Wolfspeed silicon carbide devices to power future Mercedes-Benz EV platforms

Wolfspeed (NYSE: WOLF) has announced that it will supply silicon carbide devices to power future Mercedes-Benz EV platforms. Wolfspeed’s semiconductors will be incorporated into next-generation powertrain systems for several Mercedes vehicle lines. Wolfspeed says its SiC devices enable greater efficiency in the powertrain, delivering improved vehicle range and power, and will enable performance-oriented automaker Mercedes-Benz… Read more »

New VW boss seems lukewarm on EVs, wants to bet on synthetic fuels

Former Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess was a hero to pro-EV activists. He was less popular with certain factions within the company, including the powerful Works Council (to say nothing of the stock market), and in 2022, he was forced out, to be replaced by Oliver Blume. At the time, we wondered whether Diess’s departure… Read more »

Volkswagen and PowerCo SE to search for a battery cell factory site in Canada

The Volkswagen Group and its recently founded battery company PowerCo SE intend to rapidly expand their global battery business to North America. To that end, Volkswagen and the Canadian government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to identify suitable sites for a battery cell factory in Canada. The two parties will continue their cooperation in… Read more »

Echion and CBMM to build manufacturing facility for anode-grade niobium oxides in Brazil

Battery material provider Echion Technologies and niobium supplier CBMM have formed a partnership to build a new facility in Araxá, Brazil to supply anode-grade niobium oxides to be used in Echion´s XNO battery anode material. The facility, which is due to open in early 2024, will have the capacity to supply 2,000 tonnes of material… Read more »

QuantumScape ships first 24-layer prototype battery cells to auto OEMs

Battery developer QuantumScape (NYSE: QS) has shipped its first 24-layer prototype lithium-metal battery cells to automotive OEMs for testing. The company calls the delivery of these A0 samples its key public milestone for the year, and says it represents an important step toward the commercialization of this technology. With the sample cells, the OEMs can… Read more »

Blink Charging unveils five new EV charging products

EVSE manufacturer Blink Charging launched five new products at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new chargers are designed to serve global markets including the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. “With the launch of these new state-of-the-art products, Blink is expanding our offerings to meet the needs of customers across the… Read more »

Stellantis to build electric aircraft with Archer, provide strategic funding for growth

Stellantis and Archer Aviation have agreed to expand their existing partnership by joining forces to manufacture Archer’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, Midnight. Stellantis has been a strategic partner to Archer since 2020, and an investor since 2021. Now Stellantis will contribute its manufacturing technology and expertise, plus personnel and capital, to help… Read more »

Hankook Tire launches iON tires for EVs in the US

Global manufacturer Hankook Tire has brought its first products specifically designed for EVs to the US: the iON evo AS and iON evo AS SUV. Available in 26 sizes and rim diameters, the tires were produced using Hankook’s EVolution technology, which, according to the company, focuses on factors like tread wear, noise reduction and grip… Read more »

Logistics firm Schneider to add 100 Class 8 electric trucks to its fleet

Schneider, a provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services, says it will soon begin taking delivery of nearly 100 Class 8 battery-electric vehicles at its intermodal operations in Southern California. The company’s first Freightliner eCascadia, manufactured by Daimler in Portland, Oregon, is set to roll off the line. Schneider plans to acquire an additional 30… Read more »