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    SK On develops polymer electrolytes for lithium-metal batteries
    South Korean battery company SK On has successfully co-developed a polymer electrolyte for lithium-metal batteries that can operate at room temperature, the company announced June 17. The milestone was achieved in collaboration with a research team led by the late Professor John B. Goodenough from the University of Texas. The development of polymer electrolyte for lithium-metal batteries is expected to contribute significantly to improving solid-state battery performance and accelerate the de...
    Factorial delivers B-samples of lithium-metal solid-state battery to Mercedes-Benz
    Factorial Inc., a leading solid-state battery technology company, has delivered B-samples of its 106+Ah lithium-metal solid-state battery cells to German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz as part of its ongoing joint development agreement, the company announced June 5. Factorial claims that the milestone marks the world’s first announced B-sample shipment of solid-state battery cells to a global automotive original equipment manufacturer, indicating remarkable progress toward product maturity a...
    Volkswagen launches €20,000 electric-car project to compete with Chinese EVs in Europe
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen has confirmed that it plans to develop affordable electric cars with a price tag of about €20,000, with the world premier scheduled for 2027, VW announced May 28. The German carmaker’s confirmation has come soon after reports emerged that its ongoing talks with French carmaker Renault on a joint electric small car project has collapsed. VW’s move to take up the challenge of developing affordable electric cars in Europe also highlights the carmaker...
    Honda, IBM to collaborate on developing next-generation chips for software-defined vehicles
    Honda has signed a memorandum of understanding with IBM to collaborate on a long-term joint research and development of next-generation computing technologies such as chips for software-defined vehicles (SDVs), the company said in a press release May 15. The partners believe that SDVs will significantly increase the design complexity, processing capability and power consumption of semiconductors compared to conventional vehicles today. To overcome these anticipated challenges, it is critical ...
    Nissan confirms launch of EVs with all-solid-state batteries by FY 2028
    Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Corp. has confirmed its plan of rolling out electric vehicles powered with all-solid-state batteries by fiscal year 2028, which will start from April 2028 and end with March 2029. The confirmation came on the sidelines of a media tour that the company organized on April 16, 2024, to demonstrate the updates at its under-construction, all-solid-state battery pilot assembly line at its Yokohama Plant in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. “The pilot line is aimed to f...
    Cutthroat competition drives Honda to roll out an all-new EV brand in mainland China
    In a move to revive its electric vehicle portfolio and strengthen its market share in the world’s largest EV market, Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. has introduced an all-new electric car brand — the Ye Series — for mainland China. On April 16 in Beijing, the company unveiled the first electric cars that will be launched under its Ye Series product lineup, namely the Ye P7, Ye S7 and a concept model called Ye GT Concept. Honda plans to launch a total of six EVs under its Ye Seri...
    Vulcan Energy begins production of lithium chloride in Landau, Germany
    Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. has commenced the production of the first lithium chloride (LiCl) product at its lithium extraction optimization plant (LEOP) based in Landau, Germany, the company announced April 11. It said that the production of LiCl at LEOP in Germany marks a milestone as it is the first time that lithium chemicals are fully produced from a locally sourced raw material, including extraction, and then processed locally at plant scale in Europe. Vulcan Energy said that t...
    StoreDot validates 2,000 charging cycles for its silicon dominant XFC battery cells
    Israel-based extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology company StoreDot has achieved more than 2,000 consecutive XFC cycles, with the silicon dominant battery cells still maintaining over 80% of their initial capacity, the company announced on April 4. These exceptional results, demonstrating high energy density, are from cells achieving at least 330Wh/kg and 860Wh/L at stack level. The cells were charged consecutively from 10% to 80% in 10 minutes, demonstrating a charge rate of 4.2C, w...
    Nissan unveils ‘The Arc’ business roadmap to drive competitiveness and profitability
    On March 25, Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Corp. announced an all-new business plan named The Arc, to sharpen its global electric-vehicle transition strategy, while applying new approaches to engineering and manufacturing to strengthen competitiveness and improve profitability. The plan entails a broad product offensive with an increased focus on electrification of vehicles, adoption of new technologies and use of strategic partnerships to drive global sales volumes. In a statement, the auto...
    Europe’s Helena project assembles first complete cells for solid-state batteries with halide electrolyte
    In its first major milestone achieved, the European Union-funded Helena project has successfully developed the assembly of the first complete cells for solid-state batteries with halide electrolyte, the consortium announced on March 20. The achievement, which entails significant advancements linked to the electrochemical properties of the electrolyte, has been made possible after 20 months of exhaustive work by 15 European companies and entities coordinated by the CIC energiGUNE research cent...
    LG Energy Solution plans to work with Qualcomm to develop advanced BMS for EVs
    South Korean battery-maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) has signed an agreement with US technology company Qualcomm Technologies, with an initial plan to jointly develop advanced battery management system (BMS) diagnostic solutions for electric vehicles, LGES announced March 12. As part of this collaboration, the two companies intend to explore developing advanced solutions that can combine LGES’ battery diagnostic software with certain features and functionalities of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon D...
    Samsung SDI to begin mass production of all-solid-state batteries in 2027
    South Korean battery-maker Samsung SDI plans to begin mass production of all-solid-state batteries (ASBs) in 2027, the company confirmed in a press note on March 5. Samsung SDI said that it is moving closer to the mass production readiness for its ASB with an energy density of 900 Wh/L. The company said that the energy density of its ASB jumps up by 40% from the level posted by P5, which is its own prismatic battery that is currently under production. Samsung SDI plans to implement the ind...
    Harman focuses on cutting-edge, in-cabin technology for safer, highly informed driving experiences
    Harman, a global leader in connected vehicle solutions, is showcasing its latest product designs that are aimed at democratizing automotive connectivity at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024. The key product at display includes the Harman Ready Connect 5G Telematics Control Unit (TCU), which helps automakers reduce the overall cost of deployment with superior consumer experiences at automotive grade. The company said the new Ready Connect serves as the critical underlying technology to...
    Fiat plans to expand car lineup as part of its renewed global growth strategy
    Italian carmaker Fiat, owned by Stellantis, plans to launch multiple new models across different body types, derived by its popular Panda brand in an attempt to expand and consolidate its global reach, Fiat CEO Olivier Francois announced via Fiat’s official YouTube channel on Feb. 25. “Panda will start a whole new family,” Francois said, adding that the new concepts derived from Fiat’s best-selling car in Italy will be based on Stellantis’ multi-energy platform. Fiat leads in com...
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