Connected Car News: Arcimoto, SparkCharge, National Grid, Lion Electric, CATL, VW, Nuvve, Solera & Siemens

In connected car news are Arcimoto, SparkCharge, National Grid, Lion Electric, CATL, VW, Nuvve, Solera and Siemens.


Arcimoto Rentals in OR

Arcimoto, Inc.makers of fun, affordable, and ultra-efficient electric vehicles for everyday drivers and fleets, today announced that its new rental center in Eugene is officially open for business.

Arcimoto Eugene is the fourth Arcimoto rental location, with rentals also available at Arcimoto San Diego, Arcimoto Key West, and GoCar Tours in San Francisco.

SparkDay Sparks SparkCharge Anywhere Charge up for $25 a Month

SparkDay, SparkCharge’s annual online event, saw the release of the next generation of mobile charging system, the RoadieCCS, as well as ChargeUp, a new electric vehicle charging delivery service, that promises to charge a vehicle wherever it is for just $25 per month.

ChargeUp was Built for EV Owners

  1. Less expensive than home and public charging
  2. Faster than home and public charging
  3. Eliminates waiting at charging stations
  4. Make EV ownership easy for condo and apartment living

The new RoadieCCS is capable of charging all CCS vehicles available in the U.S.

National Grid Day News

National Grid today unveiled its new EV Road Trip, an effort to raise awareness around the location of charging infrastructure and accelerate adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) across New YorkMassachusetts, and Rhode Island. As summer arrives and 7 in 10 Americans hit the road, National Grid is offering an online guide to tourist spots in the Northeast and ways to see them sustainably and conveniently in an EV.

The initiative is the latest effort by National Grid, a Principal Partner of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-26), to expand clean energy adoption across the Northeast. One of the ways National Grid has committed to combating climate change across the Northeast is through transportation electrification. That includes investing $200 million in deploying 19,000 charging stations, helping to lower charging costs through managed charging programs, supporting fleets to develop electrification road maps and install charging, as well as promoting general EV awareness.

Lion Electric to Make Batteries in Quebec

The Lion Electric Company , a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, today announced that the company’s upcoming battery manufacturing plant and innovation center will be located at the YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel, Quebec.

To commemorate the announcement, a groundbreaking ceremony was hosted near the site of the future facility, with Mr. Patrick Charbonneau, Interim Mayor of the City of Mirabel, Mr. Philippe Rainville, CEO and President of ADM Aéroports de Montréal and Mr. Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion Electric in attendance.

Originally announced in March 2021, Lion’s battery manufacturing plant and innovation center represents an investment of approximately $185 million CAD.


The cell test lab of Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) was granted the lithium-ion battery cell testing qualification certificate by Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen) on June 1 at CATL’s headquarters in Ningde. It is the first test lab as cell manufacturer in the world to receive this certificate, showing that CATL’s outstanding testing capability has been recognized by the global leading automotive manufacturer, and also strengthening the cooperation between CATL and Volkswagen Group Components.

More DC Chargers at 7-Eleven

7-Eleven, Inc. is accelerating its environmental ambitions. The iconic retailer is undertaking a massive installation project, with a goal of building at least 500 Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) ports at 250 select U.S. and Canada stores by the end of 2022.

Penske Truck Gets VNR Electric Trucks

Penske Truck Leasing recently took delivery of two VNR Electrics from Volvo Trucks North America, expanding its fleet of battery-electric Class 8 models available in Southern California. Its first Volvo VNR Electrics will be used by two consumer retail companies, enabling both customers to gain firsthand insight into the many benefits of battery-electric trucks, the ease of recharging, and the ideal routes to deploy additional units in the future.

Nuvve V2G Partners with Romeo Power

Nuvve Holding Corp., a global technology leader accelerating the electrification of transportation through its proprietary vehicle-to-grid (“V2G”) GIVe™ platform, and Romeo Power, Inc. (“Romeo Power“) an energy technology leader delivering advanced electrification solutions for complex commercial vehicle applications, today announced a collaboration to integrate communication protocols between Nuvve’s V2G platform and Romeo Power’s battery management system (“BMS”).

This integration of Nuvve’s communication agent with Romeo Power’s BMS should enable Romeo Power battery systems to become V2G compatible, regardless of the commercial vehicle platform. Nuvve’s V2G technology should also allow excess energy from Romeo Power battery packs in parked EVs to be collected, stored, and shared to optimize grid stability. The platform also uniquely accounts for precise energy flow on both the vehicle and charging station sides, which is expected to help mitigate battery degradation.

Additionally, Romeo Power expects to be able to monitor and measure specific data related to battery life. Nuvve recently published a paper on the positive impact intelligent energy management has on battery health. With its proprietary technology, Nuvve’s V2G platform can reduce battery degradation while increasing access to clean energy and minimizing operating costs.

Solera Holdings Acquires eDriving

Solera Holdings, Inc. (“Solera”) today announced that it has acquired eDriving, the digital driver risk management partner for many of the world’s largest commercial fleets. This acquisition expands Solera’s position as the preeminent global data intelligence and technology leader serving all constituents engaged in vehicle lifecycle management.

eDriving identifies and remediates risky commercial driver behavior. The company’s flagship product, Mentor by eDrivingSM, provides a unique smart-phone-based driver safety solution that uses telematics to analyze operator behavior in real time, improving roadway safety. It also generates a FICO® Safe Driving Score to benchmark drivers against their peers and deploys safe-driving e-Learning programs in an easy-to-implement, highly secure environment.

Siemens Acquires Nextflow

Siemens announced today that it has acquired Nextflow Software, an independent provider of advanced particle-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions. Nextflow Software will become part of Siemens Digital Industries Software, where its offering will expand the Simcenter™ software portfolio, part of the Siemens’ Xcelerator™ portfolio of software and services, with rapid meshless CFD capabilities to accelerate the analysis of complex transient applications in the automotive, aerospace, and marine industries such as gear box lubrication, tank sloshing or electric motor spray cooling.

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