By Joey Klender Posted on December 2, 2021 Tesla is partnering with Exco Technologies Limited, a Canadian company that specializes in designing and developing dies, molds, assemblies, and casting for automotive companies, the company’s CEO confirmed on an Earnings Call earlier today. Tesla has long had a focus on manufacturing efficiencies, and arguably the most
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Electrify America, one of the largest fast-charging networks in the U.S. (part of the Volkswagen Group), announced that it installed onsite, behind-the-meter battery energy storage systems (ESS) at over 140 DC fast charging stations around the country, including more than 90 installations in California. The total number of stations is 693 (with 2,307 individual charging
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Stellantis and Massachusetts-based solid-state battery developer Factorial Energy have signed a joint development agreement to advance Factorial’s high-voltage solid-state battery technology. The agreement also includes a strategic investment from Stellantis.  Factorial says its solid-state batteries offer 20 to 50 percent more range and increased safety, at the same cost as conventional lithium-ion batteries. The company’s
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BAE Systems has launched its next-generation power and propulsion system for the marine market. The HybriGen Power and Propulsion system is designed to minimize emissions by improving electrical efficiency and vessel range, increasing propulsion power, and simplifying installation. Work on the HybriGen System will be conducted at the company’s facility in Endicott, New York. The
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Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares has said that the growing pressures being placed on automakers to shift toward electric-vehicle production are unsustainable and run the risk of the public getting subpar products at decidedly higher price tags. While we’ve seen automotive executives lambast new energy vehicles before, it’s grown rarer as governments around the world have
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By Joey Klender Posted on December 1, 2021 Tesla is continuing to solidify itself in the pole position in Norway. New figures from the Norweigian Information Council for Road Traffic (OFV) show the Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model 3 were the country’s two best-selling vehicles in November, making way for Tesla to become the
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Mating High-Performance Luxury SUV and a Plug The all-new 2023 BMW XM was sort-of revealed to the media in Los Angeles on November 16. Sort-of, because first our phones and cameras were confiscated as to not spill the beans for the official world premiere in Miami on November 29. What we did get in Los
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Mazda North American Operations released its November sales results in the U.S. and, for the first time in monthly report, it listed the all-electric Mazda MX-30. The car has been offered since September, but the Japanese company hasn’t included the MX-30 in the September and October reports. So how many were delivered? Well, 55 units
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Compass Minerals has announced the successful third-party conversion testing of its lithium brine resource into both lithium carbonate and battery-grade lithium hydroxide, representing a significant milestone in its previously announced lithium development project. Veolia Energy conducted lithium chloride to lithium hydroxide conversion testing using a proven, commercially viable conversion process. The company believes this is
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Sumitomo Metal Mining has developed a new proprietary process to extract high-grade metals from used EV batteries. Tapping its expertise in copper refining, Sumitomo says it can cheaply extract copper, nickel, cobalt and lithium from used EV batteries by crushing them, heating the resulting powder to specific temperatures, and adjusting oxygen levels. Sumitomo says competitors,
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Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday announced it will partner with Woburn, Massachusetts-based Factorial Energy to develop solid-state batteries for future electric vehicles. The announcement comes just a month after a similar partnership was announced between Hyundai Motor Group and Factorial. It also comes the same week Nissan announced it will start offering cars with solid-state batteries by
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Kia has provided a first look at a redesigned, second-generation Niro, plus a nod that this sustainability-focused crossover will again be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric versions starting next year. The company hasn’t provided any update on which of these models are U.S.-bound—or even how the Niro’s dimensions, powertrains, or platform have
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Sensata Technologies’s new i-BMS battery management system for applications up to 60 V is now available. The new system is a cell-chemistry-agnostic, compact, integrated BMS developed for the cost-optimized mass-production of applications such as two- and three-wheelers, automated guided vehicles and robotics. Hot-swap functionality and parallel battery pack support allow for the ability to quickly
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Tesla has applied to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for regulatory approval for the first phase of Gigafactory Texas. The filed documents reveal Tesla’s planned completion date and budget. The next chapter in Tesla’s history will center on the company’s two new factories: Gigafactory Texas in Austin and Gigafactory Berlin in Germany. The
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