DOE to award up to $30 million for critical materials technologies

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The US DOE has announced up to $30 million in funding for R&D that focuses on extraction, separation, processing, validation and demonstration technologies for critical materials, including rare earth elements, which are essential to high-strength magnets used in EVs and wind turbines. The DOE is working toward reducing both the costs of critical materials and… Read more »

OXIS Energy and Mercedes to build Li-S plant in Brazil


OXIS Energy and the Minas Gerais Development Company have signed a 15-year lease agreement with Mercedes Benz Brazil (MBB) to take possession of a plant located at the MBB manufacturing site in Juiz de Fora in southeast Brazil, to produce lithium-sulfur battery cells. NORDIKA Pharmaceutical of Brazil will undertake the design, engineering and machinery layout…. Read more »

VisIC partners with ZF to develop next-gen EV inverters


ZF Friedrichshafen and VisIC Technologies have announced a partnership to create a new generation of EV drivelines. The focus of the joint effort will be on 400-volt driveline applications, covering the largest segment of the EV market. ZF specializes in wide-band-gap semiconductor technology, such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride. Gallium nitride semiconductors are thought… Read more »

LG Chem deployed more battery capacity than Panasonic in Q1 2020

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In the first quarter of 2020, EV battery suppliers deployed 20.5 GWh of capacity globally, down from 26.5 GWh in the fourth quarter, and 20.9 GWh during the first quarter of 2019, according to data from Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker. After losing the top spot to LG Chem in January… Read more »

Volkswagen invests €450 million in Northvolt battery operations at Salzgitter

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Volkswagen recently announced that it will erect buildings and infrastructure for a new factory in Salzgitter, under its joint venture with Swedish battery producer Northvolt AB. Volkswagen will invest €450 million in the new Northvolt Zwei facility, which will produce lithium-ion battery cells. Construction is scheduled to commence before the end of this year, and… Read more »

First Cobalt performs feasibility study for Canadian cobalt refinery expansion


First Cobalt has announced positive results from an independent feasibility study conducted on its permitted cobalt refinery in Ontario, Canada. The study contemplates expanding the existing facility and adapting it to be North America’s first producer of cobalt sulfate, an essential component in the manufacturing of EV batteries. Study highlights: Annual production of 25,000 tons… Read more »

Karma Automotive showcases E-Flex EV platform


Karma Automotive has announced a new modular platform that features a flat floor EV architecture. The new E-Flex platform is one of five demonstration projects designed to illustrate Karma’s technical direction and capabilities. Karma’s Everyday BEV E-Flex is a single-motor, flat battery pack, front-wheel-drive platform that includes an 80 kWh battery and Karma’s new Silicon… Read more »

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to develop agile electric motor production system


The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics will invest €1 million to fund the AgiloDrive research project at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The project is aimed at developing a novel, agile electric motor production system based on modular product- and production-specific technologies.  Professor Jürgen Fleischer, Head of the wbk Institute of Production Science, stated, “In this… Read more »

Chroma Systems’ new bidirectional DC power supplies for EV component testing


Chroma Systems Solutions, a provider of power conversion test equipment, is announcing the first-phase release of its new 62000D bidirectional DC power supplies. Bidirectional DC power supplies offer two-quadrant operation with positive current/positive voltage as well as negative current/positive voltage, enabling both DC power output and regenerative DC loading. The absorbed energy feeds back to… Read more »

New Li-ion superconductor could lead to safer batteries


Researchers from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) claim to have developed a sulfide-based superionic conductor—a material with high ion transport properties corresponding to ion conductivity of 10 to 100 mS/cm at room temperature—that can be used as a high-performance solid electrolyte in all-solid-state batteries.  All-solid-state battery technology could solve the safety issues… Read more »