Posts By: Michael Alba

Freudenberg acquires majority share of XALT Energy

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has acquired a majority share of XALT Energy, a manufacturer of battery solutions for heavy-duty EVs. XALT produces high-energy storage solutions for industries including automotive, rail, marine, industrial operations, and commercial transportation. The majority stakeholder acquisition comes with a multi-million dollar investment that will allow XALT to increase production at its Michigan… Read more »

Honda and CATL to cooperate on EV development

Honda and EV battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) have signed a cooperation agreement to develop EVs. CATL will provide Honda with 56 GWh worth of EV batteries by 2027. CATL will also set up a local office in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, the location of Honda’s Automobile R&D Center. The cooperation agreement will… Read more »

ClipperCreek drops price of CS Series EV charging stations

ClipperCreek has announced a $400 price reduction on its Liberty Plugin-enabled CS Series of charging stations. The Liberty-enabled CS Charging stations are ClipperCreek’s flagship access control models, and pricing has been reduced on all configurations from 16 to 80 amps. The new price is effective immediately. “The price reduction was made possible by a variety of… Read more »

Mersen introduces new self-triggered hybrid pyro fuse for EV applications

Mersen, a manufacturer of products for the electric power industry, has announced a new line of overcurrent protection devices for the EV industry. The new line of self-triggered χp-ST hybrid fuses technology purports to offer greater overcurrent protection in EV DC batteries than traditional fuses. The new χp-ST hybrid fuses incorporate a fast-acting pyro-element with… Read more »

Québec invests in AddEnergie to pursue EV charging growth in US market

AddEnergie, a Canadian provider of EV charging equipment, recently received an investment from the Government of Québec and institutional investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). The two parties also jointly invested in AddEnergie in 2016. The new investment will help AddEnergie double production at its plant in Shawinigan, Québec and pursue growth… Read more »

Corvus Energy to provide energy storage systems for five new electric ferries

Corvus Energy, a supplier of energy storage systems (ESSs) to the maritime industry, has been selected as the ESS provider for five new electric ferries to be operated by Norwegian company Fjord1. Corvus will provide its lithium-ion battery-based ESSs to electrical systems integrator Norwegian Electric Systems (NES), which will provide the power and propulsion system… Read more »

Elaphe Propulsion Technologies to provide in-wheel motors to HFM’s Motionboard EV platform

Elaphe Propulsion Technologies, a manufacturer of in-wheel electric propulsion systems, and HFM, a developer of mechatronics systems for electric and autonomous vehicles, have announced a new partnership. HFM’s autonomous EV platform Motionboard will now incorporate Elaphe’s in-wheel motor technology. Motionboard is a modular and scalable platform that’s used as a base for building autonomous EVs…. Read more »

GreenFlux and Unica to provide 1000 EV charging stations to the Dutch government

EV charging infrastructure provider GreenFlux and energy solutions provider Unica have been granted a large contract by the Dutch government to build, manage, and maintain EV charging infrastructure at more than 100 government offices across the Netherlands. The two companies will construct a total of 1,000 charging stations, intended to serve government vehicles and private… Read more »

Bus batteries get second life as solar energy warehouse

What happens to electric bus batteries when they retire? A new research project in Sweden is resurrecting old bus batteries for a new purpose: storing solar energy in apartment buildings. An “energy warehouse” at an apartment complex in Gothenburg consists of 14 batteries that previously served the city’s electric buses. When linked together, they create… Read more »

Higher crystallinity results in better solid-state batteries

Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have been working on solid-state batteries, which are theoretically safer, more stable, and have higher energy densities than conventional Li-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes. They have recently made progress towards overcoming a major limitation of solid-state batteries: high resistance at the interface between the electrodes and the electrolytes… Read more »