Carnegie Mellon University, LG Chem, Ruhr-Uni Bochum, Segway.

No battery cost reductions? A study by Carnegie Mellon University found that Li-ion batteries won’t get much cheaper, even as production numbers increase. Though some costs can be shaved off by increasing cell dimensions and electrode thicknesses, economies of scale have already been reached. The DOE energy storage target of 125 dollars/kWh by 2020 seems unattainable.

Raking in the cash: LG Chem sales will top 1 trillion won (856m dollars) this year, insiders suggest. Some even expect sales to reach 1.2 trillion won. That is a 70 percent increase in sales compared to 2015, when the company “only” made 700bn in sales.

One sensor for all: Researchers at German Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed new current and voltage sensor concepts for EV batteries that would make it possible to have only one of each instead of many sensors, as is currently the case. On top of that, both new sensors support the battery’s cell balancing function.,

One-wheeler in Vegas: Segway will showcase its new single-wheel, all-electric One S1 at CES in Las Vegas in January. The “vehicle” weighs just 11.3 kilos and is fitted with two 150 Wh lithium-ion batteries that allow for a range of around 24 km at a top speed of 20 kph. The One S1 can already be pre-ordered on Amazon.


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