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It is time for automotive workshops to consider the effect that electric cars might have on their operations but fortunately there is already much in the way of support for workshops looking to increase their repertoire and prepare for the future.  Many are thinking about investing in the training and equipment required to assess and Continue reading How to get up to speed on EV repairs

In 1996, Nissan unveiled an all-electric version of its Prairie people-mover. It was the result of decades of research and the first electric car with a lithium-ion battery – a high-capacity, low-weight solution that would become the standard solution for myriad electric vehicles (EVs). Nissan subsequently capitalised on its experience with the launch of the Continue reading Nissan charges ahead with new EVs, tech

Specialist title International Mining has reported that a Chinese manufacturer is working on a pure-electric haul truck for heavy-duty mining applications. International Mining, which covers news and developments related to global mining and minerals processing, says that the Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing Company (XEMC) is developing a lithium battery-powered version of its 108-tonne AC-drive rigid haul Continue reading Pure electric for mine trucks

US-based waste disposal truck manufacturer Curbtender is partnering with electrification specialist XL Fleet to develop a new line of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It is among the latest in an array of new environmentally friendly entries into the waste transport industry, which are being driven by an increasing interest in – and growing Continue reading Waste disposal trucks go EV

Scandinavian airline Widerøe has partnered with aviation specialists Rolls-Royce and Tecnam to develop and introduce a commercial all-electric passenger aircraft by 2026. The collaboration builds on an existing joint sustainability project between Widerøe and Rolls-Royce, the latter of which already had a partnership with Italian aeronautics company Tecnam.  By combining their efforts, the companies aim Continue reading Electric passenger aircraft set for the skies

Transitioning to electric transport solutions has its obvious benefits, ranging from reduced environmental impacts to lower operating costs.  However, it is not an easy leap to make. The operator of an urban bus network converting to zero-emissions technology, for example, would have to consider factors such as vehicle acquisition and suitability, charging infrastructure, power supply, Continue reading Uptake of electric bus uptake bolstered by turnkey electrification, lofty goals, fresh funding

The global market for electric cars is increasing at a rapid rate. Perceptions are changing, model ranges are growing, policies are shifting, vehicle capabilities are improving and the cars are becoming more accessible. For many buyers, however, charging and the associated range-related issues remain a stumbling block. A modern electric vehicle (EV) might be capable Continue reading Faster 800-volt EV charging capability makes all-electric motoring more viable

For an electric car to deliver the best capabilities and comfort, the temperature of its components and cabin must be managed effectively.  Batteries and control units that get too hot during operation, for example, can cause degraded performance, charging and range issues. Ineffective cabin heating and cooling solutions, similarly, can result in excessive power draw Continue reading All-electric Audi Q4 e-tron features two cooling loops, R744-charged heat pump

By Craig Van Batenburg (Article reproduced by permission of SAE International) The Automotive Career Development Center (ACDC) that I founded over 20 years ago provides training and tech support to the world’s independent electric-vehicle (EV and hybrid) technicians, who will be asked to fix and maintain the systems as they age. Our facility in central Continue reading Heat pump technology a game changer for widespread electric vehicle adoption

I don’t know about you, but the last place I expected to see R1234yf show up was under the bonnet of a Chinese-made electric van. The Skywell EC11, imported by Brisbane-based EV Automotive, is a medium wheelbase mid-roof van with a design that has shades of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Renault Master and Ford Transit. Unlike those Continue reading Brisbane truck show debuts Include several electrified trucks, vans, minibuses and R1234yf