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Service provider network Urgently to use SparkCharge’s on-demand fast charging solution

Urgently has partnered with SparkCharge to add on-demand EV charging to the services offered by its roadside and mobility assistance programs. The partnership combines SparkCharge’s Roadie, a portable, modular fast charging system, with Urgently’s Smart Mobility Assistance platform. “Mobile EV charging is among the innovative and vital services Urgently has identified to support our partners’… Read more »

Enel X joins Extreme E as official Smart Charging Partner

Extreme E, the rough-and-tumble racing series that brings all-electric rally racing to some of the most remote spots on the planet, has announced Enel X as its official Smart Charging Partner. Enel X will provide its JuicePump 40 Race Edition charging station to charge the championship’s ODYSSEY 21 electric SUVs. Enel X, a subsidiary of… Read more »

Tesla signs deal with BHP to secure nickel for battery cells

Contrary to popular belief, the most important mineral in EV batteries may not be lithium, but nickel. According to the Nickel Institute, the metal, which gives cells higher energy density and greater storage capacity, is an essential component for Li-ion battery cathodes—in fact, it’s the most important metal by mass in the cathodes used in… Read more »

Rivian to install charging stations at all 56 Tennessee state parks

EV startup Rivian, which plans to bring an electric pickup to market this year, followed by an SUV in 2022, is targeting the outdoorsy set, and part of that plan is to deploy public chargers at national and state parks around the country. Now the EV-maker has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Environment and… Read more »

LG Chem to invest $5.3 billion in battery materials by 2025, aims to rule anode market

LG Chem plans to invest 6 trillion South Korean won ($5.3 billion) in battery materials by 2025, including efforts in anode materials, separation membranes, cathode binders, radiant adhesives and carbon nanotubes. LG Chem’s goal is to grow into the world’s largest comprehensive battery materials company, and to become the world’s number-one supplier of anodes. A… Read more »

Will the game-changing Tesla Semi really go into production this year?

A viable electric Class 8 truck would be a massive disruptor of the global transport system, and since the unveiling of the Tesla Semi in 2017, we’ve been on the edge of our ergonomic bucket seats, waiting for it to appear on highways. Alas, Tesla’s production schedule has suffered more delays than the LA Freeway…. Read more »

Mercedes-Benz acquires motor technology firm YASA

Mercedes-Benz has announced the acquisition of YASA, a manufacturer of electric drive technology. YASA will operate as a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, but will continue to operate from its headquarters in Oxford, England. YASA will provide electric motors for Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.EA electric platform, while continuing to supply existing automotive supercar customers. YASA says its proprietary axial-flux… Read more »

Several battery suppliers are working on Tesla’s 4680 cells

Tesla says its new 4680 battery cell, unveiled at the 2020 Battery Day event, represents a “massive breakthrough” that could enable a new generation of cheaper EVs. However, some industry experts have predicted that mass-producing the new cells will not be easy. Concurrently with developing the new cells, Tesla has been broadening its battery supply… Read more »

BASF to build battery prototype recycling plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

BASF will build a prototype battery recycling plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, at the site of its existing cathode active materials plant. The prototype recycling plant will allow for the development of operational procedures and optimization of technology to extract lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from end-of-life lithium-ion batteries as well as off-spec material from cell… Read more »