NIO Power Europe plant to commence operation; support for battery swapping and R&D

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Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Hui Zhang, Vice President of NIO Europe Office, jointly announced that NIO Power Europe Plant in Pest megye, with investment from NIO, will commence operation in September. NIO’s first battery swap station in Norway.

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Battery-powered Mercedes-Benz eActros approved as truck-trailer combo with total weight of 40 tons

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The Mercedes-Benz battery-electric eActros has now been approved as a truck-and-trailer combination with a total weight of 40 tons. We are looking forward to intensive tests with the battery electric truck-and-trailer combination in the northern Black Forest.

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Nikola to acquire battery-pack company Romeo Power

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Nikola Corporation and Romeo Power have entered into a definitive agreement in which Nikola will acquire Romeo in an all-stock transaction. Headquartered in Cypress, California, Romeo is an energy storage technology company focused on designing and manufacturing lithium-ion battery modules and packs for commercial vehicle applications. Romeo has proven battery pack technologies and a significant battery cell supply agreement in place.

Equipmake-powered electric bus heads for Argentina

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This modular and scaleable battery drivetrain, developed at Equipmake’s HQ in Snetterton, is the same technology also used in Equipmake’s new London-specification bus, the double decker Jewel E. Bus Conversions Electric (Battery

PG&E and Tesla launch virtual power plant pilot

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have launched a new pilot program that creates a virtual power plant (VPP) to help support electric grid reliability and save customers money. On 22 June, Tesla invited approximately 25,000 PG&E customers with Tesla Powerwalls to join the VPP and to help form the world’s largest distributed battery. PG&E will call load management events for participating customers, directing their battery to discharge when there is high demand for electricity from 4 to 9 p.m.

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Na-ion battery developer Faradion collaborating with battery manufacturer AMTE Power

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UK-based battery manufacturer AMTE Power and Faradion Ltd. , a leader in non-aqueous sodium-ion battery technolog ( earlier post ), announced a collaboration which combines Faradion’s IP with AMTE Power’s design and manufacturing capabilities. Batteries Manufacturing

NIO Power completes more than 500,000 EV battery swaps

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As of 26 May 2020, NIO Power has completed more than 500,000 EV battery swaps in China, becoming one of NIO’s most well-received power services. Nio’s battery swap is enabled by more than 500 patented technologies. Power Swap made its debut at NIO Day in December 2017.

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EIA: US large-scale battery storage power capacity increased 35% in 2020

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The United States continued a trend of significant growth in large-scale battery capacity, with US battery power capacity reaching 1,650 megawatts (MW) by the end of 2020. Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Hawaii each have more than 50 MW of power capacity.

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Bombardier (now Alstom) to convert AGC hybrid trains to full battery power

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To help France meet its sustainability targets, Bombardier will now convert AGC hybrid trains to full battery power. The effort is part of France’s strategy to eventually phase diesel power out of its national rail fleet. The range in battery mode will be at least 80 kilometers.

Bosch starting volume production of silicon carbide power semiconductors

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After several years of development, Bosch is now starting volume production of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors to supply automotive manufacturers worldwide. Since the SiC chips also emit significantly less heat, the power electronics require less in the way of costly cooling.

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Renault Group and Vitesco Technologies partner to develop power electronics for electric and hybrid powertrains

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Renault Grou and Vitesco Technologies are entering a strategic partnership for the joint development and the production of power electronics in a “One Box” for electric and hybrid powertrains. Under this agreement, both partners will join their forces, contributing by their know-how and experience jointly to develop a power electronics concept. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Manufacturing Power Electronics

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Romeo Power selected as sole provider of Li-ion batteries for next-gen low-speed EV

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Romeo Power has been selected by a US manufacturer of low-speed electric vehicles (LSEVs) as the sole provider of lithium-ion batteries for its next-generation vehicle. Batteries Electric (Battery

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Cummins invests in lithium-metal battery company Sion Power, multi-year development agreement

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has entered into an agreement with Sion Power Corporation ( earlier post ), a leading developer of high-energy rechargeable battery technology, to design and to supply battery cells based on their proprietary lithium-metal technology for commercial vehicle applications. Under the agreement, Sion Power will engage in a multi-year development program to design and supply large-format lithium metal battery cells for use in Cummins battery packs. Cummins Inc.

AMTE Power launches ‘Power Up’ project to develop ultra high-power battery cells for automotive

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UK-based AMTE Power has secured a project from the Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge, worth £1 million, to develop a higher energy density variant of its Ultra High-Power (UHP) lithium-ion cell, with support from Imperial College London for battery modeling. AMTE Power will have access to gigascale manufacturing production capability and use the facility’s 300x100 pouch assembly line in the development of its high-performance cells.

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Toshiba launches 20Ah-HP SCiB rechargeable Li-ion battery; high energy and high power

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Toshiba Corporation expanded its SCiB product offering with the launch of a 20Ah-HP rechargeable lithium-ion battery cell that delivers high energy and high power at the same time. Input power. Output power. Batteries Electric (Battery

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Proterra battery technology to power Lightning eMotors Electric Transit commercial van

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Proterra , a leading innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, and Lightning eMotors announced a new collaboration to power the Generation 4 Lightning Electric Transit commercial van using Proterra’s battery technology. Batteries Electric (Battery

NIO selects high-efficiency SiC traction power modules from onsemi

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onsemi announced that China-based EV maker NIO chose the latest VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules from onsemi for its next-generation electric vehicles (EVs). The silicon carbide (SiC)-based power modules enable longer range, higher efficiency and faster acceleration for EVs.

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Octillion Power Systems enters US bus market to supply batteries for motorcoaches, city buses

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Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion batteries, is providing battery packs for all-electric motorcoaches and city transit buses offered by ABC Companies and Lightning eMotors. —Paul Beach, president, Octillion Power Systems.

Toyota introduces home storage battery system based on EV battery technology

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Toyota Motor is introducing the O-Uchi Kyuden System, a home storage battery system based on its electrified vehicle battery technology. The O-Uchi Kyuden System uses electrified vehicle battery technology such as Toyota’s battery control to provide a rated capacity of 8.7

Power Global, Rap Eco Motors to launch mass electric auto-rickshaw line powered by swappable battery technology

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Power Global and Rap Eco Motors partner to deliver 50,000 made-in-India electric auto-rickshaws built upon the swappable eZee module. Compared to existing fossil fuel-powered auto-rickshaws on the road today, each RANIE vehicle is expected to cut CO 2 e emissions by 3.7

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Autocar begins field-testing battery-electric cabover refuse trucks

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The two E-ACX battery-electric cabover refuse trucks are going through a strict validation testing process to ensure the trucks are built to handle the same challenges and requirements as their diesel and CNG counterparts. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

XPeng launches new LFP-battery powered versions of EVs

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China-based EV maker XPeng expanded its product offering by launching three new vehicle versions powered by lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries for the Chinese market. XPeng also launched a new G3 460c version with LFP-powered batteries. New w/ LFP battery).

Octillion Power Systems debuts new EV battery-leasing plan

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Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion storage systems for electric mobility ( earlier post ), announced a new demonstrator program for battery-leasing that allows batteries to be leased to fleet customers when they purchase vehicles. Under the program, participating fleet operators will be allowed to source batteries through a five-year “lease-to-own” program, with no up-front payment. —Paul Beach, president, Octillion Power Systems.

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GM heat pump recovers energy from EV battery to power heating & propulsion while helping conserve range: Ultium Energy Recovery

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GM is introducing a patented heat-pump in its Ultium-based EVs that captures and repurposes waste energy from the battery. Through the Ultium Platform’s energy recovery system, this waste energy can increase a vehicle’s range, reduce battery energy needed for heating, increase charging speed and even enable sportier driving. EV batteries, power electronics and other propulsion components produce heat. Batteries Electric (Battery) Waste Heat Recovery

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Heritage Environmental Services and battery-maker Romeo Power looking for fleet electrification partners

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Heritage Environmental Services, a provider of environmental and recycling services, and battery-maker Romeo Power launched a program to select fleet electrification partners to execute on HES’ fleet electrification strategy.

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Renault Group, STMicroelectronics enter strategic cooperation on power electronics

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Renault Group and STMicroelectronics announced a strategic cooperation on the design, development, manufacturing, and supply to Renault Group of STMicroelectronics’ products and related packaging solutions for the power electronics systems of battery-operated and hybrid vehicles. As Renault’s key innovation partner, STMicroelectronics will benefit from significant volumes guaranteed for the annual usage of these power modules and transistors from 2026-2030.

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BorgWarner receives $4.97M DOE award for SiC-based high power-dense inverter

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million US Department of Energy (DOE) Award for the development of a Scalable Ultra Power-dense Extended Range (SUPER) inverter. Viper inverter power switch ( earlier post ). Electric (Battery) Market Background Power ElectronicsBorgWarner is the recipient of a $4.97

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Nissan and Sunwoda jointly to study battery development for e-POWER vehicles

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and Sunwoda Electric Vehicle Battery Co., will begin studying joint development of next-generation vehicle batteries for Nissan’s e-POWER vehicles. The e-POWER system includes a gasoline engine with a power generator, an inverter, a battery and an electric motor.

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Impact Clean Power to build gigafactory in Poland

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Poland-based Impact Clean Power Technology S.A. ICPT ), a manufacturer of battery systems for transportation, robotics and stationary energy storage in Europe, has begun construction of GigafactoryX. Battery systems will be based on lithium-ion cells using LTO, LFP and NMC chemistries. The production process will be powered by photovoltaic installation stabilized by energy storage built from recycled battery systems previously used in public transport.

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XALT Energy batteries powering MCI all-electric passenger coach

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XALT Energy is powering the US’ first, long-distance, all-electric passenger coach in tests with private and public transportation providers in the United States. In addition, each has designs for the power to energy ratio needed. Bus Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

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NREL thermal management system greatly increases power density of SiC inverters in heavy-duty applications

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A thermal management system developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in collaboration with John Deere promises to increase the power density of silicon carbide (SiC) inverters within heavy-duty EV applications significantly.

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UQ, GMG graphene-enhanced aluminum-ion batteries show very high power density, long life

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GMG) reported initial performance data for graphene-enhanced aluminum-ion batteries developed by GHG and the University of Queensland (UQ). This is a real game-changing technology which can offer a real alternative with an interchangeable battery technology for the existing lithium-ion batteries in almost every application with GMG’s Graphene and UQ’s patent-pending aluminum ion battery technology. The current nominal voltage of our batteries is 1.7 Batteries

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Plug Power & Gaussin collaborate on hydrogen-powered logistics vehicles

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Plug Power Inc., a provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions, and Gaussin are collaborating to bring a commercial suite of ProGen-powered Gaussin transportation vehicles to market in 2021 as a solution to decarbonize the logistics ecosystem.

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Buses powered by Octillion batteries reach 20M kilometers driven; Caspian pack

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In advance of next week’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Octillion Power Systems announced that bus operators have driven 20 million kilometers powered by its lithium-ion batteries. —Paul Beach, president of Octillion Power Systems.

Independent lab confirms high specific energy and high power of Zenlabs’ new large format electric aviation battery cells

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Zenlabs Energy, a developer of advanced lithium-ion batteries ( earlier post ), announced that Energy Assurance, an independent third-party test laboratory, has validated the high specific energy and high-power of Zenlabs’ new large-format pouch cells for the electric aviation market.

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Wärtsilä to design and equip two zero-emissions battery-powered ferries

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In addition to the design, for each ferry Wärtsilä will supply the thruster motors, batteries, onboard and shore-based battery charging equipment, the back-up generators, and various electrical systems. Electric (Battery) Ports and Marine

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Power Integrations introduces automotive-qualified high-voltage switcher ICs with 1700 V SiC MOSFET; targeted for 800V batteries

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Power Integrations, a provider of high-voltage integrated circuits (ICs) for energy-efficient power conversion, has added two new AEC-Q100 qualified, 1700-volt rated ICs to its InnoSwitch3-AQ family. The new devices are the industry’s first automotive-qualified switching power supply ICs to incorporate a silicon carbide (SiC) primary switching MOSFET. 800-volt batteries are becoming standard for EVs. Batteries Electric (Battery) Power Electronics

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Solid-state battery company Solid Power closes $130M Series B led by BMW, Ford and Volta

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Solid Power, a developer of all solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, announced a $130-million Series B investment round led by the BMW Group, Ford Motor Company and Volta Energy Technologies. —Doug Campbell, CEO and co-founder of Solid Power.

GMC introduces 2022 HUMMER EV Edition 1; powered by all-new Ultium battery tech

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The HUMMER EV will get its energy from General Motors’ all-new Ultium batteries and power from Ultium Drive, GM’s proprietary EV drive units. 24-module, double-stacked Ultium battery propulsion system that will offer excellent range and power to three motors.

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Nikola Corporation to Acquire Battery Pack Company Romeo Power

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Nikola Corporation and Romeo Power have entered into a definitive agreement in which Nikola will acquire the battery supplier in an all-stock transaction. Electric Car News Nikola Nikola Corporation Nikola Motor Romeo power

Cuberg achieves near doubling of Li-metal cell cycle life; improved energy and power

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Through continued development of its next-generation lithium-metal cell technology, Cuberg has achieved a near-doubling of cycle life of its cells alongside improvement in energy and power. Aviation & Aerospace Batteries Electric (Battery) Market Background

Nissan unveils prototype production facility for all-solid-state batteries

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Nissan unveiled its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery (ASSB) cells, which the company aims to bring to market in 2028. All-solid-state batteries are expected to be a game-changing technology for accelerating the popularity of electric vehicles.

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High-power battery company MOBIUS.energy secures $50M investment commitment from GEM

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MOBIUS will use the funds to scale-up battery module production to support electric aircraft customers through a subscription model including maintenance and salvage services. Aviation & Aerospace Batteries Electric (Battery