May 24, 2023 - 04:23 pm
$187 million announced for EV schemes in the USA
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a fresh round of funding for $99.5 million for electric vehicle schemes. This comes in addition to the $87 million now granted to 45 electric vehicle projects.
Mar 28, 2023 - 12:22 pm
Stellantis & US DoE announce Battery Workforce Challenge
Stellantis and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are calling on budding engineers at vocational schools and universities to enter the ‘Battery Workforce Challenge’ this fall. It is a three-year team engineering competition that includes other training.
Mar 16, 2023 - 02:02 pm
US wants to cut the cost of clean hydrogen
The US Energy Department (DOE) has allocated $750 million for research, development and demonstration efforts to lower the cost of green hydrogen. One of the areas of interest is onboard storage systems for liquid hydrogen to enable low-cost, energy-dense storage on medium- and heavy-duty on-road trucks using fuel cells.
Dec 13, 2022 - 02:35 pm
Ultium Cells receives $2.5 bn in DoE funding
Ultium Cells, the General Motors joint venture with LG Energy Solutions (LGES), has received $2.5 billion through the US Department of Energy (DoE). Ultium Cells is reportedly working to set up at least three battery cell factories in the USA.
Nov 21, 2022 - 03:43 pm
Safe Impact Resistant Electrolyte (SAFIRE) to come to market
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has exclusively licensed Safire to produce its drop-in additive for Li-ion batteries that prevents explosions and fire from impact. Safire, formerly known as BTRY, plans to locate facilities in East Tennessee to commercialise the liquid-to-solid battery technology.
Oct 20, 2022 - 02:39 pm
US DoE announces funding for 20 battery companies
After the US Department of Energy announced funding of almost three billion US dollars for the development of a national battery supply chain in February, things are now getting concrete: 20 companies have been selected to receive a total of 2.8 billion US dollars for the construction and expansion of factories in twelve states.
Oct 4, 2022 - 04:37 pm
USA to fund development lightweight EV materials
The US Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office has announced the selection of five industry-led research and development projects to develop lightweight materials to improve the energy efficiency of electric vehicles.
Jul 26, 2022 - 01:31 pm
US DoE to loan Ultium Cells $2.5 billion
The US Department of Energy has announced that it will provide a $2.5 billion loan to the battery joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution. Ultium Cells will use the money to finance the construction of new battery cell production facilities.
Jul 3, 2022 - 03:49 pm
Zenlabs investor Lilium expects battery tech to power jets
Zenlabs Energy has received $3.5 million from the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to co-fund a two-year project focusing on electrolyte and active materials in silicon-dominant anode cells. Jet maker Lilium has licensed the technology to power its zero-emission aircraft expected in 2025.
May 5, 2022 - 03:09 pm
Amprius receives $3Mn from US Advanced Battery Consortium
Amprius Technologies has received a competitively bid, $3 million contract award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium in collaboration with the Department of Energy to advance the company’s silicon nanowire battery technology.
Jun 10, 2021 - 02:25 pm
USA announces measures to invest in battery supply sector
The Biden administration has now announced a series of immediate measures it will take to make the USA more competitive in the battery sector. Additionally, a loan program was set up providing $17 billion to improve EV manufacturing capacities.
Jun 7, 2021 - 12:01 pm
USA to focus on domestic EV battery recycling
The US government is wrapping up a 100-day review of the country’s supply chains in key areas such as e-mobility this week. The White House is presented with reports from several federal agencies, which could be released soon. So far, everything points to increasing battery recycling capacity across the US.
Feb 15, 2021 - 04:45 pm
Researchers find lithium distributes unevenly in batteries
A German-American research team has studied the electrochemical processes in lithium-ion batteries in more detail. They discovered that the lithium is not evenly distributed in the battery cells – a discovery that should improve the modelling of battery cells.
Nov 16, 2020 - 01:59 pm
US Department of Energy releases Hydrogen Program Plan
The US Department of Energy (DOE) released its Hydrogen Program Plan to provide a strategic framework for the Department’s hydrogen research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities. In transport, the Hydrogen Plan focuses on hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as aviation, heavy-duty transport and marine applications.
Nov 4, 2019 - 01:31 pm
Magna working on next gen electric motor
In the USA, Magna is now working with the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop an electric motor with a significantly higher power density and lower costs. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Jul 10, 2019 - 04:08 pm
BMW to complete charging park project
After the German company teamed up with the US National Park Foundation in 2017 to set up 100 EV charging stations at US nature reserves, they finally completed the project.
Sep 2, 2018 - 04:14 pm
Delta working on 400 kW HPC with partners
Delta Electronics is working on a project to develop an Extreme Fast Charger (XFC) with a solid-state transformer with capacities up to 400 kW. The project is supported by the US government for a three-year research period, and is being conducted in cooperation with General Motors.
Apr 11, 2018 - 02:46 pm
Wireless charging for Kia Soul EV
Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) and Mojo Mobility have completed a three-year project to develop a wireless fast-charging system on a test fleet of Kia Soul EVs. The project claims 85% efficiency when charging with up to 10kW.
Apr 9, 2018 - 10:30 pm
Blue Bird electric school buses now fully certified
US bus maker Blue Bird has received all required certifications for its electric school buses which are now in pre-production. The company also opened the order books and their EVs qualify for grants available in California and New York respectively.
Jul 14, 2017 - 08:08 am
Mercedes, DoE, GM, Volvo, Ricardo.
Mercedes strengthens EV activities at home: After an intense struggle between Daimler’s management and the works council, the Untertürkheim site will become home to Mercedes’ fourth battery production as well as a hotspot for electric drives and components with more than 250 jobs to be generated. Apart from batteries, the agreement includes assemblage of powertrain modules for EVs of the EQ brand and the creation of a “project house eATS” in order to gain additional know-how for the next-gen electric drive systems. Finally, the ‘E-Technikum‘ agreed on in the first stage of negotiations, shall significantly expand to form a competence centre for electric mobility.
greencarcongress.com, europe.autonews.com, media.daimler.com
The DoE raises 19.4m dollars to support 22 research projects, among them activities of Mercedes-Benz and GM. Both look into Li-sulfur batteries. Key topics are advanced battery tech, lightweight materials, engine emission control technologies and energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS).
Hybrid wheel loader by Volvo: Supported by the California Energy Commission, Volvo presented a prototype of its LX1 hybrid wheel loader that shall have 50% better fuel efficiency while doing the work of an even larger wheel loader. The new model couples a much smaller diesel engine (3 litre instead of 13 litre) with electric motors and hydraulics and a battery energy storage system.
Ricardo’s new EV battery control tech: The British supplier draws attention to its new BMS for EVs that is said to be adaptable to a broad range of applications. Partly developed in the frame of a Li-sulfur project, the BMS shall optimise the performance of cell chemistries.
May 12, 2017 - 08:29 am
Global Power Synergy, Tesla, DOE, BASF, VW.
Petrol dollars for battery factory: Thai oil company PTT sends his subsidiary Global Power Synergy (GPSC) to erect a plant for battery production in Thailand by next year. A technology has been found already as GPSC signed a license agreement with 24M, an A123 spin-off, for their semi-solid electrolyte technology. GPSC thus has the copyright to produce Li-ion batteries in Thailand and Asean countries and hopes to utilise them as back up storage for energy from renewables. However, talks have been held with both Tesla and GM regarding battery back up for their vehicles allegedly.
Tesla delivers details for its solar tiles and says one square foot (0.09 sqm) cost about 22 dollars on average – less than conventional PV systems and including battery backup. Installations are lined up this summer in the States, but clients overseas will have to wait until next year.
bloomberg.com, tesla.com (cost calculator)
Nanoparticles improve fuel cells: Researchers at the DOE’s Ames Laboratory started to make smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles which also use less platinum for fuel cells. The trick lies in the surface-to-volume ratio and some added zinc.
Applications are open for the ‘Science Award Electrochemistry’ from BASF and VW. The award is worth 100,000 euros in total with 40,000 for the winner alone. Researchers may apply until August 18.
Apply via basf.com
May 3, 2017 - 08:43 am
Departement of Energy.
In the USA 58% of EVs are SUVs and large cars, the DoE finds for the past year. While electric drivers seem to like it big, PHEV purchasers preferred compact (42%) and midsize cars (40%).