Samsung increases nickel content in NCA batteries
Samsung SDI has increased the nickel content in the cathodes of its battery cells with NCA (nickel-cobalt-aluminium oxide) chemistry for electric cars. This should not only increase the energy density, but also reduce the costs compared to cells with a higher cobalt content.
NCA batteries, Allison Transmission, Arcimoto, EaglePicher.
Increasing lifetime of NCA batteries: The Korean government funded three studies to analyze degradation patterns of Li-ion batteries composed of nickel, cobalt and aluminum. Heat makes the batteries degrade more quickly and with this research, scientists hope to counter the effects.
Components electrification: Allison Transmission presents a new solution for its hybrid drivetrains for buses that will supposedly increase fuel savings from 25 to 41 percent and more. The system comes with a DC-AC converter that makes it possible to use energy from the hybrid system to power accessory components such as electric air compressors.
Affortable EV: U.S. based company Arcimoto has developed an all-electric three-wheeler that it says will sell for less than 20,000 dollars. 15 of the Arcimoto SRK will be produced for a trial mid-2015. Serial production could kick-off as soon as the end of 2016.
Li-ion cells for US military: EaglePicher Technolgies received 22 million dollars in funding from the US Department of Defense for the second phase of the project “Lithium-Ion Battery for Military Applications (LIMA).” The goal is to develop more powerful Li-ion cells for i.e. military aircrafts.