New Airbus lab in Shenzhen to push battery technology for electric aerial vehicles; collaboration with BYD

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In China, the recently opened Airbus China Innovation Center (ACIC) battery lab is looking to power a new generation of electric-powered aerial vehicles. Asia is the global epicenter of battery development and production, with Japan and Korea as the worldwide leaders.

2019 125

Porsche introduces entry-level electric Taycan 4S; two battery sizes

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The new model is available with two battery sizes: the Performance battery (79.2 kWh) models with up to 390 kW (530 PS) or the Performance battery Plus (93.4 The Taycan 4S with Performance battery consumers 24.6 Electric (Battery

2019 102

Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) research project gets green light; tying in renewables

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Not only will electric vehicles with bidirectional charging capability be able to draw electrical power for their high-voltage battery when plugged into a compatible charging station or wallbox, they will also have the ability to reverse the process and feed energy back into the power grid.

2019 78

StreetScooter showcases all-new versions of successful WORK and WORK L electric light commercial vehicles

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StreetScooter has presented the next generation of its successful all-electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs): the WORK and WORK L. StreetScooter is a well-known early bird in the electric light commercial vehicle sector. Electric (Battery

2019 92

HELLA develops battery solutions for 48V mild hybrid vehicles

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HELLA, the lighting and electronics expert, develops and manufactures products that support all stages of automotive electrification. HELLA developed the Dual Voltage Battery Management System for the compact and mid-range class. 48V Batteries Hybrids

2019 95

StreetScooter to form JV with Chery for electric light utility vehicles

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StreetScooter GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post and market leader for electric light commercial vehicles (eLCV), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese automobile manufacturer Chery Holding Group (Chery) establishing a joint venture between the two companies. Chery is expanding its scope of mobility within the high promising segment of light cargo electric vehicles and micro e-mobility solution. China Electric (Battery) Fleets

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Volvo Buses in project researching use of second-life electric bus batteries to store solar energy

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Volvo Buses is participating in a research project in which used electric bus batteries are used as solar energy storage units. Batteries from electric bus route 55 in Gothenburg, Sweden are being used for solar energy storage in a second-life application.

2018 120

Audi introducing V2I Traffic Light Information service in Europe

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Audi is introducing the vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) service “Traffic Light Information” in Europe. From July, Audi will network new models with the traffic lights in Ingolstadt/Germany; further European cities will follow from 2020 onwards. Equipped cars will be more likely to catch a “green wave” in the city; Audi drivers will see in the cockpit what speed is required to reach the next traffic light on a green.

2019 97

Study sees gradual, focused replacement of lead-acid SLI batteries by Li-ion batteries over next couple of years

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A study by a team of researchers from Germany and South Africa forsees the gradual replacement of lead-acid SLI (starter, lighting and ignition) batteries with Li-ion batteries over the next couple of years. In the paper, the team reviewed a range of factors specific to the use of Li-ion as an SLI battery in light of some of the technology challenges and market opportunities. Batteries

2019 87

Dana expands TM4 SUMO electric powertrain offerings into commercial-vehicle, light-duty platforms

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When integrated with one of Dana’s numerous electrified axle solutions, the TM4 SUMO LD can be configured for light-commercial, minibus, and medium-duty truck and bus, as well as heavy-duty Class 8 hybrid vehicles. Electric (Battery) Motors Vehicle Systems

2019 111

18 more Solaris trolleybuses going to Italian cities; 45 kWh battery packs

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The vehicles feature a central traction motor and traction batteries with a capacity of 45 kWh and a cooling system, all of which will allow the vehicles to cover a much longer distance without the need to be attached to overhead wires. Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty

2019 116

BMW Group hits 100K electrified vehicle mark for this year, lights up Group HQ like a battery

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In recognition of the miletone, BMW used a light installation to transform its Group headquarters—the world-famous “Four-Cylinder” in the north of Munich—on the evening of 18 December 2017 into a battery. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins Sales

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Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist vessels going battery-electric; ABB power and propulsion

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ABB will supply a comprehensive integrated power and propulsion solution for the new-build vessels, including lithium-ion battery packs and an onshore charging system, enabling sustainable operation with maximum reliability. Electric (Battery) Ports and MarineNew York Governor Andrew M.

2019 136

Daimler Trucks’ Fuso unveils fuel-cell light-duty truck concept and production heavy-duty Super Great truck with L2 automation

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The Vision F-Cell electric powertrain architecture is basically comparable to that of a battery-powered truck—apart from significantly reduced battery power and the addition of hydrogen tanks. Power is provided by the 75 kW fuel cell stack and the 135 kW battery.

2019 78

OXIS Energy to build Li-sulfur battery plant in Brazil; initial capacity 2M cells/year

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The OXIS Li-S cells will be developed, designed and produced to meet the demands of three sectors—aviation, defence and electric vehicles such as buses, trucks and light commercial vehicles—reflecting the clients currently in partnership with OXIS. Batteries Li-Sulfur

2019 132

UCSD, South 8 team report improved liquefied-gas electrolytes for Li-metal batteries

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Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017—liquefied gas electrolytes—could pave the way to replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode. Batteries

2019 111

SAIC showcases battery-electric Maxus EV80 van range at IAA

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Maxus is presenting a range of zero emission EV80 battery electric vans at the 67 th IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover. Maxus offers a three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a battery warranty of five years or 100,000 km, whichever comes first. Electric (Battery) Europe

2018 106

AVEVAI introduces IONA e-LCVs with more than 300 km range; supercapacitor-battery hybrid technology

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AVEVAI , a new B2B e-mobility and logistics solutions and technology provider based in Singapore, launched its range of IONA electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs) at the 5 th Guangzhou International Electric Vehicles Show in China (16-25 November 2018). Batteries China

2018 131

Nissan, Renault to buy CATL batteries for electric vehicles

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The Nikkei reports that Chinese automotive battery maker CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.) will provide lithium-ion batteries to Nissan Motor and Renault. Renault plans to use CATL batteries for the electric version of its Kangoo compact van under development.

2018 95

Japan researchers develop all-solid-state batteries with low resistance at electrode/solid electrolyte interface

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A team from Tohoku University and Tokyo Tech have addressed one of the major disadvantages of all-solid-state batteries by developing batteries with a low resistance at their electrode/solid electrolyte interface. cm 2 in solid-state Li batteries with Li(Ni 0.5

2018 116

Groupe Renault introduces fuel-cell range extenders into its light commercial electric vehicles

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Groupe Renault is extending the range of its electric light commercial vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells. VAT (including the battery purchase and not including ecological bonuses). Renault KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen will be available at the end of 2019 and Renault MASTER Z.E.

2019 78

Voltaiq survey on battery industry finds analytical challenges and resource constraints as major obstacles to product development

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Voltaiq, a developer of advanced battery analytics solutions, has released , in partnership with Total Battery Consulting, an industry survey examining many of the challenges and opportunities battery manufacturers, suppliers and integrators currently face.

2019 92

Battery company Kreisel Electric introduces automated 2-speed transmission for EVs

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We set ourselves the demanding task of building an ultra-light, electric supercar based on a historic sports car as the ideal application for our transmission. Electric (Battery) Transmissions

2018 98

Novel solid-phase transformation enables high-energy Li-S batteries in conventional Li-ion electrolyte

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Researchers from Western University, Canadian Light Source, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have proposed a novel solid-phase Li-S transformation mechanism that enables high energy Li-S batteries in conventional Li-ion carbonate electrolytes. Batteries Li-Sulfur

2018 112

Daimler Trucks & Buses and CATL enter global Li-ion battery cell modules supply agreement for electric trucks

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Daimler Trucks & Buses and battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) have entered a global battery cell modules supply agreement for electric trucks. CATL will supply lithium-ion battery cell modules for a wide range of Daimler Trucks & Buses’ global electric truck portfolio to be introduced in markets from 2021 onwards, including the Mercedes-Benz eActros, the Freightliner eCascadia and the Freightliner eM2. Batteries Heavy-duty

2019 75

US light-duty diesel sales climb in 2018 to 500,000 units; 3% of sales

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Sales of diesel light-duty vehicles (Class 1-3) in the US in 2018 reached their highest annual level, coming in at more than 500,000 units—just over 3% of total vehicle sales—according to figures by Baum & Associates provided by the Diesel Technology Forum.

2019 119

Daimler buying more than €20B of battery cells for electric drive vehicles by 2030

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Daimler will buy more than €20 billion (US$23 billion) of battery cells for electric drive vehicles by 2030, the company announced. The suppliers are already producing battery cells in Asia and Europe and are continuing to expand in Europe and additionally in the US. Daimler currently has battery cell supply deals with SK Innovation, LG Chem and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL). Batteries Electric (Battery

2018 89

NEC develops prototype 4.5V, long-life manganese Li-ion battery; 30% more energy density, high capacity and light weight

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High voltage lithium-ion battery prototype. NEC Corporation has developed a prototype next-generation manganese lithium-ion battery featuring cathodes that support higher voltage operations (4.5V BatteriesClick to enlarge.

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Nissan Frontier Sentinel pickup concept unveiled in São Paulo; two LEAF battery packs

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Frontier Sentinel integrates a host of features, including two battery packs from the Nissan LEAF to deliver auxiliary power. Frontier Sentinel also stands out for its snorkel, which lets it navigate deep-water crossings, and a special lighting system on top of the windshield.

2018 102

Li-ion battery maker CATL opens its first North American sales and service facility

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Ltd ( CATL ), a leading global supplier and manufacturer of lithium-ion battery products for electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage facilities, is renewing its commitment to the US market by opening its first North American sales and service facility. CATL currently supplies the North American market with core battery technologies for EVs and energy storage solutions. Batteries Electric (Battery Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.

2018 83

Renault introduces two new electric light commercial vehicles

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At the Brussels Motorshow in Belgium, Renault Pro+ introduced two new electric light commercial vehicles—New Kangoo Z.E. features a new battery, new engine, new charger, new innovative connected services, and a heat pump in the air conditioning system. Electric (Battery) Fleets

2017 95

Battery Racks, Continued

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I did some more work on the battery racks over the past few days. Here is a closeup of the front battery rack on the driver side. Here's the front battery rack again, but on the passenger side of the vehicle. Moving onto the firewall battery rack.

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BMW’s ReachNow installing Light & Charge locations in Seattle; 100 chargers at 20 new public sites

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ReachNow, the mobility services division of the BMW Group, Woodland Park Zoo, and the City of Seattle celebrated the successful installation of the first of 20 Light & Charge electric vehicle (EV) charging locations that will more than double the number of Fast Chargers publicly available in Seattle.

Lead battery research consortium promises big leap in performance; technical roadmap under development

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A global battery consortium charged with advancing lead battery technology has re-launched as it prepares a new technical roadmap designed to extend both the performance and lifetime of the core battery technology. Since it was formed as the ALABC 25 years ago, the Consortium for Battery Innovation has ushered in innovations including start-stop batteries to help reduce CO 2 emissions and boost fuel economy. Batteries

2019 79

Daimler battery subsidiary Accumotive doubles the amount of employees to approximately 1,000

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Daimler AG is expanding its global battery production network and is paving the way for the creation of a cross-divisional electro initiative. Accumotive was founded in 2009 is producing lithium ion-batteries for Mercedes-Benz and smart brand vehicles. A second battery factory is being built at this site with an investment of €500 million. The second battery factory in Kamenz has been designed as a CO 2 -neutral factory. Batteries

2018 91

Volkswagen unveils MEB-based battery-electric dune buggy at Geneva: ID. BUGGY concept

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BUGGY is made up of the electric motor integrated in the rear axle, power electronics, a single-speed gearbox, the high-voltage flat battery (62 kWh) arranged in the car floor to save space, and the additional units integrated in the vehicle front end. Electric (Battery

2019 102

Brookhaven team develops energy-dense sulfur-based organic cathode material for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have designed a new, sulfur-based organic cathode material for lithium batteries. The material is more energy-dense, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly than traditional cathode materials in lithium batteries. The researchers say this study provides a new strategy for improving the performance of sulfur-based cathodes for high performance lithium batteries. Batteries

2019 78

Tsinghua review of solid-state Li-metal batteries finds great promise, but much work still to be done

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However, the competitive solid-state Li-metal batteries encounter formidable challenges, including dendrite issues and poor solid-solid contact. The large impedance can result in fatal effects on the cycling performance of solid-state batteries. Batteries Solid-state

2019 111

New sensor tech for commercial Lithium-ion batteries could support >5x faster charging without compromising safety

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Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick (UK) have developed a method to assess the maximum current for commercial 18650 Li-ion batteries, using novel instrumentation methods enabling in operando measurements. Batteries Sensors

2018 124

Mercedes-Benz Cars to build battery factory in Jawor, Poland; ninth in its global network

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Mercedes-Benz Cars will build a battery factory at the site in Jawor, Poland, and thus extend its global battery production network to nine factories. We will produce batteries on our own, what we consider a significant success factor in the era of electric mobility. The battery factory in Jawor is the second largest investment at this new Mercedes-Benz site. With nine factories in our global battery production network we are very well positioned.

New group of materials could lead to faster-charging Li-ion batteries

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The researchers, led by Professor Clare Grey, found that lithium ions move through the materials at rates that far exceed those of typical electrode materials, which equates to a much faster-charging battery. The faster this process occurs, the faster the battery can be charged.

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Battery Imbalances

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The front two batteries behind the radiator grille are the lowest voltage in the pack. They also get more drain then other batteries because they supply 24V to the controller and to the contactor. Furthermore, one of the front batteries is tied to the IsoBatMon unit. Thus, we have a perfect storm happening on the front-center battery that gets the highest load, and equalizes last due to a slightly different zener drop on the BatMon board.

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New light and powerful battery hope for EVs

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Researchers trying to develop new lightweight yet high energy batteries for electric cars-have excelled, beating their own target for capacity by more than 10 per cent. That’s despite a target for a 15 per cent reduction in weight compared to current state-of-the-art battery packs.

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