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Posts By: Matt Cousineau

Marposs’s new leak-testing machine for sealed batteries

Marposs, a measurement, inspection and test technology company, has announced a new patent-pending machine for leak-testing batteries that can detect solvents used in the production of lithium-ion cells, including DMC, DEC, EMC and PP. In contrast to leak-testing systems that use helium as a tracer gas and don’t test the final seal, the Marposs machine… Read more »

Group14 raises $400 million for silicon-carbon battery materials factory in US

Silicon-carbon battery tech supplier Group14 Technologies has raised $400 million in Series C funding, which it plans to use to open its second battery active materials factory in the US. The plant will produce the company’s proprietary SCC55 lithium-silicon battery material for Porsche subsidiary Cellforce Group, which will use it to begin producing battery cells… Read more »

Schaeffler aims for sustainable supply chain with rare earth contract

Electric drivetrain technology manufacturer Schaeffler has signed a five-year contract to purchase rare earth metals from REEtec in order to manufacture permanent magnets for the motors in hybrid modules, hybrid transmissions and e-axles. The contract is scheduled to begin in 2024. “In REEtec, Schaeffler has gained a highly innovative partner that uses a novel and… Read more »

Renesas Electronics introduces new design software for EV battery management systems

Semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics has introduced a new complex device driver (CDD) software module for designers of EV battery management systems. The AUTOSAR-compliant CDD software is designed to work with Renesas’s BMS reference design hardware kit, which is composed of the ISL78714 IC and the RH850/P1M MCU. The CDD software also includes software interfaces and… Read more »

Sila’s Washington anode material plant to begin production in 2024

Battery materials maker Sila Nanotechnologies will open an anode material plant in Moses Lake, Washington. The company claims its anode material boosts the energy density of lithium-ion batteries by 20%. The 600,000-square-foot hydro-powered facility will begin producing silicon-based anode material in the second half of 2024, and full production is scheduled for the first half… Read more »

Proterra’s ProDrive to use Eaton’s 4-speed medium-duty transmission

Proterra plans to use an EV transmission made by power management company Eaton’s eMobility business. Eaton’s 4-speed medium-duty transmission will be installed in ProDrive—a Proterra drivetrain used in its ZX5 electric transit buses. The company says the transmission has “electric gearshift actuation that enables manufacturers to use smaller, more efficient motors.” “Our 4-speed transmission provides… Read more »

Northern Graphite acquires graphite mines in Canada and Namibia

Graphite mining and processing company Northern Graphite has completed the acquisition of two graphite mines. Northern Graphite acquired the Lac des lles (LDI) mine in Quebec from a subsidiary of Imerys. The mine has been operating for over 20 years, and the company says it will produce up to 15,000 tons per year of graphite… Read more »

Arteco to release new coolant for EVs

Arteco, an automotive and industrial coolant and heat transfer fluid company, has launched a new coolant for EVs, which is designed for indirect cooling. Freecor EV Milli 10 is composed of inhibitors and stabilizers that give it a low electrical conductivity of less than 100 µS/cm. It is based on Organic Additive Technology (OAT) and… Read more »

Marelli launches a wireless BMS for EVs

Global automotive supplier Marelli has introduced a wireless battery management system for EVs that will be available beginning in the second quarter of 2022. The Wireless Battery Management System (wBMS) offers wireless communication between the batteries and the control unit. The company says, “Compared to previous wired distributed solutions, the new wBMS reduces the wiring… Read more »

Modine launches new thermal management system for commercial EVs

Thermal management system and component firm Modine Manufacturing has launched a new thermal management system product line designed for commercial EVs. The line includes the EVantage Battery Thermal Management System (BTMS) and the EVantage Electronics Cooling Package (ECP). The BTMS has a multi-stage cooling and heating system the company says “optimizes the temperature range for… Read more »