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Leclanché announces breakthrough in safety of its battery technology with fire-retardant electrolyte additive

Swiss battery provider Leclanché says it has achieved “a significant breakthrough” in the safety of its lithium-ion batteries, without compromising cell performance. By adding a special fire-retardant additive to its electrolyte formula composition, Leclanché says it has lowered the risk of a thermal event by close to 80%. The achievement has been validated by Intertek… Read more »

Volkswagen and Siemens make new investments in Electrify America

Charging network Electrify America was established by the Volkswagen Group in 2016. Now Volkswagen, together with Siemens, have announced a new investment of $450 million, which will bring the company’s total valuation to $2.45 billion. Through its financing arm Siemens Financial Services (SFS), Siemens will become a minority shareholder in Electrify America as well as… Read more »

GM expands Plug and Charge availability

GM is expanding its existing collaboration with charging network EVgo to add Plug and Charge capability to the Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem. Drivers with an EVgo account, active OnStar connected services and the GM app must perform a one-time activation of Plug and Charge within the app. Once activated, they can simply plug in the… Read more »

Mercedes VISION EQXX makes 747-mile road trip from Germany to England on a single charge

The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX, a research vehicle designed for maximum efficiency, demonstrated its 1,000 km+ range on a road trip from Stuttgart to Cassis, France in April. Now the test car has cracked the thousand-kilometer mark again, driving 747 miles on a single charge on its way to the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed in… Read more »

BMW to open facility for demonstrating and analyzing Li-ion cell production

BMW plans to open a Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CCMC) in the fall of 2022 to demonstrate and study lithium-ion cell production. Located in Parsdorf, Germany, the CCMC will develop a pilot line for battery cell production in stages. At the beginning, systems for electrode production will be installed and run, graphite and nickel oxides… Read more »

Nissan and Wallbox offer one-stop home charging solution

Nissan is working with EVSE provider Wallbox (NYSE:WBX) to offer Nissan EV owners “a seamless one-stop shop solution for their home charging needs.” Nissan EV owners in the US can now purchase Wallbox’s Pulsar Plus Level 2 home charger and schedule installation through the NissanUSA.com web site, and receive a rebate from Nissan. Wallbox says… Read more »

CATL subsidiary launches modular battery swapping system

Does battery swapping have a future? One of China’s largest battery suppliers thinks so. Contemporary Amperex Energy Service (CAES), a subsidiary of Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), has rolled out a modular battery swap solution called EVOGO, which is comprised of battery blocks, fast battery swap stations and an app. Designed to look like a bar… Read more »

Schneider Electric acquires EV Connect

Charging solution provider EV Connect has been acquired by energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric. Along with the current management team, CEO and founder Jordan Ramer will continue to lead EV Connect’s operations as a distinct subsidiary. EV Connect was established in 2010, and currently serves customers across 41 US states. “At Schneider Electric,… Read more »

Toyota and Redwood Materials collaborate on closed-loop battery ecosystem

Toyota may be a latecomer to the electrification game, but the company is gradually assembling the components of a circular EV supply chain. Now it has partnered with Redwood Materials, the battery recycling concern headed by JB Straubel, to “explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota’s proposed battery ecosystem.” Initially, the collaboration will… Read more »