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DuPont’s Frank Billotto says the supplier’s thermal-management solutions include thermal interface materials, such as thermally conductive adhesives, that can be used to transfer heat into and out of the battery system while helping manage the system’s thermal environment.
Caspar Rawles, head of price assessments at consultancy Benchmark, reports the number of megaplants due to come onstream by 2030 has risen to 174, from 91 in operation in 2019, with combined capacity of 2.97 TWh. Capacity in 2019 stood at 494 GWh.
The truck maker, a subsidiary of the Swedish conglomerate AB Volvo, announced Dec. 3 it would begin marketing an all-electric version of its VNR or regional-haul truck in early 2021 in the U.S. and Canada.
Cree claims its silicon carbide power devices can increase driving range on a battery charge 5%-10% or allow a similar-sized reduction in cells per battery pack to bring down battery cost.
Jim Meil, principal analyst for ACT Research, says, “Ultimately, the success of electrification and ability to gain market share hang on the strength of the business case as measured by total cost of operation.”
Wards Intelligence contributing analyst Roger Schreffler presents what’s now and next in battery technology, supplier plans for increasing capacity, and the global market outlook for BEVs.