Rheinmetall receives 250-million-euro order for 900-volt EV contactors

German automotive and arms manufacturer Rheinmetall has received an order for contactors worth over a quarter-billion euros from an undisclosed German automaker.  Rheinmetall will be equipping the new 900-volt generation of EVs with a new type of contactor, starting in 2025. Contactors ensure the EVs can be safely switched on and off, especially in emergencies… Read more »

Dürr provides CATL with solvent recovery technology for electrode production

The Dürr Group, a global mechanical and plant engineering firm, is expanding into battery production. Now the company is delivering a technology for sustainable battery manufacturing to CATL, which the Chinese battery manufacturer will use at a new plant currently being built in Arnstadt, Germany. The order comprises several systems based on an eco-friendly process… Read more »

Wolfspeed and ZF partner to develop silicon carbide semiconductors

Some European feathers have recently been ruffled by the “Buy American” provisions of the US Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Some say the EU needs to respond by increasing its own support of the EV industry in order to meet the threat from Chinese automakers. So it’s encouraging to see two high-tech companies… Read more »

New Zealand firm offers improved LFP battery packs for Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is a historic and much-loved vehicle. First-generation (2011-2016) Leafs lack the range that current EV buyers expect, but thousands of owners (including your correspondent) still find them to be delightful daily drivers. One of the many nifty things about EVs is that it’s possible to replace a degraded or damaged battery pack… Read more »

Albemarle announces North Carolina technology park to explore advanced lithium technology

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Albemarle has acquired a location in Charlotte, North Carolina, where it plans to invest at least $180 million to establish the Albemarle Technology Park (ATP). The facility will be designed for novel materials research, advanced process development and acceleration of next-generation lithium products to market. The company expects that innovations at the… Read more »

Renesas launches new generation of automotive Intelligent Power Devices

Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics has revealed a new automotive Intelligent Power Device (IPD) that’s designed to safely and flexibly control power distribution within vehicles. The new RAJ2810024H12HPD is available in a small TO-252-7 package and reduces the mounting area by about 40% compared to the conventional TO-263 package product. Renesas also says that the… Read more »

DLR Institute leads project to research calcium-sulfur battery technology

DLR Stuttgart has announced that it will coordinate an effort to determine the potential of the so-called calcium-sulfur (Ca-S) battery as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The CaSino project, conducted by a consortium of five research institutions, two industrial companies and an industrial advisory board, is being funded with 3 million euros by the German… Read more »

Fraunhofer’s EKODA project aims to develop circular value creation

German research organization Fraunhofer has announced the launch of its EKODA project, which focuses on the mobility industry with the aim of addressing issues such as resource scarcity, rising prices of raw materials and energy, supply chain disruptions, and waste disposal. Its goal is to swap conventional recycling for what it calls a circular economy…. Read more »

Infinitum unveils Aircore Mobility electric motor with PCB stator technology

Electric motor manufacturer Infinitum introduced its new electric traction and propulsion motor, Aircore Mobility, at CES 2023. Aircore Mobility is an axial flux propulsion and traction motor designed to power a wide range of electric vehicles. It’s engineered to operate with high efficiency over a wide range of speeds and load conditions, expanding vehicle range… Read more »

LiNa Energy demonstrates dynamic containment with its solid-state sodium batteries

LiNa Energy, a developer of solid-state sodium batteries, has successfully completed an independent demonstration of its batteries for energy storage systems. In the test, a 1 kW / 1 kWh LiNa system performed dynamic containment. This is a key revenue stream for battery energy storage systems in the UK, which requires rapid injection and absorption… Read more »