Tesla, Mercedes, Vanderbilt University, Renesas, Intersil.
Three more Gigafactories? Tesla says it will make decision this year, where to build Gigafactories 3,4, and 5. The first two battery mega facilities are in Nevada and Buffalo (New York). The latter is mainly for SolarCity but now dubbed Gigafactory 2. For the rest, let the bidding begin.
EQ Power+ is Mercedes’ new label for any performance plug-in hybrid by AMG. The strongest of the pack is surely the Formula 1 racer, that has just been presented. This season’s F1 W08 EQ Power+ has a new styling and stronger hybrid drive.
Battery based on sugar: Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, have developed a room-temperature sodium sulphur battery based on a microporous template made from sugar. Over 98% Coulombic efficiency and durabilty make it competitive with Li-ion batteries.
Renesas-Intersil merger approved: American chip maker Intersil has been acquired by its Japanese competitor Renesas. The deal was initiated last autumn and has now been approved by the CFIUS in the States. Both manufacturers have components for electric and hybrid vehicles in their portfolio.
Jadéite, Intersil, Mitsui Chemicals, sodium-oxygen batteries.
Local sports EV for Marrakesh: On the occasion of the climate conference in the Moroccan capital, a local engineer unveiled the “Jadéite.” The turquoise two-door EV boasts 478 kW, has a top speep of 320 kph and features a unique front design.
moroccoworldnews.com, medias24.com (in French)
Controller for 48V hybrids: Intersil announced the allegedly first 6-phase bi-directional DC/DC controller for the automotive industry. The controller is designed for 12V-48V Power Supply Systems and is said to speed up the development of 48V hybrid drivetrains.
More electrolytes: Mitsui Chemicals finished construction of an electrolyte production facility in Japan. Production capacity is said to be around 5,000 tons per year and should meet the growing demand for electrolytes for Li-ion batteries – especially for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Progress for sodium-oxygen batteries: Researchers are one step closer to producing the high capacity battery. They previously used dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) as electrochemical applications, which reacted with the sodium to create problematic by-products. Scientists now found that adding an organic salt sodium trifluoromethanesulfonimide (NaTFSI) will stabilise the DMSO in the presence of sodium.
Toshiba, OCPI, Hydrogen Fuelling Standards, Intersil.
Toshiba testing detailed: Toshiba is reportedly field testing wirelessly charging an electric bus. The inductive charger utilises a novel magnetic resonance system installed in the testing ground. The 45-seater EV runs between All Nippon Airways facilities and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
OCPI standard updated: An updated version of the Open Charging Point Interface, an independent roaming protocol for providers of charging infrastructure, has been released. Version 2.1 enables remote commands with mobile devices without the need for a subscription to a service provider.
Hydrogen Fuelling standards: ISO has published the standards for minimum design characteristics for safety and performance at hydrogen fuelling stations. The standard is applicable for light duty hydrogen land vehicles but could also be applied to other applications. It can be purchased on the ISO website.
greencarcongress.com, iso.org (standard)
Battery monitoring: Power management company Intersil has introduced their new ISL78610, a 12-cell Li-ion pack monitor for hybrid and electric battery systems. The device offers voltage readings and diagnostics and enables manufacturers to achieve an ASIL-D compliant battery management system.