Energy 101: Electric Vehicles is the latest in a series of videos on energy-related topics from the US Department of Energy.
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Albemarle, a US-based chemical manufacturer, has won a $90-million grant from the US Department of Defense to expand domestic mining and production of lithium for EV batteries. Using Defense Production Act authority, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy will subsidize the company’s planned reopening of its lithium mine in… Read more »
Wright Electric, provider of electric propulsion systems for regional aircraft, has launched an initiative to develop batteries targeting 1,000 watt hours per kilogram (Wh/kg) pack-level specific energy. “When I founded Wright, the best vehicle batteries had [specific energy] below 250 Wh/kg,” said Jeff Engler, CEO of Wright. “Now several large manufacturers are advertising cells at… Read more »
Eos Energy, a provider of zinc-powered energy storage systems, has announced a $500-million planned expansion to build 8 GWh of clean energy storage production capacity by 2026. Project AMAZE (American Made Zinc Energy) aims to use the Eos Z3 energy storage system to meet the demand for long-term energy storage driven by the Inflation Reduction… Read more »
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm recently took an EV road trip from Charlotte, North Carolina to Memphis, Tennessee in order to draw attention to the billions of dollars in funding the White House is making available to promote electric vehicles. Granholm addressed audiences at town hall stops along her road trip. “Things are happening… Read more »
Hyundai and South Korean-headquartered battery maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) have announced a $2-billion expansion of their battery cell manufacturing joint venture at Hyundai’s EV Metaplant in Bryan County, Georgia, bringing the total investment value of the JV to $4.3 billion. At full operational capacity, the 30 GWh facility is expected to support annual production… Read more »
Michael Barnard writes on a wide variety of e-mobility and renewable energy topics. In a recent article for CleanTechnica, he discusses the latest edition of the US National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap, a policy document that the DOE produces and updates periodically. Barnard’s piece is a detailed and highly technical discussion of a complex… Read more »
Q&A with NanoGraf COO Connor Hund Graphite, a pure form of carbon, is a critical material for battery anodes. Graphite’s physical structure allows it to store lithium ions, which merrily migrate to the anode when the battery is charged. Unlike cathodes, which can be composed of various combinations of chemicals (cobalt, nickel, manganese, lithium, iron,… Read more »
Battery company Cuberg has announced some results from Mobile Power Solutions’s independent testing of its lithium metal pouch cells. According to Cuberg, “Through continued development of its cell technology, Cuberg has achieved a near-doubling of cycle life of its cells alongside improvement in energy and power.” “Cuberg’s first generation of cell technology was validated by… Read more »
The Los Angeles Fire Department recently unveiled a new Rosenbauer RT pumper truck during the city’s annual Fire Service Day. Although the Los Angeles Daily News described the vehicle as the US’s “first all-electric fire engine,” it is in fact a hybrid, as a company spokesman clarified in a video. The batteries can operate the… Read more »