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VisIC partners with ZF to develop next-gen EV inverters

ZF Friedrichshafen and VisIC Technologies have announced a partnership to create a new generation of EV drivelines. The focus of the joint effort will be on 400-volt driveline applications, covering the largest segment of the EV market. ZF specializes in wide-band-gap semiconductor technology, such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride. Gallium nitride semiconductors are thought… Read more »

Lordstown announces exclusive licensing agreement with Elaphe for in-wheel hub motors

Lordstown Motors has announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Elaphe Propulsion Technologies. Elaphe will develop the in-wheel motor that will be used in Lordstown’s upcoming Endurance pickup truck—the motors will be built by Lordstown employees at the company’s Ohio headquarters. Initial setup of the 20,000-square-foot production line has already begun. Lordstown will begin using the… Read more »

LG Chem deployed more battery capacity than Panasonic in Q1 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, EV battery suppliers deployed 20.5 GWh of capacity globally, down from 26.5 GWh in the fourth quarter, and 20.9 GWh during the first quarter of 2019, according to data from Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker. After losing the top spot to LG Chem in January… Read more »

Volkswagen invests €450 million in Northvolt battery operations at Salzgitter

Volkswagen recently announced that it will erect buildings and infrastructure for a new factory in Salzgitter, under its joint venture with Swedish battery producer Northvolt AB. Volkswagen will invest €450 million in the new Northvolt Zwei facility, which will produce lithium-ion battery cells. Construction is scheduled to commence before the end of this year, and… Read more »

First Cobalt performs feasibility study for Canadian cobalt refinery expansion

First Cobalt has announced positive results from an independent feasibility study conducted on its permitted cobalt refinery in Ontario, Canada. The study contemplates expanding the existing facility and adapting it to be North America’s first producer of cobalt sulfate, an essential component in the manufacturing of EV batteries. Study highlights: Annual production of 25,000 tons… Read more »

Karma Automotive showcases E-Flex EV platform

Karma Automotive has announced a new modular platform that features a flat floor EV architecture. The new E-Flex platform is one of five demonstration projects designed to illustrate Karma’s technical direction and capabilities. Karma’s Everyday BEV E-Flex is a single-motor, flat battery pack, front-wheel-drive platform that includes an 80 kWh battery and Karma’s new Silicon… Read more »

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to develop agile electric motor production system

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics will invest €1 million to fund the AgiloDrive research project at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The project is aimed at developing a novel, agile electric motor production system based on modular product- and production-specific technologies.  Professor Jürgen Fleischer, Head of the wbk Institute of Production Science, stated, “In this… Read more »

Clean Energy Trust invests in battery lifecycle SaaS company Renewance

Clean Energy Trust, a nonprofit that makes seed investments in clean-tech startups from the US Midwest, has announced an investment in Renewance, a provider of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for battery lifecycle management. Renewance provides battery management solutions to the energy storage and EV industries. Services include: enabling clients with defective or end-of life batteries… Read more »

Chroma Systems’ new bidirectional DC power supplies for EV component testing

Chroma Systems Solutions, a provider of power conversion test equipment, is announcing the first-phase release of its new 62000D bidirectional DC power supplies. Bidirectional DC power supplies offer two-quadrant operation with positive current/positive voltage as well as negative current/positive voltage, enabling both DC power output and regenerative DC loading. The absorbed energy feeds back to… Read more »