Government, Business, Technology, TCA

Bill Aims to Boost Electric-Car Battery Mineral Production

Batteries Batteries, like this Samsung one, are used to power electric vehicles. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News)

A group of U.S. senators is introducing legislation to boost domestic production of “critical minerals” that are often imported from China to make electric car batteries.

Keith Laing | The Detroit News
May 6, 2019
Business, Technology

Lithium-Rich Chile Seeks to Become Major Player in Battery Sector

Batteries Toshiba lithium batteries (Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg News)

The country holding the world’s largest reserves of lithium says it is one step closer to becoming a manufacturing hub for rechargeable batteries used in electric vehicles.

Laura Millan Lombrana | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola Moves Closer to Marketing Hydrogen-Electric Trucks

Nikola's Trevor Milton Nikola's Trevor Milton spoke with TT in an exclusive interview Jan. 8 during CES. (Nikola Motor Co.)

LAS VEGAS — Nikola Motor Co. founder and CEO Trevor Milton said two key customers — private fleet Anheuser-Busch Cos. and truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises — will begin fleet tests of Nikola’s zero-emisssions hydrogen-electric Class 8 trucks by the end of the year, as the first shoots of the necessary fueling infrastructure are emerging in Phoenix.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Race for Next-Generation Battery Supremacy Has an Early Leader

Tesla charger A Tesla Supercharger station in Kriegstetten, Switzerland. (Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg)

To deliver an electric vehicle that’s cheaper, safer and capable of traveling 500 miles on a single charge, the auto industry needs a breakthrough in battery technology. Easier said than done.

David Stringer and Kevin Buckland | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

ZAF Opens Nickel-Zinc Battery R&D Facility in Montana

Battery technologies developer ZAF Energy Systems has announced the opening of a research and development facility in Bozeman, Mont., according to a Nov. 13 press release. Scientists and engineers at the 8,000-square-foot facility are developing nickel-zinc technologies with an emphasis on performance improvements and cost reduction.

Transport Topics
November 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Daimler Trucks Backs StoreDot Fast-Charging Battery Startup


Daimler AG’s truck division is investing in Israeli battery-technology startup StoreDot Ltd., tapping into a supplier that seeks to enable electric vehicles to recharge as quickly as combustion-powered models can refuel.

Gwen Ackerman and Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
September 20, 2017

Evolving Battery Systems Could Hold Key To Better Reliability, Power Management

John Sommers II for TT

Trucking industry groups and suppliers are exploring a variety of battery technologies that could better manage the power demands of tomorrow’s trucks while providing greater longevity and reliability.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2015

Lower Your Battery Costs Easily

When fleets have discharged batteries, how should they deal with them? Battery manufacturers will honor warranties on failed batteries, but not all discharged batteries are necessarily faulty. Identifying a battery's condition is crucial to fleets that don't want to waste time and money returning or scrapping batteries that still could have life in them.

July 23, 2015
Special Coverage

Idle Smart Adds Battery Protection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Idle Smart said it has added a new battery-monitoring feature, the company announced during a press conference here March 9 at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting.

Transport Topics
March 10, 2014