ABB earns CharIN CCS certification for its DC charger portfolio

CharIN is a 200-member global association that promotes interoperability based on the Combined Charging System (CCS). Electronics giant ABB has been an active member of CharIN since its establishment in 2015, and leads a CharIN working group dedicated to CCS interoperability testing and certification. Now ABB is en route to...

XL Fleet partners with eNow on electric transport refrigeration units

XL Fleet has formed a development agreement with eNow, a provider of solar and battery power systems for electric transport refrigeration units (eTRUs). XL Fleet has also invested $3 million in eNow’s convertible notes, and has the right to acquire the company at a predetermined valuation. XL Fleet will supply...

Umicore buys a stake in solid-state battery developer Solid Power

Umicore has announced that it holds a stake in solid-state battery specialist Solid Power, following Solid Power’s announcement of its intent to become a publicly listed company. Umicore built its stake through earlier Series A and B investment rounds.  Solid Power also counts Ford, BMW, Hyundai and Samsung among its...

A closer look at humidity control methods for EV electronics

It’s a well-known trope that water and electricity don’t mix, but keeping the two separated is often deceptively difficult, because the simple solution of just sealing the box is insufficient on its own. This is because of condensation, which can come from water vapor in the air at the time...

Atom Power expands into EV charging with digital circuit breaker technology

Circuit breakers are everywhere, providing critically important electrical safety in buildings, vehicles and electrical devices of all kinds. However, this mechanical technology has remained mostly unchanged for a century. Atom Power believes that this lack of innovation is hindering the clean-energy transition, and that digitizing power systems to enable smart...

Sumitomo expands cathode material production

Sumitomo Metal Mining plans to build a new plant in Besshi, Japan, and will expand its Harima Refinery, in order to produce more cathode material.  The company’s planned production capacity is 2,000 tons of cathode material per month, and its goal is 10,000 tons per month by 2027. The company...

Li-Cycle and Univar to provide waste management for Li-ion battery production

Li-Cycle has partnered with Univar Solutions to provide waste management solutions for lithium-ion batteries. Univar will collect, sort, and divert waste at Li-Cycle facilities.  Battery recycler Li-Cycle uses its proprietary Spoke & Hub technology to achieve a high material recovery rate and to produce new battery materials from recycled batteries....

Hyliion selects FEV as partner for Class 8 electric truck development

FEV has announced a long-term agreement with Hyliion to support design, development, integration and validation of its Electric Range Extender (ERX) for Class 8 tractor-trailer applications. FEV will also develop the controls strategy for the propulsion system and provide vehicle integration for OEM driver-assistance features, controls and driver interfaces.  Hyliion’s...

Gridserve plans 50 charging hubs in UK, with 350 kW chargers

Sustainable energy provider Gridserve has unveiled plans to develop a £100-million EV infrastructure project in the UK. The Gridserve Electric Highway will offer a network of over 50 electric hubs, each with between six and twelve 350 kW chargers. Ten of these hubs are scheduled to go into service this...

GKN Automotive accelerates development of next-gen 800 V eDrive technologies

GKN Automotive, a maker of electric driveline technology, is accelerating its development of next-generation eDrive technologies. These future 800 V systems are already at advanced stages of development—GKN Automotive is testing them in real-world conditions, and working with global OEMs to prepare the systems for production. GKN says its future...

Tesla signs deal with BHP to secure nickel for battery cells

Contrary to popular belief, the most important mineral in EV batteries may not be lithium, but nickel. According to the Nickel Institute, the metal, which gives cells higher energy density and greater storage capacity, is an essential component for Li-ion battery cathodes—in fact, it’s the most important metal by mass...

Enel X joins Extreme E as official Smart Charging Partner

Extreme E, the rough-and-tumble racing series that brings all-electric rally racing to some of the most remote spots on the planet, has announced Enel X as its official Smart Charging Partner. Enel X will provide its JuicePump 40 Race Edition charging station to charge the championship’s ODYSSEY 21 electric SUVs....

Service provider network Urgently to use SparkCharge’s on-demand fast charging solution

Urgently has partnered with SparkCharge to add on-demand EV charging to the services offered by its roadside and mobility assistance programs. The partnership combines SparkCharge’s Roadie, a portable, modular fast charging system, with Urgently’s Smart Mobility Assistance platform. “Mobile EV charging is among the innovative and vital services Urgently has...

Using bacteria to recover precious metals from EV batteries

Researchers at Coventry University have developed a new solution for recycling EV batteries by recovering all metals in them using a process called bioleaching. Bioleaching, also known as biomining, employs microbes that can oxidize metals as part of their metabolism. The process has been widely used in the mining industry...

Mercedes-Benz acquires motor technology firm YASA

Mercedes-Benz has announced the acquisition of YASA, a manufacturer of electric drive technology. YASA will operate as a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, but will continue to operate from its headquarters in Oxford, England. YASA will provide electric motors for Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.EA electric platform, while continuing to supply existing automotive supercar customers....

Rheinland Air Service orders five Bye Aerospace eFlyer 800s

Rheinland Air Service (RAS), a European provider of aircraft maintenance and repair services, has ordered five all-electric eFlyer 800 aircraft from Bye Aerospace. RAS will provide service to eFlyer800 aircraft in Central Europe through its service and support facilities in Germany, and will be a designated reseller of the eFlyer800...

BASF to build battery prototype recycling plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

BASF will build a prototype battery recycling plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, at the site of its existing cathode active materials plant. The prototype recycling plant will allow for the development of operational procedures and optimization of technology to extract lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from end-of-life lithium-ion batteries as well...