Williams Engineering Touts Dual-Chemistry Battery

U.K.-based Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd. is developing a next-generation battery that uses two types of lithium-ion cells to improve performance.


Karma Previews 2020 Revero GT

California-based Karma Automotive LLC unveiled a pre-production version of the redesigned Revero GT hybrid sport sedan at this week’s Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich.


Karma Readies Updated Revero for Global Markets

California-based Karma Automotive LLC is updating its Revero plug-in hybrid sedan and plans to expand sales to European and Asian markets later this year.


Dutch Startup Plans €1.6 Billion Battery Plant in China

Dutch battery making startup Lithium Werks BV intends to open a €1.6 billion ($1.9 billion) factory in China in 2021 to make battery cells for electric cars, industrial applications and energy storage systems.


Solid-State Battery Developer Lands $20 Million in Funding

Louisville, Colo.-based Solid Power, a startup developer of solid-state batteries for electrified vehicles, says it has closed a $20 million Series A investment round.

Autonomous Vehicles

14 Suppliers Win PACE Awards for Innovations

Most of the 14 winners of this year’s PACE Awards (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) were related to autonomous, connected and electrified vehicle programs.


Battery Maker A123 Names New CEO

Peter Cirino has been named CEO of A123 Systems LLC, a Michigan-based supplier of low-voltage lithium-ion batteries for backup power systems.


BMW Invests in 3D Printing Startup

Desktop Metal Inc. says it raised $45 million in its third round of financing to bring total investment in the Burlington, Mass.-based 3D printing startup to $97 million.       


Apple Charging Ahead with EV Program?

Apple Inc. is talking with makers of electric vehicle charging stations and continues to hire battery experts to better understand the technology, Reuters reports.


A123 Takes the Low (Voltage) Road to Doubling Battery Capacity

Livonia, Mich.-based A123 Systems LLC is investing $200 million to double its annual global lithium-ion manufacturing capacity to 1.5 GWh and increase battery cell production by 23% to 4.3 million units over the next three years.


A123 Starter Battery Claims More Power, Less Weight

The latest lithium-ion starter battery from Livonia, Mich.-based A123 Systems LCC is about 60% lighter and delivers 25% more cold cranking power than a traditional lead-acid battery, according to the company.


House Republicans Urge End to Stalled DOE Loan Program

House Republicans are calling for an end to a U.S. Energy Dept. auto industry program set up in 2008 to loan as much as $25 billion for advanced-technology programs, The Detroit News reports.


Apple Moves to Dismiss Poaching Lawsuit Filed by A123

Apple Inc. has asked a U.S. District Court in Massachusetts to dismiss for lack of evidence a civil lawsuit claiming the company illegally poached engineers from battery maker A123 Systems LLC, Bloomberg News reports.


Fisker to be Relaunched as Elux

The owners of bankrupt Fisker Automotive Inc. plan to relaunch the brand as Elux in mid-2016, sources tell Reuters.


Apple Sued for Poaching Engineers to Launch Battery Business

Electric vehicle battery maker A123 Systems LLC has sued Apple Inc. for luring away five top engineers to help it develop a battery division, Law360.com reports.


Johnson Matthey Buys A123’s Cathode Material Production Plant

London-based Johnson Matthey plc has taken over production of the nanophosphate cathode material developed by bankrupt A123 Systems Inc.


A123 Hires Former JCI Exec to Be Chief Technology Officer

Lithium-ion battery supplier A123 Systems LLC has hired Patrick Hurley formerly head of global core engineering for Johnson Controls Inc.'s Power Solutions division as its new chief technology officer.


A123 Systems Buys Leyden Energy’s Battery Technology

Batterymaker A123 Systems LLC has acquired advanced battery technology from Fremont, Calif.-based Leyden Energy Inc.


GM Battery Plant to Supply New Battery for Spark EV

General Motors Co. says it will shift production of batteries for the 2015 Chevrolet Spark minicar to its fabrication facility in Brownstown, Mich.


Fisker Assets will Go to China’s Wanxiang Group

Wanxiang Group has won a 19-round auction for the assets of bankruptcy hybrid carmaker Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc.


Wanxiang Offers to Buy Fisker

China's Wanxiang Group has made a last-minute bid to buy the assets of U.S.-based Fisker Automotive Inc. for at least $25 million.


Fisker Creditors Ask Court to Consider New Bid

Creditors have urged the U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware to consider a last-minute bid from Wanxiang America Corp. to buy the assets of Fisker Automotive Inc. for at least $25 million.


A123 Shifts Focus to Batteries for Hybrids

Battery maker A123 Systems LLC, which went bankrupt last year after betting heavily on an electric vehicle market that didn't develop, is turning to supplying smaller batteries for hybrid vehicles instead, The Wall Street Journal reports.


GM Building Motors in Baltimore

While there are plenty of electric motors in automobiles—for everything from the windshield wipers to the power windows— the number of electric motors where the internal combustion engine normally sits is still pretty low. There is only one way to learn how to build them, which is to build them, and that’s just what GM is doing in a plant in Baltimore.

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