News Roundup: 11/19-11/25


Headlines and links from all the news we didn’t cover in depth here on this past week. Follow the links for more on each.

DOE To Award $3.5B To Support Domestic Battery Manufacturing
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $3.5 billion from the Infrastructure Law will be used to boost domestic production of advanced batteries and battery materials in the U.S.

DESTEN Launches Ultra-Fast Charging LFT Battery
DESTEN has introduced its Ultra-Fast Charging Lithium-Iron Phosphate (6C LFP) cell. The pouch form-factor cell is capable of charging from 20 to 80 percent in six minutes. While keeping a stable chemical and temperature profile.

Rare Element Resources Receives Final NEPA Approval
Rare Element Resources has received final approvals from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and National Environmental Policy Act review finalization. RER plans a rare earth processing plant in Upton, Wyoming.

Cadillac Confirms 2025 OPTIQ EV
Cadillac has confirmed that its fourth global electric vehicle will be the OPTIQ, aimed towards the entry-level luxury market. The Optiq will be slotted below the Lyriq for the North American and other markets.

3rd Party Testing Proves 36% Fuel Economy Improvement In Range Energy Trailers
Range Energy’s powered trailers for commercial trucking has received preliminary results from third-party testing. Those show up to 36.3 percent improvement in fuel economy (equivalent to 3.25 MPG) for semi-trucks pulling the trailers.

Honda Shows Next-Gen Fuel cell System Prototype
Honda unveiled a prototype of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell system module. Jointly developed with General Motors, the system reduces size while improving durability and versatility.

Caterpillar Launches 3-Year Program To Demo Hydrogen-Hybrids
Caterpillar has announced a three-year program to demonstrate an advanced hydrogen-hybrid power solution built on its Cat C13D engine platform. The transient-capable system will be designed for off-highway applications.

KEYOU and Paul Group Expand commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Partnership
KEYOU and Paul Nutzfahrzeuge have expanded their partnership in retrofitting heavy-duty trucks for operation on hydrogen. The expanded partnership will provide a nation-wide service network in Germany for hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles.

Motional Ioniq 5 Robotaxi To Be Made in Singapore
Hyundai Motor Group and Motional have announced the opening of the HMG Innovation Center Singapore where Hyundai and Motional will headquarter production of the all-electric Ioniq 5 Robotaxi.

Qaptis Develops Mobile Carbon Capture for Semi-Trucks
Qaptis has developed a mobile carbon capture system that can cut carbon emissions from freight trucks by up to 90 percent. A prototype of the system will be tested on a freight truck in Tolochenaz, Switzerland as a pilot.

SAE Announces Alignment Methodology Standard for Wireless EV Charging
SAE International has announced that its Wireless Power Transfer & Alignment Taskforce has completed consensus for a Differential Inductive Positioning System (DIPS) for the SAE J2954 standard for wireless electric vehicle charging systems.

Northvolt, Altris Develop Sodium-ion Battery at 160 Wh/kg
Northvolt has developed a sodium-ion battery whose cell has been validated for a best-in-class energy density of over 160 watt hours per kilogram.


H2SITE Validates On-Board Ammonia Cracking System for Hydrogen
H2Site has validated a first ammonia cracker to produce high-purity hydrogen for on-board power generation via a PEM fuel cell. An integrated membrane reactor was installed and operated on board the Bertha B supply ship in the Gulf of Biscay.

Walbrzych, Poland Buys 20 Solaris Hydrogen Buses
The city of Walbrzych in Poland has contracted for 20 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses with an option for another 25 after that. The first 14 units will be delivered to Walbrzych in September of 2024.

Stellantis Recalls Over 32,000 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Models for Fire Risk
Stellantis, parent company of Jeep, is recalling an estimated 32,125 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid models in the U.S. market for a potential fire risk. The recall comes as a result of routine customer data reviews of vehicle fire results.