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  • GM Cadillac Lyriq luxury crossover EV SUV revealed

    GM to unveil Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    On Aug. 6, General Motors will introduce the world to the Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric crossover SUV that will be the first in an upcoming portfolio of battery-electric luxury vehicles from Cadillac. The journey to this unveiling began back in 2019, when Cadillac announced it would spearhead General Motors' shift to an all-electric future and released the first images of a crossover built on GM's next-generation battery electric architecture. The story continued earlier thi...

  • Graphene Leaders Canada rapid novel coronavirus Covid saliva test

    Graphene enables rapid COVID-19 testing

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    An easily administered COVID-19 test that delivers accurate results nearly instantaneously would be a game-changing technology that could slow the spread of the virus as governments look to re-open economies. One Canada-based technology company says it has developed such a test, thanks to the special properties of graphene. Consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arrange in a hexagonal lattice, graphene is a two-dimensional material that is highly conductive with other...

  • Tesla Model S Model 3 Model Y supercharger lithium ion battery charging

    A potential CO2 absorbing nickel mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Long before Tesla CEO Elon Musk called on miners to produce more of the nickel needed in the lithium-ion batteries powering a rapidly expanding electric vehicle sector in an environmentally sensitive way, Giga Metals Corp. was working toward that very goal at its Turnagain nickel-cobalt deposit in northern British Columbia, Canada. "Further to Elon Musk's specific call to nickel producers to pursue environmentally friendly nickel in high volume made during Tesla's latest...

  • Swiss researchers create 18 carat gold polymer light gold foam

    Swiss scientists create lightweight gold

    Matthew Lasley, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    If you have ever gone jewelry shopping, one of the first things that you notice when you pick up a gold ring or necklace, is its weight. Your brain is tuned to gravity and the weight of gold is noticeable, after all, it is nearly nineteen times heavier than water. Over the last decade, researchers have been looking for a way to make gold "lighter" in order to create lighter devices that often use gold in their circuitry. About five years ago, researches in Switzerland struck... Full story

  • Tesla Gigafactory 1 lithium ion battery cell plant Sparks Nevada

    Keeping pace with the EV revolution

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 4, 2020

    From mines to gigafactories, it is going to take a massive and coordinated effort to scale up the entire North American lithium-ion battery supply chain at a pace that meets the growing demands of the accelerating electric vehicle revolution. "To replace more of the gasoline cars that are on the road, to benefit from the promise of electrification across all vehicle types and all consumer classes, requires the supply chain to be built out in a bigger way and faster way than... Full story