EnerTech buys battery cell production license from Enevate
California-based battery start-up Enevate, backed by manufacturer alliance Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, has signed a production licensing agreement with EnerTech International for the planned commercialisation of its silicon-dominated anode technology XFC-Energy in 2022.
Enevate raises fresh capital for silicon cells
California’s battery startup Enevate, backed by Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, has raised a further 81 million US dollars in a new round of financing. The company is focusing on lithium-ion cells with silicon-dominated anode technology.
Enevate announces the next generation of batteries
The Californian battery startup Enevate has announced a new generation of its lithium-ion cells, which will also be produced in large quantities is to be installed in series-produced cars in a few years time. The specified charging speeds sound impressive.
Jet Ski, Nissan, LLNL, Enevate.
Electric jet ski: Students from the University of Western Australia have developed a prototype of an electric jet ski. The trick was to make everything watertight, so the mini speedboat can race for about 30 minutes with its 50 kW motor. Throttle control and weight distribution are still being tweaked. Can you already imagine that beach holiday without those noisy, dirty jet skis that rumble on the shorelines?
insideevs.com, mashable.com, youtube.com
Autonomously through Tokyo: Nissan dared to sent journalists in its self-driving Leaf through live traffic in Japan’s capital. Chris Paukert found that the technology – which according to Nissan is easier incorporated into an EV – has made “dramatic progress.” Sean Carson, too, praised the Japanese carmaker as one of the “major pioneers” when it comes to autonomy, as no major incidents occurred.
cnet.com (Paukert), autoexpress.co.uk (Carson)
Hydrogen treatment: Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory found that graphene nanofoam anodes in lithium-ion batteries show a higher capacity and faster transport when treated with hydrogen.The treatment might improve rate capacity of other graphene-based materials as well.
Ultrafast charging: Enevate announced a feature to charge its batteries to 90 percent in 15 minutes. At the same time, the Californian company claims that its silicon-dominant composite anodes lead to a 25-50% increase in energy density (we reported). So far, the batteries are marketed for mobile devices only.
DOE, Brembo, Enevate, Samsung SDI.
Millions for progress in EV technology: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded nearly 55m dollars to 24 projects to develop innovative vehicle technologies. 16 projects are part of the “EV Everywhere Grand Challenge,” aiming to reduce the price and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric vehicles.
greencarcongress.com, ngtnews.com, manufacturing.net, energy.gov
Brembo traction for EVs: Brembo presented their concept for autonomous vehicles at the IAA in Frankfurt. It comes with four in-wheel permanent magnet electric motors and light-weight brakes. The controller will coordinate traction and regeneration, resulting in high efficiency. Brembo participates in the EU-LIVE project (Efficient Urban Light Vehicles).
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Enevate secures funding: California-based company Enevate announced that it raised 30m dollars to bring its next-generation Li-ion batteries into volume production. Enevate claims its silicon-dominant composite anodes for rechargeable Li-ion polymer batteries increase energy density by 25 to 50 percent over conventional graphite anode cells.
Samsung batteries for Bentley: Volkswagen named Samsung SDI as the supplier of batteries for the new Bentley Bentayga, the carmaker’s first plug-in hybrid luxury SUV. Samsung is in competition with LG in this market, but declined to comment on any customers.