Posts Tagged: EV Batteries

Drive Electro to supply components for another 200 electric buses in Moscow

Russia may not be thought of as an EV hotspot, but it appears that Moscow boasts the most charged bus system in Europe—the capital’s transit fleet includes 600 battery-electric buses, and that number is slated to increase to 1,000 vehicles by the end of the year. Most of the batteries and propulsion equipment for the… Read more »

Novonix expands anode materials business

Novonix has announced its plan for the next phase of growth for Novonix Anode Materials in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Novonix is under contract to purchase a building formerly owned by Alstom, which it plans to retrofit. The 400,000-square-foot plant, the company’s second facility in Chattanooga, will accommodate a planned 8,000-ton-per-year production operation. This phase of growth… Read more »

SK becomes third-largest shareholder of battery company SES

SK has invested an additional $35.9 million in SES (formerly SolidEnergy Systems), a developer of lithium-metal batteries. Coupled with its original $26.7 million investment in 2018, SK now becomes the third-largest shareholder of the battery company. SES, which launched in 2012 as an MIT research lab startup, is headquartered in Singapore, and operates labs and… Read more »

Brookhaven researchers discover new approach to stabilizing high-nickel cathodes

High-nickel-content cathodes have captured the imagination of scientists, as they could enable much higher energy density. However, the high nickel content causes these cathode materials to degrade more quickly, creating cracks and stability issues as the battery cycles. A team of researchers at the DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory investigated the valence gradient of cathode materials… Read more »

UK firms partner to optimize battery technology using carbon nanotubes

Johnson Matthey (JM) has teamed up with CPI and Thomas Swan to explore how to best optimize battery technology. The ICE-Batt project, which receives funding support from the Faraday Battery Challenge, will investigate how carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) can improve battery performance. Ultimately this could lead to improvements in energy density, power… Read more »

Unifrax announces first manufacturing line for its silicon fiber anode material

Unifrax, a manufacturer of specialty materials, has announced plans to build its first large-scale SiFAB (silicon fiber anode material) manufacturing line at its north-central Indiana facility. SiFAB is a proprietary silicon anode battery technology designed to enable greater energy density in lithium-ion batteries. The company also expects SiFAB to provide faster charging and longer battery… Read more »

Enevate announces battery production agreement with EnerTech

Battery maker Enevate has announced a new production license agreement with battery cell producer EnerTech International to commercialize Enevate’s silicon-dominant, XFC-Energy battery technology in the transportation, mobility and reserve power markets. The production license agreement with EnerTech is the next milestone in Enevate’s technology roadmap that leads to commercialization scheduled for 2022. Pre-production batteries have… Read more »

GM boosts EV investment, plans to build more US battery factories

GM has raised the stakes in what’s starting to look like a lively EV rivalry with Ford. The nation’s largest automaker now says it plans to invest $35 billion in electrification over the five years ending in 2025—the second increase in its announced figure in the last eight months. By 2025, GM plans to offer… Read more »

New brand-independent battery housing reduces weight and costs

A consortium consisting of Lorenz Kunststofftechnik, Forward Engineering, Evonik, LION Smart, Vestaro and Minth has developed a solution to help improve EV efficiency through lightweight battery construction. In late 2019, work started on a brand-independent, low-cost housing. The resulting battery pack is expected to weigh about 10 percent less than a pack made with commonly… Read more »