Month: November 2021

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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LG Chem‘s LG Energy Solution is quickly expanding its global EV battery manufacturing capacity and, according to the latest report, another investment is in the pipeline in the U.S. The South Korean media reported earlier this month (The Korea Economic Daily and The Korea Herald) that LG Energy Solution will invest $1.36 billion to expand
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Koch Strategic Platforms (KSP), a subsidiary of Koch Industries (yes, that Koch Industries) plans to make a $100-million investment in Standard Lithium (NYSE: SLI). The company will use the new funding to advance a commercial project at its Lanxess facility in southern Arkansas, accelerate development of the South West Arkansas Lithium Project, and develop and
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BorgWarner will provide a high-voltage silicon carbide inverter to an unnamed German automaker for implementation in its EVs. The BorgWarner 800 V SiC inverter with proprietary power switches provides a compact and efficient power module designed to deliver higher EV range and enhanced driving performance. The inverter uses a scalable power switch for 800 V
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By Maria Merano Posted on November 28, 2021 Tesla Giga Berlin could start Model Y production by the end of December, according to German media outlet Automobilwoche. Brandenburg’s Office of the Environment could also grant Tesla’s long-awaited full approval for Giga Berlin in a few days, the report stated.  Brandenburg’s Office of the Environment finished online
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F1 team founder, and principal, Frank Williams died Sunday at the age of 79 after being admitted to the hospital on Friday, according to the Williams family and team. Williams never stopped overcoming adversity or challenges put in his path. In 2019 he became the longest-serving F1 team principal, after having run two racing teams
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American Axle will supply REE Automotive with its electric drive units (EDUs). AAM’s 3-in-1 electric drive technology—which incorporates the electric motor, gearbox and inverter into a single package—will be integrated into REEcorner technology. AAM’s high-speed, integrated 3-in-1 propulsion systems are designed to provide high levels of torque and power density, and REE’s compact and modular
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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has announced a $2-million lithium-ion recycling development program with American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) in Fernley, Nevada. The contract award, which includes a 75-percent cost share by the ABTC-led project team, funds a 30-month project. The program’s goal is to demonstrate a scaled, fully-domestic, integrated processing cycle for
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