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Bitrode introduces new high-voltage battery pack testing system

Bitrode, which manufacturers equipment for the charging and testing of batteries, has added a new high-voltage battery testing system to its line of FTF High Power Packing and Testing systems. The new FTF-HV high voltage test system can handle 1,500 volts and 600 amps per channel and boasts a max power capability of 450 kW…. Read more »

Audi orders bdtronic impregnation machines for e-motor production

Audi will install e-motor manufacturing equipment from bdtronic, a German mechanical engineering company, for its Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture in the coming years. bdtronic manufacturers impregnation equipment, which closes and seals the cavities in windings and coils within hybrid and electric motors to provide better insulation and vibration resistance. Bdtronic CEO Patrick Vandenrhijn said,… Read more »

Wildcat Discovery Technologies raises $20 million in Series C funding

Wildcat Discovery Technologies, a company that uses high-throughput methods to develop next-generation battery materials, has raised more than $20 million in a Series C financing round. Led by Flint Hills Resources and IPM Group in consortium with InoBat, the financing will be used to improve and expand Wildcat’s high-throughput research platform, hardware, modeling, and artificial… Read more »

DEUTZ acquires battery management company Futavis

Drive system manufacturer DEUTZ has acquired battery company Futavis. As a service provider for battery management hardware and software, Futavis will bring to DEUTZ experience with electronics, software, battery technology, and battery testing. DEUTZ CEO Frank Hiller said, “Battery technology is a vitally important element of our E-DEUTZ strategy, which we will be further expanding… Read more »

Argonne develops electrolyte for next-gen lithium battery with silicon anodes

Researchers at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new electrolyte mixture and a simple additive that could have a place in the next generation of lithium-ion batteries that feature silicon anodes. The report findings were published in July in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Scientists have long seen the silicon anode… Read more »

Motiv secures $60 million to scale EPIC electric chassis, establish Detroit plant

Motiv Power Systems, maker of the EPIC all-electric chassis for buses and trucks, has secured $60 million in equity funding, led by investors GMAG Holdings and Winnebago. The funds will support the overall growth of Motiv, which includes opening a new engineering and manufacturing facility in Detroit and facilitating further growth in the large-fleet customer… Read more »

New DOE program to bring promising battery tech to commercialization

The US DOE has created a new program to help bring promising battery technologies that have been demonstrated at lab scale up to the level of maturity that can lead towards commercialization. The Lab Investment Incubator Activity is designed to attract “funds-in” investment from the private sector to overcome the technology and engineering challenges that… Read more »

Webasto starts battery production, prepares to enter China

German automotive supplier Webasto has begun producing EV batteries at the company’s manufacturing plant in Schierling, Germany. The first battery packs will go to an unnamed European bus maker. Three years ago, Webasto decided to branch out of its core business of roofs and heaters and expand into electromobility, with charging solutions and battery systems…. Read more »