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 »

Designing silicon carbide solutions for EV fast charging: Webinar


EV fast chargers bypass the vehicle’s on-board chargers (OBCs) for rapid direct battery charging. This allows batteries to be charged in just 30 minutes versus 4+ hours from OBCs. But the demands of these systems are significant. Design goals for fast chargers call for highly efficient power electronics and very high power density that’s possible… Read more »

Laser bonding can cut battery assembly costs by 50% (Whitepaper)


Sponsored by F&K Delvotec Battery packs for e-vehicles are dropping in cost faster than ever predicted – this is one reason why the e-mobility markets are still growing at an expected 25% annual rate even over the next ten years. What is behind this drop in cost? It is not just the cost of cells… Read more »

Graphene battery pioneer Nanotech Energy raises $27.5 million in Series C funding


Los Angeles-based Nanotech Energy, a major supplier of graphene, has raised $27.5 million in a Series C funding round. The company’s US-made Nanotech Energy Graphene Super Battery is designed to be non-flammable, and Nanotech claims it will deliver better longevity and much faster charging than current batteries. “We are confident that we have a one-of-a-kind,… 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 »

Lordstown announces exclusive licensing agreement with Elaphe for in-wheel hub motors


Lordstown Motors has announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Elaphe Propulsion Technologies. Elaphe will develop the in-wheel motor that will be used in Lordstown’s upcoming Endurance pickup truck—the motors will be built by Lordstown employees at the company’s Ohio headquarters. Initial setup of the 20,000-square-foot production line has already begun. Lordstown will begin using the… 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 »