium-Ion EV Batteries

Volkswagen Group (VWAG) and 24M Technologies, Inc. (24M) announced they have entered into a strategic partnership to manufacture next-generation lithium-ion EV batteries using the 24M SemiSolid™ platform. The partnership is focused on the development of production technology for SemiSolidTM battery cells for use in VWAG electric vehicles (EVs).

As part of the partnership, VWAG will make a strategic investment into 24M. In addition to the direct investments, VWAG will establish a wholly owned subsidiary that will, in cooperation with 24M, develop a SemiSolidTM battery cell production technology for automotive applications.

With EV demand on the rise, carmakers need battery solutions that are beyond R&D and can be implemented immediately and cost effectively. The SemiSolidTM manufacturing platform delivers on both. Through strategic partnerships with energy innovators like GPSC, Kyocera, AXXIVA, LucasTVS, FREYR, Koch Strategic Platforms and now VWAG, 24M has built an ecosystem to rapidly scale the SemiSolidTM manufacturing platform.

FREYR Battery VW and 24M

FREYR Battery (NYSE: FREY) (“FREYR”), a developer of clean, next-generation battery cell production, welcomes the strategic partnership and investment announced between FREYR’s partner, 24M Technologies, Inc. (“24M”) and Volkswagen Group (“VWAG”) to manufacture next-generation lithium-ion EV batteries using 24M’s SemiSolid™ platform. The partnership is focused on the development of production technology for SemiSolid™ battery cells for use in VWAG electric vehicles (EVs).

As part of the partnership, VWAG will make a strategic investment into 24M. In addition to the direct investment, VWAG will establish a wholly owned subsidiary that will, in cooperation with 24M, develop a SemiSolid™ battery cell production technology for automotive applications.

SEA Electric and MTE to Electrify School Buses

SEA Electric and Midwest Transit Equipment (MTE) have partnered to update 10,000 school buses with battery-electric power-systems, the biggest deal of its kind to date, which paves the way for a zero-emissions future for children’s transport in North America.

MTE, one of the largest school bus dealers in the country, will be able to provide clients with a near new 100% electric bus at a fraction of the cost of a new electric school bus.  The deal will cover both Type A and Type C school buses, with the deliveries scheduled over the next five years.

These buses will be powered by SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive(R) power system that currently powers buses and work trucks on four continents and six countries with over a million miles of real-world use globally.

SEA Electric will power near-new fully electric buses and extend their service life by ten plus years.  This partnership promotes the ESG principle of secondary use, while reducing waste, eliminating diesel particulates and most importantly positively impacting the health and wellbeing of our students.

Each bus will have the ability to deliver full vehicle-to-grid capabilities, with the SEA-Drive(R) power system able to feed electricity back into the power grid to improve stability when connected to a charging station.

Lucid Group Selects B of A for Lending

Lucid Group  which is setting new standards with its advanced luxury electric vehicles (EVs), announced it has selected Bank of America as its preferred lending partner. Lucid customers can apply for financing online at Bank of America or work with concierge agents for a seamless financing experience. Lucid began deliveries of the Lucid Air in October and has more than 17,000 reservations across all models.

SG Block Partners with Blink Charging

-SG Blocks, Inc.  a leading designer, innovator and fabricator of modular structures, announced that SGB Development Corp. (“SGB DevCorp”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, will collaborate with Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK, BLNKW) a leading owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (“EV”) charging equipment and services, to deploy Blink’s EV charging technology via SG Blocks’ modular designs.

This agreement expands the original 2020 Master Development and Production Agreement, executed between SG Blocks and Blink, to include SGB DevCorp, the Company’s real estate development subsidiary, whose mission is to maximize the delivery of affordable multifamily housing developments. SGB DevCorp expects to use Blink’s technology in all current and future development sites, elevating the amenities offered at each location and enabling each resident the opportunity to reduce their own carbon footprint.

The first project between the two companies plans to deploy 300+ EV chargers at SGB DevCorp’s site in Lago Vista, Texas. The innovative residential project features one- and two-bedroom units utilizing modular construction practices. Modular designed projects such as Lago Vista reduce the overall time to completion and have a smaller carbon footprint through the reduction of consumed materials and building in a controlled environment (such as the SG ECHO factory). Modular design and construction also allows for efficient installation process as new technology reveals itself or needs to be developed. Modular construction is one of the fastest growing verticals in construction because of its ecological and financial benefits.

Arrival HVBM Plant in Charlotte

 Arrival (NASDAQ: ARVL), on a mission to make air clean by replacing all vehicles with affordable electric solutions produced by local Microfactories, announced that it is establishing a High Voltage Battery Module (HVBM) assembly plant on Charlotte’s west side, adding 150 jobs and investing approximately $11.5 million. This will be Arrival’s third facility in Charlotte, including its North American headquarters in South End and its Van Microfactory also on the west side.Arrival assembles its own proprietary battery modules that can be used in all of its…

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