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Chinese battery-maker Gotion to establish US LFP cell production for…Tesla?

Chinese battery cell manufacturer Gotion High-Tech reports that it has agreed to supply 200 GWh of LFP battery cells to an unnamed “large US automaker” between 2023 and 2028. Initially, the cells will come from China, but the agreement also envisions establishing LFP battery cell production in the US. Gotion wrote in a filing on… Read more »

MIT metal processing approach may prevent rare metal shortages

An MIT research group has developed a metal processing approach that may help prevent rare metal shortages in the future by identifying and separating rare metals from mixed materials. MIT Professor of Metallurgy Antoine Allanore and graduate student Caspar Stinn relied on a modified form of sulfidation to identify and separate 15 elements, including the… Read more »

BlackRock to make $50-million investment in Sigma Lithium

Canada-based lithium producer Sigma Lithium announced that it will receive 64.2 million Canadian dollars ($50.1 million US) from funds and accounts managed by asset and investment company BlackRock as part of a larger 136.7-million Canadian dollar ($106.6-million US) investment in a production plant and mine at its Grota do Cirilo lithium mine site, and for… Read more »

REE starts P7 EV platform trials, plans customer pilots in Q1 2022

EV platform company REE Automotive is beginning trials of its P7 commercial delivery vehicle and walk-in van EV platform. The company plans trials for the platform at the REE Engineering Center of Excellence in the UK and the REE Advanced Research and Development Center in Israel. P7 prototypes will be available for customer evaluation during… Read more »

Schaffner’s new FN2220 line of EMC filters for EV fast charging

Swiss power electronics company Schaffner has introduced a new EMC filter product line for EV fast charging. The new FN2220 meets the IEC/EN 61851-23 standard for EV conductive charging systems, as well as the UL 2202 EV charging system equipment standard. The company says meeting these standards will save charging station designers time and resources,… Read more »

Leclanché consolidates e-mobility business, plans to merge it with a SPAC

In December of 2021, Swiss energy storage specialist Leclanché consolidated some of its business into a new Swiss entity called Leclanché E-Mobility, and plans to merge it with a US-listed SPAC. Leclanché plans to add to the SPAC’s $140 million by raising capital from a Private Investor in Public Equity (PIPE). The company says that… Read more »

EnPower to open Indianapolis battery facility in 2022

US-based battery cell manufacturer EnPower is planning to open a customer qualification facility for batteries in Indianapolis in 2022. The company plans to produce batteries with its proprietary multilayer anodes at the facility. “A customer qualification facility is critical to scale production, optimize cell geometries, complete comprehensive cell testing and secure sales agreements,” said EnPower… Read more »

GM and POSCO Chemical to open cathode materials processing plant in North America

GM has announced a plan to work with global materials firm POSCO Chemical on a battery material processing facility in North America, which is scheduled to open in 2024.  POSCO Chemical manufactures anode and cathode materials. GM plans to use the battery materials processed with POSCO for the cells it plans to produce at its… Read more »

PPM’s new cold plates bring integrated cooling to power conversion systems

Power electronics distributor PPM Power has developed cold plates that offer integrated cooling of power modules, DC link capacitors and busbars for power conversion systems. The new cold plates have been designed to meet specific customer requirements for thermal performance and pressure drop. Customers can choose from a range of standard Power Ring capacitors and… Read more »

Electrical steel shortage could slow OEM electrification plans

A new report from IHS Markit foresees the possibility of an electrical steel shortage, beginning in 2025, that could pose a threat to automakers’ electrification plans. Electrical steel is an iron-silicon alloy with magnetic characteristics that make it well suited for electric motors. Non-Oriented Electrical Steel (NOES) is one form that’s used to make motors…. Read more »