The Tech

Faraday Battery Challenge to fund 17 new tech projects

The Faraday Battery Challenge, a project initiated by the UK government to promote advanced battery technologies, has announced a new £10-million round of funding, which will be shared across 17 projects being undertaken by businesses and research institutions across the UK. The funded projects cover a wide range of topics, including a new sodium nickel… Read more »

LG Energy Solution secures access to nickel and cobalt from Australian Mines

LG Energy Solution, one of Tesla’s battery suppliers, has entered into “a binding long form offtake agreement” with Australian Mines Ltd. for nickel and cobalt, which will be supplied in the form of mixed hydroxide precipitate (MPH) from the Sconi Project in North Queensland. Under the agreement, LG will have access to 71,000 tons of… Read more »

PURE ETCR racing series to use MAGELEC drivetrains

PURE ETCR, which calls itself “the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car series,” has announced that every car competing in its racing series will be powered by MAGELEC Propulsion electric drivetrains. The agreement between the companies will last multiple years and MAGELEC branding will be featured on all PURE ETCR cars. MAGELEC CEO Craig Daniel… Read more »

Titan to develop early warning system for Li-ion batteries using ultrasound

Titan Advanced Energy Solutions has received nearly $1.1 million in funding from the DOE to develop an early warning system for lithium-ion batteries using ultrasound technology to detect abnormal and hazardous battery conditions in real time, hours to days in advance of a dangerous situation. These conditions may include thermal runaways, a chain reaction within… Read more »

Ford’s Eluminator crate motor is designed to make EV conversions easy

As batteries and other EV components steadily become cheaper and more capable, conversions of legacy gas vehicles, especially beloved classics, are becoming more attractive. Now Ford has announced an electric crate motor designed to make EV conversions easy. Ford teased a couple of renderings of the new Eluminator, which will be unveiled at the SEMA… Read more »

Tesla says new recycling process recovers 92% of battery materials

Battery recycling will be a critical part of the future e-mobility ecosystem, as Tesla has understood from the beginning. The California carmaker has been working with various firms to recycle its end-of-life battery packs for several years. One of these is Tesla co-founder JB Straubel’s company, Redwood Materials, which is recycling scrap from Panasonic’s battery… Read more »

Leclanché opens new production line to produce M3 lithium-ion battery modules

Swiss energy storage specialist Leclanché has developed a new line of lithium-ion battery modules for energy-intensive e-transport applications, such as marine, commercial vehicle and railway, and opened a dedicated new production line for their high-volume manufacture in Europe. The new M3 modules offer increased energy and power density compared to the company’s previous module generation…. Read more »

Gentherm’s localized heating and cooling system can save energy vs central HVAC

Thermal management technology provider Gentherm has received a production vehicle award for its ClimateSense technology, which is used in an all-new 2024 EV from a global automaker.  ClimateSense is Gentherm’s proprietary vehicle “microclimate” solution. It consists  of thermal products, integrated electronics, embedded software and “a thermo-physiology-based, human-centric approach.” ClimateSense technology is designed to use localized… Read more »

DWFritz’s ZeroTouch measuring platform enables in-line inspection of rotor-stator systems in under one minute

Electric drives consist of a fixed stator and a moving rotor. In order to achieve optimum drive performance and low wear, both components must be matched to each other with well under millimeter precision, so accurate conformity control is of immense importance. Conventional measuring systems, such as coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), generally in combination with… Read more »