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New research eyes cheaper li-ion batteries with double capacity

Gerd Ceder - Battery Research - Materials Sciences Division, Berkeley Lab.

University of California, Berkeley researchers design new energy-dense li-ion cathodes, without the need for cobalt Although lithium is often considered the key element in battery manufacturing, many other components depend on equally important rare earth supplies. With nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) lithium-ion being amongst the most common, each of these materials is …

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Researchers find li-ion batteries are capable of 5x faster charging

CCS fast-charging system

A new testing technique has revealed Li-ion batteries can be safely charged much faster than current manufacturers’ recommendations A group of researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK  have discovered that commercially available Lithium-ion batteries can be safely charged five times faster than currently recommended. The group used commercially …

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Mazda consortium to work on 12V li-ion batteries

12V lead-acid starter battery

Mazda, ELIIY Power and Ube Industries will develop 12V lithium-ion replacements for lead-acid batteries The three companies will work together to develop durable, heat- and impact-resistant batteries as a viable replacement for lead-acid starter batteries in motor vehicles by 2021. The use of li-ion batteries in conventional vehicles so far has …

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Cummins acquires Johnson Matthey battery unit

Source: Cummins

Cummins continues its EV tech acquisition spree as it prepares to deliver electric powertrains to customers from 2019 Engine manufacturer Cummins has continued its push into the electric transport sector via another acquisition, this time taking on a UK unit of chemicals and tech conglomerate Johnson Matthey. Johnson Matthey’s (JM) …

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Panasonic throws hat into the ePowertrain ring

Scalable ePowertrain platform at the CES 2018

Earlier this month, Panasonic unveiled its ‘ePowertrain’ concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Although primarily known as a battery supplier within the EV world, Panasonic appears to have bigger plans for its products and role within the industry. Plans for an ePowertrain and battery development were announced …

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BMW to put €200 million into Battery Cell Competence Centre

BMW Group Board of Management at the BCCC Ceremony in Munich
Source: BMW

BMW Group has announced details of its upcoming electric drivetrain and will invest €200 million in a new Battery Cell Competence Centre. BMW Group has announced some of its spending plans on electrification technologies over the next four years. Specifically, the interdisciplinary Battery Cell Competence Centre, opening early in 2019 …

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Magnesium battery breakthrough could beat li-ion

Source: Berkley Lab

Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL), in partnership with the US Department of Energy, have discovered chemical reactions that could solve a problem plaguing magnesium-based batteries. A research team has aimed to prove by disproving, having discovered a set of chemical reactions, involving magnesium, that explain battery degradation. The team used a series …

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The world’s largest EV is on trial in Switzerland

The Kuhn Komatsu e-Dumper

A 110-tonne battery-powered electric dumper truck is to be trialled in Switzerland this autumn While it may seem at first glance to be an unlikely electric transport pioneer, Swiss cement manufacturer Ciments Vigier has commissioned a ground-breaking prototype which could prompt some serious thinking for heavy industry worldwide. The project …

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