The Tech

Korean battery-makers to introduce NCM 811 cells

There’s a new battery cell in town, and everybody’s talking about its better energy density and lower costs. South Korean cell maker SK Innovation recently announced that its new NCM 811 cells would be available in December for stationary storage systems, and in the third quarter of 2018 for EVs. SK’s current cells use an… Read more »

Magna forms e-powertrain joint venture in China

Global automotive supplier Magna has formed a joint venture with Huayu Automotive Systems, a subsidiary of SAIC Motor. The JV’s first product will be an electric-drive powertrain for a German automaker, destined for the Chinese market. Both partners aim to develop localized core competencies in R&D, manufacturing and key parts. Magna is no newcomer to… Read more »

DOE awards Saratoga Energy $1 million to commercialize its battery tech

Berkeley, California-based Saratoga Energy has won a million-dollar Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the DOE to help commercialize its process for synthesizing graphite from carbon dioxide. “Graphite is an essential material in advanced lithium-ion batteries,” said Drew Reid, Saratoga Energy’s CEO. “Our process produces graphite more sustainably and affordably than traditionally-sourced graphite,… Read more »

Visedo’s SRPM motors for buses claim 10% more power, better cooling

Finnish manufacturer Visedo has unveiled a new electric motor design optimized for the e-bus market. Visedo says its new S-model PowerDRUM has achieved a 10% increase in power output, as well as better cooling. The company has upgraded its entire PowerDRUM line, which includes motors in 4 different sizes, ranging from 50 to 343 kW…. Read more »

Northvolt to build battery gigafactory in Sweden

Battery manufacturer Northvolt has announced a partnership with the two Swedish towns of Skellefteå and Västerås to establish a battery manufacturing facility. Skellefteå, part of a raw material and mining cluster in the north of Sweden, will be the location of Northvolt’s main production site, which will include material preparation, cell assembly and recycling. The… Read more »

New control strategy enhances battery performance in cold weather

Researchers at Penn State, with a colleague from EC Power, have devised a new control strategy that can rapidly restore EV battery power and permit full regeneration while driving at temperatures as low as -40° C. The strategy involves heating the battery internally during regenerative braking and rest periods. In “Rapid restoration of electric vehicle… Read more »

SF Motors acquires Martin Eberhard’s battery module startup InEVit

SF Motors, a Chinese-backed company with big plans to build next-generation EVs, has announced the acquisition of InEVit, a battery modularization startup headed by Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard. Eberhard was already working with SF Motors as a strategic advisor, and will now serve as Chief Innovation Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board. InEVit has… Read more »

AKASOL shows its new battery systems for e-buses

German battery builder AKASOL presented its new AKASYSTEM OEM battery system at the recent Busworld Europe trade show. AKASYSTEM OEM is a complete roof installation for commercial vehicles, including a chiller and other components. It features compact dimensions (150x700x1,700 mm) and a modular design. The new system integrates standardized PHEV battery modules from major manufacturers…. Read more »

Delta-Q expands family of lithium battery chargers for EVs and industrial machines

Delta-Q Technologies has introduced a new addition to its family of lithium battery chargers. The new ICL900 is a 900 W charger, designed to charge battery systems of any lithium-ion chemistry from 9 to 15 cells in series. The new charger is suitable for use on any electric machine, including scooters, floor care machines, lift… Read more »