Tesla, Tokyo, Nano One, Walmart
The final surprise? Maybe Tesla got one more Model 3 detail in store before the launch this week. Insiders think the EV maker could be using larger battery cells referred to as 4416, contrary to previous speculation placing high energy density 2170 cells in the Model 3. Elon will tell on Friday.
Solid-state battery development: Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a low-cost, scalable approach to developing all-solid-state batteries, improving prospects for scaling up the technology for widespread use in EVs. The approach involves substituting germanium for tin and silicon.
LFP patent: Nano One has filed for a patent for its method of synthesising Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) cathode material. The novel process uses fewer steps and cheaper raw materials while eliminating waste streams, costly equipment and manufacturing complexities.
H2 refill at Walmart: Plug Power expects to provide its GenKey hydrogen fueling station to up to 30 additional Walmart sites in the U.S. over the next three years. Ten sites are already under contract and scheduled to be finished by the end of this year.