Magna’s new Michigan plant to supply battery pack parts for Hummer EV


Magna has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in St. Clair, Michigan, that will build battery enclosures for the upcoming 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Construction of the 345,000-square-foot facility, named Magna Electric Vehicle Structures, represents an investment of over $70 million. The new plant is expected to bring more than 300 jobs to the… Read more »

JAIST packs more juice into Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes and polymeric coatings


Although silicon anodes could greatly boost the capacity of Li-ion batteries, their performance rapidly degrades with use. Polymeric coatings can help solve this problem, but few studies have explored the underlying mechanisms. In a recent study, scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) investigated how a poly(borosiloxane) (PBS) coating stabilizes the… Read more »

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new in-line measurement system detects battery manufacturing defects


Thermo Fisher Scientific‘s new LInspector in-line measurement and control system is designed to detect defects in lithium-ion battery electrode coatings, electrode calendering and separator films during the manufacturing process, while reducing waste and improving battery quality.  The company says LInspector offers improved basis weight determination, increased scan coverage, measurement precision and sensor accuracy, as well… Read more »

EU releases study on demand and supply security of nickel for EV batteries


The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released a report by Roskill that analyzes the EU’s nickel requirements for EV batteries within the context of the global market over a twenty-year forecast horizon to 2040. Against this demand backdrop, Roskill critically assessed the EU’s internal supply capabilities and identified the risk of future shortages…. Read more »

Silicon Mobility releases new EV powertrain control software


Silicon Mobility has announced the release of OLEA APP INVERTER, a software application platform for control of inverters and electric motors.  The application is based on the OLEA T222 FPCUs parallel architecture, which allows real-time control of power electronics and motors. It provides torque and speed control using Field Oriented Control (FoC) and variable Space… Read more »

Schaeffler starts mass production of electric motors for hybrids and EVs


Schaeffler, a manufacturer of electric drivetrain technology, will begin mass production of hybrid modules, hybrid drive units and all-electric axle transmissions.  Along with a series of mass production orders for electric motors in the passenger car sector, Schaeffler has recently entered the heavy-duty applications segment for commercial vehicles. The company has announced a mass production… Read more »

Silicon Labs and Wolfspeed partner to deliver power module solution


Silicon Labs has introduced the new Si823Hx Gate Driver Board, an all-in-one isolation solution designed for the recently launched Wolfspeed WolfPACK power module. Wolfspeed power modules are used across numerous power applications, including EV chargers and motor drives. The board features the Si823Hx isolated gate driver and Si88xx digital isolator with an integrated DC-DC converter…. Read more »

BorgWarner to acquire AKASOL


BorgWarner and AKASOL have signed an agreement to position BorgWarner to expand its commercial vehicle electrification capabilities. As part of the agreement, a subsidiary of BorgWarner will pay €120 per share in cash for all outstanding shares of AKASOL. Headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, AKASOL designs and manufactures customizable battery packs for buses, commercial vehicles, rail… Read more »

Silicon anode nanostructure could increase battery capacity and lifespan


Image caption: In the first stage, the silicon film exists as a rigid but wobbly columnar structure. In the second stage, the columns touch at the top, forming a vaulted structure, which is strong due to arch action. In the third stage, further deposition of silicon atoms results in a sponge-like structure. The red dashed… Read more »