NEWSNOTES | September 15, 2021
News Notes

NEWSNOTES | September 15, 2021

NEWSNOTES | September 15, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 / Kimberly Taylor

Other than Tesla, the ninth largest company in the world, who are the next biggest EV makers in line after them? There are 14 included in the Battery Tech online slide show but for brevity the CALSTART members who made the list (and Tesla is one) include Arrival, Nikola, Proterra, Canoo and Lordstown Motors.

Toyota is the world’s largest car manufacturer by volume and the company has just announced a significant investment in battery technology. They plan over the next decade to invest $13.6 billion which includes manufacturing resulting in up to around 70 battery production lines. While some will be electric cars, the rest will be hybrids or hydrogen vehicles.

LiCycle’s lithium battery investment is on the recycling side and the demand for their services has been significant enough that they’ve announced their fourth facility in North America. The new plant will be in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The other locations include Kingston, Ontario, upstate New York, and Arizona.

Thanks to funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC), WattEV and Greenlots in collaboration with others, are building out a 12 electric truck, 4MW charging station in Bakersfield, CA backed by an onsite solar plus storage facility. WattEV also recently signed a deal with Volvo and a first electric truck transportation contract with TTSI for 16 trucks.

Eaton’s Vehicle Group has received a grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology that can power heavy-duty machinery. The company will work with Ballard Fuel Cell Systems to improve fuel efficiency.

Navistar rolled out their NEXTperience trailer at the ACT Expo earlier this month. The mobile unit will offer eMobility training sessions to dealers and customers. The trailer, expected to launch early next year, will be used for sales, service, and training events to create a cross-functional experience to advance electrification adoption.

ConMet’s eMobility group used the American Trucking Association’s Fall Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition to roll out a new zero-emission trailer that eliminates emissions, decreases noise, and reduces brake wear. The power behind the zero-emission trailer comes from ConMet eMobility’s Preset Plus Electric Hub technology, placed into reefer trailers.

The first production Rivian R1T electric pickup truck rolled off of the assembly line yesterday in Normal, Illinois giving them the benefit of being the first electric pickup truck on the market. Three years ago they had 600 employees and today they have 8,000. In addition to Illinois they have facilities in Palo Alto and Irvine, California; Plymouth, Michigan; and an office in the UK.

The grimness of our global climate crisis is the backdrop for three Lithuanian artists who are staging a global warming opera at the Brooklyn Academy of Music which includes twenty-one tons of sand. A British magazine critic enthused, “Rarely has an environmental message been so subtly, humorously, tellingly conveyed in an artwork.”



How Much are the 14 EV Makers After Tesla Worth?, Battery Tech Online -

Toyota Puts Over $13 Billion into Battery Technology, Singularity Hub -

Li-Cycle Plans Alabama Facility, Energy Storage News -

WattEV Solar Truck Charging in Bakersfield, PV Magazine -

Ballard and Eaton Partner on Fuel Cells for Trucks, Hydrogen Fuel News -

Navistar Rolls Out EV Training Unit, Construction Equipment -

ConMet eHub to Power Zero-Emission Reefer Trailer, FleetOwner -

First Production Rivian R1T Rolls Off Assembly Line, INSIDEEVs -

Brooklyn Academy of Music Climate Opera, NBC New York -