IONITY announces €700-million investment to expand charging network

European charging network IONITY has secured €700 million in new investment from current shareholders and a new investor: the BlackRock Global Renewable Power platform. This investment will enable IONITY to quadruple the number of its high-power 350 kW charging points to 7,000 by 2025. The new charging points will be...

Siemens to power electric bus depot in Queensland, Australia

Public transit operator Keolis Downer has selected Siemens to deliver charging solutions to its new North Lakes bus depot in Brisbane, Australia. The depot, which is expected to be in service by February 2023, will power 16 electric buses serving some 60,000 residents in the city’s northern suburbs. Siemens will...

Sensata’s new i-BMS handles applications up to 60 volts

Sensata Technologies’s new i-BMS battery management system for applications up to 60 V is now available. The new system is a cell-chemistry-agnostic, compact, integrated BMS developed for the cost-optimized mass-production of applications such as two- and three-wheelers, automated guided vehicles and robotics. Hot-swap functionality and parallel battery pack support allow...

ABB implements “Plug N Charge” in its new DC chargers

So, is it “Plug and Charge,” “Plug & Charge,” or “Plug&Charge?” We’ve seen ‘em all. Come on, folks! This technology is supposed to be all about interoperability. Can we all agree on how to spell the name? Apparently, that will have to wait for a future update of the standard....

BorgWarner will supply 800 V SiC inverter to German automaker

BorgWarner will provide a high-voltage silicon carbide inverter to an unnamed German automaker for implementation in its EVs. The BorgWarner 800 V SiC inverter with proprietary power switches provides a compact and efficient power module designed to deliver higher EV range and enhanced driving performance. The inverter uses a scalable...

First Cobalt to expand nickel and cobalt production

First Cobalt is expanding its plans to provide battery-grade nickel and cobalt, recycled battery materials and precursor material to the North American supply chain. First Cobalt is also changing its name to Electra Battery Materials. Electra is expanding a permitted hydrometallurgical refinery north of Toronto, which is projected to produce...

ORNL scientists use electrochemical pulse to overcome contact impedance

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a scalable, low-cost method to improve the joining of materials in solid-state batteries. One of the challenges in manufacturing solid-state batteries is the difficulty of getting materials to properly join and remain stable during repeated cycles of charging and discharging. Scientists studying...

American Axle to supply REE Automotive with electric drive units

American Axle will supply REE Automotive with its electric drive units (EDUs). AAM’s 3-in-1 electric drive technology—which incorporates the electric motor, gearbox and inverter into a single package—will be integrated into REEcorner technology. AAM’s high-speed, integrated 3-in-1 propulsion systems are designed to provide high levels of torque and power density,...

TDK’s new temperature sensors protect high voltage DC connectors in EVs

TDK’s new high-voltage-resistant temperature sensors for connectors are designed to protect batteries operating at high voltages. The company designed these sensors to respond quickly, remain stable at high temperatures, and integrate directly into connectors. The company says its challenge in the design was finding a material with both high electrical...

Magna supplies battery enclosure for Ford F-150 Lightning

Magna is supplying Ford with battery enclosures for the upcoming F-150 Lightning electric truck. The enclosures will be the first built by Magna for Ford in the North American market. Their aluminum extrusions and stampings are assembled using a combination of laser hybrid and cold metal transfer (CMT) welding. Magna...

Northvolt produces its first Li-ion battery cell with 100% recycled nickel, manganese and cobalt

Swedish manufacturer Northvolt, which is partially owned by Volkswagen and BMW, announced that it has produced its first lithium-ion battery cell using 100% recycled nickel, manganese and cobalt. The company recovered the materials from battery waste through a low-energy hydrometallurgical treatment, which involves the use of an aqueous solution to...

How does Alaska’s first electric school bus handle the winter?

How well do electric school buses do in extreme cold? One anecdotal answer comes from Gerald Blackard, co-owner of Tok Transportation, which operates a single electric bus for the Alaska Gateway School District in the small village of Tok in eastern Alaska. The bus, which was manufactured by Thomas Built...

Battery startup Mitra Chem raises $20 million in Series A funding round

Mitra Future Technologies, also known as Mitra Chem, has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round led by Social Capital Holdings. The startup aims to boost the North American battery supply chain by producing an iron-based cathode. Iron-based battery chemistries have long dominated the market in China, while...

BMW i Ventures invests in LFP cell developer Our Next Energy

BMW i Ventures will invest in Our Next Energy (ONE), a Michigan-based energy storage company that’s working to develop longer-range, lower-cost batteries. ONE will use the investment to scale production of its first products.  ONE has demonstrated two proprietary technologies. The first, called Aries, uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry...

Johnson Matthey plans to exit battery materials market

Johnson Matthey has been working to commercialize its high-nickel cathode materials for the automotive industry, but has now concluded that the potential returns from its battery materials business will not be adequate to justify further investment. Citing competition from alternative technologies and other manufacturers, the company’s board has decided to...

SEEIT announces UK charging hub deal with ESB Energy

SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT), an investment company that invests exclusively in the energy efficiency sector, has made an agreement via its partner The EV Network with charging provider ESB Energy to significantly expand its network of fast charging infrastructure across the UK. The ESB Energy roll-out will be...

Wallbox introduces home energy management solutions for the US market

Barcelona-based Wallbox (NYSE:WBX) has added its Eco-Smart and Power Boost home energy management features to its US charging products. Eco-Smart and Power Boost now come standard with Wallbox’s Pulsar Plus, a 48-amp, 11.5 kW compact home charger that features flexible amperage, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, charge scheduling, power sharing and...

Enphase Energy to acquire EVSE manufacturer ClipperCreek

Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH), a supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems, has agreed to acquire California-based charger manufacturer ClipperCreek. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of 2021. ClipperCreek has served the EV charging market since 2006, and has sold more than 110,000 Level 2 AC charging...