Saturday, June 19, 2021
Wärtsilä Supports EU & Waterborne Technology Platform Partnership to Reach Zero Emissions by 2050 Wärtsilä Corporation
The technology group Wärtsilä is active in its support for a co-programmed partnership between the European Commission and the Waterborne Technology Platform. The aim of the partnership is to demonstrate zero-emission solutions for all main ship types and services before 2030, which will enable zero-emission waterborne transport before 2050. An agreement for the partnership is […]
Proterra, a Leading Innovator in Commercial Vehicle Electrification Technology, to Debuted on Nasdaq
Proterra begins trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market today after completing business combination with ArcLight Clean Transition Corp. More than $640 million raised to fund growth initiatives, including next-generation battery program With more than 600 vehicles on the road and its industry-leading battery systems proven over 20 million service miles driven, Proterra positioned to […]
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Partnership with energy providers: Audi funding expansion of renewable energy to increase the number of charging stations in Europe that use green power Next step towards the vision of carbon-neutral mobility: Audi funding the expansion of wind and solar farms in Europe The Audi-funded projects are expected to feed an additional 5 terawatt hours of […]
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Pioneering partnership makes Kia’s advanced range of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) available to the Uber driver network The agreement will consolidate Kia’s position as a leading provider of electrified vehicles to the ride hailing sector Kia continues to accelerate the availability of zero-emissions vehicles that create cleaner and quieter spaces in cities and towns Uber […]
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Dedicated BEV platform creates class-leading interior space High-tech relaxation seats conveniently recline creating a calming interior space for occupants Strong focus on ergonomics for an intuitive driving experience Clever storage solutions and impressive cargo capacity makes EV6 suitable for a one-car household Innovative vehicle-to-load (V2L) function and strong towing capacity heightens scope for adventure The […]
Friday, June 18, 2021
Hyzon Motors, a supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, has developed a new patent-pending eAxle design that’s designed to improve the efficiency of 6×4 Class 8 commercial vehicles.
Hyzon’s eAxle eliminates right-angle hypoid gears, and uses one motor per wheel, with optimized performances at both low and high speeds. Paired with a virtual differential, the design achieves an efficiency of up to 97%, compared to the industry-standard 95%. The company says the eAxle can reduce the motor-to-wheel loss by as much as 40%, and allows full-torque regenerative braking. Hyzon expects to incorporate the eAxle in its next-generation Class 8 heavy trucks.
The company says its Class 8 trucks will deliver a peak power of 950 kW, climb 20% grades, accelerate from 0-60 in less than 20 seconds with a fully loaded trailer, and reach speeds up to 75 mph. Hyzon expects to achieve this by using specialized motors in each tandem.
Hyzon plans to manufacture eAxles for its hydrogen fuel cell-powered heavy- and medium-duty trucks in its US facilities. Initial sample models will be ready for deployment next year.
Bus and coach manufacturer the NFI Group has unveiled its first zero-emission, three-axle double-deck bus. The Enviro500EV CHARGE is the North American all-electric version of the company’s popular double-decker bus, and is produced by NFI subsidiary Alexander Dennis (ADL).
The 45-foot Enviro500EV CHARGE offers panoramic views, low-floor entry, reclined seating, overhead reading lights and air vents, USB ports, and Wi-Fi and multimedia capability. It seats up to 82 passengers, including 53 on the upper deck. It also features an integrated electric drive system tailored to the requirements of North American transit agencies.
The Enviro500EV CHARGE forms part of NFI’s range of zero-emission buses and coaches. The CHARGE line-up includes New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE NG and Xcelsior CHARGE H2, MCI’s J4500 CHARGE and D45 CRT LE CHARGE, and the ARBOC Equess CHARGE. The Enviro500 EV CHARGE is Buy America-compliant, and Altoona testing is scheduled to start later this year.
“When we acquired ADL in May 2019, we knew that ADL’s strong international growth agenda and double-deck bus platform would mean an exciting road ahead,” said Paul Soubry, President and CEO of NFI. “We are leading the evolution to zero-emission mobility—the ZEvolution, as we like to call it—and ADL is a central part of our continued leadership and innovation.”
“The Enviro family is the world’s best-selling double-deck bus, with over 18,000 sold around the globe,” said Paul Davies, President and Managing Director, ADL. “Today we add a milestone as we unveil our first ever battery-electric, three-axle, high-capacity double deck bus designed specifically for the North American market. We are excited by the positive feedback already received from transit agencies who have trialed this vehicle.”
Source: Alexander Dennis
Automakers have taken bold steps forward in the development of rapid and robust electric vehicle offerings. Those efforts have not gone unnoticed. The combination of more competitively priced electric car models and improvements in battery technology have provided peace of mind for consumers looking to travel 200 miles on a single charge.
Likewise, the commercial transportation segment is embracing the switch to green vehicles. Public and private transportation entities are overhauling their commercial fleets from combustion to alternative fuel engines. Amazon and UPS have committed to deploying electric vehicles in replacement of their current fleet as soon as 2022. In the United States alone, it is estimated that approximately 34 million commercial vehicles will be converted or replaced by alternative fuel engines before 2025.
Despite significant strides in the right direction, most automakers seem to agree that the industry faces two major issues impeding the adoption of electric vehicles: the need for more government incentives and the installation of a network of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).
Although EVSE costs are trending downward, transportation entities are facing additional challenges in construction of EVSE network infrastructure. In highly populated cities, for instance, commercial fleet entities lack adequate space to install EVSE pedestal ports. Most pedestal chargers have a very limited number of plugs that can be used simultaneously. Furthermore, being stationary makes them inflexible for any future changes or reconfigurations.
Flexible and Cost-Effective EVSE Solution
To address some of these constraints, users are considering alternative overhead systems to distribute power. Starline Track Busway has been a leader in flexible power distribution since electric vehicles were first introduced in the market. Starline offers an overhead busway system with a continuous open channel that allows instant access to electricity at any point along the busway. This solution provides commercial fleets with unmatched flexibility for power reconfiguration, allowing for a fast and reliable point of use power source, multiple electric charging cords, and maximum space savings.
Overhead busways ease the uncertainty of elevated EVSE installation costs. The industry recognizes that EVSE installation costs are highly variable. Starline Track Busway offers an innovative, yet simple, maintenance-free design that allows reconfiguration, repositioning and expansion. Busway systems also eliminate the costly and time-consuming installation of subterranean concrete pads, anchor bolts, and conduit from the circuit panel to the charging station.
Real time power monitoring, from load balancing to data management, is an integral aspect of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Starline’s Critical Power Monitor is uniquely configured to capture data granularity levels ranging from an entire feed down to each individual EVSE charger.
Electric Vehicles are here to stay. As EVSE networks continue to transform, costly and outdated technology will be increasingly phased out by more innovative solutions. Commercial and consumer demand calls for scalable, reconfigurable charging systems. This is required to maintain a competitive advantage in such a swiftly emerging market. Now more than ever, the global automotive sector appears to be led by forward-thinking companies and institutions. Equally innovative EVSE infrastructure will be needed for electric vehicles to reach their full potential.
The Chargeway system, which helps EV buyers understand charging stations, speeds, and compatibilities—along with info on utility incentives—will start to show up in dealer websites
The Chargeway visual EV charging platform, which helps car shoppers locate and understand charging stations, speeds, and compatibilities, can already be found in pilot programs in more than 20 dealerships across several states. Now, it will start to appear in those dealers’ digital showrooms—their websites—where many customers start research on new vehicles long before they set foot in a showroom.
Last year, Chargeway’s 4-foot-high kiosks (called “Showroom Beacons”) demonstrated that when shoppers receive clear, simple explanations of how, where, and when those EVs can charge, they will actually buy more electric cars.
According to Google, 92 percent of new-car shoppers start their research online long before visiting any dealerships. So getting access to that same accurate, localized information earlier in the process should reduce anxiety over whether an EV could work for them.
Here’s how it works: Customers browsing the websites of nearby car dealers will be prompted with a “Chargeway” button next to every electric vehicle in stock. Clicking the button pulls up a list of local charging sites, specific to that exact vehicle.
Like its showroom kiosks and the company’s web app, the “Chargeway Web Beacon” gives shoppers the ability to calculate charge timing at different locations and map travel routes for the specific EV. Remaining fully within the dealer’s site, it also provides information on various incentives—tax credits and local utility rebates—for installation of home charging stations.
The first two dealerships to integrate the web beacon into their sites already have Showroom Beacons on their display floors. Both are in Oregon: TC Chevrolet of Ashland and Audi Wilsonville. They’re clearly fans: “Any dealership that says they don’t need Chargeway for their website and showroom is either lying or shouldn’t be trying to sell [electric] cars,” said Rodney Maxwell, general manager of TC Chevrolet.
The platform will roll out to more dealer sites as the Chargeway plugin is developed for each of the several back-end systems auto dealers use for their own websites. It will be available first for dealership websites managed by Sincro and Dealer.com.
The timing of the rollout aligns nicely with a raft of recent EV announcements and aspirations by nearly a dozen automakers selling new cars in the U.S.
“Almost every major automaker has announced plans to go ‘all electric’ or ‘mostly electric’ within the next decade,” said Chargeway founder Matt Teske. “But the burden is on the dealers to sell those electrified cars.
“The ones who adapt to that EV buyer and learn to respond to questions about range anxiety and charging networks with facts, instead of hearsay, are going to prosper while others fall behind.” The Chargeway mobile app can be downloaded from both Google Play for Android mobile devices and the App Store for iOS devices.
Aircraft leasing company Avolon has placed an order for up to 500 electric eVTOL aircraft from Vertical Aerospace. The companies say the sale will introduce the ultra-short-haul aircraft category to commercial aviation.
The two companies will collaborate throughout the development, certification and commercial roll-out of the VA-X4, a piloted, zero-emissions electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle. It will be capable of travelling over 200 mph, with a range of over 100 miles and capacity for 4 passengers plus a pilot.
Avolon will join Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell and American Airlines as equity investors in Vertical. Virgin Atlantic will be a VA-X4 launch airline customer in Europe.
Avolon, through its newly incorporated affiliate Avolon-e, will place an order for VA-X4 aircraft valued at $1.25 billion, with an option to acquire additional aircraft up to a value of $750 million. Delivery is expected to begin in late 2024.
“Our order with Vertical will accelerate the inevitable commercial rollout of zero-emissions aircraft,” said Avolon CEO Dómhnal Slattery. “Before the end of this decade, we expect zero-emission urban air mobility, enabled by eVTOLs, to play an increasingly important role in the global commercial aviation market. Our global scale and deep industry relationships, combined with Vertical’s technological leadership, makes this a winning alliance.”
“This agreement with an established aviation company like Avolon will allow us to plug into their global commercial network of airlines, reaching key decision makers in a fast and efficient manner,” said Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO of Vertical Aerospace.
UK’s bookable home and destination EV charging network launches rewilding campaign to support Clean Air Day Support for UK charity ‘Heal Rewilding’ offers free sponsorship of 3m x 3m square of land for rewilding to new EV chargepoint registrants Bookmycharge campaign aims to accelerate EV uptake and improve biodiversity to enhance air quality today and […]
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All-Electric Renault Vans chosen by Kent County Council for ‘Try Before You Buy’ Electric van initiative
Kent County Council takes delivery of a fleet of 24 all-electric Renault vans Order consists of 20 Renault Kangoo E-Tech and four Renault Zoe Van Zero-emissions-in-use LCVs will be used for its new Kent REVS Up for Cleaner Air (Realising Electric Vans Scheme) initiative operated by Commercial Services Kent Ltd Highways England-funded scheme allows Kent […]
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Lincoln Accelerates Brand Transformation; Plans To Deliver A Full Portfolio Of Connected & Electrified Vehicles By 2030
As Lincoln approaches its 100th anniversary next year, the brand plans to electrify its entire portfolio of vehicles by 2030 with a full lineup of connected vehicles; first fully electric Lincoln vehicle debuts next year New Lincoln Intelligence System will enable an always-on relationship with clients; Lincoln Enhance over-the-air software updates begin this summer, while […]
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Ford™ Acquires Electriphi To Provide Ford Pro Commercial Customers With Seamless Charging & Energy Management
Ford plans to integrate Electriphi’s capabilities with Ford Pro services to develop the most advanced charging and energy management experiences for commercial customers Electriphi acquisition will accelerate electric vehicle fleet adoption by offering commercial customers depot charging management together with vehicles like F-150 Lightning Pro and E-Transit van The acquisition is part of Ford’s plan […]
If you thought installing Level 2 charging in your detached garage was a hassle, consider what Extreme E has to go through to power its races. The electric rally racing series is staging events in some of the harshest, most remote locations on Earth. The first two races took place in the Saudi Arabian desert and on the beaches of Senegal, and the next will be on a glacier in Greenland. None of these locales have access to an electrical grid—or any other facilities.
The usual way to provide electricity for an event at a remote location is by means of a diesel generator—but that isn’t an option for Extreme E, which has sustainability at the core of its mission. The series is working with several innovative and environmentally conscious suppliers to deliver the electricity needed while keeping its carbon footprint as low as possible.
London-based Zenobē is providing a system based on second-life batteries to power Extreme E’s broadcasting, race and event control, and media center.
“We support companies all over the world in the EV sector, offering full turnkey solutions, which include building, financing and operation of charging infrastructure,” said Steven Meersman, Zenobē’s co-founder and Director. “Extreme E presented a unique opportunity for us. We presented the idea of powering the paddock using repurposed batteries and it made perfect sense.”
“A second-life battery is one that has served its intended life in an electric vehicle and has been repurposed or reused in a new application,” Meersman explains. “Batteries are removed from EVs when they are no longer suitable for powering the vehicle, but they still have life left for further usage.”
UK-based temporary power specialist Power Logistics provided four solar-powered battery energy storage systems. One powers Extreme E’s Command Centre, and the other three support the TV communication nodes that transmit signals from around the racecourse so the TV broadcast can be produced remotely.
The power to charge the ODYSSEY 21 racing cars comes from a separate system, provided by AFC Energy. AFC’s system includes hydrogen fuel cells in addition to stationary battery storage. (See our interview with Iain Thomson, AFC’s Head of Communications and Stakeholder Management, in the latest issue of Charged.)
Beginning with the second race, the Ocean X Prix in Senegal, AFC Energy provided a Hydrogen Production Module, which produces hydrogen from water using an electrolyser powered by solar panels. “This green hydrogen is then fed into the hydrogen fuel cell on race day to produce the energy needed to charge the cars,” said CEO Adam Bond. “The whole process, from the generation of hydrogen fuel to the generation of electricity through the fuel cell, is completely sustainable.”
Source: Extreme E
GM has raised the stakes in what’s starting to look like a lively EV rivalry with Ford. The nation’s largest automaker now says it plans to invest $35 billion in electrification over the five years ending in 2025—the second increase in its announced figure in the last eight months. By 2025, GM plans to offer 30 electrified models globally, and hopes to reach annual sales of 1 million EVs in the US and China.
Perhaps the most important news, however, is that GM plans to bulk up on battery manufacturing capacity in the US, which will be a necessity if it truly intends to reach volume production. GM President Mark Reuss recently told the Associated Press that the company will soon announce plans for more US battery factories, in addition to the two that are already on the drawing board.
The two plants currently under construction, in Lordstown, Ohio and Spring Hill, Tennessee, will be sending cells to five factories where GM plans to build EVs, in Michigan, Tennessee, Ontario and Mexico. Industry observers say the two factories won’t be enough to serve the five assembly plants if sales rise as expected.
Reuss offered no details of where the factories would be located, saying only, “In the next week we’ll announce some more, and it will be here in the US.” It seems likely that the new battery plants, each of which is expected to cost more than $2 billion, will be located close to some of the assembly plants.
“EV adoption is increasing and reaching an inflection point, and we want to be ready to produce the capacity that we need to meet demand over time,” GM CFO Paul Jacobson said in a conference call with reporters. “We know we’ll need those battery plants to further our goals.”
OneD Battery Sciences has introduced SINANODE, a technology to power the next generation of silicon-based EV batteries. The SINANODE process fuses silicon nanowires onto commercial graphite powders, which the company says triples the energy density of the anode while cutting its cost per kWh in half. The higher energy density increases battery range while nanowires shorten charging time.
“EV demand will be driven by range, charge time and cost, and our SINANODE technology addresses each of these purchase drivers in a significant way,” said CEO Vincent Pluvinage. “Bottom line, 2025 winners of the EV race will be powered by the only technology equipped to get the most silicon into the battery.”
“What Silicon nanowires can do for the EV battery is simply remarkable, and represents the most long-awaited innovation for the industry,” said Fabrice Hudry, who has just joined OneD as Chief Commercial Officer. “Joining OneD Battery Sciences as the company launches its pilot program is an incredible new opportunity at the perfect time, as I’ve seen firsthand what SINANODE can do to reduce costs and optimize performance immediately.”
Source: OneD Battery Sciences
A new analysis from the California Energy Commission (CEC) predicts that the state will need nearly 1.2 million public and shared chargers by 2030 to meet the demands of the 7.5 million passenger plug-in vehicles expected to be on California roads at that time.
Assembly Bill 2127, “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Assessment,” examines charging needs to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035.
In addition to the 1.2 million chargers for passenger vehicles, the CEC expects that some 157,000 chargers will be required by 2030 to support 180,000 medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks and buses.
California has over 73,000 public and shared chargers, and an additional 123,000 are planned by 2025. However, these numbers fall short of the state’s goal of installing 250,000 chargers by that date. The Governor’s proposed 2021–22 budget includes $500 million to help fill the gap.
“We need to bridge the gap in electric vehicle charging, or we won’t meet our goals for zeroing out harmful pollution from transportation,” said CEC Commissioner Patty Monahan. “Building over a million chargers by 2030 is ambitious, but it’s also an opportunity to create good jobs and showcase California’s can-do spirit.”
“The assessment shows we must now scale up our installation efforts, building out our charging network in order for electric vehicle adoption to be as seamless as possible,” said Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), author of AB 2127.
The report notes that the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), the state’s incentive program for EV chargers, is oversubscribed by hundreds of millions of dollars, demonstrating strong demand for public funding. Incentives for fast chargers regularly sell out minutes after applications open.
The assessment also found that in 2030, electricity consumption from passenger EV charging could reach as much as 5,500 MW at peak charging times, increasing electricity demand by up to 25 percent. To manage the new load and maximize EVs as an energy resource, the CEC emphasized the importance of pursuing vehicle-to-grid integration (VGI) technology.
Source: California Energy Commission
BMW Group Creates Closed-Loop Material Cycle for Tungsten Production Tools to Protect Valuable Resources
+++ Recycling tools at plants in Germany and Austria saves seven tonnes of tungsten per year +++ Lowers energy consumption by 70% and CO2 emissions by more than 60% compared to primary tungsten +++ Wendt: “We will significantly increase the percentage of recycled raw materials by 2030 and use raw materials multiple times in a […]
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Originally published on NRDC Expert Blog. By Joshua Axelrod & Lauren Kubiak In a disappointing decision, Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana ruled that the Biden administration must end its temporary moratorium on offshore and onshore oil and gas leasing. While difficult to determine the ruling’s practical effect, it’s […]
Volkswagen ID.4 virtual test drive is the first of its kind on the Pinterest social platform Pinterest users can virtually experience the ID.4 in various settings as a convenient first step in their car shopping Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America and Pinterest today launched a unique experience where Pinterest users can virtually test drive […]
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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
The lithium-ion battery market is demanding higher energy density, extended lifetime, and improved power performance. Arkema’s Battery Solutions address many of these demands. Advances in electrode materials are addressing energy density, while new electrolyte systems can significantly improve lifetime and power performance. LiFSI, in particular, is a good candidate to replace LiPF6, which is widely used as the lithium salt in the electrolyte.
Today, LiFSI is mostly used as an additive in the electrolyte while LiPF6 remains the main lithium salt. A small amount of LiFSI can improve low temperature performance, lifetime, and storage stability due to its interaction in the solid electrolyte interface.
Furthermore, LiFSI can achieve even better performance with a larger replacement of LiPF6. Replacement of LiPF6 with LiFSI drives higher ionic conductivity (Figure 1a) and a higher transference number for the electrolyte. This enables LiFSI-based electrolytes to have improved rate performance in NMC811/graphite cells compared to LiPF6-based electrolyte (Figure 1b).
Figure 1: Ionic Conductivity and Rate Performance of LiFSI Electrolyte Solutions
Increasing the LiFSI/LiPF6 ratio enhances the lifetime at 45°C as well as calendar aging due to the improved thermal and chemical stability of LiFSI, which tends to generate less HF than LiPF6. There is improved capacity retention of NMC532/graphite cells after 200 cycles with higher concentrations of LiFSI in the electrolyte; 1wt%, 4wt%, and 10wt% by weight of the electrolyte, the remaining salt being LiPF6 (Figure 2a). The capacity recovery of NMC/graphite cells stored at 100% SOC at 70°C for two weeks is also improved with 10wt% rather than 4wt% of LiFSI in the electrolyte (Figure 2b).
Figure 2: Capacity Retention and Calendar Aging for LiFSI Electrolytes
Another advantage of LiFSI is its high solubility, which facilitates highly concentrated electrolytes. Such electrolytes are gaining interest because the salt/solvent coordination structure can alleviate or even suppress the electrolyte flammability, decomposition at high voltage, and dendrite growth on lithium metal anodes. In a dendrite test at 0.5 mA/cm² with 1M LiFSI in DME, dendrite growth is observed after a few days of continuous lithium stripping and plating, as revealed through the increase of cell polarization (Figure 3a). On the other hand, in the highly concentrated electrolyte (4M LiFSI in DME), dendrite formation is suppressed thanks to a more stable and compact lithium-rich SEI formed on the lithium metal (Figure 3b). After several days of cycling, the surface of lithium metal in the low-concentration electrolyte (1M) is thick and uneven while the SEI of the lithium metal in the highly concentrated electrolyte (4M) is smoother, with no dead lithium.
Figure 3: LiFSI Performance in Lithium Metal Anode Cells
Importantly, the purity of LiFSI salt becomes critical when LiFSI is used at a higher concentration rather than as a mere additive. In particular, certain ions like fluorine, sulfate or chlorine resulting from the synthesis can adversely affect the cell performance ― even in small amounts such as a few ppm ― through different mechanisms: increasing the side reactions of the electrolyte at high voltage, interacting in the SEI and prompting lithium plating, or even inducing the corrosion of aluminum current collector.
Arkema is producing ultra-high purity LiFSI salt under the FORANEXT® trademark. This salt can effectively passivate aluminum even in the absence of LiPF6 (Figure 4); the residual current measured in a Li/Al coin cell at 4.4V is very low and stable with 1M LiFSI in EC/EMC (3:7, vol.).
Figure 4: Chronoamperometry at 4.4V
In order to benchmark FORANEXT® LiFSI against other LiFSI available on the market, the pH value in aqueous solution of LiFSI was measured. The presence of acidic species may enable the formation of HF during cycling or storage, decreasing the pH and indicating lower purity over time. Comparing the pH values and capacity retention of aqueous solutions made with different LiFSI sources after cycling, ultra-high purity FORANEXT® LiFSI showed the best performance (Figure 5). Since capacity retention depends on the nature of the specific impurities, there is not always a direct correlation between pH and capacity retention. However, by reducing all impurities, FORANEXT® LiFSI exhibits the best capacity retention after 200 cycles, which highlights the need for ultra-high purity LiFSI when used for large replacement of LiPF6.
Figure 5: pH and Capacity Retention of Different LiFSI Sources
In conclusion, partial substitution of LiPF6 with LiFSI in the electrolyte enables improvement of the rate performance and capacity retention of lithium-ion cells. LiFSI is also a promising alternative to LiPF6 for the development of new lithium-ion battery technology with higher energy density such as lithium metal batteries. For applications that use LiFSI at higher concentrations than additive quantities, ultra-high purity of LiFSI, like FORANEXT® LiFSI, is required in order to achieve the best performance.
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Metals and mining companies CMOC, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and Glencore, in collaboration with battery material supplier Umicore, are piloting Re|Source, a solution to trace responsibly produced cobalt from the mine to the EV. The pilot will be tested in real operating conditions, from upstream cobalt production facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to downstream EV production sites. It will run until the end of 2021, and the roll-out of the final solution is expected in 2022.
The solution is an industry partnership to accelerate sustainable practices for every unit of cobalt that is mined, processed and used in end products. It was designed with the direct input of responsible sourcing and supply chain experts from all participating companies.
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said, “Blockchain technology offers us an unprecedented ability for traceability in the supply chain. Through this pilot, we are supporting the development of this tool for our customers who seek to understand and demonstrate the origin of the cobalt units in their products.”
The legacy auto brands are going electric one by one. The light has been seen, plates of crow have been eaten, and a rime of frost is beginning to appear on the gates of Hell. No turnaround has been more dramatic than the one at Fiat. Former CEO Sergio Marchionne was an outspoken opponent of EVs. Now current Fiat CEO Olivier François has announced, “Between 2025 and 2030, our product line-up will gradually become electric only. This will be a radical change for Fiat.”
Fiat had already announced plans to electrify 60% of its lineup by the end of 2021.
Fiat is now part of the Stellantis group, and as InsideEVs noted, it may take some planning to sort out the different EV platforms used by the different brands of the PSA Group and FCA. This may be a reason for the fairly long 2025-2030 timeline. Battery supply may also be a factor. There are rumors that Fiat is hoping to build a new battery Gigafactory in Italy.
Fiat is already selling a new version of its 500 Electric in Europe (the gas and hybrid versions are based on the previous generation). The Fiat Concept Centoventi, which was shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, sparked speculation that the brand’s next EV might be a Fiat Panda Electric.
“The decision to launch the new 500—electric and electric alone—was actually taken before Covid-19,” said François. “Even then, we were already aware that the world could not take any more compromises. We were reminded of the urgency of taking action, of doing something for the planet Earth.”
A consortium consisting of Lorenz Kunststofftechnik, Forward Engineering, Evonik, LION Smart, Vestaro and Minth has developed a solution to help improve EV efficiency through lightweight battery construction. In late 2019, work started on a brand-independent, low-cost housing. The resulting battery pack is expected to weigh about 10 percent less than a pack made with commonly used materials. The consortium says the concept has been tested and shown to be suitable for series production, and is safe even under extreme conditions.
“Under the leadership of Vestaro, in 2019 we joined a cooperation with Forward Engineering, Evonik and LION Smart, with the goal of developing a series-suitable battery concept for EVs,” said Lorenz Kunststofftechnik COO Peter Ooms. “Our main focus was the formulation of a glass fiber-reinforced epoxy SMC that meets all requirements for safety and workability and can also be returned to the material cycle.”
“For the battery housing, we used Evonik’s VESTALITE S epoxy hardener to develop a new SMC with a density between 1.5 and 1.7 g/cm³,” explained Ooms. “It has outstanding properties, like a bending strength of > 350 MPa, a flexural modulus of elasticity of > 18,500 MPa, and an impact resistance of > 150 kJ/m2.” By using an epoxy resin instead of the usual polyester resin, it was possible to eliminate other problems that normally arise in working with glass fiber-reinforced SMC materials.
The partners chose aluminum for the battery housing support structure. Two aluminum deformation elements provide the necessary side impact protection through absorption. The module alignment of the battery cells enables separation of the electric poles, which provides safety in the event of a crash and enables cooling.
LION Smart’s supercell concept was used for the batteries.
Electrify Home, the home charging division of Electrify America, has released its fastest Level 2 home charger to date.
The new HomeStation offers 9.6 kW of power at 40 amps, and can be installed in a 40- 32- or 16-amp configuration. Choosing the appropriate amperage may help to avoid an expensive upgrade to a home’s electrical panel. The new charger is now on sale at the Electrify Home web store for $649.
The HomeStation can be installed indoors or outdoors, and includes a 24-foot charging cable and a 3-year limited warranty. It can be plugged into an existing outlet using a NEMA 14-50 style plug, or hardwired by an electrician. Electrify Home offers third-party installation packages starting at $695.
HomeStation customers will be able to use the Electrify America app for all their home and public charging needs. The HomeStation’s WiFi features let users sync their charger with the app, which can be used to start and stop charging sessions remotely, schedule future charging sessions, and view charging status. Users can keep track of all their charging history—whether at Electrify America’s public network or using the HomeStation—in one app.
Source: Electrify America
Commercial vehicle innovator Proterra will be ringing the closing bell at Nasdaq today (June 16) to celebrate the company’s public listing. Following the completion of the company’s business combination with ArcLight Clean Transition, the shares began trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the new ticker symbol PTRA.
Proterra has raised more than $640 million from the business combination with ArcLight, which it will use to fund growth initiatives, including its next-generation battery program.
Proterra builds electric buses at manufacturing facilities in California and South Carolina. It also provides powertrains to other commercial vehicle OEMs through its Proterra Powered business unit, and offers energy management services under its Proterra Energy unit. The company has over 600 vehicles currently on the road, which have logged over 20 million service miles. To date, Proterra has delivered more than 300 megawatt-hours of battery systems and installed 46 megawatts’ worth of charging systems.
“Today’s milestone is a testament to the hard work of our team and the support of our valued customers, partners and investors,” said Proterra CEO Jack Allen. “We remain focused on advancing our EV technology to power the world’s best performing commercial vehicles.”
Integrated fleet management, services and scalable charging solutions optimize depot, on-route and at-home charging to keep all fleet vehicles charged and ready ChargePoint’s global fleet solution portfolio encompasses a scalable charging platform based on a software-defined hardware architecture combined with expert design/build services and ongoing support and maintenance. Campbell, Calif. – June 16, 2021 – ChargePoint […]
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Polestar, the premium electric car brand from Sweden, announces today its first all-electric SUV will be manufactured in the United States. The forthcoming Polestar 3, an aerodynamic electric performance SUV, will be manufactured alongside new Volvo vehicles at the Volvo Cars production center in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Polestar vehicles built in South Carolina will be for sale in the United States. Polestar […]
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Johnny FPV and Taycan Cross Turismo off the beaten track DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Coinciding with the arrival of the first models, Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE is celebrating the new with a thrilling video that showcases the versatile model being pushed to its limits in two remote locations with opposing climatic extremes. Driving […]
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