Tag: EV

Queensland’s automotive service and repair sector breathed a sigh of relief as the state government stepped back from a controversial proposal that only licensed electricians should perform work on electric vehicles. The proposal, initially tabled in 2023 as part of the Electrical Safety Act review, was put forward by the Queensland Electrical Safety Office but Continue reading Queensland government rejects proposal to include EVs in sparkie licence

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made significant progress in the development of a one-megawatt electrical motor that could pave the way for the electrification of larger aircraft. The current focus on electrifying aviation aims to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint, and while smaller all-electric planes have been successful, larger jets require Continue reading Megawatt motor brings electric planes closer to reality

Toyota has partnered with the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to create a cutting-edge electric storage system that utilises recycled electric vehicle batteries. Energy stored in these batteries will come from renewable sources and be used during times when wind-generated power isn’t enough to meet grid requirements. The new electric storage system will have an Continue reading Toyota repurposing used EV batteries into grid-scale renewable energy storage

Daimler Truck head of truck technology Andreas Gorbach

Mercedes-Benz has been making headlines recently. First, its GenH2 prototype – approved for public road use – completed the #HydrogenRecordRun, where it covered 1047km using just one fill of liquid hydrogen. Soon after, an eActros 600 prototype took the spotlight, travelling over 1000km with only a single intermediate charge. Daimler has since confirmed that the Continue reading Mercedes-Benz pushes the range envelope with hydrogen and electric trucks

Years of hybrid sales by the likes of Toyota mean electrified vehicles are now regularly presenting at workshops

Australian auto workshops are actively preparing for the future of electric vehicles (EVs), with 50 per cent already EV-ready or investing in skills and equipment, according to the Australia-First 2023 Future Readiness Index research. The national survey, conducted by Fifth Quadrant for the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) aimed to determine the readiness of local Continue reading Workshops already EV ready – or getting there: AAAA

The Winnebago eRV2 electric motorhome prototype brings  fully electrified camping a step closer to reality with a focus on sustainability in the design of onboard amenities, although long-distance touring remains a challenge due to the extra weight and drag from making a Ford E-Transit liveable.  An evolution of Winnebago’s previous e-RV electric motorhome concept, this Continue reading Is an EV RV the next big thing? Winnebago thinks so

The Ioniq 5 N is Hyundai’s first performance electric vehicle (EV). As anticipated, this game-changer offers a range of enhancements over the regular model, not least its industry-leading thermal management system, a crucial consideration during development and specifically aimed at combating power degradation caused by excessive heat during demanding track driving conditions. The Ioniq 5 Continue reading Ioniq 5 N: Sophisticated thermal management unlocks performance of hottest Hyundai

Lola's cupcakes mobile display cabinet electric van

British temperature-controlled vehicle conversion specialist Coolkit has created a novel refrigerated electric van for London-based Lola’s Cupcakes, designed to display the bakery’s mouth-watering wares while on the move while complying with low-emission zones. “Lola’s transport manager finds that people are always asking if we have cupcakes on board our vans, so we thought that finding Continue reading Coolkit creates electric van-based mobile refrigerated cupcake cabinet

Lunaz EV-converted classic cars and garbage trucks

British electro-mod specialist Lunaz has diversified from classic cars to the conversion of industrial vehicles under its Lunaz Applied Technologies (LAT) division.  This new venture by the company – founded in 2018 by entrepreneur David Lorenz and engineer Jon Hilton, with investment from former soccer star David Beckham – focuses on transforming diesel garbage trucks Continue reading High-end UK EV conversion shop Lunaz gets into garbage trucks

ZF magnet-free In-Rotor Inductive-Excited Synchronous Motor (I2SM)

German automotive supplier ZF has achieved significant advancements in electric motor technology with its magnet-free In-Rotor Inductive-Excited Synchronous Motor (I2SM) that integrates an inductive exciter within the rotor shaft, enabling the generation of a magnetic field. This groundbreaking approach is claimed to deliver exceptional power and torque density, making it a promising alternative to the Continue reading ZF magnet-free motor: Smaller, less expensive, lower carbon footprint, fewer rare earth minerals