The Tech

Ford’s Advanced Electrification Center steadily adds staff and testing capacity

Ford continues to raise the profile of its hybrid and electric offerings, announcing this week that the building formerly known as the Advanced Engineering Center has been renamed the Ford Advanced Electrification Center. This 285,000-square-foot research and development lab in Dearborn, Michigan houses around 1,000 engineers, and dozens more are to be added in the… Read more »

SK Innovation wins battery separator patent lawsuit

It may not sound as exciting as a battery fire or a new electric race car, but this week’s news could be critically important for the Korean battery market. The Korea Times reported that SK Innovation has won a patent lawsuit against LG Chem, the world’s biggest player in batteries. Last December, LG filed a lawsuit alleging… Read more »

ARPA-E awards $43 million to 19 energy storage projects

The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 19 new projects that will receive a total of $43 million to develop new energy storage technologies. The projects are supported through two new ARPA-E programs – Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) – and will focus… Read more »

Azure Dynamics agrees to sell its patents

  Azure Dynamics Corporation announced this week that it has entered into an agreement to sell its portfolio of patents and related rights and assets to a third party, which would seem to end speculation that the company might emerge from bankruptcy. Canada-based Azure, in partnership with Ford, developed an electric version of the popular… Read more »

Boston-Power to supply batteries to Beijing Electric Vehicle Company

Boston-Power, Inc. announced this week that it has entered a multi-year agreement to provide lithium-ion battery systems to Beijing Electric Vehicle Company (BJEV), the electric vehicle delivery arm of Beijing Automotive Industry Company. Boston-Power’s Swing 5300 cells will be used in multiple BJEV models and brands, beginning with the C70 sedan, which is based on… Read more »

GE scientists build a greatly improved traction motor for EVs

Engineers at GE Global Research recently tested a prototype Interior Permanent Magnet traction motor that is more powerful, more efficient and less costly than the best motors on the market today. The new motor can also run at a higher temperature, eliminating the need for a dedicated cooling loop.  GE’s prototype operates at a peak… Read more »