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Posts By: Matt Cousineau

Ford reaches agreement with Liontown Resources on lithium-providing spodumene concentrate

Ford has executed an offtake agreement with Australia-based battery materials company Liontown Resources for the supply of the lithium-providing spodumene concentrate for a term of 5 years. “Ford continues working to source more deeply into the battery supply chain to meet our goals of delivering more than 2 million EVs annually for our customers by… Read more »

Consortium looks at recycling cathodes, electrolytes and graphite in closed loop

An industrial and scientific research consortium funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action plans to research and develop processes for recycling cathode metals, electrolytes and graphite multiple times. The HVBatCycle research consortium is planned to operate for 3 years. “In order to have to use fewer materials from primary sources such… Read more »

MAHLE Powertrain completes two new testing facilities for EVs and FCEVs

MAHLE Powertrain has completed two new testing facilities designed for EVs and hydrogen vehicles in Northampton, England. MAHLE Powertrain has used £15 million ($17.7 million) in investments over a 5-year period to build the new facilities, which will provide engineering services to support its customers. Manufacturers can rely on the Vehicle Development Centre to test… Read more »

EPA seeks info to develop battery recycling best practices

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing a list of best practices for recycling batteries and supporting battery recycling. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 created a program to support battery recycling through battery labeling guidelines and other communication materials. According to the Federal Register, the goal is to work out practices that are “technically… Read more »

Rheinmetall and HUAYU win large order for EV transmission housings from US automaker

KPSNC, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Chinese automotive parts supplier HUAYU Automotive Systems (HASCO), has received an order for EV transmission housings totaling at least 100 million euros ($104.5 million). Rheinmetall says the order was placed by a US automaker that maintains a large production facility in Shanghai. After production begins at the end… Read more »

Researchers find additive can limit dendrite growth

A research team led by Dr. Hongyi Li and Dr. Tetsu Ichitsubo, both of Tohoku University in Japan, found that a multivalent cation additive can limit dendrite growth in rechargeable batteries by modifying the solvation structures of lithium or sodium ions in electrolyte. In an article published in Cell Reports Physical Science, the researchers say:… Read more »

MAHLE introduces new electric motor for EVs

Automotive supplier MAHLE has introduced a new electric motor designed for electric passenger, commercial, construction and tractor vehicles. The company says it has “developed the most durable electric motor available.” The durability of the SCT E-motor, MAHLE says, is based on its integrated oil cooling system which also uses waste heat in the vehicle’s system…. Read more »

Northvolt raises $1.1 billion to expand cell and cathode material production in Europe

Northvolt has raised $1.1 billion from investors to expand battery cell and cathode material production in Europe. The company’s cell production facilities include Northvolt Ett Gigafactory and a joint venture with Volvo in Sweden as well as the Northvolt Drei Gigafactory in Germany. Northvolt is also developing Northvolt Fem—a cathode factory in Sweden. “A key… Read more »

Crocus Technology’s new line of contactless current sensors

Sensor technology company Crocus Technology has announced a new line of contactless current sensors it says have a signal-to-noise ratio as high as 77 dB and the capacity to measure currents between 500 mA and 1,800 A. “With the introduction of the CT45x family of contactless current sense products, we now have a complete portfolio… Read more »