Welcome to the June 2022 edition of Elasto Proxy’s EV Roundup, a summary of newsworthy items about electric vehicles (EVs). Elasto Proxy makes custom seals, gaskets, and insulation for the EV industry and has branches in Quebec and Ontario, Canada; South Carolina, USA; and in Europe. In addition to seals for doors, windows, battery packs, and battery compartments, we can provide you with EV products like thermal pads, acoustic insulation, anti-vibration mounts, and hoses and hose connectors.
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Novabus Announces Its Largest Canadian Contract for Electric Buses
Novabus, part of the Volvo Group and a leading North American manufacturer of buses for mass transit, recently announced its largest electric bus contract in Canada. The bus builder has been awarded a contract for up 60 long-range, 100% battery-powered buses for Halifax Transit in Nova Scotia. The transit authority will purchase 30 electric buses in 2022-2023 and another 30 in 2023-2024. Novabus’ LFSE+ bus can store up to 564 kWh of on-board energy.
Denso and Honeywell Will Develop Small but Powerful eVTOL Motor
Denso, a global manufacturer of automotive components with a significant footprint in Canada and the U.S., and Honeywell, a U.S.-based multinational that makes aerospace products, are co-developing an electric motor for the Lilium Jet, an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle that will seat up to seven passengers. Aerospace Manufacturing and Design reports that the e-motor for a prototype version of the Lilium Jet weighs just 4 kg (8.8 lbs.) but has an output of 100 kW and a small footprint.
Soletrac Expands Dealership Network to U.S. Southeast
Solectrac, a California company that makes electric tractors, is expanding its dealership network beyond the West Coast. Recently, Solectrac announced that dealers in Florida, Idaho, and Georgia will begin selling the company’s products, which include the e25, a four-wheel drive tractor that is ideal for hobby farms, golf courses, and athletic fields. As reported in Electrive, Solectrac is assuring potential customers that its tractors are being delivered in 30 days or less from local dealers.
U.S. Department of Energy Funds EV Battery Manufacturing
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is allocating more than $3 billion of infrastructure funding for the production of EV batteries. As reported by Electrek, DOE announced that “the infrastructure investments will support the creation of new, retrofitted, and expanded commercial facilities as well as manufacturing demonstrations and battery recycling.” The announcement complements interest in building a domestic battery supply chain that includes the mining of rare-earth metals.
Volvo Announces $1.25 Billion EV Plant in Europe
Volvo Cars recently announced plans to build an EV manufacturing plant in Kosice, Slovakia that will produce up to 250,000 cars per year. The international automaker is committed to becoming an electric-only brand by 2030 and aims to achieve annual sales of 1.2 million cars by 2025. According to Automotive World, Volvo Cars is creating a “European triangle of manufacturing” that covers a western Europeant plan in Ghent, Belgium; a northern Europeant plant in, Sweeden, and the new eastern European factory.
Volocopter’s Latest eVTOL Takes First Flight
Volocopter, a German urban air mobility (UAM) pioneer, recently completed the first flight of its VoloConnect, a fixed-wing passenger aircraft that is the company’s third product solution. “This accomplishment,” the company announced, “makes Volocopter the only eVTOL developer to have an entire fleet of distinct aircraft configurations undergoing flight tests.” Other Volocopter offerings include the multirotor VoloCity air taxi and the VoloDrone, a fully-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can carry any of the six ISO pallet sizes.
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