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Volvo Energy invests in Connected Energy’s second-life battery business

Volvo Energy has acquired a 10% stake in UK-based second-life battery energy storage specialist Connected Energy for 50 million Swedish kroner ($4.93 million). Volvo Energy is one of five new investors in the company. Volvo Energy, a business area within the Volvo Group, is “dedicated to providing essential support and infrastructure during the first-life, i.e…. Read more »

CATL to supply batteries for Solaris electric buses in Europe

Chinese battery supplier CATL has announced that it will provide lithium iron phosphate batteries for Solaris Bus & Coach electric buses produced for the European market. CATL says the batteries have “exceptionally long battery life and high thermal stability.” The batteries have Cell to Pack (CTP) technology. “By removing the conventional module parts, the innovative… Read more »

AIMPLAS develops composite battery casings for battery swap system

Spanish plastics firm AIMPLAS is working on structural battery casings for a battery swap system intended for lightweight EVs. The casings are made of recyclable, long-fiber thermoplastic composites that are flame-retardant and designed to protect the battery from electromagnetic interference (EMI). “Thermoplastic matrix composites could play a key role in industry in the 21st century… Read more »

Schaeffler launches new 4-in-1 e-axle

Electric drivetrain manufacturer Schaeffler has introduced a new 4-in-1 e-axle. “Such highly integrated complete systems are attractive for both established automobile manufacturers and new players,” says the head of Schaeffler’s E-Mobility business division, Dr. Jochen Schröder. The e-axle’s 4-in-1 layout combines the electric motor, power electronics, transmission and thermal management system into one unit. “This… Read more »

U-Mich researchers claim new approach reduces battery testing time by 75%

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a streamlined approach to testing new battery designs which they say could cut the time for both simulation and physical testing by as much as 75%. The new study, “A generic battery cycling optimization framework with learned sampling and early stopping strategies,” was published in Patterns-Cell Press…. Read more »

Nuvve integrates its V2G solution with Switch’s cloud platform

Vehicle-to-grid specialist Nuvve has partnered with Switch, a London-based provider of charging management software, to integrate Nuvve’s GIVe V2G platform with Switch’s charging management platform for operations and maintenance (O&M). Switch’s cloud platform, built on an OCPP 2.0.1 and ISO 15118-enabled operating system, is “fully native to future-proof capabilities like Plug & Charge, V1G and… Read more »

LEAD to supply 20 GWh worth of battery manufacturing equipment to VW

Chinese equipment manufacturer LEAD has contracted with the Volkswagen Group to deliver lithium-ion battery manufacturing equipment for a 20 GWh factory in Salzgitter, Germany. Volkswagen recently announced a plan to invest €30 billion to build 6 battery factories in Europe. For the Salzgitter plant, LEAD will provide Volkswagen with manufacturing equipment including calendering, roll baking,… Read more »

Mercedes to use Sila’s silicon anode chemistry in forthcoming electric G-Class

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will use Sila’s silicon anode chemistry in EV batteries that will be optional in its upcoming electric G-Class SUV. The company says the batteries will be produced with 100% renewable energy and will be available at mid-decade. Mercedes-Benz says, “Compared to today’s commercially available cells with a comparable format, Sila’s… Read more »

InoBat demonstrates battery production using recycled cathode materials

InoBat Auto has reached what it calls “a key milestone in the development of its design capabilities,” proving that recovered materials from used batteries can be re-used in the production of new batteries. Together with its recycling partners, InoBat has confirmed, using its cell optimization and design mechanisms, that recovered active cathode material from end-of-life… Read more »