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Batterymakers and OEMs are searching for new materials and techniques that improve both battery performance and help shift away from unsustainable raw materials such as Cobalt. Whether an incremental transition to Si-dominant anodes, or a step-change to Li-metal or solid-state batteries, Electric Vehicle Materials Europe 2020 reveals the latest developments, with a view on what’s hype and what’s reality.
Battery developments are not the only important consideration: range sells electric cars, and innovating with components outside the battery, for example motor efficiency, are just as pivotal to range as energy density gains, as Tesla has proven. Indeed, the largest cost component of electric vehicles increasingly shifts towards power electronics and electric motors, as batteries prices tumble. Abundant opportunities are emerging for new materials in future generations of advancement of these components, from thermal management to light-weighting.
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