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 »
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 »
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 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, 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 »
Wanxiang Group will provide a bridge loan of $75 million or so, and eventually invest up to $450 million in A123, which would give it an ownership stake of about 80% in the company.
Galaxy Resources Limited reported this week that prices for both technical- and battery-grade lithium carbonate in its key market, China, have soared – current prices are up almost 17% compared to last year.
Previously, hybrid transmission production was handled by a supplier in Japan. By bringing the development work in-house, Ford reduced development costs by 20 percent.
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 »
Researchers in Italy, South Korea, and Scotland have reported designing lithium-air batteries with major advancements in charge and discharge cycles with little capacity loss.