BASF and SVOLT have entered into an agreement to partner throughout their global operations with regards to cathode active materials (CAM) development, raw materials supply and battery recycling for SVOLT’s battery cells. Both companies will also assess joint upstream resourcing to strengthen the security of raw material supply. BASF has a global manufacturing and R&D… Read more »
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SVOLT will begin commercialization of lithium-ion batteries using safety technology from Soteria Battery Innovation Group (BIG), which, the company says, eliminates the root cause of thermal runaway and improves battery safety. SVOLT’s new portfolio, which will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2021, uses thin metalized film current collectors that improve energy density… Read more »
Chinese automotive battery company SVOLT, a Great Wall Motors spin-off, has officially launched two cobalt-free batteries. In 2019, the company unveiled both the cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cells (NMx) and four-element lithium-ion battery cells (NCMA). At the product launch livestream event, SVOLT President Yang Hongxin said that the NMx battery cell rivals the NCM811 cell in… Read more »
Is a new standards war—or rather, a chemistries war—developing? There are several important differences between the NMC and LFP battery chemistries, but the most salient points seem to be that batteries based on NMC (nickel, manganese, cobalt) offer higher energy density, but those based on LFP (lithium iron phosphate) tend to be cheaper. Chinese automakers… Read more »
Solid Power, a producer of solid-state EV batteries, has announced a $130-million Series B investment round led by the BMW Group, Ford and Volta Energy Technologies. Ford and BMW have also expanded existing joint development agreements with Solid Power to secure all-solid-state batteries for future EVs. “BMW and Ford now share leading positions in the… Read more »
Who knew that bakers would be major drivers of the electromobility revolution? Mexican bakery giant Bimbo is building its own electric delivery vans, and now we learn that German organic baker Roland Schüren is building what’s billed as Europe’s largest electric car charging park. The bakery’s charging facility is located at the busy Kreuz Hilden… Read more »