Month: November 2021

Sensata Technologies’s new i-BMS battery management system for applications up to 60 V is now available. The new system is a cell-chemistry-agnostic, compact, integrated BMS developed for the cost-optimized mass-production of applications such as two- and three-wheelers, automated guided vehicles and robotics. Hot-swap functionality and parallel battery pack support allow for the ability to quickly
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Volvo is set to replace its popular XC90 next year with a new model, one that may end up being called the Embla. In an interview with Automotive News (subscription) published over the weekend, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson confirmed a new name would be used for the XC90 replacement, and said it would start with
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Kia has provided a first look at a redesigned, second-generation Niro, plus a nod that this sustainability-focused crossover will again be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric versions starting next year. The company hasn’t provided any update on which of these models are U.S.-bound—or even how the Niro’s dimensions, powertrains, or platform have
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Tesla has applied to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for regulatory approval for the first phase of Gigafactory Texas. The filed documents reveal Tesla’s planned completion date and budget. The next chapter in Tesla’s history will center on the company’s two new factories: Gigafactory Texas in Austin and Gigafactory Berlin in Germany. The
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Koch Strategic Platforms (KSP), a subsidiary of Koch Industries (yes, that Koch Industries) plans to make a $100-million investment in Standard Lithium (NYSE: SLI). The company will use the new funding to advance a commercial project at its Lanxess facility in southern Arkansas, accelerate development of the South West Arkansas Lithium Project, and develop and
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Lamborghini has filed for trademarks on the names “Huracán Sterrato” and “Huracán Tecnica,” hinting at new variants of the V-10 supercar. First spotted by Australian website Drive, the trademark applications were filed in Europe on October 28. Lamborghini has used both names before in recent years. The Huracán Sterrato name was last used on a
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BorgWarner will provide a high-voltage silicon carbide inverter to an unnamed German automaker for implementation in its EVs. The BorgWarner 800 V SiC inverter with proprietary power switches provides a compact and efficient power module designed to deliver higher EV range and enhanced driving performance. The inverter uses a scalable power switch for 800 V
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American Axle will supply REE Automotive with its electric drive units (EDUs). AAM’s 3-in-1 electric drive technology—which incorporates the electric motor, gearbox and inverter into a single package—will be integrated into REEcorner technology. AAM’s high-speed, integrated 3-in-1 propulsion systems are designed to provide high levels of torque and power density, and REE’s compact and modular
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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has announced a $2-million lithium-ion recycling development program with American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) in Fernley, Nevada. The contract award, which includes a 75-percent cost share by the ABTC-led project team, funds a 30-month project. The program’s goal is to demonstrate a scaled, fully-domestic, integrated processing cycle for
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First Cobalt is expanding its plans to provide battery-grade nickel and cobalt, recycled battery materials and precursor material to the North American supply chain. First Cobalt is also changing its name to Electra Battery Materials. Electra is expanding a permitted hydrometallurgical refinery north of Toronto, which is projected to produce 5,000 tons of cobalt per
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Whether you’re preparing for more frequent power outages or just bringing additional power for trips off the grid, Bluetti’s solar generators can get the job done, and for Black Friday, the company’s systems are on sale for hundreds of dollars off including the AC200MAX and various solar panels. Bluetti AC200MAX $300 off, solar panels discounted
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