Posts By: Ryan Austin

BMW launches local assembly plant in Thailand for PHEV batteries

In July of this year, BMW launched a high-voltage battery production plant in Thailand, in partnership with parts maker DRÄXLMAIER. The investment, worth a total of 500 million baht ($16 million), was supported with incentives from Thailand’s Board of Investment. The assembly lines, located at the DRÄXLMAIER plant in Chonburi assemble both battery modules and… Read more »

Top-secret government facility orders third EV ARC solar charger

San Diego-based Envision Solar, which manufactures solar-powered EV chargers, has received a third order for its EV ARC product from a US government facility. The facility will use the EV ARC to charge fleet vehicles and provide an emergency source of electricity. This is the third order Envision has received from this facility, but it… Read more »

Wacker Chemie acquires stake in silicon anode specialist Nexeon

Munich-based chemical company Wacker Chemie has acquired a 25% stake in Nexeon, a UK company that develops, produces and sells silicon-based anode materials that can enhance the performance of lithium-ion batteries. Wacker has conducted research in this area since 2010 and cooperated with Nexeon previously in 2013. The companies have agreed not to disclose the… Read more »

ExxonMobil launches new suite of fluids and greases for electric vehicles

ExxonMobil has launched a new suite of fluids and greases, named Mobil EV, to meet the drivetrain requirements of electric vehicles. ExxonMobil says the Mobil EV suite of products contains molecules carefully selected and blended to help EVs travel farther between charges, extend component life, and operate more safely. The Mobil EV product range includes:… Read more »

DTE Energy installs four Chargepoint fast chargers in downtown Detroit

ChargeD, a collaboration led by local utility DTE Energy with support from the City of Detroit, GM and Blue Energy, has installed four Chargepoint Express 250 fast charging stations at Capitol Park in downtown Detroit, as part of Project Kinetic, a new mobility program. It also plans to install two more public chargers downtown. As… Read more »

South Dakota university to create international center for solid-state batteries

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology plans to establish an international center to develop solid-state batteries. Associate Professor Alevtina Smirnova says the solid-state batteries developed at the new Center for Green Solid-State Electric Power Generation and Storage (CEPS) will be ideal for portable and medical applications, electric grids and the automotive industry. The… Read more »

Kia and Hyundai invest in IONITY, plan to bump up EV systems to 800 volts

Kia and Hyundai have announced investments in IONITY, the European charging network established by BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW. Hyundai Motor Group, which includes both Kia and Hyundai, will obtain equal shares in IONITY as those of founding partners. Starting in 2021, Kia and Hyundai will equip EVs with 800-volt charging systems to accommodate IONITY’s… Read more »

Bosch reports €13 billion in electromobility orders

Since the beginning of 2018, Bosch has won electromobility-related orders worth roughly €13 billion, including production projects for electric powertrains for passenger cars and light trucks. The company is fast-tracking electrification, as well as developing higher-efficiency ICEs and investing in fuel cells, automated driving and technology for mobility services. At the beginning of 2019, Bosch… Read more »

AKASOL introduces new batteries for commercial vehicles

German battery maker AKASOLhas announced several new Li-ion battery solutions which it plans to begin mass-producing in the next 6 to 12 months. The company’s new flagship battery, the AKAModule CYC, features liquid-cooled battery modules, and claims specific energy of 221 Wh/kg. AKASOL says its new modules are scalable and can be integrated into various… Read more »

Axial flux e-motor maker YASA closes £18-million funding round

YASA, a manufacturer of axial-flux electric motors and controllers for hybrids and EVs, has closed an £18-million funding round. YASA says the new funding will enable it to scale to meet growing customer demand from the automotive and aerospace sectors. Investors include Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) and Inovia Capital, which join existing investors Parkwalk Advisors… Read more »