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Posts By: Matt Cousineau

Schaeffler launches new 4-in-1 e-axle

Electric drivetrain manufacturer Schaeffler has introduced a new 4-in-1 e-axle. “Such highly integrated complete systems are attractive for both established automobile manufacturers and new players,” says the head of Schaeffler’s E-Mobility business division, Dr. Jochen Schröder. The e-axle’s 4-in-1 layout combines the electric motor, power electronics, transmission and thermal management system into one unit. “This… Read more »

Mercedes to use Sila’s silicon anode chemistry in forthcoming electric G-Class

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will use Sila’s silicon anode chemistry in EV batteries that will be optional in its upcoming electric G-Class SUV. The company says the batteries will be produced with 100% renewable energy and will be available at mid-decade. Mercedes-Benz says, “Compared to today’s commercially available cells with a comparable format, Sila’s… Read more »

Brookhaven researchers describe benefits of electrolyte additive

A team led by researchers at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory has investigated the benefits of a lithium difluorophosphate additive for electrolytes in lithium batteries with nickel-rich layered cathodes. According to Brookhaven, the possibility of high-energy-density cells composed of nickel-rich layered cathodes and lithium metal anodes is limited by processes that reduce their capacity. In an… Read more »

Marposs offers new optical system for measuring stator hairpins

Measurement, inspection and test technology company Marposs has announced a new optical inspection system for stator hairpins. The company says, “Traditional contact systems, or use of reference profile masks/jigs, can easily deform the intended shape.” The new system is available in a manual-loaded test bench version for workshops and labs or in a version that… Read more »

Stellantis and LG Energy Solution name CEO for battery joint venture

Stellantis and LG Energy Solution have named their new joint venture battery company NextStar Energy, and have appointed Danies Lee as CEO. Based on Stellantis and LG’s plan to invest $3.87 billion in setting up production, NextStar Energy will begin constructing a lithium-ion battery production plant in Windsor, Ontario later in 2022. Stellantis says production… Read more »

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings expands its anode materials business

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group (MCHG) plans to increase its production capacity of natural graphite anode materials in China from 2,000 tons to 12,000 tons per year. MCHG’s Chinese subsidiary Qingdao Lingda Kasei produces spherical graphite for the anode materials, which another Chinese subsidiary, Qingdao Anode Kasei, then uses to produce anode materials for lithium-ion batteries…. Read more »

BMW to open facility for demonstrating and analyzing Li-ion cell production

BMW plans to open a Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CCMC) in the fall of 2022 to demonstrate and study lithium-ion cell production. Located in Parsdorf, Germany, the CCMC will develop a pilot line for battery cell production in stages. At the beginning, systems for electrode production will be installed and run, graphite and nickel oxides… Read more »

BASF introduces new color-stable plastic for EVs

BASF has introduced a new PA66 engineering plastic, which is designed for EVs. It’s part of the Ultramid product line. Ultramid A3U44G6 DC OR features high electrical insulation, flame retardancy and color stability. “High-voltage components are usually exposed to significant temperature fluctuations,” said BASF Manager of Product Development Tina Weller. “This repeatedly leads to strong discoloration… Read more »

NIO selects onsemi’s VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-gen EVs

Power and sensor technology company onsemi (formerly ON Semiconductor) has announced that NIO selected its VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-generation EVs. The SiC VE-Trac Direct is a 900 V power module with integrated single-side direct cooling that incorporates onsemi’s second-generation SiC MOSFET technology. onsemi says “An integrated pin fin baseplate enables direct… Read more »