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Posts By: Tom Spendlove

TDK’s new temperature sensors protect high voltage DC connectors in EVs

TDK’s new high-voltage-resistant temperature sensors for connectors are designed to protect batteries operating at high voltages. The company designed these sensors to respond quickly, remain stable at high temperatures, and integrate directly into connectors. The company says its challenge in the design was finding a material with both high electrical insulation properties and strong thermal… Read more »

Johnson Matthey plans to exit battery materials market

Johnson Matthey has been working to commercialize its high-nickel cathode materials for the automotive industry, but has now concluded that the potential returns from its battery materials business will not be adequate to justify further investment. Citing competition from alternative technologies and other manufacturers, the company’s board has decided to pursue the sale of all… Read more »

BMW i Ventures invests in LFP cell developer Our Next Energy

BMW i Ventures will invest in Our Next Energy (ONE), a Michigan-based energy storage company that’s working to develop longer-range, lower-cost batteries. ONE will use the investment to scale production of its first products.  ONE has demonstrated two proprietary technologies. The first, called Aries, uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry in a structural cell-to-pack architecture… Read more »

Ricardo receives UK government funding to optimize EV climate control systems

Engineering services provider Ricardo has received funding from the UK’s Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles, in partnership with Innovate UK, for a project to optimize in-car thermal and energy management systems to improve EV range and battery performance. Partnering with Jaguar Land Rover and using a Jaguar I-PACE as a demonstrator vehicle, engineers will look… Read more »

SCHURTER’s new thermal fuse has a lower trip temperature of 175° C

SCHURTER’s new reflowable thermal switch (RTS) has a trip temperature of >175° C, lower than their current offering’s >210° C. The RTS is a compact over-temperature protection device for power semiconductors. Prior to mechanical activation, the new thermal fuse can be soldered on conventional reflow soldering machines with profiles up to 260° C. The lower… Read more »

Toray and LG Chem create battery separator joint venture

Toray Industries has concluded a joint venture agreement with LG Chem under which LG Chem will invest $375 million in Toray Industries Hungary (THU), establishing LG Toray Hungary Battery Separator (LTHS), in which Toray and LG Chem will each hold a 50% interest. The new joint venture will use existing THU facilities to manufacture battery… Read more »

New SES Li-metal battery reaches 107 Ah

Battery supplier SES has released Apollo, a 107 Ah Li-metal battery for EVs. The company also announced plans for its Shanghai Giga plant, a 300,000-square-foot facility that the company hopes will be capable of producing 1 GWh of batteries annually by 2023. SES has addressed the dendrite safety problem associated with Li-metal batteries by coating… Read more »

Castrol and Williams Advanced Engineering to develop thermal fluids for EVs

Castrol and Williams Advanced Engineering are partnering to develop high-performance EV fluids. Castrol will become the official supplier of EV thermal fluids for WAE’s electrification programs and motorsport activities such as Formula E, Extreme E, Pure ETCR and Le Mans Daytona h. The partnership will initially focus on Williams’s motorsport activities, but the companies will… Read more »

Nidec supplies Geely’s ZEEKR 001 with new 200 kW E-axle traction motor

Nidec has announced that it will supply its Ni200Ex 200 kW E-Axle traction motor system to Geely’s ZEEKR 001 EV. ZEEKR 001 users can choose either a single-motor or a dual-motor type (with a motor installed in the vehicle’s front and the rear). For the dual-motor version, the maximum output is 400 kW, maximum torque… Read more »

BASF and SVOLT enter cathode active material partnership

BASF and SVOLT have entered into an agreement to partner throughout their global operations with regards to cathode active materials (CAM) development, raw materials supply and battery recycling for SVOLT’s battery cells. Both companies will also assess joint upstream resourcing to strengthen the security of raw material supply. BASF has a global manufacturing and R&D… Read more »