Speedy Growth in EV Batteries Spurs Hubbard-Hall Cleaning Technology

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Having declared they intend to release multiple electric vehicle models retailing for under $30,000, GM has bold plans to accelerate the growth of the electric vehicle industry. Hubbard-Hall, with a decade of experience in the battery cell market, has teamed up with Lithium Ion battery makers to provide cleaning chemistry that not only helps with supply chain, but also drives down the cost of batteries themselves.

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An Associated Press article says GM’s product development chief promised a small electric SUV that will cost less than $30,000 and pledged to roll out 30 battery-powered models worldwide by 2025.
Nearly all current electric vehicles cost more than $30,000. The AP says the announcement shows how fast electric vehicle technology is evolving and how it may become the primary fuel for transportation sooner than almost anyone believed.

Of course, this is nothing new to the team at Hubbard-Hall, which has been working in the battery cell market for more than a decade. They partnered with a battery cell manufacturer for several large automakers to help design a cleaning process that is flexible and consistent.

Mike Valenti, Hubbard-Hall’s Director of Cleaning Technologies, says lithium ion batteries are the preferred technology being used in EV, although other types of batteries have begun emerging on the market, too.

“The lithium ion batteries for EV come in various configurations,” Valenti says. “There are large cell packs that act as one battery and the entire pack can be charged, but most of the cells used in EV are made up of thousands of little batteries grouped together.”

Those bundled batteries are about the size of an AA battery and are preferred because — in the case of a crash — only the damaged cans are affected, which mitigates the risk of a lot of energy being released that might cause a fire or explosion.

The smaller battery cans are made of steel and nickel. Valenti says there are two separate processes used to manufacture and finish the cartridges, based on the need: the one process forms the small steel cylinder first, then adds a plated nickel finish; the other process places a nickel clad on top of the steel cylinder, after which the battery is formed from the material.

Already Involved in the EV Industry for Years
Hubbard-Hall has been supplying cleaning chemistries for both the processes for several years, and their involvement in the EV industry has been growing steadily over the years.

“Our largest cleaning customer is making EV battery cans,” Valenti says. “We have spent a lot of time learning the EV manufacturing process so we can grow right along with the industry. We like to think we’ve been playing a very vital role in getting these batteries manufactured and ready for the industry.”

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Excerpt: Having declared they intend to release multiple electric vehicle models retailing for under $30,000, GM has bold plans to accelerate the growth of the electric vehicle industry. Hubbard-Hall, with a decade of experience in the battery cell market, has teamed up with Lithium Ion battery makers to provide cleaning chemistry that not only helps with supply chain, but also drives down the cost of batteries themselves.

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In Brief
Having declared they intend to release multiple electric vehicle models retailing for under $30,000, GM has bold plans to accelerate the growth of the electric vehicle industry. Hubbard-Hall, with a decade of experience in the battery cell market, has teamed up with Lithium Ion battery makers to provide cleaning chemistry that not only helps with supply chain, but also drives down the cost of batteries themselves.

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An Associated Press article says GM’s product development chief promised a small electric SUV that will cost less than $30,000 and pledged to roll out 30 battery-powered models worldwide by 2025.
Nearly all current electric vehicles cost more than $30,000. The AP says the announcement shows how fast electric vehicle technology is evolving and how it may become the primary fuel for transportation sooner than almost anyone believed.

Of course, this is nothing new to the team at Hubbard-Hall, which has been working in the battery cell market for more than a decade. They partnered with a battery cell manufacturer for several large automakers to help design a cleaning process that is flexible and consistent.

Mike Valenti, Hubbard-Hall’s Director of Cleaning Technologies, says lithium ion batteries are the preferred technology being used in EV, although other types of batteries have begun emerging on the market, too.

“The lithium ion batteries for EV come in various configurations,” Valenti says. “There are large cell packs that act as one battery and the entire pack can be charged, but most of the cells used in EV are made up of thousands of little batteries grouped together.”

Those bundled batteries are about the size of an AA battery and are preferred because — in the case of a crash — only the damaged cans are affected, which mitigates the risk of a lot of energy being released that might cause a fire or explosion.

The smaller battery cans are made of steel and nickel. Valenti says there are two separate processes used to manufacture and finish the cartridges, based on the need: the one process forms the small steel cylinder first, then adds a plated nickel finish; the other process places a nickel clad on top of the steel cylinder, after which the battery is formed from the material.

Already Involved in the EV Industry for Years
Hubbard-Hall has been supplying cleaning chemistries for both the processes for several years, and their involvement in the EV industry has been growing steadily over the years.

“Our largest cleaning customer is making EV battery cans,” Valenti says. “We have spent a lot of time learning the EV manufacturing process so we can grow right along with the industry. We like to think we’ve been playing a very vital role in getting these batteries manufactured and ready for the industry.”

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