The Tech

Blackstone passes milestones for printed next-generation battery cells

Blackstone Resources has been investing in patented 3D-printing techniques and research into the mass production of solid-state batteries that offer greater energy density and a higher number of charging cycles than current cell designs. The company says its 3D-printing battery production technology is more flexible and cost-effective than traditional methods. It covers a wide range… Read more »

CATL to supply batteries for Trailer Dynamics electric semi-trailer

Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and Trailer Dynamics have signed a battery supply agreement for a new way to electrify long-haul trucks. CATL will develop, manufacture and supply batteries for the Newton eTrailer, which will launch in 2023. The Newton eTrailer, Trailer Dynamics’s first electric semi-trailer, is designed to respond to the driving behavior of its… Read more »

Bentley looks to the future of EV motors

Bentley Motors has concluded a three-year research study intended to transform EV powertrains, using a fully integrated e-axle that doesn’t use rare earth magnets.  Bentley’s OCTOPUS (Optimised Components, Test and simulatiOn, toolkits for Powertrains which integrate Ultra high-speed motor Solutions) study led to an electric drive system that eliminates the need for both rare earth… Read more »

HBM’s torque transducer for high-speed applications testing

Measurement technology specialist Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik (HBM) has announced that its T40MS torque transducer, intended for testing electric drives and transmissions, is now available as a cost-optimized solution. The T40MS is suitable for high-speed measurements up to 30,000 rpm. It covers the available nominal torques of 500 Nm, 1 kNm and 2 kNm in a… Read more »

Volkswagen expands EV engineering facility in Chattanooga

Volkswagen is expanding its Chattanooga factory to build a North American center for EVs—not only for assembly but for engineering the EVs of the future. VW’s Engineering and Planning Center (EPC) will soon feature a high-voltage laboratory designed to develop and test EV cells and battery packs for upcoming models assembled in the US. The… Read more »

Startup Verkor plans to build 16 GWh battery gigafactory in France

After at least a year in stealth mode, French startup Verkor has announced plans to build a battery gigafactory in France. The facility, which is to open in 2023, will have an initial annual capacity of 16 GWh, which could be expanded to 50 GWh at a later date. The new company says it will… Read more »

EDAG and Hexagon Purus research flexible battery/hydrogen storage system

In a joint research project, the EDAG Group and Hexagon Purus (a specialist in composite high-pressure tanks) are investigating hybrid storage systems that combine the advantages of both hybrid and battery drive alternatives. The project, scheduled to run for 18 months, will develop a flexible storage system, designed to be installed in a vehicle floor,… Read more »

Ampcera announces new solid electrolyte technology for solid-state batteries

Ampcera has introduced a low-cost flexible solid electrolyte (SE) membrane technology for solid-state batteries (SSBs).  Ampcera’s SE membranes can be as thin as 25 microns, offer room temperature lithium ionic conductivity greater than 1 mS/cm, and are stable against a lithium metal anode. According to the company, they would enable solid-state lithium metal batteries with… Read more »