EV startup Rivian has announced that South Korean battery giant Samsung SDI will supply cells for its vehicles. The automaker, which plans to begin production of an electric pickup and an SUV this year, has been working with Samsung throughout the process of developing the new cells.
Rivian’s vehicles are aimed at the outdoorsy set, so it has developed its battery module and pack with challenging use cases in mind. The company has engineered its battery management system to intelligently respond to how a vehicle is being operated or charged, and has done extensive cell characterization testing across a wide range of operating conditions, in order to enable the BMS algorithms to optimize the performance and life of the pack.
Rivian has raised $8 billion since the start of 2019, and hopes to launch an initial public offering this September.
“We’re excited about the performance and reliability of Samsung SDI battery cells combined with our energy-dense module and pack design. Samsung SDI’s focus on innovation and responsible sourcing of battery materials aligns well with our vision,” said Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe.
Welcome back to another EVS. We hope you haven’t missed us too terribly. Our spotlight this go-around is on Sono Motors based out of Germany. This EV startup has developed a solar electric vehicle (SEV) called the Sion that can add up to an additional 150 miles of range per week by harnessing the power of the sun. In addition to SEVs, Sono Motors has built its entire company around clean mobility, sustainability, and affordability.
Walmart is offering the Kent 27.5-inch Electric Bike for $698 shipped. Down from its $998 normal going rate, this saves you $300 and is among the best pricing that we’ve tracked. This E-Bike features front and rear disk brakes as well as an 8-speed pedal-assist gearing setup. With the ability to travel up to 25 miles on a single charge, you’ll be able to cruise around town all day before it’s time to plug it back in. The pedal-assist feature allows you to get some exercise in, but let the bike do the heavy-lifting when it comes to climbing hills. Rated 3.7/5 stars.
Power management company Eaton’s eMobility business has secured a contract to supply power distribution units (PDUs) and Bussmann series fuses to a global vehicle manufacturer for use in a new light-duty commercial EV.
“Eaton’s experience and application of fuse and circuit protection technology allowed for PDU integration at levels others could not match,” said Eaton Manager Kevin Calzada. “Eaton was able to secure this program through technical agility in the PDU feature design and assuring high reliability in the system.”
“Fuse durability simulations are unique in the industry and help OEMs reduce risk,” added Calzada. “If not specified correctly, auxiliary fuses can have issues with nuisance trips, but we were able to demonstrate high, long-term reliability with our fuse sizing analysis.”
The OEM also required the PDUs to offer multiple levels of safety. Eaton’s PDUs are designed to provide access to the box to facilitate safe repair and service. Additionally, Eaton units feature a test port that allows an electrical meter to be used as a probe to contact miniature circuit boards that signal if the unit is still charged, preventing the technician from contacting high voltage.