Romeo Power, SuperTruck II, Litarion, Evolt.
Battery factory wanted: Romeo Power is in negotiations with both Nevada and California to find a spot for its planned battery production facility. The start-up formed by former Space X and Tesla people promises powerful EV power pack competition and stationery storage. Launch is set for next year.
137m dollars will be spend by the DoE on two new projects. SuperTruck II will award 80m dollars to cost-effective technologies that double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. Another 35 projects will receive 57m dollars to come up with batteries and electric drives for cars and light trucks.
Stronger cells: Elektrovaya and Litarion introduced the next generation Litacell with ten percent more capacity while the size remained the same. The 44 Ah cells will become available in this quarter.
Charging evolution: Evolt will present charging equipment at Cenex. The e-Stor uses 2nd-life EV batteries to charge EVs via the 50kW Tri-Rapid charger that features ChaDeMo and CCS. The Raption 22 kW charger will be joined by the 7kW lamp post charging solution that premiers at the show.