Curbside EV charging, Polestar and StoreDot, Stellantis and Samsung SDI: Today’s Car News

Polestar invests in some very fast-charging batteries, and Stellantis partners with Samsung SDI. And could a program in Seattle for putting EV chargers along residential streets serve as a template for other big cities? This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

The automaker Stellantis on Tuesday announced a joint-venture EV battery plant with Samsung SDI

, in Indiana. Set to start in 2025, the plant will be one of two North American battery supply plants and will play a role in the electric shift of Stellantis’ many brands, which include Jeep, Ram, Dodge, and Chrysler. 

Polestar announced that it’s investing in the battery firm StoreDot

, which aims, by 2024, to mass-produce EV batteries capable of adding nearly 100 miles of range in five minutes of charging. From here, Polestar will test StoreDot’s silicon-based battery tech in “proof-of-concept cars,” with it considered for production models by 2026 at the earliest.

And for those without off-street parking who would rather drive an EV, there’s hope—if you live in Seattle. The Pacific Northwest city has a program through which you can request a Level 2 curbside station at no cost

, paying a flat fee per kwh used. Since it’s on a public street, it will be first-come, first-served, of course, so it might take some negotiation with neighbors.


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