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Seals and sealants perform a host of unsung but vital functions. Peter Donaldson explains the different types, their uses and the materials they are made from

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Eco Charger quad adapted for military use

Electric quadricycle all-terrain vehicle (ATV) developer Eco Charger has teamed up with military vehicle specialist Supacat to adapt the former’s top-of-the-range 4WD model for military use; it displayed an example at the 2021 Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEI) event in London. Eco Charger COO Jon Hourihan speaks exclusively with Peter Donaldson about the electrification […]

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QUANTRON launches electric 12-metre bus

Available as both BEV and FCEV Attractive price level of the QUANTRON BEV-Buses: on a par with conventional diesel buses Proven technology – thousands of buses already in use Batteries from CATL, fuel cells from Ballard Power E-mobility specialist Quantron AG is launching its own QUANTRON vehicle, the electric QUANTRON 12 m low-floor bus, at […]

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Heritage Battery Recycling and 6K strike first cathode-grade battery recycling network deal for the North American market

Heritage Battery Recycling and 6K have announced an exclusive joint development agreement to produce new cathode material from recycled batteries. The process combines Heritage’s established network infrastructure for collecting, storing and processing end-of-life batteries with 6K’s plasma technology to manufacture critical cathode-grade battery materials. According to Aaron Bent, CEO of 6K, “This agreement represents the […]

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Dana launches e-axles for Class 7 and 8 vehicles

Dana Incorporated has expanded its Spicer Electrified e-powertrain offerings to include a family of single and tandem e-axles designed for a range of Class 7 and 8 applications. The Zero-8 e-axles include systems for direct drive and now 4 x 2, 6 x 2, and 6 x 4 multi-speed e-axle systems.  The new e-axles are designed to […]

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Bosch does away with the ‘charging brick’

Bosch has unveiled what it says is the world’s first electric car charging cable with integrated technology for flexible recharging without a control box. It also does away with the usual ‘charging brick’ – the bulky in-cable control box – when charging at a 230 V power socket. That allows the cable to weigh less […]

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Lanxess launches hollow-profile hybrid technology

Chemicals company Lanxess is launching a hollow-profile hybrid technology. With it, metallic hollow profiles can be made functional on conventional injection moulding machines using plastic compounds. The result is plastic-metal composite components that have far greater torsional stiffness and strength than could be achieved with previous hollow-profile technologies. Potential applications in the automotive industry include […]

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Green-G and Webasto bring fully electric light truck to the road

EV manufacturer Green-G has unveiled its fully electric light truck, the ecarry. Developed for service companies and urban municipalities, it is aimed at waste disposal services, gardening businesses, urban logistics and last-mile deliveries. It has N1 vehicle type approval, weighs a maximum of 3.5 tons and is capable of speeds of up to 80 kph. […]

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Ricardo’s fuel cell bus takes shape

On 17 August, Ricardo announced that it had received UK Government funding to convert a bus to hydrogen fuel cell power as a technology demonstrator. The vehicle, an Alexander Dennis Enviro400, will be operated by Stagecoach as part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Hub initiative from February next year. Ricardo’s chief engineer for the conversion, […]

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OxDrive joint venture unveils self-contained e-hub for farm vehicles

OEMs developing small EVs for agricultural applications, including those intended to have autonomous capabilities, want to focus their efforts on the core agricultural functions and the autonomy (writes Peter Donaldson). Typically, however, they are faced with specifying the driveline, sourcing components and integrating them, says Chris Horton of OxDrive, a joint venture between Performance Projects […]