Li-Cycle and Univar to provide waste management for Li-ion battery production


Li-Cycle has partnered with Univar Solutions to provide waste management solutions for lithium-ion batteries. Univar will collect, sort, and divert waste at Li-Cycle facilities.  Battery recycler Li-Cycle uses its proprietary Spoke & Hub technology to achieve a high material recovery rate and to produce new battery materials from recycled batteries. Univar Solutions’ OnSite Services team… Read more »

Sumitomo expands cathode material production


Sumitomo Metal Mining plans to build a new plant in Besshi, Japan, and will expand its Harima Refinery, in order to produce more cathode material.  The company’s planned production capacity is 2,000 tons of cathode material per month, and its goal is 10,000 tons per month by 2027. The company says it is seeing higher… Read more »

GKN Automotive accelerates development of next-gen 800 V eDrive technologies


GKN Automotive, a maker of electric driveline technology, is accelerating its development of next-generation eDrive technologies. These future 800 V systems are already at advanced stages of development—GKN Automotive is testing them in real-world conditions, and working with global OEMs to prepare the systems for production. GKN says its future eDrive technologies promise faster charging… Read more »

Hyliion selects FEV as partner for Class 8 electric truck development


FEV has announced a long-term agreement with Hyliion to support design, development, integration and validation of its Electric Range Extender (ERX) for Class 8 tractor-trailer applications. FEV will also develop the controls strategy for the propulsion system and provide vehicle integration for OEM driver-assistance features, controls and driver interfaces.  Hyliion’s Hypertruck ERX powertrain combines a… 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 »

Using bacteria to recover precious metals from EV batteries


Researchers at Coventry University have developed a new solution for recycling EV batteries by recovering all metals in them using a process called bioleaching. Bioleaching, also known as biomining, employs microbes that can oxidize metals as part of their metabolism. The process has been widely used in the mining industry to extract valuable metals from… Read more »

Tesla signs deal with BHP to secure nickel for battery cells


Contrary to popular belief, the most important mineral in EV batteries may not be lithium, but nickel. According to the Nickel Institute, the metal, which gives cells higher energy density and greater storage capacity, is an essential component for Li-ion battery cathodes—in fact, it’s the most important metal by mass in the cathodes used in… Read more »

LG Chem to invest $5.3 billion in battery materials by 2025, aims to rule anode market


LG Chem plans to invest 6 trillion South Korean won ($5.3 billion) in battery materials by 2025, including efforts in anode materials, separation membranes, cathode binders, radiant adhesives and carbon nanotubes. LG Chem’s goal is to grow into the world’s largest comprehensive battery materials company, and to become the world’s number-one supplier of anodes. A… Read more »

Mercedes-Benz acquires motor technology firm YASA


Mercedes-Benz has announced the acquisition of YASA, a manufacturer of electric drive technology. YASA will operate as a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, but will continue to operate from its headquarters in Oxford, England. YASA will provide electric motors for Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.EA electric platform, while continuing to supply existing automotive supercar customers. YASA says its proprietary axial-flux… Read more »

Several battery suppliers are working on Tesla’s 4680 cells


Tesla says its new 4680 battery cell, unveiled at the 2020 Battery Day event, represents a “massive breakthrough” that could enable a new generation of cheaper EVs. However, some industry experts have predicted that mass-producing the new cells will not be easy. Concurrently with developing the new cells, Tesla has been broadening its battery supply… Read more »