Category: research

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

Northvolt Zwei: Expanding the green blueprint for battery manufacturing into Germany

Partnering to enable a sustainable transport future, the Northvolt–VW joint venture will establish the Northvolt Zwei lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Salzgitter, Germany.   One was never going to be enough Now at the edge of a new decade, industries across Europe are gearing up for the shift away from carbon-based fuels and the transition towards a cleaner future built around electrification.…
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16th December 2019 0

Cryogenic storage could enable safe transport of car batteries

Researchers have shown that it’s possible to dramatically to reduce the cost of safely transporting damaged electric vehicle batteries by freezing them As sales of electric vehicles increases, there is more concern for the transportation of damaged and defective lithium-ion battery packs. Currently, it is an expensive process, as they are put in an explosion-proof…
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10th December 2019 0

No land, no problem. Floating solar panels might be the next big thing.

A blue lagoon sits outside of Sayreville, New Jersey, inside a lush preserve of spruce, maple, and oak trees. The 35-acre basin holds some of the town’s water supply, which requires enormous amounts of electricity to pump and treat. A few years ago, local officials decided to install a solar panel array to power the…
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3rd December 2019 0

Driving toward a healthier planet

Materials Day speaker Brian Storey describes how the Toyota Research Institute is embracing machine learning to advance the use of electric vehicles. With 100 million Toyota vehicles on the planet emitting greenhouse gases at a rate roughly comparable to those of France, the Toyota Motor Corporation has set a goal of reducing all tailpipe emissions…
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29th November 2019 0

Webasto Announces Modular Battery System, Thermal Management and Charging Solutions

Webasto, one of the top 100 global automotive suppliers, continues to stake a claim in the rapidly expanding e-mobility segment of the commercial vehicle and automotive marketplace. The company exhibited elements of a new modular battery system, thermal management and charging solutions in Ford Motor Company’s booth recently at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las…
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26th November 2019 0

Nikola Motor promises to unveil “game changing” battery cell technology at Nikola World 2020

Nikola Motor Company announced last Tuesday that it has developed a new battery that has a record energy density of 1,100 watt-hours per kg on the material level and 500 watt-hours per kg on the production cell level. The Nikola prototype cell is the first battery that removes binder material and current collectors, enabling more…
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25th November 2019 0

Post-Lithium Technology: High-Energy-Density Next-Generation Rechargeable Batteries

High-energy-density polymeric cathode for fast-charge sodium- and multivalent-ion batteries. Next-generation batteries will probably see the replacement of lithium ions by more abundant and environmentally benign alkali metal or multivalent ions. A major challenge, however, is the development of stable electrodes that combine high energy densities with fast charge and discharge rates. In the journal Angewandte…
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20th November 2019 0

BMW opens Battery Competence Centre in Munich

BMW has opened its new Battery Cell Competence Centre in Munich-Milbertshofen. The centre will develop new battery cells, manufacture them on a prototype scale and test them. The Munich-based company is still not planning for in-house series production. The new building is about 12,000 square meters with about one third reserved for office space, the…
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18th November 2019 0

MAHLE Powertrain presents new prototype 48-volt battery for mild-hybrid vehicles

MAHLE Powertrain is presenting a new, prototype 48-volt battery with optimized battery cooling and cell chemistry to enable increased charge and discharge rates. Mild-hybrid vehicles need to recover energy efficiently and at relatively high power during deceleration events. High storage capacity is not required for these applications as the recuperated energy can be deployed during…
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15th November 2019 0

Swedish electric truck to use EV drive system made in Sheffield

Volta Trucks is collaborating with a UK designer and manufacturer of electric vehicle drive systems to develop a fully electric truck. This follows the Swedish electric vehicle company onboarding other industry partners including motorsport and advanced technology consultancy, Prodrive, transportation design agency, Astheimer and technology and design studio, Conjure. Working in close collaboration with Volta…
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6th November 2019 0