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Enevate announces battery production agreement with EnerTech

Battery maker Enevate has announced a new production license agreement with battery cell producer EnerTech International to commercialize Enevate’s silicon-dominant, XFC-Energy battery technology in the transportation, mobility and reserve power markets. The production license agreement with EnerTech is the next milestone in Enevate’s technology roadmap that leads to commercialization scheduled for 2022. Pre-production batteries have… Read more »

Elon Musk: Tesla’s new Plaid electric motor crazy, new Roadster will have even crazier version

Elon Musk has revealed some details of Tesla’s new Plaid carbon-wrapped electric motor, and teased an even hotter, higher-rpm version that will appear with the next-gen Roadster. The Plaid motor is based on new technology that allows Tesla to build smaller, more powerful and efficient motors than ever. It’s small enough to be picked up… Read more »

BrightLoop leverages EPC’s GaN transistors for EV applications

BrightLoop Converters is teaming up with Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) to deliver the upcoming Value line of high-power DC-DC converters. The Value product line is composed of two converters, M and L, delivering 6 kW/300 A and 12 kW/600 A, respectively. BrightLoop says the power converters have a smaller footprint and lower weight than equivalent… Read more »

Hyzon Motors develops eAxle to improve efficiency of hydrogen and battery trucks

Hyzon Motors, a supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, has developed a new patent-pending eAxle design that’s designed to improve the efficiency of 6×4 Class 8 commercial vehicles. Hyzon’s eAxle eliminates right-angle hypoid gears, and uses one motor per wheel, with optimized performances at both low and high speeds. Paired with a virtual differential,… Read more »

OneD unveils new silicon-based battery technology

OneD Battery Sciences has introduced SINANODE, a technology to power the next generation of silicon-based EV batteries. The SINANODE process fuses silicon nanowires onto commercial graphite powders, which the company says triples the energy density of the anode while cutting its cost per kWh in half. The higher energy density increases battery range while nanowires… Read more »

EV supply chain companies pilot blockchain solution for cobalt traceability

Metals and mining companies CMOC, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and Glencore, in collaboration with battery material supplier Umicore, are piloting Re|Source, a solution to trace responsibly produced cobalt from the mine to the EV. The pilot will be tested in real operating conditions, from upstream cobalt production facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo… Read more »

New brand-independent battery housing reduces weight and costs

A consortium consisting of Lorenz Kunststofftechnik, Forward Engineering, Evonik, LION Smart, Vestaro and Minth has developed a solution to help improve EV efficiency through lightweight battery construction. In late 2019, work started on a brand-independent, low-cost housing. The resulting battery pack is expected to weigh about 10 percent less than a pack made with commonly… Read more »