The Tech

PolyPlus and SK Innovation to develop glass-protected lithium metal battery

PolyPlus, a Californian company that’s developing a rechargeable lithium metal battery with a conductive glass separator, has entered a development agreement with Korean energy and chemical company SK Innovation. The collaboration is focused on PolyPlus’s solid-state lithium anode laminate. The companies’ initial goal is to produce and test prototype cells to demonstrate increased volumetric and… Read more »

YASA signs innovation agreement with automotive OEM

Electric motor manufacturer YASA has announced the signing of a long-term joint innovation agreement with an unidentified global automotive OEM. The two companies will collaborate to develop custom electric motor and controller solutions for the OEM’s line of EVs and PHEVs. “This agreement brings together one of the world’s best-known automotive manufacturers with YASA, the… Read more »

Germany and France to invest 1.75 billion euros to accelerate battery cell production

France and Germany have announced a joint effort to turbocharge battery cell production in Europe, taking aim at a business currently dominated by Asian firms. As Bloomberg reports, German Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier and French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire have announced that Germany will invest one billion euros, and France… Read more »

Klaric announces new measurement tool for EV charging

Measurement technology provider Klaric has released the EV-CHARGE-MONITOR, a new device for monitoring the charging process of EVs. The measurement device can be used for charging testing and validation, vehicle emissions certification, winter testing and more. The EV-CHARGE-MONITOR is placed between the EV and charging station, allowing the device to monitor voltage, charge current, effective… Read more »

NDC Technologies announces new sensors for Li-Ion battery manufacturers

Measurement technology provider NDC Technologies has announced its next generation of sensors for lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers. NDC claims that its four new devices will allow manufacturers to produce more consistent, higher-quality electrode components. The new Photon Sensor measures the weight of coatings applied to anode/cathode copper and aluminum foil substrates. According to NDC, the… Read more »

American Manganese begins pilot of battery recycling plant

American Manganese is developing a recycling process for Li-ion batteries, and processing partner Kemetco Research has begun processing a sample of cathode scrap material at the company’s pilot plant. The pilot plant will operate in five stages: Pre-treatment of cathode material Leach of active material Purification Recovery of base metals (e.g., nickel, cobalt, manganese) Lithium… Read more »

BorgWarner releases new integrated eAxle

Automotive parts supplier BorgWarner is releasing an integrated axle called iDM. The modular eAxle contains a transmission, electric motor and power electronics. The iDM is available in three versions and can be integrated into the front or rear axles of passenger and light commercial vehicles. The iDM’s integrated power electronics are designed to allow for a… Read more »

DOE to provide $30 million for new data science approaches in chemistry and material sciences

The DOE has announced plans to provide $30 million for new research that uses modern data science approaches to accelerate discovery in energy-related chemistry and materials sciences. National laboratories, universities, nonprofits, and companies will be eligible to apply for the three-year awards, which will be selected via peer review. The Basic Energy Sciences program in… Read more »

Voltabox to produce battery systems for electrified trolleybuses

Industrial EV battery provider Voltabox has received a major order for trolleybus battery systems from electrical systems provider Kiepe Electric. Voltabox will provide 80 modular battery systems and the corresponding air conditioning systems. The batteries will equip trolleybuses in four cities in Italy and Switzerland. Delivery will begin in the middle of this year and… Read more »

Bosch acquires motor maker EM-motive from Daimler

Bosch has acquired electric motor manufacturer EM-motive from Daimler. Since Bosch and Daimler set up EM-motive as a fifty-fifty joint venture in 2011, the company has manufactured some 450,000 electric motors. “For Bosch, the complete acquisition of EM-motive is the next logical step on the path to becoming the market leader for electromobility,” said Stefan Hartung,… Read more »