The Tech

Second-life batteries used to charge buses in German pilot

The Volkswagen Group has partnered with MAN Truck & Bus on a pilot project that uses second-life batteries as stationary storage to support the charging of electric buses. At the bus depot of local transit operator VHH in the Bergedorf quarter of Hamburg, 50 battery packs, which were previously installed in VW Passat GTE plug-in… Read more »

BMW i Ventures invests in Software Motor Company developing switched reluctance technology

BMW i Ventures will invest in Software Motor Company (SMC), a Silicon Valley-based company with experience with HVAC retrofit motors. SMC will use the funding to expand its product line and bring to market its full-stack Building Operating System (BOS) platform, designed to optimize energy and maintenance through intelligent automation. SMC says it has developed… Read more »

DOE offers up to $40 million for battery and electrification research

The Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $133 million for advanced vehicle technologies research, including $40 million for research into batteries and electrification. Those research topics include: Developing Li-ion batteries using silicon-based anodes Low-cost electric traction drive systems using no heavy rare earth materials Utility managed smart charging supporting projects that will demonstrate… Read more »

OXIS says its lithium-sulfur battery is close to achieving 500 Wh/kg

OXIS Energy has successfully tested its lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery cell prototypes at 471 Wh/kg. The company said it expects to achieve 500 Wh/kg in the next 12 months. OXIS research scientists think they can extend both gravimetric and volumetric energy density towards 600 Wh/kg and over 800 Wh/L. OXIS has also developed a standard Li-S battery… Read more »

Toyota and Panasonic to launch battery company

Toyota and Panasonic will establish Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, a joint venture specializing in automotive prismatic lithium-ion batteries. Scheduled to launch on April 1, 2020, Prime Planet Energy & Solutions will employ approximately 5,100 people, and will supply batteries not only to Toyota but also to other customers. In addition to producing prismatic batteries,… Read more »

IBM and Daimler claim quantum leap in lithium-sulfur battery breakthrough

Electric vehicles may be the wave of the future, but each machine is only as good as its battery. A breakthrough in quantum computing from a Daimler-IBM collaboration may change the way we think about the power of lithium. Researchers are one step closer to creating cheaper, more powerful, longer lasting batteries accessible to a… Read more »

Li-Cycle to open battery recovery plant in New York

Canada-based Li-Cycle will establish a commercial-scale lithium-ion battery resource recovery plant at Eastman Business Park in Monroe County, New York. The company says the new plant will create at least 23 jobs in its first year. Empire State Development will provide up to $450,000 to Li-Cycle through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job-creation… Read more »

AKASOL supplies battery packs for German fuel cell trains

AKASOL is slated to provide battery tech (including cables and temperature regulation equipment) to a fleet of more than 40 Alstom trains in Germany’s Lower Saxony and Rhine/Main transit regions. Supplying such a quantity of fuel cell-powered trains is a major deal for AKASOL, who stands to make tens of millions of Euros while expanding… Read more »