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Kia Soul EV to use new SK Innovation battery cells

Kia’s new Soul EV will use lithium-ion polymer battery cells supplied by SK Innovation, the result of a three-year joint development program between the two companies. The SK pack has 192 cells in eight modules, for a total capacity of 27 kWh. It boasts an impressive energy density of 200 Wh/kg, and is expected to… Read more »

Maxwell and SK to jointly develop ultracap/battery combo

Ultracapacitors (aka ultracaps or supercapacitors) are the toast of the town, thanks to their rapid charge and discharge capabilities, tolerance of extreme temperature conditions and long operational life. However, their killer application may be as partners with lithium-ion batteries, which offer higher energy density. Maxwell Technologies (Nasdaq: MXWL), a manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products,… Read more »

SK On, Ferrari strengthen partnership for innovation in EV battery cell technology

South Korean EV battery manufacturer SK On, a subsidiary of SK Innovation, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari to reinforce their partnership and innovate cell technology. The agreement allows the parties to share their experience in various fields to improve their technical collaboration and share insights. The new… Read more »

SK Siltron wins $544-million DOE loan to expand production of SiC wafers for EV power electronics

The DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, which supports domestic manufacturing of fuel-efficient vehicles, components and materials, has given a conditional commitment to SK Siltron CSS for a $544-million loan to expand manufacturing of silicon carbide (SiC) wafers for EV power electronics at the company’s two Michigan manufacturing plants. SiC semiconductors potentially enable higher efficiency… Read more »

SK On unveils upgraded fast-charging EV battery cells at Seoul trade show

Battery manufacturer SK On is showcasing new fast-charging battery cells at this week’s InterBattery 2024, a battery trade show in Seoul, South Korea. The Advanced SF and SF+ batteries are among several new technologies that SK On is displaying at the show. The original SF (Super Fast) battery, introduced in 2021, was a high-nickel battery… Read more »

Trade group asks administration to reinstate tariffs on Chinese graphite, critical material for EV batteries

The North American Graphite Alliance (NAGA), which represents US and Canadian producers of battery-grade graphite, has submitted a request to US Trade Representative Katherine Tai to reinstate Section 301 tariffs on three graphite products from China. The group also commissioned a market report from Oxford Economics that explains the rationale behind reinstating the tariffs, and… Read more »

SK On to provide batteries for forthcoming Polestar 5 EV

Polestar and South Korean battery manufacturer SK On have signed an agreement for the supply of battery cell modules for the forthcoming Polestar 5 electric 4-door GT. Polestar says it chose SK On due to its “superior battery cell technology that offers high-performing chemistry, fast charging, efficient discharging and superior driving range. The high-nickel battery… Read more »

GM agrees to unionize EV battery plants. Will other US automakers follow suit?

The United Autoworkers’ strike doubtless has multiple causes, but the transition to EVs is certainly one bone of contention. EVs are simpler machines than legacy vehicles, and many expect this to translate into less demand for human labor. A wave of new battery plants will surely create new jobs, but some fear that automakers will… Read more »

Westwater Resources is building a facility in Alabama to process one of the largest graphite deposits in the US

Q&A with Jon Jacobs of Westwater Resources Everyone in the EV industry is talking about the IRA and the BIL, two sets of federal regulations that include strong incentives for automakers to establish domestic supply chains for EV raw materials and components. Not everyone is happy about the requirements, and there are a number of… Read more »