News Roundup: 2/11 – 2/17


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

EV Charging Network IONNA Begins North American Operations
High-powered EV charging network IONNA, a joint venture between seven automakers, has received regulatory approval to commence operations. IONNA is made up of BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis.

Hyzon and New Way Trucks Developing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Refuse Truck
Hyzon Motors and New Way Trucks have announced a joint development agreement to develop fuel cell-powered refuse trucks for the North American market.

Abarth Unveils New 600e
Fiat’s Abarth brand has unveiled a new electric crossover in the Abarth 600e. The vehicle is still in design stages, but the promise is of a sports-driving EV in the Abarth racing tradition.

StoreDot Shows 10% Improvement In Battery Cell Density
StoreDot has shown that its 100in4 XFC prototype extreme fast charging battery cell technology have a 10 percent energy density improvement compared to the previous-gen design. StoreDot is ultimately aiming for 100in3 (100 miles of charge in 3 minutes) by 2028.

Stellantis Adds Electric Drive Module Production In Hungary Plant
Stellantis will increase production capacity for electric drive modules by adding production in Szentgotthard, Hungary. New Production should begin in 2026.

24M Unveils Eternalyte Electrolyte for Lifecycle Improvement of Li-Metal Batteries
24M has announced Eternalyte, a new electrolyte it developed specifically for lithium-metal batteries. The formula gives significant improvements to the cycle life and rate capability of li-metal batteries in various applications.

Chrysler Unveils Halcyon Concept With a Surprise
Chrysler has unveiled its Halcyon Concept electric vehicle, marking the way forward for the company’s move to all-electric powertrains by 2028. The Halcyon is a sports sedan concept which heralds its first planned electric vehicle coming in 2025.

2025 Kia Carnival Will Have Hybrid Option
The Kia Carnival is receiving a mid-cycle refresh to styling and technology for the 2025 model year. The upgrades will include a hybrid powertrain option.

Yamaha Unveils Hydrogen-Powered Outboard
Yamaha Motor has unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered outboard motor for recreational boats. It includes a prototype fuel system integrated into a vessel that the company plans to further refine for testing.

Altilium, Synetiq, LV= Collaborate To Close Loop On Battery Recycling
Altilium, Synetiq, and LV= are collaborating on EV battery recycling in the UK. The collab puts Altilium’s clean tech knowledge, Synetiq’s vehicle salvaging knowledge, and LV= insurance expertise together in conserving natural resources.

Heuliez To Supply 200 e-Buses to Marseille
Iveco Group’s Heuliez has been selected by Marseille, France’s public transport operator to supply 200 electric buses in the next three years.

Galati Purchasing 40 Solar e-Buses
The authorities in Galati, Romania have selected Solaris as the supplier of 40 electric buses. Solaris will deliver half of the e-buses in a 9-meter size and the other half in 12 meter.


U.S. Nickel Consumption for EV Batteries Jumped 50% Year-On-Year
According to data from Adams Intelligence, the consumption of nickel for electric vehicle batteries jumped by fifty percent in 2023 over 2022 usage. Globally, nickel use increased by 40 percent.

GM Expands Super Cruise Network To 750k Hands-Free Miles
General Motors is adding an additional group of highways to its hands-free driving technology Super Cruise. This brings the total to about 740,000 miles of compatible roads across the U.S. and Canada.