In electric vehicle, battery and charging news today are
Fisker, Wind & Solar, Adden Energy, Progress Solar, Allison Transmission, Vehya, Cox, Lightning eMotors, Renesas, PowerFlex, ZEVX & ACE.
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Fisker Raises 170K for Prostate Cancer
Fisker Inc. (NYSE: FSR) (“Fisker”) – passionate creator of the world’s most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – participated in the 8th annual Milken Institute Hamptons Dialogues, where the bi-partisan thinktank auctioned off a limited edition Fisker Ocean ONE for $170,000 in less than five minutes of lively bidding among the over 150 participants, with proceeds benefitting the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
“It was an honor participating in the Milken Institute 2022 Hamptons Dialogues and bringing the world’s most sustainable vehicle to New York,” Fisker Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker said. “We’re thrilled the auction went so well for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.”
The Milken Institute Hamptons Dialogues features four thought-provoking days of discussion and learning among the brightest minds and most influential people in finance, medicine, technology, politics, and beyond. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s leading philanthropic organization dedicated to researching and eradicating prostate cancer.
The limited edition five-passenger, all-electric Fisker Ocean ONE features signature cues available only on the first 5,000 vehicles, along with 350 miles1 of range on a single charge, with dual-motor, all-wheel-drive, three driving modes, a 17.1″ rotating screen featuring gaming in HMI, SolarSky roof, California Mode, Smart Traction, and many first-to-market safety features, including the world’s first digital radar, all for $68,9992.
In July 2022, the Fisker Ocean ONE sold out in 30 days, each secured by a $5,0003 deposit representing $350 million in potential revenue for Fisker once all the vehicles are delivered. Fisker is on schedule to start production of the all-electric SUV on November 17, 2022, with the first deliveries on track before the end of the year.
Wind & Solar Tower Renewable Charging
A ready solution to making sufficient power — and emission-free power at that — is the Wind & Solar Tower, the only generating device in the world that combines two infinitely renewable power sources – wind and sun. These towers are for charging when customers are away from home, and also provide the comfort of lessening range anxiety.
Since they require no connection to the conventional grid, Towers have the added benefit of being able to be placed almost anywhere for public access – along Interstates, in the deserts or mountains, at shopping malls, office building, apartment complexes, at car dealerships or just about anywhere one would take a car or truck.
Wind & Solar Towers employ a vertical axis wind turbine (catches wind from all directions) that has a “frictionless” levitation hub. Topping the airfoil blades is a large rotating circular solar panel that is ultra-efficient because it is self-cleaning, thus eliminating dust, soil and bird droppings to maximize the solar energy reaching the cells.
These two modes of generating emission-free electricity combine for 252 kilowatts and can charge an EV at Level-4 with 380 kilowatts at 1,000 volts, demonstrating that “clean” charging does not have to compromise performance. Not only is the charging fast and powerful, but the owner of a Tower doesn’t pay for electricity, thus eliminating a major cost.
“Only renewable energy can provide for EV charges without stressing the grid and dirtying the air,” Bardia concludes. “Fortunately, ‘clean’ charging is a choice. Sooner or later, emission-free charging will become standard – and the sooner that happens, the better for our grid and our health.”
Adden Energy Funding
Adden Energy, Inc., a startup developing innovative solid-state battery systems for use in future electric vehicles (EVs) that would fully charge in minutes, announced the grant of an exclusive technology license by Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) and a seed round financing of $5.15M. Primavera Capital Group led Adden Energy’s seed round, with participation by Rhapsody Venture Partners and MassVentures.
The license and the venture funding will enable the startup to scale Harvard’s laboratory prototype toward commercial deployment of a solid-state lithium-metal battery that may provide reliable and fast charging for future EVs to help bring them into the mass market.
Developed by researchers in the lab of Xin Li, PhD, Associate Professor of Materials Science at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the lab-scale coin-cell prototype has achieved battery charge rates as fast as three minutes with over 10,000 cycles in a lifetime, with results published in Nature and other journals. It also boasts high energy density and a level of material stability that overcomes the safety challenges posed by some other lithium batteries.
Adden Energy was co-founded in 2021 by Li, along with William Fitzhugh, PhD, and Luhan Ye, PhD, both of whom contributed to the development of the technology as graduate students in Li’s Harvard lab. Fred Hu, PhD, founder and Chairman of Primavera Capital, is also a founder of Adden Energy.
The startup aims to scale the battery up to a palm-sized pouch cell, and then upward toward a full-scale vehicle battery in the next three to five years. “If you want to electrify vehicles, a solid-state battery is the way to go,” said Li, who is a scientific advisor to Adden Energy. “We set out to commercialize this technology because we do see our technology as unique compared to other solid-state batteries. We have achieved in the lab 5,000 to 10,000 charge cycles in a battery’s lifetime, compared with 2,000 to 3,000 charging cycles for even the best in class now, and we don’t see any fundamental limit to scaling up our battery technology. That could be a game changer.”
Fitzhugh, CEO of Adden Energy, noted that in 2019, 29% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions were produced by transportation. “Complete electrification of the vehicle fleet is one of the most meaningful steps we can take to fight climate change,” he said. “However, broad adoption of electric vehicles requires batteries that can meet a diverse set of consumer needs. For example, 37% of Americans don’t have garages at home, so at-home overnight charging is not possible. In order to electrify this segment, EVs need to recharge at comparable times to internal combustion vehicles, essentially in the time you’d currently spend at the gas pump.”
The technology developed at Harvard, which includes core innovations in solid-state battery design and electrolyte production methods, may offer other crucial advantages.
“Typically, lithium-metal anodes in other solid-state designs develop dendrites, twig-like growths that can gradually penetrate through the electrolyte to the cathode. We defeat the growth of dendrites before they can cause damage, by novel structural and material designs,” said Ye, who is now CTO of Adden Energy. “As a result, the device can sustain its high performance over a long lifetime. Our recent study shows that this nice feature can also be maintained at scale-up.”
“Climate change is the defining challenge facing the world. It is more important than ever to accelerate the transition to clean energy and zero-emission transportation,” said Hu, who also serves on the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy. “Adden Energy’s mission is to develop cutting-edge battery technologies, thereby enabling mass adoption of electric vehicles and contributing to a greener and more sustainable global economy.”
“Electric vehicles cannot remain a luxury fashion, literally the ‘one percent’ of vehicles on the road, if we are to make progress toward a clean energy future, and the U.S. won’t have a used-car market if EV batteries last only 3 to 5 years,” added Li. “The technology needs to be accessible to everyone. Extending the lifetime of the batteries, as we’re doing here, is an important part of that.”
Progress Solar Mobile Charging
Progress Solar Solutions® announces a new mobile solar EV charging model using its industry leading mobile solar platform. With several variants available including all solar and solar-hybrid models, this mobile equipment is a great new step in supporting the EV market’s need to provide a clean charge to vehicles in more locations. The models charge EVs with a standard Level 2 EV charger that is powered from stored energy in a battery bank. The battery bank is charged with up to 3200 watts of solar and options for wind generation and backup generator. Progress Solar Solutions has the most compact, mobile, and largest energy producing off-grid mobile platform available.
Allison Transmission Offers Hydrogen CNG Testing
Allison Transmission, a leading designer and manufacturer of conventional, electric hybrid and fully electric vehicle propulsion solutions, is pleased to announce the availability of hydrogen fuel cell and compressed natural gas (CNG) testing at its Vehicle Electrification + Environmental Test Center.
“Manufacturers of electric vehicles, including battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and electric hybrid systems are recognizing the value of reducing product development and validation timelines by utilizing Allison’s Vehicle Electrification + Environmental Test Center to assess their vehicles in a controlled thermal environment capable of simulating a broad range of duty cycles,” said David Proctor, General Manager Allison Vehicle Electrification + Environmental Test Center. “We are excited to expand the facility’s capabilities to support our OEM partners as they develop and optimize alternative fuel offerings intended to reduce emissions.”
As part of Allison’s goal to support the development and deployment of alternative fuel vehicles that reduce emissions, the company has completed the installation of two phases of hydrogen capabilities. Phase one provides the ability to safely detect and manage hydrogen gas or flames in the test cell. This same system is also capable of detection and management of CNG power plants. Phase two includes a low pressure, constant supply of hydrogen directly fed into the vehicle’s fuel cell, providing extended test runs while minimizing downtime for re-fueling. These testing capabilities represent Allison’s commitment to innovation and taking a leadership role in the development of alternative fuel options for the commercial vehicle industry.
Allison recently collaborated with one of its OEM partners to successfully complete testing of the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle at the Vehicle Electrification + Environmental Test Center. Additional OEMs are scoping fuel cell vehicle testing projects for later this year. The facility now has the capabilities to support external customer test and validation programs for vehicles powered by every major propulsion type, including diesel, gasoline, natural gas, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell.
The 60,000-square-foot facility is the only one of its kind in the Midwest, offering the ability to conduct year-round testing in one centralized location that can replicate the extreme environments to solidify dependable, reliable, repeatable, secure results. The capabilities of the facility move beyond powertrain innovation, enabling Allison and its partners to bring new, innovative, technology and vehicle systems to market faster and more efficiently.
Vehya Recruits Green Power Workers
After a successful launch, startup company Vehya announced the formation of a select panel of expert advisors who will now help the firm continue down a clear path toward supporting the burgeoning U.S. electric vehicles (EV) industry. Vehya focuses specifically on recruiting, training, and deploying green power workers that install and maintain EV charging stations. Vehya has already partnered with major players in EV, leveraging tailormade solutions and a unique recruiting platform to help propel a record-breaking market – with over 600,000 EVs sold in 2021 alone.
“As a former executive for Ford, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of companies. I believe in Vehya’s vision to help auto OEMs sell more electric vehicles through a customer centric, AI-driven approach to installation and service of EV chargers. Vehya’s platform has a host of other applications in the sustainability and resilience industry and that excites me.”
Jon Holland: Jon serves as the CFO & COO of EdgeEnergy and has been an innovating, strategic, and operational finance executive for over 30 years. With senior management experience in banking, technology, and e-mobility sectors, Jon has launched new divisions for Wells Fargo and Chase, ultimately generating over $300 million in sales, along with numerous private companies. Jon has scaled several early-stage EV charging companies, such as Qmerit and EV Connect, navigating them through hyper-growth periods over the past five years.
“I am most excited about working with Vehya because they have a superior platform and business model compared to their competitors which I have helped scale in prior positions.”
David Beck: Specializing in transportation engineering and safety technology innovation for over 25 years, David possesses a strong background in machine learning, design, systems engineering, marketing, software hardware development, and project management. Working toward a vision that sees the transportation infrastructure growing beyond the projections over the next 15 years, he believes the industry is in multiple phases of innovation expansion (IoT, EVtol, Autonomy, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, EV Charging). David is also committed to Automotive with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) as a member of the DC Board.
“Vehya has a package that gives customers options to EV and building needs in a corporate or business portfolio that meets expanding electric and vehicle growth.”
Patrick Daly: Patrick serves as the Executive Manager/General Manager of Randy Wise Chevrolet in Flint, Michigan, and is a NADA Dealer Academy Graduate and honored recipient of Automotive News “40 under 40” Award. Proud to be a 3rd generation “car guy” that has been in the Retail Automotive business for over 14 years now, Daly helped make Randy Wise Chevrolet the 1st EV-ready Chevrolet store in the Flint market.
“I am most excited about working with Vehya because their products and services are exactly what everyone needs right now, and Vehya’s process could not be simpler. As a Dealer Operator, Vehya checks every box you would want from an EV partner.”
For up-to-the-minute information about Vehya’s future directions, including exciting future expansion efforts, follow Vehya on LinkedIn.
Founded in Detroit, Vehya delivers targeted EV-charging solutions that are designed for businesses, governments, entities, and homeowners. Vehya makes choosing, installing, and maintaining EV chargers simple and cost-effective with electrical professionals who cover all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Latin America. Learn more about how Vehya is making the Electrification of Things (EoT) easy.
Cox Automotive Mobility & Spiers Expand Expand EV Services to Mich & Vegas
Focused on management and innovation within the entire EV battery lifecycle, Cox Automotive Mobility and Spiers New Technologies today announced the expansion of its global EV battery service center network with new facilities in Belleville, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, and Las Vegas. Cox Automotive Mobility in collaboration with Spiers New Technologies also operates end-to-end EV battery service centers in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Ede, Netherlands.
“The expansion of our EV battery service centers in the Midwest and West reinforces Cox Automotive’s commitment to being the world’s best battery health innovator and end-to-end battery services provider,” said Lea Malloy, AVP of EV Battery Solutions, Cox Automotive Mobility. “We’re taking charge of the EV battery lifecycle, offering efficient and sustainable solutions that will effectively extend battery first life and help keep batteries out of our oceans and landfills.”
With automakers investing billions in new EV models, and government-mandated environmental targets to achieve, battery-powered vehicles are becoming the dominant form of transportation for people and goods – not only in America but globally. As the world’s largest automotive services provider, Cox Automotive is strategically steering its business to support this transition and meet the needs of its customers now and in the future.
The company is constructing its global EV battery service network with dedicated locations across the U.S. and Europe. This model will allow Cox Automotive Mobility to remain agile in providing best-in-class EV battery services conveniently located near the customer – reducing the friction of logistics. Today, Cox Automotive and Spiers New Technologies are trusted battery advisors and engineering partners to numerous automakers.
In addition to supporting practices that enable the extension of EV battery first lives and end-of-life reuse and pre-treatment recycling, Cox Automotive Mobility remains committed to delivering the industry standard in battery health inspection and valuation. This includes the company’s groundbreaking grading system and diagnostic tool, built in partnership with Spiers New Technologies, that provides a VIN-specific battery health score to help drive confidence and transparency with dealers and consumers.
With additional geographic expansion planned later this year, the company is scheduled to grow its global operating footprint to more than 1 million square feet.
Lightning eMortors Partners with Lincoln Capital Fund & GoBolt
Lightning eMotors, Inc. (NYSE: ZEV), a leading provider of zero emission medium-duty commercial vehicles and electric vehicle technology for fleets, announced that the Company has entered into a purchase agreement and registration rights agreement (together, the “Agreement”) for up to $50 million with Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC (“Lincoln Park”).
Under the terms and conditions of the Agreement, the Company has the right, but not the obligation to sell up to $50 million of its common stock to Lincoln Park, subject to certain limitations. The Company may issue purchase notices for regular or accelerated purchases to Lincoln Park over a 36-month period. The purchase price for each purchase is determined by prevailing market prices at the time of each sale. There are no warrants, derivatives, financial or business covenants associated with the Agreement and Lincoln Park has agreed not to cause or engage in any direct or indirect short selling of hedging of the Company’s common stock. The Company issued common shares to Lincoln Park as consideration for Lincoln Park’s irrevocable commitment to purchase ZEV common stock under the Agreement.
“This transaction provides us with additional financial flexibility to raise funds when it is most advantageous for us,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors. “We have found a quality, long-only investor in Lincoln Park, and we look forward to using the funds to grow the Company both organically and through acquisitions.”
Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV), a leading provider of zero-emissions, medium-duty commercial vehicles and electric vehicle technology for fleets, announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with GoBolt — a technology-led, customer-centric sustainable logistics provider — to manufacture 170 all-electric cargo vans and box trucks over the next 12 months. These vehicles will be deployed across the U.S. and Canada.
As part of this agreement, Lightning eMotors will deliver 70 Class 3 zero-emission, all-electric cargo vans and 100 Class 5 zero-emission, all-electric box trucks. Deployment of the Class 3 vans is already underway. The fleet will feature a mix of 80kWh and 120kWh battery capacity vans with an expected range of up to 200 miles per charge. Development of the Class 5 box trucks is in progress, with deliveries targeted to begin early next year.
Toronto-based GoBolt recently announced it has expanded operations into the U.S., positioning the company to reach 12.75 million additional households with a simplified, customer-centric, and sustainable approach to vertical supply chain integration.
“We couldn’t be more excited about our strategic partnership with GoBolt, and that it comes as they are rapidly expanding into the U.S. market,” said Lightning eMotors’ CEO Tim Reeser. “We have seen a huge uptick in interest from the supply chain and last- and middle-mile fulfillment industries and applaud GoBolt’s commitment to sustainable logistics services. We look forward to continuing this journey of growth with them.”
GoBolt selected Lightning as its high-volume commercial EV partner after testing and evaluating several commercial medium duty EVs on the market and after visiting Lightning’s best-in-class R&D and manufacturing facility in Colorado. Lightning’s mature and active production facility stood apart when compared with other EV companies relative to advanced technology integration, efficiency, and volume of new and repowered vehicles in production.
“This partnership is an important development of our growing North American network of zero-emission delivery vehicles and brings GoBolt one step closer to being a carbon-negative business by the end of 2023,” said GoBolt’s co-founder and chief executive officer, Mark Ang. “Lightning shares the same entrepreneurial DNA as GoBolt and has demonstrated the drive to challenge the status quo in an industry that is in need of disruption.”
Lighting has been providing Class 3-7 zero-emission, all-electric commercial vehicles to customers for more than four years. More than 300 of these zero-emission fleet vehicles have racked up over 2,500,000 all-electric miles as market demand has continued to increase. In total, Lightning vehicles have accumulated over 6 million low- or zero-emission, real world fleet miles. Lightning offers a wide range of all-electric vehicles to customers across more vehicle classes than its competitors and has announced development of its own Lightning e-Chassis for deployment next year.
In addition to vehicles, Lightning Energy will be providing both AC level 2 and DC fast chargers to support the vehicle deployment.
“Our partnership with GoBolt is another great example of Lightning’s ability to develop, build, and deploy the complete fleet electrification solutions that the market needs,” said Lightning eMotors’ chief revenue officer Kash Sethi. “By providing both the vehicles and charging infrastructure that GoBolt needs, we can assure interoperability and simplify their fleet deployment. Providing a one-stop shop for fleet electrification is going to be a game changer.”
Renesas Next Gen Si-IGBTs
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the development of a new generation of Si-IGBTs (Silicon Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors) which will be offered in a small footprint while providing low power losses. Aimed at next generation electric vehicle (EVs) inverters, AE5-generation IGBTs will be mass produced starting in the first half of 2023 on Renesas’ 200- and 300-mm wafer lines at the company’s factory in Naka, Japan. Additionally, Renesas will ramp up production starting in the first half of 2024 at its new power semiconductor 300-mm wafer fab in Kofu, Japan to meet the growing demand for power semiconductor products.
The silicon based AE5 process for IGBTs achieve a 10% reduction in power losses compared to the current-generation AE4 products, a power savings that will help EV developers save battery power and increase driving range. In addition, the new products are approximately 10% smaller while maintaining high robustness. The new Renesas devices achieve the industry’s highest level of performance for IGBTs by optimally balancing low power loss and robustness trade offs. Moreover, the new IGBTs significantly improve performance and safety as modules by minimizing parameter variations among the IGBTs and providing stability when operating IGBTs in parallel. These features provide engineers greater flexibility to design smaller inverters that achieve high performance.
“Demand for automotive power semiconductors is rapidly growing, as EVs become more widely available,” said Katsuya Konishi, Vice President of Renesas’ Power System Business Division. “Renesas’ IGBTs provide highly reliable, robust power solutions that build on our experience in manufacturing automotive-grade power products for the last seven years. With the latest devices soon to be in mass production, we are providing optimal features and cost performance for mid-range EV inverters that are expected to grow rapidly in the future.”
Key Features of the New-Generation IGBTs (AE5)
- Four products targeting 400-800V inverters: 750V withstand voltage (220A and 300A) and 1200V withstand voltage (150A and 200A)
- Steady performance throughout the operating junction temperature (Tj) range from -40°C to 175°C
- Industry’s highest performance level with an on-voltage Vce (saturation voltage) of 1.3V, a key value for minimizing power loss
- 10% higher current density compared to conventional products and small chip size (100mm2/300A) optimized for low power losses and high input resistance
- Stable parallel operation by reducing parameter variations to VGE(off) to ±0.5V
- Maintains reverse bias safe operating area (RBSOA) with a maximum Ic current pulse of 600A at 175°C junction temperatures, and a highly robust short circuit withstand time of 4µs at 400V.
- 50% reduction in the temperature dependence of gate resistance (Rg). This minimizes switching losses at high temperatures, spike voltage at low temperatures and short circuit withstand time, supporting high performance designs.
- Available as a bare die (wafer)
- Enables a reduction in inverter power losses, improving power efficiency by up to 6% compared to the current AE4 process at the same current density, allowing EVs to drive longer distances and use fewer batteries.
Inverter Solution for EVs
In EVs, the motors that power vehicles are controlled by inverters. Switching devices such as IGBTs are critical in minimizing power consumption for EVs, as inverters convert DC power to the AC power that electric vehicle motors require. To assist developers, Renesas offers the xEV Inverter Reference Solution, a working hardware reference design that combines an IGBT, microcontroller, power management IC (PMIC), gate driver IC, and fast recovery diode (FRD). Renesas also offers the xEV Inverter Kit, which is a hardware implementation of the reference design. In addition, Renesas provides a motor parameter calibration tool and the xEV Inverter Application Model and Software, which combines an application model and sample software for controlling the motor. These tools and support programs from Renesas are designed to help customers simplify their software development efforts. Renesas plans to add the new-generation IGBTs to these hardware and software development kits to enable even better power efficiency and performance in a smaller footprint.
Samples of the 750-withstand voltage version with 300A are available from Renesas today. A
Sycuan Casino Charging Powered by PowerFlex
Sycuan Casino Resort today announced the addition of low-carbon technologies at its iconic casino location in San Diego. The project includes 40 Level 2 chargers, 5 DC fast chargers (DCFC), and a 250 kilowatt (kW)/560 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery energy storage system (BESS) in progress. This project supports California’s goals of achieving five million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030 and 250,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2025. Additionally, a project of this size is estimated to deliver approximately 490,000 electric miles, which is equivalent to saving 22,000 gallons of gas each year and thereby avoiding 431,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
This project is just another step the organization has taken in an effort to support a sustainable future. In 2008, Sycuan formed a volunteer group of dedicated team members called The Sycuan Green Team, that leads the charge to educate and promote their mission to reduce, reuse and recycle. Over the years, The Sycuan Green Team has hosted Earth Day events, organized E-Waste collection drives and partnered with local nonprofit I Love a Clean San Diego for several cleanup events throughout the San Diego community. Additionally, Sycuan actively works with a recycling company to divert as much of its waste stream as possible to reduce the impact on the environment.
To complete this project, Sycuan partnered with PowerFlex, a national provider of intelligent onsite clean energy solutions. The EV chargers are integrated into a network that utilizes PowerFlex’s patented Adaptive Load Management (ALM) technology—software that dynamically balances the total system load by controlling the output of individual chargers in real-time to mitigate peak energy spikes. By utilizing ALM, the project can accommodate a greater number of chargers than could otherwise be supported by the existing utility infrastructure. Through this project, Sycuan is helping achieve California’s rapid transition to electric vehicles without overtaxing the grid.
The BESS and EV charging stations are managed and co-optimized by PowerFlex X, software and hardware that provides real-time insights and intelligent control over the onsite energy systems. By integrating the battery energy storage system with the DCFCs, Sycuan can avoid high demand charges from the surge in electricity consumption that fast chargers bring. The BESS can further reduce costs and carbon emissions by powering the chargers with cheaper energy stored in the battery instead of expensive on-peak grid power.
“We are very excited to partner with PowerFlex to provide our guests with additional EV charging options at our casino resort,” said Rob Cinelli, general manager at Sycuan Casino Resort. “As we continue to see more and more people adopt this technology, it was important for us to stay ahead of the curve and provide this free amenity for our guests and team members. We remain committed in finding ways to help reduce our environmental impact and in the future, we have plans to install additional charging stations enterprise-wide.”
“We applaud Sycuan’s continued efforts towards sustainability,” said Steve Morris, Executive Director at I Love A Clean San Diego. “Sycuan’s community support extends beyond their facilities, mobilizing volunteers at cleanup events across the region and by sponsoring this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day.”
“We are proud to work with Sycuan to equip their historic location with technology to make their operations more sustainable,” said Raphael Declercq, CEO of PowerFlex. “The unique ability of our software to co-optimize storage and EV charging will help sustain California’s growing EV charging demand and increase Sycuan’s onsite energy resiliency. They are taking an important step to support the state’s air quality and climate change targets.”
About Sycuan Casino Resort:
Sycuan Casino Resort began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 38 years later, it has become a community landmark and one of San Diego’s premier casino and resort destinations. Sycuan’s newly expanded AAA Four Diamond-rated property includes a 12-story hotel tower with over 300 guest rooms and 57 luxury suites. Guests can enjoy a wide range of onsite amenities including a variety of restaurants and bars from fast-casual to fine dining, meeting and event space, a full-service spa, fitness center and a state-of-the-art outdoor pool deck with two pools, a lazy river and swim-up bar. Sycuan also boasts an expansive casino floor with more than 2,300 slot machines and 54 table games in a variety of gaming options. Sycuan is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
ZEVX Intros Sprinter
ZEVX, a world-wide leader in design and development of high energy-dense battery pack solutions and electric powertrains announces the industry’s first fully electric 2022 MB Sprinter designed for last mile delivery in all climates. ZEVX is ready to deliver solutions that transition your fleets to BEV now! Come see our BEV Sprinter during the Home Delivery World show at booth 1025.
ZEVX aims to be the worldwide leader in battery electric power systems and data intelligence for e-mobility applications. ZEVX has a series of battery electric powertrain and power system products that quickly migrate commercial fleet assets to zero carbon. ZEVX has a service mission to support customers through a deep partner network using existing automotive service infrastructure. This provides rapid adoption through the service network to install and deliver advanced data intelligence from fleet assets to optimize the carbon transition.
ACE Aces LFP Chemistry
Advanced Cell Engineering (ACE), a developer and licensor of lithium-ion battery technologies for the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry has signed a lease agreement with the Indian River State College (IRSC) to use IRSC’s state-of-the-art wet chemistry lab in the Brown Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Utilizing the College’s chemistry labs will enable ACE to finalize its Advanced LFP (lithium iron phosphate) chemistry for battery cells. Advanced LFP cells are safer, more cost-effective, and provide greater range for Electric Vehicles compared to the battery cells used in many EVs today. ACE also hopes to partner with the College to create local career opportunities for current and future students.