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Funding round delivers $16 million for Sepion’s lithium metal batteries

California battery developer Sepion has received $16 million from investors, including international chemical firm Solvay. Sepion plans to use the funds to speed up the commercialization of lithium metal batteries for EVs. Solvay offers additives for the electrolytes in Li-ion cells. Sepion’s niche is lithium metal battery cells, which Solvay says feature high energy density… Read more »

Octillion shipping 1,500 battery packs per day

Global battery supplier Octillion Energy has announced that it is now shipping over 1,500 battery packs per day. The company says rising EV sales in Brazil, India and China have contributed to the demand for its battery packs. In addition to electric buses in India and electric trucks produced by Brazilian automaker FNM, Octillion is… Read more »

Toyota chooses North Carolina for battery plant to begin production in 2025

Toyota has decided to locate a new automotive battery plant at the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite in North Carolina’s Randolph County. Toyota chose the site based on the availability of renewable energy, local support, on-site rail, and proximity to highways, four airports and two seaports. Together with lithium producer Toyota Tsusho, Toyota is planning to spend $1.29… Read more »

Bosch starts volume production of silicon carbide semiconductors

Bosch has started volume production of SiC semiconductors, and plans to expand its production capacity to a unit volume running into the hundreds of millions. The company is also working on a second generation of more efficient SiC chips.  To meet steadily increasing demand for these semiconductors, Bosch added 1,000 square meters to the clean-room… Read more »

Volkswagen Group announces three major new battery initiatives

Automakers that are serious about producing EVs understand that they need to build new supply chains, including major battery manufacturing capacity and secure sources of raw materials. The Volkswagen Group has been steadily turning up the voltage, raising its planned investment in EV and self-driving technologies to 73 billion euros ($86 billion) over the next… Read more »

Microchip Technology and Mersen collaborate on 150 kVA SiC power stack reference design

Microchip Technology is collaborating with Mersen on a new 150 kVA 3-phase silicon carbide power stack reference design. Mersen’s current offering provides designers with a compact, high-power silicon carbide system without the need for individual device sourcing, testing and qualification. The reference design includes Microchip’s SiC power modules and digital gate drivers and Mersen’s busbar,… Read more »

Dana and Hydro-Québec to make permanent-magnet EV motors in Sweden

Vehicle parts supplier Dana has announced that one of its business partnerships is planning to open an electric motor factory in Åmål, Sweden in late 2022. Called Dana TM4, the partnership joins Dana with Hydro-Québec to make electric motors for EVs. Production is to begin in the first half of 2023. US-based Dana designs and… Read more »

Parker LORD adds thermally-conductive adhesives to its EV portfolio

Parker LORD has expanded its EV product portfolio to include thermally conductive (TC) adhesives and one-component low-density gap fillers. The new adhesives are part of a strategy to create lighter-weight and smaller-footprint products that can help deliver additional energy density. Methods under development include bonding individual cells directly to the cooling plate and bonding directly… Read more »