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Obama agrees to investigation of DoE loans

The Obama administration has agreed to a complete third-party review of all the Department of Energy loans that have recently kept the electric teapot on the boil. Of course, the star of the show will be the half billion bucks that swirled with stinky solar startup Solyndra. Also under the mediascope will be loans to… Read more »

All 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico have submitted plans for national EV charging network

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) requires each state and territory to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan (EVIDP) in order to qualify for its share of the first round of the $5 billion of infrastructure formula funding (IFF) that will be made available over 5… Read more »

Panasonic to build EV battery plant in Kansas to supply Tesla

Panasonic plans to build a new battery plant in De Soto, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. The new facility will primarily supply batteries to Tesla, but will also have a research department focused on next-generation battery tech. The company has made no official announcement of the planned production capacity or investment amount. The Kansas… Read more »

Brookhaven researchers describe benefits of electrolyte additive

A team led by researchers at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory has investigated the benefits of a lithium difluorophosphate additive for electrolytes in lithium batteries with nickel-rich layered cathodes. According to Brookhaven, the possibility of high-energy-density cells composed of nickel-rich layered cathodes and lithium metal anodes is limited by processes that reduce their capacity. In an… Read more »

UK to invest £200 million to evaluate technologies for zero-emission trucks

The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has announced over £200 million of new funding for a demonstrator program aimed at determining which zero-emission technologies are best suited to the heaviest road vehicles. The 3-year project will begin later this year, and initial competitions for battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology will be launching “shortly.” An… Read more »

DOE’s new EVs4ALL program funds advanced materials, electrodes and cells for EVs

The DOE will provide up to $45 million for the domestic development of advanced EV batteries through the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) is a program designed to promote faster charging, improved low-temperature performance, increased range and longer battery life, by funding the development of materials,… Read more »

The high cost of cobalt cathodes and some potential alternatives

According to an article published in Advanced Energy Materials by researchers at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), cobalt is currently the most expensive cathode material used in lithium-ion batteries. The DOE says cobalt accounts for about a quarter of the cost of a typical battery, and was the most expensive cathode material in… Read more »

Electreon and partners to demonstrate in-road dynamic wireless charging

Wireless charging specialist Electreon, together with the ASPIRE Engineering Research Center, truck-maker Kenworth and project management firm Kiewit, plan to demonstrate a dynamic wireless charging system.   Electreon’s in-motion dynamic wireless charging technology will be installed at ASPIRE’s research test track in North Logan, Utah in the summer of 2022. Kenworth supplied a Class 8 T680… Read more »

Electreon and Jacobs partner to deploy wireless charging infrastructure

Wireless charging specialist Electreon has announced a strategic collaboration with Jacobs, a global provider of technical professional services. The companies will join forces on selected wireless EV charging projects for fleet operators across the US, including city and state authorities. The two companies are already cooperating on a project to implement a public in-road charging… Read more »

Defense Production Act could boost domestic production of critical battery minerals

Shortages of battery materials represent a serious bottleneck that’s sabotaging environmental goals and costing consumers a bundle, and the supply crunch seems likely to be with us for some time. President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act in order to encourage domestic production of critical raw materials. Doing so added critical battery minerals… Read more »