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Dow sells battery-making division Dow Kokam

Industrial giant Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) has sold its interest in battery manufacturer Dow Kokam to MBP Investors LLC, an affiliate of Townsend Ventures. Dow Kokam makes large-format nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) lithium-ion cells and systems for the fleet transportation, stationary storage and industrial markets. The company’s Midland Battery Park in Michigan includes one of… Read more »

Dow introduces new silicone technologies for EVs

Chemical giant Dow has introduced three new silicone technologies for EV electronics applications. The products—DOWSIL TC-2035 CV Adhesive, DOWSIL TC-4551 CV Gap Filler and DOWSIL TC-4060 GB250 Thermal Gel—are designed for reliable performance, high thermal conductivity, efficient heat dissipation and easy processing.  “EVs require material technologies that optimize their sophisticated electronics, including power electronics and… Read more »

Outsider joins the establishment: S&P 500 index welcomes Tesla

S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced that Tesla will be added to the benchmark S&P 500 index. “TSLA will be added to the S&P 500 effective prior to the open of trading on Monday, December 21, to coincide with the December quarterly rebalancing effective date,” the financial institution drily proclaimed. The California carmaker’s market cap… Read more »

Washington’s King County Metro to purchase up to 120 New Flyer electric buses

King County Metro has agreed to purchase up to 120 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses for a total estimated cost of $130 million. The transport operator will begin with the purchase of 40 articulated 60-foot electric buses, and plans to buy an additional 80 New Flyer electric buses (20 articulated 60-foot buses and 60… Read more »

Tesla Cybertruck may be more aerodynamic than expected – Elon Musk says it could deliver a 0.30 Cd

Once they got over the smashed windows, the next thing many of the Cybertruck’s detractors focused on was its unconventional boxy shape. At first glance, the vehicle surely looks un-aerodynamic, which would be a serious drawback for any EV. However, as more information emerges, it turns out that the Cybertruck’s angular form might be almost… Read more »

Dow’s new conductive adhesive provides electromagnetic shielding

Dow’s new DOWSIL EC-6601 Electrically Conductive Adhesive is a silicone adhesive that’s designed for electromagnetic compatibility. It combines shielding against electromagnetic interference across a range of frequencies with durable mechanical and conductive properties over time. Dow showcased the new adhesive at a recent battery expo, along with the company’s EA-4700 CV Adhesive, which bonds metals… Read more »

Seattle transit authority to order 73 Proterra buses, will acquire 120 electric buses by 2020

King County Metro Transit, which serves metro Seattle, has announced plans to acquire 120 battery-electric buses by 2020. Up to 73 of these will be ordered from Proterra, at a cost of up to $55 million. Eight of the buses are to go into service this year, and 12 more in 2019. In a pilot… Read more »